Ian Wright sends passionate message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal future

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Wright sent a message to Aubameyang (Picture: Instagram)‘Forget about last night. If you weren’t here with all due respect to the rest of our team we’d be in deep trouble.‘For you to score the amount of goals you are scoring whilst doing all that defending is just incredible!!! (Please stay and sign the ting).Arsenal return to action on Monday when they face Portsmouth in the FA Cup.They aren’t involved in the Premier League this weekend as their clash with Manchester City was postponed while they contest the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa.Should Aubameyang leave Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Aubameyang is linked with an exit (Picture: BeFodi Images via Getty Images)Ian Wright has sent a passionate plea to Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, begging him to sign a new contract and stay at the Emirates.Former Borussia Dortmund forward Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from the club, with his contract expiring at the end of next season.Barcelona are among the sides thought to be interested in the Gabon international, 30. who has scored 20 goals in the Premier League and Europa League this season.He was on the scoresheet again in a shock defeat to Olympiacos but missed a glorious opportunity at the death that would have stopped his side crashing out of the Europa League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAubameyang took to Instagram a day later and wrote: ‘I Woke up This Morning praying as usual and i thanks God for what he gave me.‘An incredible Family and you Fans are part of it 🙏🏽 thanks for all the messages and the love i received since yesterday.‘Football is great Even if he gives you sometimes Strange emotions but i Take it as a lesson again and keep my head up Season’s Not over yet 🙏🏽we’ll fight as a Team Till the end.’Arsenal legend Ian Wright was quick to respond to Aubameyang and begged him to stay beyond his current deal.‘We love you!!! This club loves you. Our fans love you,’ Wright wrote. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Feb 2020 10:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link257Shares Ian Wright sends passionate message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal futurelast_img read more

Catch’er if you can

first_imgThere is definitely something about the state of Wisconsin that students from the West Coast find so appealing. There has to be, because no less than seven out of the 16 members of UW’s softball team are from the Golden State.So what draws these Californians to the Badger state? Could it be the comparable dairy production of the two regions each year? Unlikely. Or is it the familiar, mild, Mediterranean climate that reminds them of home? Probably not. Maybe it’s the early-stage frostbite that can be experienced walking to class throughout the winter that makes Wisconsin so inviting.In any case, the recruiting pipeline that UW seems to have into California softball is paying dividends, in no way more so than in junior catcher Joey Daniels.Daniels, who hails from Oakley, Calif., was a third-team All-Big Ten selection last year, and along with outfielder Sam Polito, was named Wisconsin’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year after hitting .322 with 23 RBI.”Joey is the heartbeat of the team,” assistant coach Barbara Sherwood said. “She’s the field general, and she brings so much heart to the game.”Daniels is hitting .240 on the year, but if history is any indication, it won’t stay under .300 for long. Last year, when the temperature outside started warming up, Daniels’ bat followed suit. She had an eight-game hitting streak from April 10-23 and amassed 14 hits in the team’s final 14 games.”She brings a steady bat, and she brings defense,” Sherwood added. “She’s just an all-around good player for us.”The Badgers went 3-2 at last week’s UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas, and besides the hitting clinic that was put on by junior outfielder Katie Hnatyk (11-for-14, 4 HR), the other bright spot was Daniels going yard in back-to-back games against Northern Colorado and Buffalo.”We had a winning record,” Daniels said of the weekend, “but it wasn’t our best weekend. We can do better, and we will.”After weeks of practicing indoors, getting back on the dirt has been a welcome change, as UW stands with a record of 6-4 so far this season playing last week in Texas and before that in Arizona.Position players often experience a difficult transition each spring, going from picking up balls against a white ceiling to finding them in the sun, but Daniels says the transition for catchers is decidedly easier.”I don’t think it’s as hard [to adapt] for me as it is for the infield and outfield,” Daniels said, “but it’s an adjustment for everybody.”Daniels has certainly had to make her fair share of adjustments during her career at UW. She has progressed from the inexperienced freshman catcher who split time at third base to the stalwart rock that can always be counted on to dictate the pace of the game from behind the plate.”I’ve definitely improved the most at blocking [pitches in the dirt],” Daniels said. “Coach Sherwood has helped me out a lot.”Along with blocking, Daniels’ other defensive totals continue to rise. As a freshman, Daniels managed to throw out only two base runners. As a sophomore last spring, she gunned down 16 of them.With so many softball players from the same part of the country, this crop of Badgers has a kind of camaraderie that is not often seen at a Division I level, and that isn’t lost on Daniels.”The majority of us have been together for a while,” Daniels said. “This team has really grown together.”So what does Daniels think it is about Wisconsin that is so welcoming?”I don’t know,” Daniels said. “The campus is just really nice, and the people here are nice — it’s just a different atmosphere.”last_img read more

Ronaldo’s Bicycle Kick Goal Voted UEFA Goal of the Season

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick for Real Madrid against his current club Juventus has been announced as UEFA Goal of the Season.Ronaldo lit up the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against Juventus with his remarkable bicycle kick to put Madrid 2-0 up and in a commanding position to progress to the semi-finals.And his effort – which was even applauded by the Juventus faithful inside the stadium back in April – topped the poll with nearly 200,000 of the overall 346,915 votes. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner succeeds his now Juventus team-mate Mario Mandzukic, who won the award last year following his bicycle kick in the Champions League final in 2017 in Cardiff against Madrid.Ronaldo’s special goal beat Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick against Liverpool in Kiev and in fact, the Welshman’s effort wasn’t even one of the 11 nominations for the award.Ronaldo’s jaw-dropping strike is widely considered to be his very best and he has even admitted as much, before claiming the reaction from Juventus fans after his goal played a major factor in him deciding to move to Turin.After hearing the news that he won the UEFA award yesterday, Ronaldo took to Instagram to thank his fans for voting for him and gave a special shout-out to the Juventus supporters inside the stadium that night.The Portugal international wrote: ‘Thanks to everyone who voted for me.‘Will never forget that moment, specially the reaction of the fans in the stadium. #UEFA Goal of the Season #SpecialMoment’.Dimitri Payet’s goal in Marseille’s 5-2 UEFA Europa League defeat of RB Leipzig came second, while Eva Navarro’s effort for Spain in their Women’s Under 17 Euro final victory against Germany finished third.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more