Arsenal target Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana as Mikel Arteta’s first signing

first_imgMikel Arteta is set to become Arsenal’s new manager (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting a move for Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana and could make him the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s reign, according to reports in Spain.The 17-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for Sevilla but is widely regarded as one of the best young prospects in the country.Real Madrid have already failed in their attempt to sign Zarzana, who turned down a move to Zinedine Zidane’s side.But according to Estadio Deportivo, Arsenal are now one of the front-runners in the race to sign the midfielder from Sevilla.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Dec 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Zarzana has represented Spain at Under-18 level (Instagram)The report also claims that Liverpool and Bayern Munich have already registered their interest and are keeping tabs on Zarzana’s progress.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the midfielder, who has represented Spain at Under-18 level, has already made it clear that he is keen to make his first-team debut for Sevilla‘I heard that Real Madrid had put an offer in for me last year,’ he told Marca earlier this year.Antonio Zarzana @zar10zana vs. Real Betis JuvenilElectric and unpredictable as always, the 17 year-old once again put on a show, this time in the juvenil derby. pic.twitter.com/digieat2LT— Kevoni (@Sevilla4Life) November 24, 2019 Arsenal target Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana as Mikel Arteta’s first signingcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I have always wanted to make my debut with the first team here.‘I just want to take things slowly.‘Everything is going well and I am happy where I am in the youth team, however, if I get the call, obviously I will jump at the chance.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Martinez enjoys victory over Villa

first_img The Toffees struggled in the first half at Goodison Park after Aiden McGeady hit a post and trailed to Leandro Bacuna’s 34th-minute opener. But Everton were a different prospect after the break and pulled level through substitute Steven Naismith 16 minutes from time before Kevin Mirallas earned a 2-1 win with a spectacular free-kick. Roberto Martinez described Everton’s victory over Aston Villa as the most satisfactory three-point haul of the season. “And we are a team that when we enjoy ourselves we are quite difficult to play against. I think that’s what we proved in the second half.” In the absence of Romelu Lukaku and new signing Lacina Traore, Mirallas took over striking duties, and it was generally not a happy experience for the Belgian. But he had the last word, picking himself up after being fouled by Ciaran Clark five minutes from time and placing the ball beyond the reach of Brad Guzan from 30 yards. Leighton Baines has made such strikes his speciality but the England man had a watching brief this time. Martinez said: “Kevin found it very frustrating, as you would expect. He was surrounded by Aston Villa players and we couldn’t get into the final third. “They were trying to stop us really high up the pitch. Kevin was working extremely hard without getting any sort of joy. “I think Kevin Mirallas’ quality is as good as Leighton Baines, obviously with different feet. It would be difficult to separate them. “What I like about the two players, more than the technical aspect, it’s the meaning of scoring a goal to get three points. They’ve both got that mentality of controlling the moment and that’s something you need to be born with.” Villa went into the match on the back of a very different derby experience after beating West Brom 4-3 on Wednesday, and manager Paul Lambert felt they deserved something at Goodison. He said: “The first goal was really poor from our point of view. I think the second goal you hold your hands up and say it’s a world-class free-kick, and you can’t do anything about that. “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. We took the sting out of the crowd and frustrated Everton, who are a good side. “In the first half, other than Aiden’s shot against the post, there’s not a save that Guzan’s had to make, and we scored a really good goal.” The victory, coupled with dropped points for Tottenham and Manchester United, repaired some of the damage from Tuesday’s Merseryside derby hammering by Liverpool. Everton climbed back to fifth place and to within a point of Liverpool, albeit having played a game more. Manager Martinez said: “From our point of view it’s the most satisfactory victory of the season. “You could see in the first half we were very cagey and wary and that stopped us getting on the ball and having the fluency that we normally have. “When you hit the post and then you concede a goal, it becomes a real test of character, and I thought the way we reacted in the second half was one of the most pleasing aspects that you can have as a manager. “With the character and the talent and the desire in that dressing room, I couldn’t be prouder. It’s a moment to get really excited about the end of the season after that sort of performance.” Martinez denied their first-half display was a hangover from the 4-0 defeat at Anfield, blaming tactical changes he tried to implement. The Spaniard said: “It was my fault more than anything. In the first half we were too responsible. There were too many players who wanted to do the right things without enjoying themselves. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wisconsin upsets No. 2 Gophers, 3-2, in Hockey City Classic

first_imgTyler Barnes looks to attack in Sunday\’s game against Minnesota at Soldier Field.[/media-credit]CHICAGO – It took 30 shots on goal and 33:03 off the clock, but it was well worth the wait for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team.At the 13:03 mark of the second period the Badgers found their way onto the scoreboard for a 1-0 lead – 3:19 later and they led 3-0. The three goals held strong as the No. 18 Badgers took the 3-2 win in the long anticipated Hockey City Classic over the No. 2 Minnesota Gophers.After dropping game one in Madison 3-2 to Minnesota (20-6-4, 12-6-4), Wisconsin (13-10-8, 10-7-7) kept things simple on the rough ice conditions en route to victory.“I was asked several times this week if we regret giving up a home game, the answer is still no,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “The experience we had today is a lifetime experience – that’s the tradeoff that we get.“It’s not just another game in the second half of the season.”Minnesota native Kevin Schulze was the first to strike for UW. With Wisconsin’s tenth shot on goal, the freshman defenseman found the back of the net on a long shot to give Wisconsin the 1-0 lead.With few opportunities at this point – compared to Minnesota’s 20 shots on goal at the time – the Badgers had already rung two pucks off the pipes of Adam Wilcox’s net.But Wisconsin came away with the all-important first score.“We knew the first goal would be critical in this game,” Gophers head coach Don Lucia said.“After that first period that we had, we didn’t seem to be on our toes, we seemed to be on our heels a bit,” Eaves said. “Getting that goal gave us confidence.”Wisconsin wasn’t done yet. Just over a minute later at the 14:13 mark, senior defenseman John Ramage threw the puck on net to make it 2-0. While Ramage – who was playing in the second outdoor game of his career – was credited with the goal, the puck was actually deflected in off Gopher defenseman Mike Reilly’s glove.Before the teams headed into the second intermission, junior Sean Little scored his second goal of the season – and the fourth of his career – to round off the Badgers’ second period onslaught, cleaning up a rebound back door off a shot on net. After a scoreless first, the Badgers suddenly held a commanding 3-0 lead.“In the second period we threw literally everything that we had at him,” Ramage said. “Shots from the corner, shots from anywhere on the ice. We happened to get a couple good bounces and things went in.”Trailing at the start of the third period, Minnesota held an overwhelming 27-16 shot on goal advantage – but its offense couldn’t be held off too long.Only 2:36 into the third, the Gophers found their way on the score board as sophomore forward Seth Ambroz hacked away at the puck, eventually flipping it over Rumpel’s leg near the post.In an eerily similar situation to Friday night where the Badgers skated for nearly three minutes with an empty net to end the game – an effort in which they did score an extra-man goal at the hands of junior Tyler Barnes – the Gophers pulled Wilcox for just over the final two minutes of the game. The extra man worked to Minnesota’s favor, as junior forward Zach Budish cut Wisconsin’s lead 3-2 with 1:42 left on the clock.When all was said and done – and a 3-2 win in the Hockey City Classic to their name – the Badgers only managed 19 shots on goal to the Gophers 38. With 36 saves on the night, Wisconsin awarded Joel Rumpel – who made his second consecutive start against the Gophers – the game puck.“His performance in the first period allowed us to get our feet underneath us,” Eaves said.“Him and [goalie Landon Peterson] have been unbelievable for us all year,” Little said. “He stood on his head in the first and played a very solid game. I don’t think we take him for granted at all, we know how important he is to our team’s success.”With emotions running high due to the setting and the fact the two had faced each other a mere 40 hours ago, several fights broke out between the rivals. But the Badgers were able to stay slightly more disciplined and effectively killed the two power plays they did give the Gophers after giving up three power play goals Friday night.Ramage, who was the only Badger to play in the outdoor game at Camp Randall in 2010, felt the 3-2 win over the Gophers topped his prior experience.“It was a great, great deal to be in Madison at Camp Randall,” Ramage said. “But I think for our team, this year playing at Soldier Field, playing against Minnesota … this definitely overtakes it.”last_img read more