Arsenal impressed with William Saliba but have a few concerns after visits to London Colney

first_imgAdvertisement Comment The Gunners have largely been impressed with their summer signing’s phsyicality (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are keeping a close eye on William Saliba and have been impressed with his physicality, though there are reportedly a few areas of concern they hope to improve.The young French centre-back was signed over the summer and immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 season, though was injured at the start of the campaign.He made his first Ligue 1 start shortly before the international break, keeping a clean sheet in an impressive display as Saint-Etienne beat Lyon 1-0. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Oct 2019 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.4kShares Saliba visited London Colney to train during his recovery from a hamstring injury (Picture: Getty)Speaking about Arsenal’s signing of Saliba earlier this summer, manager Unai Emery said: ‘We’re delighted William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.‘He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.’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 Arsenalcenter_img Saliba kept Lyon’s star-studded attack at bay in his last outing (Picture: Getty)During his initial hamstring recovery – which saw him miss the first seven games of the season – Saliba made the trip to England to visit Arsenal’s London Colney training base.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Gunners are already working closely with their summer signing and have been impressed with his ‘physical prowess’.However, they have noted a few areas of concern where he needs to improve, particularly his groin strength.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 CityThere is no great drama surrounding those little issues though, and Arsenal know he’s still young and can improve, while their facilities and staff are far superior to those at Saint-Etienne.The club are confident Saliba will be able to come in and compete for a first-team role next season and are continuing to remain in regular contact with him. Arsenal impressed with William Saliba but have a few concerns after visits to London Colney Advertisementlast_img read more

3 states OK recreational pot, 3 states OK medicinal marijuana

first_imgNBC 9 November 2016Family First Comment: Interesting that one (and possibly another, too close to call) said NO to pot.#notadonedealCalifornia, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, giving a huge boost to the campaign to allow pot nationwide. Six more states also voted on marijuana measures, while voters in California and Washington state toughened gun control laws.In Nebraska, voters reinstated the death penalty, reversing the Legislature’s decision last year to repeal capital punishment. Nebraska has not executed an inmate since 1997; 10 men currently sit on death row.In all, there were more than 150 measures appearing on statewide ballots. California led the pack with 17 ballot questions, including one that would require actors in porn movies to wear condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Another would ban single-use plastic grocery bags.In all, five states considered whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Arizonans defeated the measure in their state. The outcome in Maine was too close to call early Wednesday.Overall, the results were hailed as historic by legalization activists, given that California is the most populous state. Massachusetts became the first state east of the Rockies to join the movement.Voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota approved measures allowing marijuana use for medical purposes. Montanans voted on whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law.READ MORE: read more

L.A. Lakers praise Marcelo Huertas through ups and downs

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The alley-oop lob sent the crowd into a frenzy. So did the touch pass that set up an open dunk. Hence, the surprise reactions went beyond the Lakers securing an upset win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday at Staples Center. It also involved backup point guard Marcelo Huertas posting career-highs in points (10) and assists (nine). Yet, the 32-year-old Brazilian native called those numbers “irrelevant.”“The most important thing is the way you affect the game when you’re out there and how the team works,” Huertas said. “I could’ve had zero points and zero assists and still be important for the team to win a game.”There marked very few times the Lakers (13-51) have won games entering Tuesday’s contest against the Orlando Magic (27-34) at Staples Center. But there marked plenty of times Huertas finished his game with donuts by virtue of a coach’s decision (29). “I knew it would be a transition for me and I would have to understand it,” Huertas said. “I’ve been waiting for my opportunities. Now I’m trying to play with the way I know how for better or worse.”Injury updateScott did not receive any insight on how Kobe Bryant’s sore right shoulder felt for one specific reason. “We never really talked about the shoulder,” Scott said. “That was my mistake. I forgot to ask him about it.”The Lakers have listed Bryant as questionable for Tuesday’s game in Orlando after missing three of the past five games. The GiftThe memories will forever remain fresh in Scott’s mind both on mentoring Bryant his rookie year and coaching him in his last two NBA seasons. But Scott also wants something else that will stay with Scott well after Bryant retires.“I already talked to Kobe that I want some (signed) shoes and a jersey,” Scott said. Scott then informed Bryant he only made such a request from former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who gave Scott an autograph and a pair of shoes during the 1988-89 campaign in what also marked his 20th and final NBA season. center_img After starring for 11 seasons in Spain, Huertas’ rookie season in the NBA also entailed ending up on highlight shows for the wrong reasons. He has often appeared overwhelmed defending quick guards, while averaging only 3.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and 2.8 assists in 13 minutes. “A lot of people try to give him a lot of crap. But that man is good,” Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell said of Huertas. “They don’t see what we see in practice every day.”There, the Lakers have praised his work ethic, veteran presence and adherence to team principles. With Lou Williams out with a strained left hamstring, Huertas has averaged 7.6 points on 51.9 percent shooting and five assists in 22.2 minutes in the past five games. Lakers coach Byron Scott also called Huertas the team’s “MVP” against Golden State.“I try to move the ball, find others and get the team organized,” Huertas said. “Sometimes I slow the pace down, especially when other teams start to get on a run and calm things down.”Huertas said he also remained calm when he often stayed on the bench. last_img read more

Lakers’ Luke Walton believes ‘basketball gods’ punish teams that tank

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Yet, Walton stressed he “would prefer not to be stuck in the lottery for very long.”Instead, Walton has outlined individual goals to teach player in hopes to expedite the team’s development. Walton also has broken games down in five-game increments in hopes to analyze improvement or regression within a certain sample size.“The big picture is all about the team. But 100 percent, it is just as important right now we’re getting individual growth from the young core mainly,” Walton said. “It’s really important we see them grow and put them in challenging situations that will allow them to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.”Though Walton said the young players are “doing a great job” with their development, the Lakers have lost 22 of their last 28 games. The Lakers also suffered their most lopsided loss in franchise history in a 49-point loss to Dallas on Sunday.“If we’re at a place where we’re actually doing our defensive rotations every time, guys are giving the effort we need to give and we’re playing consistently unselfish basketball, … we have a good place to start the next season,” Walton said. “If we’re at a place where right now some games we do it, we look really good and it’s a lot of fun and then we fall back, get a little selfish and don’t work as hard on defense, then obviously we’re not as satisfied with the season.” EL SEGUNDO >> It has become an annual tradition in recent years, and it does not involve the previous custom in which the Lakers threw a championship parade.Instead, segments of the Lakers’ large fanbase have openly rooted for them to lose in hopes to land a high draft pick. It has picked up steam as the Lakers (16-32) enter Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers (19-27) at Moda Center with the NBA’s second-worst record. That gives the Lakers a 51.6 percent chance of retaining their top-3 protected pick otherwise owed to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash trade.“I don’t believe in it. I believe in trying to play the right way and have a culture you’re going to try to win no matter what,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “If you start losing on purpose, I think the basketball gods come back to get you in the long run and good things aren’t going to work out for you.”Nonetheless Lakers recent seasons in mediocrity ensured a No. 7 pick in 2014 (Julius Randle), a No. 2 pick in 2015 (D’Angelo Russell) and a No. 2 pick in 2016 (Brandon Ingram). All three of those players represent key pieces of the Lakers’ young core.center_img A helpful hand?For the first time in 20 years, the Lakers are no longer under Kobe Bryant’s shadow. That might explain why Bryant recently told ESPN Radio he remains open toward helping the Lakers preferably behind the scenes.“It depends in what capacity he will come in and help,” Walton said. “After losing (to Dallas), he’s not the first guy I’m calling. Kobe is more about tough love. At that moment, I didn’t need tough love.”Walton predicted Bryant “would get right to the point really quickly.”Speaking outInstead of showing their superior expertise compared to the media and fans, plenty of NBA players appeared to treat All-Star voting process as a way to vote for themselves or for a former teammate.“If they’re going to ask for it, they should take it seriously,” Walton said. “They should vote for guys that have put in the work and time to be elite at this level. They should be rewarded and it shouldn’t be something to joke.”Etc.After Ingram posted six points on 2-of-12 shooting as the starting point guard against Dallas, Walton may start veteran guard Jose Calderon instead. … Russell will travel with the team to Portland (Wednesday) and Utah (Thursday) to rehab his injured right knee and calf.Walton said reserve forward Larry Nance Jr. will “probably” log more time in Portland after playing 10 minutes in Dallas in his first game since sitting the last month with an injured left knee. … Lakers veteran forward Luol Deng sat out of the last portion of the team’s scrimmage after colliding with reserve forward Tarik Black. But Walton expects Deng to play against the Blazers. last_img read more