Ray Parlour defends Mesut Ozil and criticises lack of Arsenal leadership

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang inherited the Arsenal captaincy from Granit Xhaka last December and Parlour fears Ozil’s decision being made public serves to highlight a critical lack of leadership in the current dressing room.He added: ‘It shows the leadership issues again. In my era Tony Adams was captain, he would’ve gone around every single player and we would have all agreed together what we were going to do.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 Arsenal‘We either all do it or we don’t. It shows the lack of leadership. Even with Patrick Vieira it would have been the same. There wouldn’t be meetings with managers or anyone like that, it would have been down to the players.‘Patrick would have been on the phone or a zoom meeting and said this is the plan, this is what the club want to do what is the feedback? It’s negative news which they don’t need right now.’MORE: Liverpool and Arsenal on alert as Adama Traore’s agent hints at summer moveMORE: Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey rubbishes Arsenal transfer speculationRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 Apr 2020 10:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link696Shares Ray Parlour defends Mesut Ozil and criticises lack of Arsenal leadership 😠 “If there’s 3 others who’ve rejected it then they should all be named!”💷 “Ozil’s wages shouldn’t come into it, his wages are not his fault.”😔 “It shows a lack of leadership… Adams & Vieira would’ve sorted it.”Ray Parlour blasts the Ozil pay cut situation at #Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/KvDl7BwxkZ— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 24, 2020 Commentcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Mesut Ozil has refused to take a 12.5% pay cut at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour admits he feels sympathy for Mesut Ozil after the club’s highest earner was outed as one of three players who refused to take a pay cut.In an attempt to offset the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic Arsenal chiefs requested that the players accept a 12.5% reduction but guaranteed any losses would be fully repaid should the team secure Champions League qualification.Ozil, however, refused the initial proposal, although he could yet agree to take a bigger cut, but Parlour feels the World Cup winner, who earns £350,000-a-week, has been hung out to dry. AdvertisementAdvertisementHe told talkSPORT: ‘He’s on 350k-a-week but I look it as Arsenal’s mistake to give him the money. You’re never going to turn it down, that shouldn’t come into it really.ADVERTISEMENT‘I do believe if there is three or four players then they should all be named. Why’s it only Mesut Ozil who has been named? You should know every single player.’last_img read more

Iheanacho’s Lack of Playing Time Worries Rohr Â

first_imgSuper Eagles’ gaffer, Gernot Rohr is not happy with the lack of playing time of Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho at Leicester City and hopes both the player and club can find a lasting solution to the problem during the winter transfer widow.A source close to the Franco-German coach disclosed to AOIFootball.com in Abuja, saying the coach has spoken to the player and hopes a solution will come out sooner than later.“Iheanacho is a very good player and Nigerians have seen what he can do with the national team but we really don’t know what the problem is at Leicester City but I’m confident the situation will change soon.“The coach has already spoken to the player and I am sure Kelechi will act fast because this is a World Cup year and as Gernot Rohr mentioned, no player has an automatic shirt to the World Cup, which means if he wants to make the World Cup squad, he has to do the right thing fast before it becomes too late,” the source disclosed.Despite arriving the King Power Stadium in a record deal of around 25m pounds, the Nigerian has only featured 11 times in all competitions for the Foxes, starting just two of those games, while his only Leicester goal came in the third round of the Carabao Cup.The most worrisome news however, is the fact that Iheanacho has failed to feature for Leicester City in their last six Premier League games since he came on as a sub against his former club Manchester City on November 18.With the winter transfer window days away, many Nigerians and indeed fans of Iheanacho will definitely advice the player to consider his options if he must stand a chance of being on the plane to Russia next year. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors guard cleared for Game 5 of NBA Finals

first_imgFred VanVleet is ready to make his return, but he’ll look a little different when he does.The Raptors guard has been cleared for Monday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors but will wear a mouthpiece when he takes the court. VanVleet was left with blood streaming down his face in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Game 4 victory after he took an inadvertent elbow from Warriors guard Shaun Livingston.He was clearly dazed on the play and received seven stitches but did not have a concussion, adding Sunday that he hasn’t suffered any symptoms of a concussion since the hit.He did, however, say the facial swelling is bothersome and has left his sight “a little blurry” and his eyes “watering a little at random points.” Other than that, he’s feeling fine.”No symptoms, no concussion,” VanVleet said. “We have great doctors … they’re very annoying. They make sure we’re in the right state of mind before we go out there.”I’m not trying to be a martyr out here. They can give my tooth back. You’re not going to get knocked around like that if you don’t stick your nose in there sometimes. It was an unfortunate play, but it happens. It’s basketball. If you haven’t got your eye cut up or got hit in the mouth a couple times playing basketball then you might be playing it the wrong way.” “I’m a gambler. I gambled and sometimes it comes back to bite you in the butt,” VanVleet said following Sunday’s practice, via The Canadian Press. “All kids out there, wear mouthpieces. It was a weird play and I took an unfortunate shot. Now I will be wearing a mouthpiece for as long as I can manage it.”I’ll probably throw it (away) at some point, but I’m going to try.” Related News VanVleet, 25, has averaged 12.8 points, three assists and 1.5 steals off the bench in the postseason. He posted a playoff career-high 21 points Friday.Toronto, up 3-1, will have a chance to close out the series at home and stop Golden State from winning its third straight championship and fourth in five years.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.center_img Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star (calf) listed as questionable for Game 5 Raptors’ Fred VanVleet gets seven stitches after face bloodied by Shaun Livingston elbowlast_img read more

“Jovic has told me that he only wants to succeed in Madrid”

first_imgBojan Custic (Germany, 1994) is part of the staff Luka Jovic (22 years old) since the beginning of 2020. Of great importance to complement the physical preparation of the striker at Real Madrid, he has become vital during his confinement in Serbia. Through video calls and audiovisual material, everything, including food, is under control. And he talks about it in this interview with Diario AS. 18 Is it weighed daily, as in Valdebebas?Yes, every morning we do weight control and measurements of legs, hips, chest, arms …Have you lost kilos, have you gained them, is it the same …?He looks very good. I would say that it even weighs less than before the coronavirus.Are you in contact with the Madrid specialists?Not for the moment. Is it possible for a footballer to keep fit in this situation?It is possible that they maintain their physique, but they miss training sessions, the ball, being on the grass with their teammates… but, well, it is possible.How difficult is it to motivate a player who doesn’t even know when the competition will return?When the footballer you are with is a professional, there is no problem. Luka is very focused on our workouts, regardless of whether he is looking forward to going back to his teammates.Do you also control your diet?Yes. We make a meal plan and it has its restrictions, but it is not something new for him.What does it consist of?Makes three main meals plus two fruit intakes between them. Their diet, in general, includes many fruits and vegetables. “Jovic wants the Bernabéu to create his name. And he hopes to get it” Luka has not had an easy adaptation to Spanish football. Does this also cover the psychological part?There are a lot of people on his team talking to him to try to help him and he is doing great. You will demonstrate your true potential, you just need to be patient.What does it tell you about your future?He told me that he only wants to succeed at Real Madrid, have a great career and that the Bernabéu creates his name. And you are confident that you can do it. When did you start working with Luka Jovic?Two months ago.What was your routine like with him then?We focused on strength work, stretching, agility and speed for recovery after efforts.And now, with the quarantine?Luka works three hours a day at home. Every morning we have a routine of one hour and in the afternoon, two hours of high intensity, maximum demand.Does it give you days off?He doesn’t have days off to use because he has recovery every day, so he never “gets free” at all.Was I prepared for this?In his apartment he has a treadmill, an exercise bike and other equipment, so we use it for our workouts. We are doing very specific sessions for soccer players, thinking about the needs for their movements. Every 14 days we update your training and your physical condition.How would you define Luka physically?He is in top shape and feels good in everything.cust_fit & nbsp; (Instagram) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Luka Jovic, exercising during his confinement in Serbia.cust_fit (Instagram)last_img read more