Arsenal transfer talk: Ozil out, one of these three exciting talents in?

first_imgArsenal were rocked when it was announced that club-record signing Mesut Ozil would be ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.It would seem to be a hammer blow to the Gunners, on the face of it, but not everyone sees it that way.Indeed in a recent talkSPORT poll, 62 per cent of Arsenal fans believe that Ozil’s absence could be a positive for the club, in as much as it will give others a chance to flourish in place of the lackadaisical playmaker.Some have even gone further with their criticism of the £42.5m man, urging boss Arsene Wenger to move him on and recoup as much of their expenditure as possible.Reports emerged earlier this week that Bayern Munich had enquired over the availability of Ozil during the summer, but Wenger dismissed them outright, insisting that he wanted to persevere with his temperamental star, but should the Frenchman have a change of heart, there is evidence enough that Arsenal wouldn’t be short of suitors.As the comment below shows, based on his performance away to Chelsea, Ozil’s apparent inconsistency and languid style is testing the patience of sections of the club’s support. 2 But if Wenger decided to buckle to their demands and move him on, who could he replace him with?Julian Draxler – SchalkeOne such replacement could be Schalke hot-shot Julian Draxler. A younger, more dynamic player to Ozil, the young German has been firmly on Arsenal’s radar for the best part of two years, but little has yet to come of their interest. As the 21-year-old proved in Schalke’s recent 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League, he certainly has the ability to mix it at the highest level as he inspired the Bundesliga outfit to come from behind against their monied opponents.Not only a talented technician, Draxler’s versatility has resulted in him playing both wide and central positions with relative ease, something Ozil has struggled with.Schalke’s comparatively poor start to the season could play a hand in his future, with the youngster likely to move on should the Konigsblauen fail to finish in the top four.Marco Reus – Borussia DortmundShould Wenger seek a replacement for Ozil, then he could always head further down the road to Dortmund and try to convince Marco Reus that North London is the perfect destination for him.His talents as a footballer are well documented, and his importance to Dortmund cannot be understated and his absence with an ankle injury has hit them hard – Dortmund currently sit 13th in the Bundesliga, with just seven points.Another player equally comfortable in wide and central positions, Reus is a far more direct player than Ozil, and his approach is perhaps more comparable to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez than his compatriot. Reports over a release clause in his contract being activated next summer could see Reus leave for as little as £20m – well within the Gunners’ budget.Yohan Cabaye – Paris Saint-GermainThe answer to Arsenal’s apparent problems may not be in a straight like-for-like replacement for Ozil, but in returning to a former target.The Gunners’ interest in Yohan Cabaye prior to his €25m switch to Paris Saint-Germain was reportedly serious, but given the Frenchman’s diminishing standing within the Ligue 1 giants squad a move could be on the cards.A known talent, Cabaye comes with Premier League experience and a style that suggests he would fit in well at the Emirates.His lack of football this season – Cabaye has played the full 90 minutes just once this campaign – has led to him being quoted as saying he is ‘not happy’ in the French capital. A move to Arsenal might just be the perfect remedy.Arsenal fans, is it time to consider moving on Mesut Ozil? Who would you replace him with? Comment below… Mesut Ozil has been criticised 2last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Travels to Inaugural Vancouver Showcase

first_img Live Stats Story Links This season, the Scarlet Knights have five players, led by senior forward Caitlin Jenkins, averaging double figure points. Jenkins is averaging a double-double with 12.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Rutgers’ head coach is C. Vivian Stringer who last week became the sixth women’s head coach in NCAA history to join the elite 1,000 career victory club with her team’s victory over Central Connecticut State. Stringer has been a head coach for 48 seasons and was previously the head coach at the University of Iowa from 1983-1995 before taking the Rutgers position in 1995. Drake visits Canada coming off a two-game homestand at the Knapp Center, where it defeated South Dakota and CSUN. Five Bulldogs scored in double figures in the 76-64 victory over the Coyotes in the home opener. Two days later, Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) poured in a season-high 24 points and Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) knocked down 4-of-5 from behind the three-point line and finished with 17 points as the Bulldogs grinded out a 73-63 win over CSUN. CSUN, made the 2018 NCAA Tournament and is the preseason favorite in the Big West Conference. Along with the Bulldogs and the Scarlet Knights, the tournament field includes the defending national champions, Notre Dame along with East Tennessee State, Gonzaga, Oregon State, South Carolina and Western Kentucky. Friday, the Bulldogs will play either Gonzaga or Notre Dame while their Saturday game will be against either East Tennessee State, Oregon State, South Carolina or Western Kentucky. All eight teams in the field won at least 20 games last year. Drake Game Notes Drake (4-0) starts the three-day tournament against Rutgers (4-0) on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) at 4:30 p.m. CST. The Bulldogs will play two more games, Nov. 23 and 24, at the tournament that includes six NCAA Tournament teams from last season. VANCOUVER, Canada – The Drake University women’s basketball team makes just its second-ever trip to Canada and first since the 1975-76 season when it plays in the inaugural Vancouver Showcase this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.center_img Every Drake game will be broadcast on the radio at 1350 ESPN Des Moines and available on the TuneIn app. Live stats will be available at www.godrakebulldogs.com. Fans can purchase access to a live stream for $9.95 a game or $24.95 for all 12 tournament games at www.vanshowcase.com. Drake has never played Notre Dame or Gonzaga. On the other side of the bracket, the Bulldogs haven’t played East Tennessee State or Western Kentucky. South Carolina is 3-0 all-time against Drake while the Bulldogs and Beavers are tied 3-3 all-time with the teams splitting games during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. Print Friendly Version In Drake’s only previous trip to Canada, the 1975-76 team went 1-2 at the Lakehead Tournament in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Bulldogs beat North Dakota State and lost to the host school, Lakehead University and Minnesota State University Moorhead. Rhine was named MVC Player of the Week for the second straight week for her performance in the two games and has won the award six times in her career. This year, she is averaging 16.3 points, which ranks fourth in the MVC and 10.3 rebounds, which ranks second in the Valley behind a 55.1 shooting clip, which also ranks fourth in the league. Live Video (Paid Subscription Required) Drake and Rutgers will play for just the second time Friday afternoon. The Scarlet Knights edged the Bulldogs, 77-74, on Nov. 30, 1997 in New Brunswick, N.J. in the only prior meeting between the two teams. Rutgers, which is now in the Big Ten Conference, was a member of the former Big East Conference in 1997.last_img read more

Showed we can fight against big teams: India coach Luis Norton de Matos

first_imgIndia coach Luis Norton de Matos said that India showed that they can compete against big teams as they went down fighting 1-2 to Colombia in a Group A encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Monday.Colombian right winger Juan Penaloza had put Colombia ahead in the 49th minute. But the hosts fought back and equalized in the 82nd minute, through Jeakson Thounaojam, who marked India’s first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup.But Penaloza, who played as a right-back in their 0-1 loss to Ghana, scored his second goal of the night to quash India’s dreams.Following the defeat, their second in a row, India are virtually out of the qualifying race for Round of 16.”I am very proud of the team today. It was a fantastic game. I used to say that you always get a chance to win the game and today I felt that we could do that today. But they scored again and we lost the match in the end,” Matos said.”But we showed that we can play at the same level of Colombia, one of the top South American teams. We gave a tough fight.”The Portuguese tactician also conceded that his wards were euphoric after the goal and it resulted in a lapse of concentration after which Colombia scored.”We had some moments where we lost our concentration. And (when Colombia scored the winner) that was one of those moments. Our boys’ euphoria probably led to that,” he said.advertisementMatos also said that his side also needs improvement in the offensive transitions. “We need to improve our consistency in our process of offensive transitions. That is one of the difficult things that need time.””Our strongest point is our organization. And individually, there are a lot of room of improvements.”India next play Ghana in their next Group A match.last_img read more