Mikel Arteta sends warning to Arsenal players ahead of FA Cup clash with Leeds United

first_imgArsenal face Leeds in the third round of the FA Cup (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has warned his Arsenal players that they must start feeding off the energy from their supporters to ‘create more fear’ for opposition teams ahead of the side’s FA Cup clash with Leeds United.After their unsuccessful defence of the trophy last season, the Gunners will be desperate to book their place in the fourth round of the competition.On Wednesday evening, Arteta got his first taste of victory as Arsenal head coach as the north London giants beat Manchester United in convincing fashion.The atmosphere inside the Emirates was electric that night and the Spaniard hopes to make the stadium a fortress during his tenure at the club.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Jan 2020 11:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Advertisement Advertisement Mikel Arteta sends warning to Arsenal players ahead of FA Cup clash with Leeds Unitedcenter_img Arteta’s side play host to Leeds United on Monday night (Picture: Getty)‘When you take the fans to Wembley they are all proud of you. It’s a special day for everyone, they all travel with their families looking for success,’ Arteta said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The history of this club means they are used to winning trophies and when you do that it generates something special.‘So if we can get connected with the fan-base again, that will be a powerful weapon.‘It’s in our own hands. If we can give the supporters what they want, I am sure they will give us even more.‘When we know the fans are behind us, we have to pinch the players to react to them and use them to have a better performance and create more fear for the opponent.’ Comment Arsenal will be bursting with confidence after their win over United (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘When I arrived here we were trying to win the Premier League but didn’t quite have the level to compete for the title every year.‘So the cup competitions became very important and after eight years without winning absolutely anything it was a massive relief when we lifted the Cup in 2014.‘That success generated a really good belief and unity around our team and helped that group of players to achieve more trophies.‘Winning always brings togetherness and when you have beautiful experiences together and you win trophies those shared memories stay within the group.‘You like the people you work with more and you believe more in your team. You become addicts to winning and that’s what we have to try to implement at this club again.’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 CityPierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to skipper Arsenal after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the armband and Arteta has refused to confirm whether or not the Swiss will captain the club again.‘I don’t know, time will tell that,’ he said.‘Now he’s happy to stay here, he’s completely committed and that’s a big plus today.’MORE: Jurgen Klopp provides James Milner injury update after Liverpool beat Evertonlast_img read more

Yasiel Puig: Dodgers’ biggest obstacle is St. Louis

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Exactly what role Puig will play in the Dodgers’ fortunes this season remains to be seen. He batted second most of last season, but that was before the Dodgers traded leadoff hitter Dee Gordon and slugger Matt Kemp in December. Puig could easily move up in the lineup and lead off, or move down. Either way, he hasn’t been told. He’s tentatively slotted into right field, taking over for Kemp.“I like playing center field,” he said. “Right field is too small. I’ll play anywhere.”After recently purchasing a house in Southern California, Puig has a plan for how to fill it.“I have a big room in my house,” he said. “I need some Gold Gloves.” Diet suits PedersonIt started last November in the Dominican Republic with a bowl of soup and some fish. It might have been a side dish. Joc Pederson isn’t sure.Whatever it was, something Pederson ate turned on him quickly. He woke up the next day unable to play baseball, took a flight home, and ultimately was unable to return to the Dominican Winter League after playing just 22 games.“I had to meet a bunch of doctor specialists down here,” Pederson said. “They told me I can’t digest gluten or dairy so I haven’t eaten gluten or dairy since, like, Thanksgiving. It’s not really a choice. I wish it was a choice.”Since his season ended, Pederson’s winter has been one of sacrifice. Milk, ice cream, cereal, french fries, hot dogs, candy — the list goes on. The caravan of about 20 Dodgers players who ate lunch at City Hall were served a buffet that included flour tortillas. Pederson later suspected they weren’t gluten-free “because my stomach’s barking a little bit.”The real question for the Dodgers: How will Pederson’s new diet affect his performance on the field? That remains to be seen, but he’ll get a big test soon enough. Manager Don Mattingly recently said that Pederson and Andre Ethier will be part of a competition for the starting center field job in spring training. “I feel better than I did before,” Pederson said. “I’m picking (strength coach) Brandon McDaniel and (farm director) Gabe Kapler’s head about what I can eat, what are good pregame meals that are gluten and dairy-free. Breakfast, pre-workout — it’s all new to me. I’m trying to learn as much as I can about it.”AlsoThe Dodgers announced their 2015 broadcast schedule. The biggest change: 150 games will be televised in Spanish, believed to be the most by any major-league team on their regional sports network. Pepe Yniguez and Fernando Valenzuela will be behind the mic on SportsNet LA. Jaime Jarrin and son Jorge Jarrin will team up on the radio. … The English-language lineup remains intact: Vin Scully will return on SNLA and KLAC (570-AM) while Charley Steiner joins Rick Monday on KLAC and works with Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra on SNLA games in which Scully does not appear. Kevin Kennedy will be the analyst and Monday the play-by-play man on KLAC when Steiner moves into the TV booth.center_img Yasiel Puig believes the Dodgers’ biggest obstacle to a championship isn’t the San Francisco Giants, their hated rivals and defending World Series champions.“We just have to beat St. Louis,” Puig said in Spanish at a Dodgers community caravan stop at Los Angeles’ City Hall on Friday. “If we beat them, we can beat the AL team.“The principal rivals are the Cardinals. It’s not San Francisco. It’s nobody else.”Puig has only been a Dodger for two seasons, but each season ended with a loss to the Cardinals. Maybe he has a point.last_img read more