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

Trojans make strides throughout season

first_imgA quick glance at USC baseball’s record would tell you it was a difficult season, but to just look at the numbers wouldn’t be fair.The Trojans were picked to finish ninth in the Pac-10, without a full-time coach, and fresh off a last-place finish in the conference.But the team finished seventh, the program’s best since 2006. Frank Cruz was appointed full-time coach May 19, and the Trojans dealt with their schedule valiantly, taking series from then-No. 11 Stanford, then-No. 6 Arizona State and then-No. 2 Oregon State , as well as knocking off then-No. 13 UCLA at Dodger Stadium.Top talent · USC first baseman Ricky Oropesa, who led USC in the triple crown categories, was drafted 116th overall by the San Francisco Giants. – Summer Trojan file photo “We made a lot of strides this year,” Cruz said. “The guys got a lot more comfortable with me and visa-versa.”At nearly every position, the Trojans had players step up offensively and defensively. Junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa showed he was a worthy preseason All-American, leading the team in batting average (.322), RBI (44) and extra-base hits (18), among others. Senior second baseman Joe De Pinto hit .300 for the year and led the team in on-base percentage and steals. In addition to his reliability behind the plate, junior catcher Kevin Roundtree also hit leadoff for the Trojans and led the team in runs scored.Following Oropesa’s move from first to third, sophomore infielder Adam Landecker was called upon to fill the void at first base. Landecker had a breakout season, hitting .280, committing just three errors on the year.Junior Matt Foat proved more than capable in left field and Alex Sherrod shined in right field. The junior led the team in slugging at .486, and was second in almost every other stat category behind.But perhaps no position player was as impressive as James Roberts. As a true freshman, Roberts started every single game at the most important defensive position — shortstop.“At the start of the season, we thought [Roberts] would pitch a bit for us,” Cruz said. “But he was so impressive at short, we just couldn’t move him.”But the uncertainty surrounding the Trojans position players was nothing compared to their pitching staff, but despite this each of USC’s three starters more than earned their spots.Junior Andrew Triggs returned as the Trojans top starter, finishing with a 3.67 ERA and led the team with 72 strikeouts. Triggs was especially brilliant down the stretch, going 3-1 with a 1.66 ERA in his final six games.Austin Wood finished the season with a 5.61 ERA and 34 walks to his 50 strikeouts. But the junior flashed brilliance, including going eight strong innings against then-No. 11 Stanford and then-No. 2 Oregon State.Senior Logan Odom was the most consistent starter, ending the season with a 3.96 ERA.But for all the strides the team made this year, they might have lost many key players to the draft. Oropesa was selected in the third round by the San Franciso Giants, Odom was selected in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Wood was selected in the sixth round by the Angels, junior pitcher Chad Smith was selected in the seventh round by the Minnesota Twins and DePinto was selected in the 21st round by the Chicago White Sox. The success of players like Sherrod, Roundtree and Triggs this year could cost the Trojans in the draft, too.But Cruz’s focus is undeterred by what the draft could do to his present — or future — team.“Bottom line is at a program like USC, you expect to be playing in the postseason every year,” Cruz said. “And it’s disappointing we’re not right now.”last_img read more