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

Football prepares to stop Arizona’s Khalil Tate

first_imgSenior linebacker Porter Gustin leads the Trojan defense with 4.5 sacks so far this season. (Sarah Kim | Daily Trojan)Throughout the opening four games of this season, the weakest link for the Trojan football program has been the defensive secondary. With sights set on Arizona — and the team’s explosive quarterback, Khalil Tate — head coach Clay Helton emphasized mental toughness as the Trojans hit the field for practice on Wednesday.Helton acknowledged that Tate has a versatility of strengths, including the ability to drop balls deep, forcing defenses to spread thinly across the field to adapt to the quarterback’s wily triple threat on the ground, in both the short passing game and deep in the field. “[We need to keep] contain on probably the most dangerous quarterback that we’ll face all season,” Helton said. “You see some of the dimes he’s dropping in on deep balls once the play is broken down … [and it] is unique. We’ve got to be able to keep him in the pocket and keep him contained.”The Wildcats are averaging over 270 passing yards per game, and Tate posted close to 350 passing yards against Houston and Southern Utah. Although he has been held to less than 20 yards rushing per game, Tate is known to rip off big gains on his feet when given a big enough hole to blast through.“You put [redshirt sophomore running back] J.J. Taylor with 260 yards of passing, and that’s a dangerous offense,” Helton said.Tate has yet to notch a victory over the Trojans, however, suffering a loss on his home field and in the Coliseum. As he prepares to host USC for his team’s first home field game against a Pac-12 opponent on Saturday, the junior quarterback will be anxious to even that record.“A dual-threat quarterback is always tough,” senior linebacker Porter Gustin said. “But we know what he can do and we know what he’s capable of. We’ve got to prepare for that. It’s like they’re playing with an extra man out there.”This will be a major test for the Trojans, whose main struggle so far this season has been to create a solid passing defense. The team allowed Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II to throw for 344 yards and three touchdowns last week, failing to pick up an interception and allowing the quarterback to throw 71 percent.“When you play man coverage, you don’t see a ton of picks. You see a lot more in zone coverage,” Helton said. “We do have a lot of past break ups, hopefully we’ll get our hands on the ball a little more. It also comes with tipped balls. … Hopefully we’ll get some more of those too.”The secondary in particular struggled with deep passes, allowing Cougars receiver Easop Winston Jr. to average almost 24 yards per carry and grab a 59-yard touchdown lob. Against Tate, the unit will be forced to tighten up or pay up.The Trojans also struggled to challenge the passer and collapse the pocket, with Gustin recording the lone sack in the game against Washington State. Without heavy pressure in the face of the quarterback, Tate will be free to pick off receivers left and right, leaving the secondary wide open.One key change could be the introduction of true freshman corner Olaijah Griffin to the starting lineup. Griffin has slowly made his way into a regular rotation for the Trojans, standing out in last week’s game against Washington State. During Wednesday’s practice, the freshman earned first-team reps. He finished practice with a pick-six, earning howls of approval from his teammates on both sides of the ball. Griffin could provide a much-needed spark to the Trojan secondary.Injury reportRedshirt freshman defensive lineman Jay Tufele, who blocked the game-winning field goal attempt in Saturday’s game against Washington State, returned to action. Gustin and sophomore offensive tackle Andrew Vorhees both participated in practice, but on a limited basis. Gustin is still nursing a knee injury, and Vorhees is recovering from a sternum contusion. Both are expected to make full returns by game time on Saturday.Freshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown remains limited with an AC shoulder sprain. Redshirt freshman outside tackle Jalen McKenzie also sat out practice with a strained back.last_img read more

Portugal FPF becomes first national football federation to join Dugout platform

first_img Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Share Share The Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF) has become the first national football federation to join sports social content platform Dugout.The FPF joins Dugout’s growing portfolio of social media sports content publishers, which at present stands at 100 professional football players and 51 of the world’s biggest football clubs.The partnership will see FPF utilise Dugout to publish content covering activity across all their national teams, including the men’s senior team, women’s senior team, under 20, under 21 and youth teams, as well as beach soccer and futsal teams.Nuno Moura, Chief Marketing Officer, Football Federation of Portugal, says: “It´s a real privilege to see Portugal become the first National Team in the world to join Dugout, a platform for football lovers from all corners of the globe, that has achieved enormous success in such short window of time.”“We have a huge fan base worldwide, aka #TeamPortugal, and love to stay close to them. In our Dugout page fans will have the opportunity to see exclusive behind-the-scenes content from our teams including the best footballer in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, the best Futsal player in the world, Ricardinho, and the best beach soccer player in the world, Madjer.”Global fans of Portuguese football will be able to follow teams through training, friDugoutendlies and major tournaments, including this current Confederations Cup. They can also relive the greatest moments from the nation’s football history, and keep up to date with the Federation’s grassroots initiatives.Elliot Richardson – DugoutElliot Richardson, President of Dugout commented on the partnership:  “We’re thrilled to announce Portugal as the first national team to join the Dugout platform. Portugal is an iconic football nation, reigning European champions, with one of the best players ever to play the game in Cristiano Ronaldo. Now football fans all over the world can access the best content from Portugal, both on and off the pitch – no matter where they are.”“We are in conversation with a number of other federations, and we hope to announce more partnerships over the coming weeks and months – watch this space!”Launched in November 2016, Dugout aims to become the leading authority in digital/social media sports content and new fan engagement having secured a number of athletes and football clubs as partners. StumbleUpon Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit EGBA responsible advertising code gains European broadcaster approval July 3, 2020last_img read more