Unai Emery explains why he’s left Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at home for Eintracht Frankfurt clash

first_imgUnai Emery explains why he’s left Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at home for Eintracht Frankfurt clash Unai Emery has rested Mesut Ozil for Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed that he decided to leave Mesut Ozil at home for Arsenal’s clash with Eintracht Frankfurt so the midfielder will be well rested and ‘ready’ to face Aston Villa at the weekend.Ozil, 30, made his first appearance of the season away to Watford at the weekend, managing 71 minutes of the 2-2 draw before being replaced by Reiss Nelson at Vicarage Road.The German joined the rest of his team-mates in training ahead of Thursday’s Europa League opener, but did not fly to Frankfurt on Wednesday afternoon.Emery has also given Sokratis Papastathopoulos a rest, with the Greek defender playing every minute of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign so far this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CitySpeaking ahead of Arsenal’s match with Frankfurt, Emery explained: ‘We are playing now a lot of matches and I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first 11 and in the 19 players in the squad.‘Sokratis and Mesut they rest this match.‘I prefer after Sunday’s match [for Ozil] to rest and train and to be ready for Sunday [against Aston Villa].’ Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery and Sead Kolasinac preview Frankfurt matchTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:47FullscreenUnai Emery and Sead Kolasinac preview Frankfurt matchhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-sead-kolasinac-preview-frankfurt-match-2008692/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Emery was impressed with Ozil’s performance against Watford and believes the playmaker is ready to play a bigger role for Arsenal.‘We are going to play another match on Sunday,’ Emery added.‘My decision is because he played [at Watford] and also I’m thinking about Thursday, with the focus on the first 11, and after that I decided who are the players who can be the best for Thursday. The players [who are] not is Sokratis and Mesut.’‘The first match he [Ozil] played on Sunday he played good physically, also giving us his capacity and skills.‘His first minutes for us were good and now he is ready to help us, not on Thursday, but Sunday. On Thursday we are thinking to do some rotation.’MORE: Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan teammate Marcelo Brozovic square up in dressing room bust-up Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Sep 2019 9:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link386Shares Commentlast_img read more

Trojans looking to stop skid in rematch against Oregon State

first_imgWednesday the struggling Trojans will try to turn their season around after losing five of their last six games. Their opponent will be the Oregon State Beavers — a team they lost to 85-70 when they played in Corvallis.In their first meeting with the Trojans, the Beavers came back after initially being down by 4 points at halftime to win by 15 points.Despite holding the Beavers to just 3-for-18 from deep, their 47 percent 2-point shooting percentage helped bolster an early Pac-12 upset. Thanks to Oregon State’s Gary Payton II and his 22 points and 15 rebounds, the Beavers were virtually unstoppable in the second half.Redshirt junior guard Katin Reinhardt, junior guard Julian Jacobs and sophomore guard Elijah Stewart were explosive on offense, combining for 40 points, 10 assists and 15 rebounds off of 14-for-29 shooting, including five 3-pointers.Unfortunately, like their most recent game against Stanford, McLaughlin and Boatwright were held to just 3-for-16 overall, missing 10 of their 11 3-point attempts. Coming back to Galen Center, the Trojans’ 3-point prowess could perhaps re-establish itself after a slump.Where USC has been hurting the most has been on the defensive side of the ball but one of the team’s best defenders redshirt junior forward Darion Clark is set to be back against OSU.Jacobs emphasized the importance of playing defense after practice Monday. USC’s last two games resulted in 20-point-plus losses.“I can’t stress enough how important that is for this team because when we play defense, that opens up so much more for us offensively,” Jacobs said. “We like to get out in transition, that’s the type of team we are, but when we don’t play defense, it’s kind of hard to attack a team that’s waiting for you.”Head coach Andy Enfield stated that Clark’s injury is “day-to-day.” In practice, however, Clark stated that he was he was feeling very good thanks to a synthetic sleeve over his shoulder and upper forearm.Where Clark’s presence will be needed is on the defensive zone against Oregon State’s 6-foot-3 guard Gary Payton II who leads the team with 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game including seven straight games scoring in double figures to go along with 11 games of 19 or more.Payton, along with scorers Tres Tinkle and Stephen Thompson Jr., should be a handful for USC considering they combined for 51 of the Beavers’ 85 points.As always, though, crowd support from the Trojans home fans could give USC the edge in a conference which is characterized by tough arenas.“As we know as well as they know, it’s a very important game for us to hopefully come out with a victory,” Reinhardt said. “We’re just looking forward to this crowd to come out and helping us win this game. Everybody needs to be there. We’ve been pounding it out all year and the fans have been great for us.”The 19-10 Trojans and 17-10 Beavers are set to tip off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Galen Center.last_img read more

J.B. “Jim” Martin, Wellington, Nov. 27, 1930 – Dec. 19, 2012

first_imgJ.B. MartinJB “Jim” Martin, of Wellington, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 82.JB was born the son of WB Martin and Lucy Martin on November 27, 1930 in Roff, Oklahoma.On October 17, 1954, JB and Donnis Martin were united in marriage in Wellington, Kansas. Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage.JB served in the United States Navy for 4 years. He was an engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad for over 40 years.Survivors include daughters, Debra Potestivo of Staten Island, New York, Jemi Steinkamp and her husband Greg of Denver, Colorado, JoJeana Robertson and her husband Roby of McKinney, Texas, Donette Cypert and her husband Mike of Wellington, Kansas, sister, Wanda Bowlin of Grapeland, Texas, brother-in-law, Jim Wartick of Aurora, Colorado, 8 grandsons and 1 grand-daughter.He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 2 brothers: Basil and Bruce and a sister, Marie.Memorial services for JB will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, 201 West Lincoln Ave., Wellington, Kansas. A burial will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington, Kansas.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.last_img read more