Mesut Ozil sends message to Mikel Arteta after being appointed new Arsenal head coach

first_img Read More by Metro Video Settings PLAY Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Skip Ad / Skip Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 2:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Read More Full Screen ADVERTISEMENT Mesut Ozil sends message to Mikel Arteta after being appointed new Arsenal head coach Read More SPONSORED Advertisement Read More The German appears eager to get back to work with his old teammate (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has welcomed new Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta back to the club after his old teammate was appointed as the permanent successor to Unai Emery.Arsenal parted company with their former manager at the end of last month though results have hardly improved under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg, with the club currently on a run of one win in their last 14 matches in all competitions.Ozil was famously exiled from the squad under Emery, though was given more opportunities by Ljungberg. Top articles 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 Coming Next The German arrived at the Emirates a couple of years after captain Arteta, playing together for three seasons and winning two FA Cups together.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd Ozil appears excited to get to work under his former teammate, who has served a three-and-a-half year apprenticeship at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola before taking over at Arsenal.‘Welcome back to the Arsenal family!’ posted Ozil on Instagram within minutes of the Gunners announcing the news, tagging his new gaffer and adding the ‘raising hands’ emoji.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThere had been suggestions that some of Arsenal’s senior players were wary of appointing a novice manager, but Ozil’s post appears to have put those rumours to bed.Arteta has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Gunners that will leave him in charge until 2023 and he is thrilled to be returning to his old stomping ground.‘This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world,’ he told Arsenal’s website. ‘We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.‘We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.’MORE: Josh Kroenke explains why Arsenal chose Mikel Arteta as new head coachMORE: Freddie Ljungberg in talks with Malmo ahead of Mikel Arteta’s return to ArsenalMore: 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 City Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

Ken Griffey Jr. was just as ‘cool’ then as Patrick Mahomes is now

first_imgThe promo for the MLB Network documentary “Junior” — which will feature Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. — comes with a ringing endorsement from LeBron James.  “He makes the game of baseball cool,” James says.   Ditto with Mahomes 30 years from now. He might not hold the sports world quite like James or Tom Brady, who is the only player who sells more jerseys. Yet given Mahomes has a NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP award with his name on it before turning 25 – he has been able to capture the imagination of those who follow him. There is nothing cooler than that. Griffey Jr was all of that. The sweet left-handed swing. The wall-climbing catches. The backwards hat. For a generation of 90s baseball fan, Griffey Jr was the coolest athlete in all of sports. Griffey Jr.’s 1989 UpperDeck rookie card was the grail for a generation of collectors.  While James might be this generation’s Michael Jordan, Griffey’s iconic match is evolving in another sport in the present day.  Think Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes II. To understand Griffey and just how cool he was, the younger generation should draw the comparisons with Mahomes.  The smile Sometimes it starts with the smile. Griffey’s smile alone showed a youthfulness that engulfed baseball at the right time. “The Kid” hit 19 homers as a rookie in 1989, and  by 1990 he was hitting between Cal Ripken Jr and Mark McGwire in the All-Star game.  Mahomes, meanwhile has become a meme machine with his smile and “froggish” voice, but his rise with the Chiefs is undeniable. He threw 50 TDs in 2018 and led Kansas City to a Super Bowl championship the following seasons.  Grand entrance Griffey played his first five career games on the road, but his debut in the Kingdome with the Mariners was memorable. He hit a home run off Chicago’s Eric King on the first swing.  Mahomes did not take long to make an impact as a first-time starter in 2018. He threw for four TDs in his first start that season against the Chargers – then followed that up with a six-TD performance against the Steelers.  Style In the 1990s, kids wanted to be Junior. How many times did you try to replicate that swing in the backyard – even if it was impossible? Whether it was a shallow fly ball in center or full-speed leaping catch at the wall, Griffey Jr became the ultimate highlight-reel centerfield. Of course, you had to wear your hat backwards like Griffey did when he won the Home Run Derby in 1994, 1998 and 1999.  Mahomes, meanwhile, is part of a full-scale evolution at the quarterback position. Mahomes can run, but it’s that laser arm – one cultivated through baseball, of course – that helped the Chiefs after 35.3 points per games in 2018. It’s more than that, however. Simply go out in the backyard and play back-yard football with your kid and his friends. How long will it take for the first no-look pass?  Father-son relationship  Griffey had the unique opportunity to play with his father Ken, and the tandem made history by hitting back-to-back homers on Sept. 14, 1990. Junior even had time to steal a catch from his father from time to time.  Mahomes, meanwhile, is the son former pitcher Pat Mahomes, who enjoyed a serviceable career from 1992-2003. The father-son duo famously embraced in the immediate aftermath of Super Bowl LIV after Mahomes II led a fourth-quarter comeback in a 31-20 victory.  Cool factor  Does the comparison fit?  For 1990s kids, Junior was that guy – and baseball was still at the forefront of the national consciousness. Jordan, Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky were more dominant in their sports, but they weren’t The Kid. Every kid wanted to be Junior – and 30 years later that swing, those catches, that hat – and yes, that elusive UpperDeck card — will rush back with this documentary. You had to have that Mariners hat in 1993. Hey, that’s why you cheered for him. last_img read more