Alexandre Lacazette sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal future

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka combined for Arsenal’s goal against Olympiacos (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has urged Bukayo Saka to put pen to paper on a new contract after the youngster produced another impressive performance in Arsenal’s 1-0 win away to Olympiacos.The Europa League round of 32 first leg clash was Mikel Arteta’s first European match in charge of Arsenal and the Spaniard will be pleased to head back to the Emirates with a crucial away goal.Saka, 18, who set up Nicolas Pepe with a outstanding piece of play in Arsenal’s victory over Newcastle, was again the provider on Thursday night with a sublime assist at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Van Persie was impressed with Saka’s display versus Olympiakos (Picture: BT Sport)Van Persie added: ‘He’s really taking his chance, and that’s nice to see from a young kid to really grab his chance and play for his future.‘And he’s doing it so well. It’s so nice to see.’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 CityMikel Arteta claimed that Saka had been born with a special ‘gift’ after his performance helped Arsenal to a crucial away win at Olympiacos.‘I’m really pleased with the way he has developed. And I’m really pleased with the way he’s handling these situations because there’s a lot of highlight on him at the moment, but he’s still really humble,’ the Arsenal head coach said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s still as keen to meet with my assistant, willing to improve. He’s a great kid and he makes big decisions in the final third.‘He’s not someone who hides. He’s got the vision and the ability to execute when the spaces are really tight. That’s a gift.’MORE: Odion Ighalo reveals how Manchester United will use him in the Premier League Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Feb 2020 12:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.7kShares Advertisement Saka has been in outstanding form for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)The teenager put the ball on a plate for Lacazette and the Frenchman made no mistake from close range to give the visitors the lead with nine minutes remaining of the match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt was Saka’s ninth assist in what’s been a remarkable campaign for the makeshift left-back, but the youngster’s future still hangs in the balance after talks over a new deal hit a stumbling block.Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have all registered an interest in Saka whose deal is due to expire next year. Alexandre Lacazette sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal future Comment Saka assisted Pepe’s goal against Newcastle (Picture: Getty)After benefiting from another piece of brilliance from Saka in Athens, Lacazette pleaded with his team-mate to extend his contract in north London.‘Difficult game last night but happy to get on the score sheet. Thanks to the team for the hard work and the travelling fans for your support,’ Lacazette posted on Instagram.Saka was quick to respond in the comments and said, “Our number 9” to which Lacazette replied: “sign please”.Saka’s display in Greece earned special praise from Robin van Persie who compared the Englishman’s passing ability to that of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Dennis Bergkamp.‘Ryan Giggs used to give those passes, Dennis Bergkamp, Paul Scholes,’ the ex-Arsenal forward said on BT Sport.‘This is like ordering your striker to move into the danger zone. It’s actually world-class. Really, really good.‘This is not simple. This is very good, world-class. He makes it look easy but this pass, like I said, only the great players can give those passes.‘Most crosses there would be kicked away by the defender and would be shot too high or too low with no idea.‘But this is a pass with an idea. This is a pass with a message, and that is what you want from your players.’last_img read more

Barcelona Extend La Liga Lead With Catalan Derby Win Over Girona

first_imgRelated Barcelona have moved four points clear at the summit of the Spanish La Liga after the team defeated Catalan rivals Girona 3-0.Girona defender Aday put through his own net in the first half before another own goal from goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz put the Spanish giants 2-0 up in the 48th minute. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez added a third goal for Barcelona on his 100th La Liga appearance to give his team a comprehensive victory.By virtue of the win, Barcelona move to 18 points from 6 games as they maintain their 100% start to the season. They are presently four points clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid and significantly seven points ahead of arch rivals Barcelona.last_img

In pics: K’Ogalo gets better of Ingwe in derby

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi and AFC leopards defender Mike Kibwage share some words of friendship after K’Ogalo beat AFC Leopards 5-4 on post match penalties to win the Hull City Challenge match on May 1, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, May 2- Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia got the better of eternal rivals AFC Leopards 5-4 on post-match penalties to win the ‘Hull City Challenge’ match on Tuesday in Nakuru. Here are some of the glitzy images from the crunch at the Afraha Stadium.Gor Mahia winger Boniface Omondi attempts to block a clearance from AFC Leopards defender Mike Kibwage during the Hull City Challenge match in Nakuru on May 1, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThis is the second consecutive time Gor are playing a team from the United Kingdom having faced English premier League side Everton in a friendly match in July last year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where K’Ogalo lost 2-1. Gor Mahia FC players jam keeper Shabaan Odhoji celebrating his penalty save as they beat AFC Leopards 5-4 on penalties in the Hull City play off match in Nakuru on May 1. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUGoalkeeper Shabaan Odhoji was the hero of the side, saving one penalty as Gor came out winners following a 0-0 stalemate in regulation time.First choice Boniface Oluoch paved way for the former Nakuru All Stars shot stopper a minute to full time and at one point was agitated when the sub took too long.Gor Mahia goalkeeper SHabaan Odhoji makes a penalty save during the Gor Mahia v AFC Leopards Hull City Challenge match at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on May 1. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULULater after the match, Gor coach Dylan Kerr disclosed to Capital Sport that Oluoch had made it clear pre-match he wanted Odhoji to go in for the penalties.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr is hoisted high by fans after the side beat AFC Leopards in the Hull City challenge match on May 1, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKerr has had a troubled week with Gor Mahia fans on social media after his heavy worded tongue lashing of his players following the 2-2 draw with Mathare United over the weekend.But on Sunday, they quickly forgot that and he duly sang the K’Ogalo anthem with them after the final whistle.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr pushes his fist up in the air in celebration after the side beat AFC Leopards in the Hull City challenge match on May 1, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe fans turned out in large numbers on Labor Day, filling the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru to capacity.Gor Mahia fans celebrate after the side beat AFC Leopards in the Hull City challenge match on May 1, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUAnd as always, they didn’t pass up the chance of documenting the victorious day on their Smart gadgets sharing, tweeting and instagramming the victorious day away.Gor Mahia fans celebrate as their side beat arch rivals AFC Leopards during the Hull City Challenge Cup in Nakuru on May 1. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUPerhaps AFC Leopards’ brightest star from Tuesday’s match was goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade who made his first start for them and made a huge impression keeping a clean sheet.AFC Leopards goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade attempts to make a penalty save during the Hull City Challenge match on May 1, in Nakuru. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUFor those who didn’t make it to the Afraha Stadium, the match was streamed live across all major TV stations and for those who listened to the Swahili commentary, these were the figures who delivered it.Former Ulinzi Stars head coach Yussuf Chippo (left) was part of the Media Pro commentary team alongside KBC’s Michael Were Mukhusia. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUAt half time, the crowd went boners in celebration as one of the most revered figure across the fan base of both teams, former Premier Raila Odinga touched down with a chopper for the second half.Baba, Raila Odinga disembarks from his chopper after arriving at the Afraha Stadium for the Gor Mahia v AFC Leopards Hull City Challenge matcch on May 1. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUIn his chopper, he was joined by AFC Leopards legend Joe Kadenge while in a second chopper, Ingwe patron and Nairobi senator Johnston Sakaja, also arrived to cheer his side.Choppers carrying former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Nairobi Senator Johnston Sakaja at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe guests walked majestically across the pitch to the VIP dias much to the cheer of the capacity crowd.L-R: SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, AFC Leopards legend Joe Kadenge and Nairobi Senator Johnston Sakaja arrive for the Mashemeji Derby. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUWhile AFC Leopards switch attention to the KPL where they face Chemelil Sugar on Sunday, Gor will be ‘going international’ as they travel to face Rayon Sport in their first CAF Confederations Cup Group D clash away in Kigali, Rwanda.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more