Arteta calls on Arsenal to put Euro pain behind them

first_img Loading… Youssef El-Arabi scored in the dying seconds of extra time to give the Greek side a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium, meaning the last-32 tie ended 2-2 after the second leg.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s acrobatic finish in the second half of extra-time appeared to have put Arsenal on course for qualification after Pape Abou Cisse’s header had sent the tie into an additional 30 minutes.But the last-gasp winner brought a premature end to Arsenal’s European campaign and Arteta must lift his side for a push to qualify for the Champions League through the Premier League.The club, unbeaten in the league since December, are ninth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Asked about the difficulty of finishing in the top four, Arsenal manager Arteta said: “(It is) very hard because looking at the table we’re still far from the objectives that we all have, but we’ve been far all season from it and we have to keep fighting.“The most important thing now is that the dressing room has to be strong and we have to keep going and react.“First of all, I have to convince them about what happened in the game and why they are not through in the tie.“If they continue to do that, there will be rewards like we have done in the last 10 games that we played.”Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos on away goalsRead Also: Tension as Man United star suffers injury setbackArsenal had shown signs of improvement since Arteta’s appointment in December but they were lacklustre for much of Thursday’s match, having gone into the second leg defending a 1-0 lead.“It hurts, big time,” said Arteta. “We had a lot of hope in this competition. It was a great way for us to be able to go to Europe and it is a very beautiful competition to try to win.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’center_img Mikel Arteta has called on his Arsenal players to “keep fighting” for the rest of the season after last year’s finalists were dumped out of the Europa League by Olympiakos on away goals.Advertisementlast_img read more

Plaudits for Dickson over Siasia Stadium Project

first_imgBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has been given a pat on the back over the Samson Siasia Stadium project which is now nearing completion ahead of the 2017 soccer season.The Chief Executive Officer of the firm handling the project, Ebi Egbe, disclosed yesterday that he is working round the clock to ensure that the stadium is ready for Bayelsa teams to use early next year.Egbe whose firm Monimichelle has Italy-based Limota franchise to build Geo-technology pitches in Africa, said Dickson deserves commendation for taking steps to see Bayelsa teams return home. “As we speak, I am 100 per cent sure Bayelsa teams won’t continue to play outside Yenagoa from next season. The Samson Siasia Stadium turf is 90 per cent ready. Gov Dickson wants to see place ready even this December. He (the governor) deserves plaudits for all that he is doing to turn things around in Bayelsa sports. The beauty of what Dickson is doing is that he wants to put sports facilities in place in every nook and cranny of the state,” Egbe said.Several football stakeholders who have visited the Samson Siasia Stadium have been commending the project going on there. NFF president Pinnick Amaju had during a recent visit said he would get the Eagles to play in Yenagoa when the project is completed. Former Eagles coach, Samson Siasia only last week expressed delight over what he saw at the arena named in his honour.All Bayelsa-based clubs over the years play football outside their base no thanks to the non availability of a suitable football turf.Egbe has assured that the Samson Siasia Stadium turf would be one of the best pitches in Africa when completed.“What we are doing in Yenagoa is world-class. It would be one of the best turfs in Africa when completed. Anybody who has seen the soft base and the amount of work that went into it, would agree that we are on course,” Egbe said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Meghan scores fourth USA win

first_img England’s Meghan MacLaren has kept her winning form going by capturing her fourth title on the US women’s college circuit. Meghan (image © Leaderboard Photography) won the British women’s stroke play championship in her final event on this side of the Atlantic, before she returned to Florida International University. Now, she’s won her first event of the new academic year taking the individual honours in the Mary Fossum Invitational, hosted by Michigan State. Meghan was in third place at the start of the final round and shot a third round score of 74. It gave her a tournament score of five-over par and a one stroke victory. She commented afterwards on Twitter: “Another stressful day but happy to have won my first college tournament back in America! Ready for a good year.”  Her previous US successes were in 2013 and 2012. Meghan, an England international from Wellinborough, stormed through the field to win her British title, sealing her triumph the day before she returned to the USA. She played the final two rounds in nine-under par and won by a stroke at Ashburnham in Wales. 15 Sep 2014 Meghan scores fourth USA win last_img read more

Jeter goes hitless as Pirates hammer Yankees 8-2

first_imgNew York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter grounds out during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Derek Jeter got a partial standing ovation Thursday before going hitless in two at-bats in the first spring training game of his final season, a New York Yankees’ 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Yankees captain, who turns 40 in June, hit a double-play grounder to second off Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton in the first and grounded out to third during the fourth against left-hander Jeff Locke.Limited to 17 games last season due to leg injuries, Jeter was at shortstop in his first exhibition season appearance. He broke his left ankle in the 2012 AL championship series and did not appear at shortstop last spring training until March 13.Jeter had just 11 at-bats in five games during spring training last year, stayed behind for rehabilitation at New York’s minor league complex and broke the ankle again. He returned to the Yankees on July 11 but wound up on the disabled list three more times.last_img read more