Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher names Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe as the best player he’s faced

first_imgAdvertisement Smith Rowe joined Huddersfield Town on loan earlier in the season (Picture: Getty)Midfielder Gallagher also revealed current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was his idol growing up.He said: ‘It was Lampard. Being a Chelsea supporter and seeing how many goals he scored and how many assists he got… it was crazy to be fair.‘He’s definitely someone I’ve always looked up to.’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 CityMORE: Chelsea open talks with defender Antonio Rudiger over new contractMORE: Mesut Ozil ‘suffered after Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal to join Man Utd’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Apr 2020 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher names Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe as the best player he’s faced Comment Advertisement Chelsea loan star Conor Gallagher has hailed Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe (Picture: Swansea City)Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher has named Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe as the best player he’s faced.Gallagher, who was on Chelsea’s bench for their victory over Arsenal in last season’s Europa League final, says he was given the ‘runaround’ by Smith Rowe in a FA Youth Cup fixture.Smith Rowe made his Arsenal first-team debut in 2018 after spending eight years in the club’s academy.The 19-year-old made six appearances under Unai Emery at the start of the 2019-20 season before being sent on loan to Championship club Huddersfield Town, where he has continued to impress.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGallagher is yet to feature for Chelsea’s first-team but has enjoyed productive loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City this term.Asked to name the best player he’s faced, the Chelsea man told Swansea’s official website: ‘In terms of reputation it would be Wayne Rooney [who now plays for Derby County.‘But I remember in the FA Youth Cup, Emile Smith Rowe game me the runaround so that’s a game that sticks out for me.’last_img read more

ITA doubles final flaunts an all-Trojan affair

first_imgSophomores Yannick Hanfmann and Eric Johnson notched their second doubles title together, claiming the ITA Southwest Regional Doubles Championship on Tuesday.Design by Christina Ellis and Razan Al MarzouqiHanfmann and Johnson defeated fellow Trojans Max de Vroome and Roberto Quiroz 8-6 at Marks Stadium to add a doubles crown next to their Battle of the Bay title from nine days prior.After Hanfmann and Johnson pulled ahead 7-4, freshman de Vroome and sophomore Quiroz broke Hanfmann and rallied back to make it 7-6.“The match overall was pretty up-and-down, so there were a lot of breaks,” Hanfmann said. “After I got broken at 7-5, we still didn’t really back down.”Johnson then served for the match, and the two were able to finish off their top-seeded Trojan teammates and keep their doubles record together perfect this year.“We know their games. We know that Roberto and Max have good serves,” Hanfmann said. “Our gameplan was to make them play at the net and serve at their bodies because they’re both tall.”The two Trojan pairs took the finals match back to USC after five rounds of doubles play at UC Irvine, the official site of the tournament.“It was nice not having to drive, but it was a much more different atmosphere than the rest of the week,” Johnson said.After a first-round bye, Hanfmann and Johnson defeated pairs from San Diego State and UC Santa Barbara before upsetting UCLA’s No. 2 seeds Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov 8-4 in the quarterfinals.Hanfmann and Johnson then defeated No. 7 seeds Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante from Loyola Marymount 8-5 to set up the title match against de Vroome and Quiroz back at Marks Stadium.“We actually don’t have much experience against them, but we know both of their games individually, and we’ve seen them play throughout the week, so we had a set gameplan going in,” Johnson said.In singles play at the ITA Regionals, Johnson and Quiroz both advanced to the semifinals Monday, but fell to their respective opponents.Johnson, who had upset the No. 1 seed Finn Tearney from Pepperdine in straight sets in the Round of 16, lost 4-6, 4-6 to Giron, while Quiroz fell 7-5, 3-6, 1-6 to UCLA’s Dennis Mkrtchian.USC sophomore Jonny Wang also saw his singles tournament run end at the hands of Mkrtchian in the quarterfinals. Wang had upset the No. 2 seed  Novikov in the second round of the tournament.Hanfmann and Johnson, who are currently unranked as a doubles pair in the preseason ITA rankings, hope to establish themselves as a legitimate threat in the doubles field.“We play really well together, and we have some really good chemistry,” Johnson said. “We just need to keep up our performance.”Hanfmann, who also holds a No. 25 rank in singles, agreed that the chemistry they’re building now will serve them well going into the regular season.“It’s nice to have these tournament wins with Eric. It will help him and it will help me. There’s still a long way to go, but I’m feeling pretty comfortable with him,” Hanfmann said.USC, which claimed its fourth consecutive team championship last year, will continue its preseason tournament schedule with the Clay Court Invitational in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.last_img read more

Americana mall starts with bang

first_imgGLENDALE – In a ceremony complete with confetti and fireworks, officials and community members broke ground Thursday on the $324 million Americana at Brand project. The outdoor mall is expected to open in March 2008 on 15 1/2 acres next to the Glendale Galleria. “Folks, you’re standing on ground zero of the resurgence and the renaissance of Glendale,” City Councilman Ara Najarian said. Americana at Brand will feature retail, restaurants and a movie theater, plus 338 apartments and condominiums. Caruso Affiliated expects to start pouring the foundation and installing utilities late this summer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The project’s budget is $324 million, developer Rick Caruso said. That’s more than the previously disclosed figure of $265 million, the result of both increased construction costs and the fact that the new budget factors in building the condos instead of selling off those building rights to another developer. During the ceremony, officials and community members sat under a white tent as a jazz ensemble played off stage. At one point, Caruso pushed down on a detonator to ignite fireworks in a makeshift wooden building, and the roughly 10-foot structure collapsed as audience members cheered. [email protected] (818) 546-3304last_img read more