Instant Recap: Oklahoma State Survives Scare in Manhattan 43-37

first_imgAfter giving up an 11-play methodical drive with zero pass attempts from the Kansas State Wildcats on the opening possession of the game, Oklahoma State seemed to be out-manned in the running game on defense all day — but still found a way to overcome the mismatch.The Cats took advantage of a fast start to race ahead to a 13-0 lead, but strong play from Mason Rudolph and his receiving corps. sparked a resurgence with two straight scores to put the good guys ahead, 14-13 with 14:00 left to play in the second quarter. Jhajuan Seales was active, Chris Carson made several impressive appearances in the running and passing game, but it was the play of Blake Jarwin that helped OSU in the most surprising way. Going into the half, Jarwin lead OSU in receiving with 2 receptions for 96 yards and a TD — where he finished the day and notched a career high.The Cowboys secured a 21-16 lead at the half, and took the ball the first out of the gate in the second half. But the offense sputtered in the third quarter and was littered by miscues; first, a muffed punt by Barry J. Sanders; then, a pick-six thrown by Mason Rudolph that handed K-State the lead. And to add to the disastrous third, Oklahoma State had a punt blocked that gave the Cats field position in favorable territory along with the momentum.Kansas State capitalized on the turnover and, on the ensuing offensive possession, marched down for a rushing touchdown to take a commanding 30-21 lead.But the Cowboys weren’t done yet, as they responded with a score of their own to bring it to 30-28, and battled back and forth offensively late into the fourth. It was Junkyard James Washington who blew the game wide open with a monstrous 82-yard reception to put them within two with 7:45 to play in the fourth. Ohhhhhhh boy. pic.twitter.com/HLW8PyzeUE— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 5, 2016After a much needed stop late in the fourth, the Cowboys took over possession on offense with around 6:00 left on the clock, and drained it all the way down on a 3:39 second drive that netted OSU 8 points — first on a powerful Chris Carson touchdown run that was capped by a Jalen McCleskey duck that somehow landed in the hands of Rennie Childs to convert the two-point conversion and put them up by six.K-State took over possession and marched all the way down the field to the four-yard line with less than 10 seconds to go, but an OFFENSIVE pass interference call backed the Cats up 15 yards and on the final play of the game, Kansas State’s pass attempt to the end zone was picked off by Jordan Sterns. Pokes now move to 7-2 with Texas Tech coming to town next weekend. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Q&A: Get To Know Texas Tech and Coach Bro

first_imgSeth Jungman of Staking the Plains was kind enough to answer our questions this week. You can see my answers to his questions at his excellent Texas Tech website. Hope you guys enjoy!1. Coach Kliff Kingsbury has a lot of similarities to OSU Head Coach Mike Gundy (offensive background, coaching at his alma mater, former quarterback). What are thoughts so far in year four of the Kingsbury era?These last few games, except for the TCU game, have been rough for me personally. It seems as if there’s some regression in some key areas and the defense really doesn’t show improvement at all. Mahomes is falling into some old bad habits and that’s caused the offense to have significant lapses.The problem is that we all want Kingsbury to succeed because, as you mention, he’s one of us and we really want nothing more than for him to succeed. For me, I need to see some improvement, tangible and consistent improvement and I don’t think Texas Tech is going to win this game, but it would be nice to see some consistency.2. Coach Kingsbury talked about how he challenged the team after the loss to West Virginia and the team looks to have answered the call with a great win at TCU and close losses to OU and Texas. What have been the biggest improvements in the upturn in the 2nd half of the season?It’s funny that you look at it that way as lots of fans, me included, that there hasn’t been a huge improvement the second half of the season other than the win on the road against TCU, that there’s been a lot of bad that’s gone along with the two closes losses to OU and UT.The epically bad defense against OU and poor results for the defense again against UT (over 600 yards of offense and 400 yards rushing) plus an offense that becomes stagnant has led to an some frustrating results for each of those games.If I had to guess as to the positive aspects, the team apparently amped up practice after that game, actually hitting rather than more walk-through stuff.3. There seems to be a youth movement on the defensive side of the ball with Jordyn Brooks leading the team in tackles and Douglas Coleman’s incredible play last week against Texas. What would you say are the strengths of the unit and how the Cowboys would be best off attacking the defense?Oh, jeez. Well, there really isn’t a spot that the Cowboys can’t attack. There’s really not strong point to the defense. Teams have run at will for most games and the same thing with the passing game.There are bright spots, young bright spots, as you mentioned Brooks has played well as well as can be expected and Coleman has played well for two weeks in a row, the fumble return last week and he had an interception in TCU’s end zone the week before. Malik Jefferson has played well as of late and against TCU, Ondre Pipkins played well at nose tackle.4. Coach Gundy compared Patrick Mahomes to Dallas Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott — can you tell us more about Mahomes and what he brings to the table, and maybe what famous quarterback(s) he most compares with?I think Prescott is as good a comparison as any. Mahomes isn’t really a runner, he’s mobile and a bit elusive, but he’s not fast like a lot of other quarterbacks.Mahomes has a big arm and the problem recently is that he’s had trouble finding open receivers when teams drop seven or eight in coverage. It’s been a significant problem and it’s stalled the offense to the point where they won’t score for five straight possessions.That’s not normal for this offense and Kingsbury and Mahomes have to figure it out because I can almost guarantee that Oklahoma State will attempt the same thing as Texas and TCU.5. What matchup(s) interests you most heading into Saturday’s game?I’m interested as all get-out in how OSU plays the game defensively against Texas Tech. Traditionally, OSU is a 4-3 defense, but if what’s given Texas Tech fits is a 3-3-5 and what worked particularly well for Texas in the second half was Malik Jefferson shadowing Mahomes for the entire second half.It’s time for Kingsbury and Mahomes to figure this out and I hope it’s against the Cowboys, but I’m not betting on it.6. Four years in, Coach Kingsbury is still nearly the youngest Power 5 coach (I believe just barely second to new conference peer Matt Campbell), does he seem to operate differently than more experienced coaches and do you have any interesting stories about you can share?Maybe the most interesting thing is that the “coach bro” narrative is played out. Yes, he’s good looking and all of that, but he’s also a hard worker. His dad is a Marine, his mom passed away when he was in college.He gets to the office at 4 a.m. and he doesn’t leave until late. His hobby is binging on Peaky Blinders and Narcos when he has the time in the offseason. The persona isn’t really what he actually is, which is a hard-working individual.7. Texas Tech is 2nd in the nation at converting third downs (55.1 percent), to what do you attribute such great success?It’s really be at the arm of Mahomes more than anything. There are times where he completes a pass on third down that most quarterbacks just can’t do. That percentage has fallen off as of late and the big reason for that has been opposing defenses.Plus, Texas Tech has some terrific receivers, who have been his go-to for a lot of those opportunities. Jonathan Giles is terrific, Cameron Batson, Ian Sadler, Keke Coutee, Dylan Cantrell and Derrick Willies have been incredibly solid pass catchers.8.  While things seem to have died down on the expansion front, what do you gather to be the general sentiment from Texas Tech fans on whether or not to expand and who they would like to add? Most fans know what’s coming, which is the likely implosion of the Big 12 and I think most fans just want a seat at the table for a Power Five conference. It’s what makes winning so important between now and 2024 when the wheels might start turning in that direction.It’s why this year and the prospect of Kingsbury moving forward has to start putting together some wins. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Spring Preview: Look For These Receivers To Make a Splash

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’m sure no other Big 12 offensive coordinators are feeling sorry for Yurcich.Dillon Stoner – Freshman (RS)Stoner and Mason Rudolph combined for all 29 of the Cowboys’ passing touchdowns last season. Stoner just had one. But the true freshman did earn immediate playing time after an impressive fall camp.Unfortunately, Stoner only appeared in four games due to a leg injury. So the spring game will give Cowboy fans a chance to see him in action for the first time since last year’s Big 12 opener against Baylor.Stoner may be one of the most versatile players on the team. He did it all at Jenks High School and was the No. 1 rate receiver out of Oklahoma for the 2016 class.We have been told that Oklahoma State will list him as a redshirt freshman.Tyrell Alexander – Freshman (RS)Alexander is a former four-star athlete out of Lancaster, Tex. He’s had a redshirt year to learn the playbook and to build up on his 6-3 frame under Rob Glass’ tutelage. He will be fun to watch and could be the Cowboys’ outside threat of the future.Alexander is another big-play threat that can should get a chance to shine not just in the spring game but may crack the rotation this fall. Spring practice starts next Monday, but you can bet that Mike Yurcich is salivating trying to predict which new wide receiver(s) will emerge as the next James Washington.The Cowboys, who are already loaded in established talent at wideout, have a gaggle of young and talented playmakers to break in. Two of these guys, OSU fans have yet to see in orange.Here are three receivers that should make a splash this spring and beyond.The below-listed class designations apply to the 2017 football season.Tyron Johnson – Sophomore (RS)With all the hype coming from practice and the grandiose Hall-of-Fame comparisons from our pod, I’m predicting Tyron Johnson will be responsible for at least a 10 percent increase in spring game attendance.The former LSU Tiger sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules which would have made this year a perfect one for Johnson step into a starting role. But with the unfortunate injury that held Marcell Ateman out last year, the receiver pool becomes even more top-heavy.last_img read more

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Freshman Evers Ready to Throw on the OSU Helmet

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. When incoming freshman Brendon Evers gets to summer camp in early June for his report date, he will put on colors he didn’t expect to wear.“My family was actually Oklahoma season ticket holders for the longest time,” Evers Goldberg Pistols Firing. “I grew up a long time thinking I was gonna have ‘OU’ on my helmet.”Evers, a defensive tackle from Bixby, Okla., said when he got to Stillwater for his official visit, the sincerity won him over. There was no one else to consider, and that’s what he said he will remember most about his whole recruitment.“I won’t forget how genuine Oklahoma State was to me,” he said. “How true to their word they were and how they didn’t really sugarcoat much of anything.”Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements was instrumental in swinging Evers, he said. Something Clements told him early in the process stuck in his heart throughout the months, Evers said.“Remember what got you here,” Clements told him. “Remember your values and what you want in a school.”Ever said he had a bunch of other schools that he could have gone to, including OU, but none save OSU felt like a fit.He joins a group of bona fide Oklahomans with safety Malcolm Rodriguez, cowboy back Baron Odom and defensive end Brock Martin, his best friend. Of the four recruits in the Oklahoma State class of 2017, three of them are from cities with populations of fewer than 10,000 people.Bixby, though close to Tulsa, isn’t necessarily within earshot of downtown and has a population hovering about 30,000. A lot of that has to do with why many of those guys, including Evers, talk on a regular basis.“(We) talk about once a day usually,” Evers said. “We got each other on about every social media you can think of. … It’s definitely pretty cool to have guys from the state that are all elite players on their own teams come and try to contribute something to the state school.”Much like the majority of Oklahoma-grown talent, defensive tackles aren’t the high profile signings. Evers wasn’t the prom king at Bixby. He wasn’t nominated. But he said he is working out at least once every day to be “at par or ahead” of everyone else.He wants to squat more than 700 pounds, bench over 350 and work on his explosiveness.“I want to work on how fast I get out of my stance, my speed, shoot my hands faster, getting off blocks and extending faster,” Evers said. “That’s been kinda the key points.”Although the numbers increase as the days until reporting day decrease, Evers said he isn’t trying to get too amped. It’s still hard though.“It’s no secret; this year, OSU’s gonna be really good,” Evers said. “And I just wanna go in and be a part of that elite fraternity that so many guys have been a part of. I’ll strive to some day be like Vincent Taylor and the guys who came before him.”last_img read more

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100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 31 Tre Flowers

first_imgWe’re just one month (!!!) away from the return of college football. What better way to get ready that than to look at one of the leaders of the Cowboy defense, Tre Flowers, who has one last year to add to his legacy at Oklahoma State?How he got to OSUFlowers, the former three-star safety from Judson High School (Converse, Tex.), picked Oklahoma State over offers from Arizona State, Kansas State, Houston and others. He was the No. 32 rated safety in the 2013 class according to Scout.What he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2013, Flowers played in 12 games as a freshman in 2014 immediately making his mark. He finished sixth on the team with 56 tackles (44 total), two tackles for loss and three pass breakups. He’s been consistently improving since and comes into 2017 as the Cowboys’ leading returning tackler.Role in 2017Flowers is a preseason candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award who returns with more starts (32) and consecutive starts (26) than any other defender. He and newly-named safety Ramon Richards make quite the duo. One’s a yin to the other’s yang.Flowers, the mainstay safety who has been a bit overlooked due to the production of Jordan Sterns, has a personality to match. He’s not the flashy, vocal leader that Ramon might be but don’t mistake his subdued personality as passive. He can lay the wood on folks. But with all the moving pieces and fresh faces, Flowers will need to increase his leadership role in the secondary.Noteworthy stats and highlightsThere have been plenty of Tre Flowers highlights over the last three years but we’ll stick with a couple that feature his ability to dispossess the opponent — a skill which Flowers and the Cowboy defense will need to showcase to give OSU its best chance at a Big 12 title.Here’s his interception against TCU’s Trevone Boykin in 2015.And here’s a nice strip against Iowa State wide receiver Carson Epps from 2016. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Report: Shakhtar 2 Roma 1

first_imgShakhtar Donetsk 2 Roma 1: Fred stunner seals first-leg comeback Matthew Scott 05:41 22/2/2018 Shakhtar - cropped Twitter (@ChampionsLeague) Facundo Ferreyra and Fred cancelled out Cengiz Under’s latest Roma goal to fire Shakhtar Donetsk to a Champions League win. Shakhtar Donetsk fought back to beat Roma 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.The Ukrainian side won all three of their group games in Kharkiv and maintained that fine record to win just a third Champions League knockout game in their history – remarkably all have come against the Giallorossi.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side were surprise winners of a group including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid and they impressed in the first half, with Shakhtar perhaps slow to start in just their second game back from a long mid-season break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Having polished the likes of Mohamed Salah and Miralem Pjanic in recent years, Roma look to have unearthed another gem in Cengiz Under and the 20-year-old Turk put the Giallorossi ahead with his fifth goal in four games shortly before the break.Shakhtar’s first-half attacking efforts had amounted to little, but Facundo Ferreyra dragged them level soon after the break with a fine individual goal and Fred turned the game around with a picture-perfect free-kick.Roma were similarly impressive at the Stadio Olimpico earlier in the competition, keeping clean sheets in each of their group games, and they will hope that helps them turn the tie around on March 13.The moment Fred beat international team-mate Alisson Becker #UCL pic.twitter.com/V4N0w6YVsk— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 21, 2018Fred scuffed a back-post chance for Shakhtar and Edin Dzeko saw a bundled effort saved as both teams began at breakneck tempo, though Roma soon began to exert a greater threat on the break.Kostas Manolas ought to have done better than heading wide when unmarked from a corner and Dzeko too faltered when played in by Diego Perotti, failing to aim a weak sidefoot finish out of Andriy Pyatov’s reach.Shakhtar based the bulk of their attacks out wide and, though they regularly found room behind Alessandro Florenzi and Aleksandar Kolarov, the final ball was often lacking and Fred summed up their frustrated efforts just after the half-hour with a wild 25-yard effort after the Serie A side had clogged up the route to goal.Roma slowed the pace to exert more control and took a deserved lead five minutes before the break as Dzeko neatly turned into space and played a piercing ball behind Ismaily, which Under raced onto and finished beyond Pyatov to continue his fine run in front of goal.2 – Cengiz Ünder (20yy, 222dd) is the 2nd youngest goalscorer for @OfficialASRoma in UCL history after Antonio Cassano (20yy, 82dd). Wonder.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) February 21, 2018Shakhtar hit back less than six minutes into the second half, Ferreyra had been previously starved of service, so took it upon himself to latch onto Yaroslav Rakitskiy’s hopeful punt, nutmeg Manolas and finish calmly beyond Alisson.As Shakhtar surged forwards, the Brazilian goalkeeper had to be on his toes to deny Marlos from close-range before he pulled off a spectacular flying stop when Taison sent a wicked shot arrowing for the top-right corner.But there was absolutely nothing Alisson could do to stop Roma falling behind in the 71st minute as Fred sent a 25-yard set-piece fizzing over the wall and into the net via a pleasing kiss off the crossbar.Shakhtar came within inches of scoring the game’s fourth goal in stoppage time, but Bruno Peres somehow deflected Ferreyra’s effort over the bar while sat on the line – an intervention that could prove to be crucial. read morelast_img read more

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Matic tips Lukaku for ‘big things’ at Man United

first_imgManchester United Lukaku tipped for ‘big things’ by Man United team-mate Matic Joe Wright 06:07 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) romelu lukaku - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Romelu Lukaku A. Sánchez Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea The former Chelsea and Everton striker has hit 21 goals for his team this season, and one team-mate believes he can get even better Romelu Lukaku has been backed to achieve “big things” at Manchester United by team-mate Nemanja Matic.The Belgium international, a reported £75million signing from Everton last July, has scored 21 goals in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s side in a solid first season at Old Trafford.Question marks remain over Lukaku’s performances against elite opposition, though, with the 24-year-old having failed to score against any of the Premier League’s top eight in 2017-18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp However, ahead of Sunday’s clash with former club Chelsea, Matic has tipped Lukaku to enjoy a successful career in the north west.”Romelu is a great striker,” the United midfielder told Sky Sports.”For a young player, it’s not an easy situation because everyone expects you to score in every game. It is not easy to deal with that expectation but as he’s shown already he’s doing well.”Mentally he’s strong and I’m sure he will continue to score goals. He’s still young and can improve more and I’m sure he will do big things for Manchester United.”10 – Romelu Lukaku has scored 10 goals in his last 10 appearances in the FA Cup. Specialist. pic.twitter.com/6z4akjVW1Q— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 17, 2018Another forward whose United career has had a mixed start is Alexis Sanchez, who has scored just one goal in six appearances since his January move from Arsenal.Matic, however, is delighted to have the Chile international at the club.”Alexis is working really hard,” he said. “We are happy to have him in the team because in these kind of games a player with that quality can decide the game.”I’m sure he will be very important for us on Sunday and for the rest of the season. I am happy he is a team-mate.”Matic is eagerly awaiting the visit of his former club this weekend as United aim for a win to consolidate second place behind Manchester City in the table.”We are all excited because these are games we all like to play. We like to compare our qualities with good teams,” he added.”Chelsea have good players for sure and it’s always good when you play against good teams. I am really looking forward to it.”I expect an open game because we want to win, they want to win for sure and it will be very interesting for the supporters.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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€100m Balotelli in Italy & England talks – Raiola

first_imgTransfers €100m Balotelli in talks to return to Italy or England, says Raiola Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 13:54 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) MarioBalotelli - Cropped AFP Transfers Juventus Mario Balotelli Nice Ligue 1 Premier League Serie A The agent claimed the Nice forward is ready to return to Italy, though he also acknowledged negotiating with teams in England Mario Balotelli is worth €100 million and set to return to Italy or England, according to his agent Mino Raiola.The 27-year-old forward is out of contract at Nice at the end of the season, having scored 21 goals in 29 games in all competitions this campaign.Balotelli has enjoyed two strong seasons at the Ligue 1 club, but appears set to return to the Serie A or the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Raiola claimed he had spoken to several clubs about Balotelli, but he ruled out a return to AC Milan for the 33-time Italy international.”Mario is ready to come back to Italy. He is one of the 10 best strikers in the world, and the number one in Italy,” he told RAI.”He is worth €100m, but he is a free agent so he is a bargain.”I’m already negotiating with many teams in England and Italy. I talked with Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Inter.”On AC Milan, he added: “No, because there is [sporting director Massimiliano] Mirabelli and I can’t talk with him, I’m not at his level.”Balotelli played for Inter and Milan in the Serie A and Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League prior to his move to Nice.last_img read more

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Wenger hails positives for ‘dynamic’ Arsenal in City loss

first_imgArsenal Wenger: A lot of positives for dynamic Arsenal after Manchester City defeats Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Manchester City Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Manchester City Brighton & Hove Albion The Frenchman branded Thursday’s performance as “dynamic” and said the scoreline was a harsh reflection of his side’s performance Despite talk of pressure mounting on Arsene Wenger after Arsenal’s second 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City in five days, the manager insists there are still “a lot of positives” for the Gunners.Since the start of 2018, Arsenal have only won four matches in all competitions, a run that has seen them fall 10 points outside the Premier League’s top four and exit both domestic cup competitions.Nottingham Forest sent them packing in the FA Cup and Manchester City recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the EFL Cup final last weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp City added further misery with another 3-0 victory over the Gunners in the league on Thursday, while Wenger’s men also lost to Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the Europa League – although they still progressed on aggregate.Questions are being asked about the quality of Arsenal’s squad, while speculation continues to mount that Wenger could leave a year before his contract expires.He remains resolute, though, and insists it is not all doom and gloom at the Emirates Stadium.”We have to analyse in an objective way, the game last night [against City] was not all negative,” he told Sky Sports .”There were a lot of positives in that game. With that size of the score, it is always tempting to think it was all rubbish but that was not the case.”You have to take a perspective, sit back, look at the whole picture and analyse where we were poor and where we were strong and insist on the strong points and get rid of the weak points we showed last night.”The strong points are that we played at a high intensity, we were quite good going forward but we couldn’t take advantage of the chances we created.”I think we had the first chances in the game so overall I believe that we had a very dynamic game and put a lot of effort in. It was a pacey game with both teams really going for it.”They were clinical like they were in the League Cup [final], they took advantage of every weakness we have shown defensively.”In order to arrest their poor run, Wenger knows Arsenal have to pull together, starting at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday – a game Jack Wilshere is a doubt for.”It has taken out confidence and brought big disappointment,” he said. “In football, you lose confidence very quickly and you regain it very slowly and you always have to show strength not to give in.”When that kind of disappointment comes it divides, it splits and our experience has to help us to stay together and focus on the next games.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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