Arsenal submitted transfer offer for Wilfried Zaha to put pressure on Nicolas Pepe

first_imgArsenal submitted transfer offer for Wilfried Zaha to put pressure on Nicolas Pepe Coral BarryTuesday 1 Oct 2019 4:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Comment Zaha was desperate to join Arsenal during the summer (Picture: Getty)Zaha handed in a transfer request in a bid to force his way out of the club, but Crystal Palace were furious with Arsenal’s valuation of their star attacker.AdvertisementAdvertisementAfter a £40m opening bid was submitted, Palace described the offer as ‘derisory’, but it appears Arsenal were trying to put pressure on Pepe’s team to make a decision.While Zaha may not be pleased to be used as a pawn in negotiations with Pepe’s representatives, his rival has failed to hit the ground running at Arsenal. Advertisement Pepe is Arsenal’s record signing (Picture: Getty)Arsenal made an offer for Wilfried Zaha in a bid to put pressure on Nicolas Pepe to agree terms on a move to the Emirates, reports say.Pepe joined Arsenal in a £72million transfer from Lille during the summer in a massive coup for the reportedly cash-strapped Gunners.The Athletic claim discussions between Pepe’s team and intermediaries for Arsenal began in February, as the London club aimed to lay the groundwork for their summer deals well ahead of time.Pepe would eventually become Arsenal’s record signing, but not before the Gunners made a play to lure Zaha to the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Pepe is facing a confidence crisis (Picture: Getty)‘The confidence must come back. I am not very worried. People may be worried about statistics, but I’m not.‘I have to keep working because the level is different, so is the language. It’s a new championship for me. I have to adapt quickly but it will not be long.’MORE: Manchester United star Paul Pogba could miss Newcastle clash after injury setback against 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 Unai Emery speaks after Manchester United DrawTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:24FullscreenUnai Emery speaks after Manchester United Draw is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Pepe cut a frustrated figure in Arsenal’s draw with Manchester United on Monday night and admitted his confidence is low after a difficult start to life in London.‘[My start] It’s not been easy, we must tell the truth,’ Pepe told RMC after last night’s stalemate.I’m not good enough in my stats or my usual form, it’s not the same as in Lille or during the Liverpool match early in the season.last_img read more

Johnson hails “remarkable” season

first_img Premier League communications director Dan Johnson said: “It has been a truly remarkable season in terms of competitiveness with so many clubs so consistently involved at both ends of the season – there is the potential for nine matches to have something on them on the final day. “The clubs keep investing in developing and attracting talented players and the crowds and viewing figures show that fans like what they see. “We always say we want everything to go to the last day of the season, and that might just happen.” Ahead of the penultimate weekend, there are only three points between the three challengers, the smallest margin between first and third place at this stage of the season since 1980/81 when three points for a win was first introduced. The lead at the top of the league table has already changed hands 22 times this season, a record number of changes, and it could do so again on the final day. By comparison, the lead only changed hands four times last season when Manchester United strolled to the title. Should Manchester City pip their two rivals to the title, they will have timed their charge perfectly – they have only spent a handful of days as league leaders during the entire season. Arsenal, who are likely to finish in fourth place, are the club who have spent longest time as league leaders throughout the campaign only to have fallen away in February after several months as pace-setters. The competitiveness of the league has also been illustrated by the fact that no club had absolutely guaranteed Champions League qualification until they had played 35 out of 38 games – the latest these spots have been up for grabs. By contrast, in 2003/04 and 2004/05, Chelsea qualified for the Champions League with nine games to spare. It is possible that Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City could all end up on the same points at the end of the season with the title being decided on goal difference – as it was in City’s favour two years ago when they an injury-time winner against QPR sealed the title. It is incredibly tight at the bottom of the table too – depending on results this weekend, the final day could see all clubs in the bottom three still in with a chance of survival. The final day of the season could yet see nine of the 10 matches being decisive either in terms of the title race, European qualification, or relegation. Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea could all be crowned champions on the final day after a campaign that has been the closest since the launch of the Premier League in 1992/93. A “truly remarkable” Premier League season is building towards a nerve-jangling climax with all the statistics pointing to it being the most thrilling campaign in its history. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

MBB : John: You always know what you’re getting with Boeheim

first_img Comments Jim Boeheim had every intention of commenting on what he believed were personal attacks on his recent track record as a head coach. To him, a line had been crossed. And he wasn’t about to just let it go.It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the job or in your 35th year as the head coach at a basketball powerhouse. It’s almost impossible to keep your cool when you become the target of public criticism.That’s why it’s hard to fault Boeheim for taking issue with a graphic and an accompanied story in The Post-Standard when he stepped to the podium Monday after Syracuse’s 63-52 win over West Virginia.The graphic and story, which ran Saturday, pointed out Boeheim’s six (now seven) consecutive losses against Rick Pitino.Boeheim took issue with the fact that the graphic only showed Pitino’s 6-1 record against the Orange during his time at Louisville. It neglected to show that Boeheim has had his fair share of success against Pitino, with a 6-3 record, before Pitino took over at UL.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd after looking at the graphic, it’s understandable why Boeheim would be upset.Yet at the same time, Boeheim doesn’t exactly have an exemplary track record when it comes to making personal attacks of his own. Over the years, it’s no secret Boeheim has had his fair share of run-ins with the media. Most of the time, he is simply coming to the defense of his team or his own reputation.But on Dec. 4 following a Syracuse win over North Carolina State inside the Carrier Dome, what could have been a simple ‘next question’ became a five-minute reproach. And it became personal.During the postgame press conference, I asked Boeheim about Scoop Jardine’s shot selection. It was a question he had already addressed in part. I tried to prod for more specifics, and Boeheim wasn’t having that.‘Didn’t I just answer that question?’ Boeheim replied.Instead of it ending there, though, Boeheim came back to it after another reporter began to ask a question.‘Do you guys pass any classes?’ Boeheim said. ‘Seriously. I don’t know. Listen. You’re worse than my kids.’Fair or not, there is a strain between coaches and the media. And often times, though usually unintentional, someone crosses the line and makes it personal.Although I never really considered it to be a big deal, I still get asked about that incident occasionally. I think it’s because a lot of people who were there at the press conference thought those remarks were a bit personal. And it was far from an isolated incident for Boeheim.Some feel that line was crossed again when Boeheim came after two reporters from The Post-Standard because of the story and graphic. To him, it’s not a big deal. He was just defending himself against what he believed to be unfair criticism.On Thursday, Boeheim maintained his statements are never meant to be personal.‘There’s nothing personal about anything I’ve ever said,’ Boeheim said in a phone interview. ‘I don’t talk about somebody’s personal life. It’s business. It’s not personal. Personal is when you attack somebody’s character or what they do off the court or off their job. That’s personal. Their integrity, their honesty or whatever.‘But everybody has their own opinion, and I’ve had my say, and it’s over. It’s no big deal. People are making some big deal about it. It’s not.’It’s interesting to note that despite Syracuse’s win over West Virginia, which gave the Orange its 21st victory of the season, the conflict came with four games remaining in the regular season and a NCAA Tournament bid awaiting.‘We’ve got four games left and have won 21 games, but the season is over with in some people’s minds,’ Boeheim said Monday. ‘It never ceases to amaze me.’The reality is Syracuse is just one game out of third place in the best league in the country with four games left to play.It doesn’t matter if you cover the team or simply watched some games this season. It’s difficult to deny Boeheim’s squad has shown flashes this season, despite a recent 3-6 stretch. This is the same team that won 18 in a row.And whether he’s making wise cracks or busting on you for asking a stupid question in the postgame press conference, you know what you’re getting from him.That’s Jim Boeheim.Like a lot of us, he sometimes takes things personal, too. If you’re going to criticize his team or his recent record against another coach, make sure it’s fair.And heading into the last four games of the regular season, with a lot still left to play for, it’s time to hold the criticism and wait and see what happens.Andrew L. John is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 17, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more