Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has claimed he was pressured to play Ethan Nwaneri in their 6-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.
Speaking after the game, Arteta revealed that his players forced him to bring on the 16-year-old.
Nwaneri made his first senior appearance of the season as a substitute in the 77th minute, replacing Gabriel Martinelli.
Arteta has admitted he wasn’t planning on bringing the teenager on.
He said: “There is something that you have to earn in your team and that is the trust of your team-mates. I had two things.
“One, the players on the bench whispering ‘Bring Ethan in!’, which is a great thing to hear.
“The other thing is for your teammates to give you the ball all the time. If they do that, it’s because they really trust you and you only have to see how many times he was involved in that. So it’s a great sign.”
UCL: UEFA cancels group stages, introduces new format ahead of 2024/25 season
The Union of European Footballing Associations (UEFA), has announced the new format for the Champions League, which will be implemented from the 2024-2025 season and onwards.
The announcement video from UEFA (via Fabrizio Romano) details the changes that they will be implementing in the competition format.
The current 32-team group stage will be replaced by a singular 36-team league phase in the Champions League and also the Europa and Europa Conference League.
Each team will be drawn against eight different opponents, two from each of the four seeding pots, playing four games at home and four away.
The teams that finish first through eighth will qualify directly for the Round of 16.
The teams finishing ninth through 24th must face each other in a knockout playoff round to join the top eight teams in the pre-quarterfinals.
Ex-Super Eagles goalie, Egbo wants to continue from where coach Peseiro stopped
Ex-Nigerian goalkeeper Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo has thrown his hat in the battle for the vacant Super Eagles coaching role.
Former Nigeria goalkeeper Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo has said he would be open to taking the vacant coaching role with the Super Eagles.
Recall the search for the next Nigeria coach has begun after Jose Peseiro parted ways with the team following a 22-month stint.
Egbo, who made history as the first African coach to win a major European league title, spoke about the Super Eagles role following his feat years ago in Albania.
“It is my country, I’m 100% Nigerian even though I have a European passport,” Egbo told Channels TV in an interview.
Emmanuel Egbo started off his managerial career as a goalkeeper coach.
Emmanuel Egbo started off his managerial career as a goalkeeper coach. (Photo Credit: Egbo/IG)
“Anytime I’m called upon to come and help, to raise the football of my country up because I am expecting Nigeria one day to be challenging to win the World Cup, which we have not done for a long time now.”
“So, I’m always open; we can never say never to our country,” he stated about the possibility of managing the Nigerian job if offered.
It’s like a military service that anytime we are called upon we have to do it for our country,” he added.
The 50-year-old led KF Tirana to the Albanian league title in 2019/2020 season – their first championship in 11 years.
Egbo is a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, earning 12 caps and playing at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments – 2000 and 2002.
After retiring, he moved into coaching, starting as a goalkeeper coach before he worked his way up to become Tirana manager three years ago.
Our Performance Against City Was Very Good, Says Ten Hag
Manchester United boss, Erik Ten Hag, believes his side put in a very good performance against Manchester City on Sunday but were unlucky not to get a point out of the game
The Red Devils had a bright start as early as the eight-minute with a 26-yard screamer from Marcus Rashford to beat Ederson but a Phil Foden double turned the tide in City’s favour, before Erling Haaland put the game to rest in injury time.
But the Dutchman says his side did well despite the defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
”I think also [in] defending, we closed the middle very good, we defended the box very good. So the performance from our side was very good,” he said in a post-match interview.
“It’s about getting behind the defending line and with the speed from Garnacho and Rashford. And I think that went very well – we were already up after a couple of minutes. Good breakthrough from Garnacho, Rashford was in the perfect scoring position and then, quickly after the goal from Rashford, we had our moments and more throughout the game.”
‘A Win Was Possible’
Ten Hag indicated that he was impressed with how his side’s tactical awareness, feeling they were simply undone in a couple of ‘defining moments’,
”We had our moments after it as well, to go for a second one. I think we defended very well. But then [there were] two I will say defining moments where we almost make a breakthrough and we conceded the first goal and also the second goal after also a defining moment, when Garnacho is through on the break. So yeah, then you are disappointed,” he said.
”We have to accept it, but it is what it is. But still, I think we had the opportunity to at least get one point, but also a win was possible.”
Despite the loss, the Dutchman believes his side are still improving and do not need to dwell on a bad night at the Etihad.
“We had one bad, bad performance last week [against Fulham], where we didn’t play that well, but from this year on, I think we are really progressing. You have to get some points back, and then you have to win a game like today against City. And there are more coming games,” he said.
”There are still many games to play and everyone can beat everyone. So things can quickly turn around. So we have to win our games. Number five could be a position for the Champions League, so, as I say, we have to fight for it.”
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