Mikel Arteta against Gabriel Martinelli leaving Arsenal to join Brazil’s Olympic qualification tournament

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Jan 2020 4:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Mikel Arteta against Gabriel Martinelli leaving Arsenal to join Brazil’s Olympic qualification tournament Gabriel Martinelli was initially called up for Brazil’s Under-23s squad (REX)Mikel Arteta admits it’s ‘not ideal’ for Arsenal to lose Gabriel Martinelli after the striker was initially called up by Brazil for their upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament.The 18-year-old has made an impressive start at Arsenal with eight goals in all competitions this season, but under Arteta he has played just 23 minutes so far after he came on as a late substitute in the 1-0 win over Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday evening.Brazil’s Olympic qualifying campaign runs from January 18 to February 9 in Colombia, meaning Martinelli could have missed four games for the Gunners.But the 18-year-old has not been named in Brazil Under-23s’ final squad, which means he is set to remain with Arsenal for the remainder of the campaign.ADVERTISEMENT Martinelli has played just 23 minutes for Arsenal since Mikel Arteta took charge of the team (Getty Images)Arteta admits it would have been a blow to lose Martinelli and suggests the striker would need to insist on accepting the call-up midway through the season for Arsenal to allow him to leave.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Well, in the middle of the season it’s never ideal for players to go to that type of tournament,’ said Arteta.‘We’ll discuss with the club if there’s an obligation, if that’s something that the player really wants to go [to] and we’ll make a decision on that.’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 CityMartinelli, who is also eligible to represent Italy, has made two appearances for Brazil’s Under-23s but is yet to receive a senior cap.‘I’m Brazilian, of course everyone wants to play with that yellow shirt, listen to their people singing. But I can play for Italy too,’ he said last month.‘I have nothing decided.‘Of course I want to play for Brazil, but I haven’t defined it yet. It can be one or the other.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

MLS Cup title a fitting end for Gerardo Martino’s Atlanta United journey

first_img Kevin C. Cox https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/3d/5d/atlanta-united-mls-cup-2018_fceo590agaup1cxzf1r1umtk7.jpg?t=-1851713905&w=500&quality=80 Gerardo “Tata” Martino has a history of success, just not in finals. The manager mentioned it in the lead-up to Saturday’s MLS Cup final, saying he had lost more than he won. It’s a fair criticism, but Martino got it right Saturday.   Atlanta United delivered a 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers to claim the MLS Cup crown and send off the departing manager with a trophy. “Well, we won one, that’s good,” he said with a laugh after the match. “It’s been a long time. In 2013 with Newell’s and one title with Barca. Now this. After several disappointments, above all two in the Copa America. It’s a beautiful title and you celebrate after, obviously.” Martino lost the 2011 Copa America final with Paraguay and the 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America Centenario finals when he was in charge of Argentina. On the club level, he guided Newell’s Old Boys to the 2013 Torneo Final title, though the team lost the subsequent Superfinal. But with Barcelona, he once again fell short, dropping the 2012-13 Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid. Perhaps that’s why, while Martino enjoyed the triumph, he took it a bit more in stride than might be expected for a coach who has often watched other teams lift trophies while he’s left to figure out where he’s going to put another runners-up medal. “For me, to talk about the final and the championship, it’s good, it’s beautiful. I’m happy, but what has happened over the length of these two years is what will stay with me. The work we did,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s necessary to win a title to think a job was well done.” Getting across the finish line might be the goal for most, but Martino says he took joy in the journey. The team finished by winning MLS cup, but the manager doesn’t think it would have happened without last year’s disappointment against Columbus or the frustration against Toronto FC at the end of the regular season that meant the New York Red Bulls won the Supporters’ Shield.   “In the Toronto game, we saw that we weren’t as great in the build-up and we conceded a lot of goals. There were games before that which were a warning, but we didn’t lose. We changed, we got more solid,” Martino said. Those changes implemented in the postseason saw Atlanta roll to the title, scoring nine goals and conceding twice. That progression brought Martino joy, as did his time in Atlanta. Now he’s moving into another role where he hopes he can continue improving his record in finals.  After the celebration. Obviously. For Martino, it also was about the work he was able to put in and the relationships he built. The 56-year-old’s last two jobs were at Barcelona and Argentina, places where the boss is asked to be much more of an executive than a teacher, more of a manager than a coach. The Atlanta job allowed the him to get back to his roots, helping individual players and laying out a vision for a club. This is a man who coached in Paraguay for years, far removed from the spotlight of the world’s media coverage that now follows him. “I said what happened to me here is I started to feel like a coach again from the perspective of putting a team together, signing players, giving the team an identity, see how the players are growing in the last two years,” he said. “A lot of times when you work at the top level, you feel like your part really isn’t as important, you don’t feel as involved in the growth.  “Here the same thing happened as happened at Newell’s. I felt like I participated, I felt happy, I felt I had an influence on the growth of the team and the growth of the players, and I’ll try to conserve this and try to think about this above all when I have the possibility to choose another job.” That’s widely expected to be next week, with Martino set to take over the Mexico national team. His players were thrilled to send him off with a title. “He’s left his legacy here in Atlanta, and moves on to a new project, I’m guessing that’s Mexico,” defender Greg Garza told Goal. “The main thing for me was the humbleness and the honesty of the person that he is off the field. He’s a great coach on the field, but I think the person he is off the field is really what leaves his legacy for all of us.” One of the keys this season on the field was a willingness to adapt and flex away from the way he wanted to play to the way he needed to play. Atlanta went into the playoffs and dominated opponents, but even in Saturday’s second half the team wasn’t trying to play beautiful football. That had been accomplished in the first half and was rewarded with the halftime lead on Josef Martinez’s relatively simple goal after a Timbers botch job at the back. A second goal from a set piece meant the Five Stripes could hang back and defend their lead, then enjoy the celebrations that followed. last_img read more

Sala exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide before plane crash

first_imgEmiliano Sala was exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide while on board the plane which crashed into the English Channel in January, investigators have found.Argentine forward Sala was killed when flying from Nantes to Cardiff having completed a club-record £15 million ($18m) move to the Bluebirds in January.He and pilot David Ibbotson – whose body has not yet been found – were the only people on board the plane, and a report released by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has revealed that the pair were exposed to the deadly gas following tests on Sala’s blood.“Toxicology tests on the blood of the passenger showed a carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) saturation level of 58 per cent,” the report read. “COHb is the combination product of carbon monoxide (CO) with haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein molecule contained in red blood cells.“A COHb level of 50% or above in an otherwise healthy individual is generally considered to be potentially fatal.“In this type of aircraft, the cockpit is not separated from the cabin and it is considered likely that the pilot would also have been affected to some extent by exposure to CO.” Sala’s plane went missing over the Channel on January 21 as he made the journey to South Wales having bid farewell to his former team-mates in France.After three days of searching, Guernsey Police called off the search for the Piper Malibu plane, with Sala’s body eventually found following a privately funded search by the player’s family and returned to Argentina.In June, Dorset Police confirmed that detectives investigating Sala’s death had arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.An unnamed 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area was taken into custody but later released and remains under investigation for potentially having a role in the passing of the Argentine striker and Ibbotson.Detective Inspector Simon Huxter said at the time of the arrest: “We have carried out a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Sala and continue to work with partner agencies including the Civil Aviation Authority. “As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our enquiries we have today arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.“He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.”last_img read more

Fire blocks highway on Mason City’s north side

first_imgMASON CITY — Firefighters are battling a blaze on Mason City’s north side this morning, which is also blocking off traffic on US Highway 65.Firefighters were called around 4 o’clock this morning to Young Construction at 16th and North Federal. Smoke was billowing from the building shortly before 5 o’clock. No other details about the fire are available at this time.US Highway 65 is blocked off between 14th and 17th Streets North.last_img