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Mikel Arteta plans on playing Willian in new position after move from Chelsea

first_imgMikel Arteta plans on playing Willian in new position after move from Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 1:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10kShares Advertisement Willian was primarily used on the right under Lampard (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)While the length of Arsenal’s offer is believed to have been the key driver of Willian’s move to the Emirates, Arteta’s plans for him have clearly influenced his thinking and he’ll at long last get to star in a central role that he has craved. AdvertisementAdvertisementWillian is set to sign a three-year deal with the club, though he’ll take a slightly salary cut from his £120,000-a-week deal with Chelsea to earn around £100,000-a-week at the Emirates.The winger was reportedly in north London on Monday to complete his medical with the Gunners and the club are likely to announce his arrival later this week.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 CityWillian will become Arteta’s first signing of the summer but the Spaniard may have to sell before spending any money.The likes of Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all been put up for sale.Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the fourth season running and they announced in February – before the coronavirus pandemic hit sport – a loss in operating profit.MORE: Alexis Sanchez’s dream Manchester United reunion under threat after injury against Bayer Leverkusen Advertisement Willian is set to play centrally at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta plans on using Willian in a central position next season after the Brazilian completes his move to the club from Chelsea.The 32-year-old departed Stamford Bridge this week after seven years in west London.The Brazilian was predominantly used as a right winger at Chelsea, despite playing under five different managers during his time at the club. However, Willian’s always felt that he was used incorrectly at Chelsea and that his best position is in a more central role behind a centre forward.ADVERTISEMENTArteta clearly agrees and the Spaniard plans on using Willian in a no.10 role next term, according to the Mirror. Commentlast_img read more

Serena dumped out of US Open

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Thiem claims his first Grand Slam title after thrilling fightback in US Open Serena pulls out of Italian Open Victoria Azarenka got the better of old foe Serena Williams to reach her first grand slam final for seven years.Williams looked supreme in the first set as a US Open final rematch against Naomi Osaka beckoned but Azarenka fought back superbly to win 1-6 6-3 6-3.Williams was not helped by a jarred ankle early in the deciding set that required heavy strapping and her quest to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles titles goes on.Instead it is two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka who will face Osaka in a quite remarkable story of resurgence.The 31-year-old had been a shadow of her former self since her stop-start return from maternity leave in 2017 and had almost been written off as a major contender prior to her victory on the same courts in the Western & Southern Open last month.A lengthy custody battle with her former partner over their three-year-old son, Leo, kept her away for several spells and took its toll on and off court, while her confidence ebbed away.This was the former world number one’s first slam semi-final since her second consecutive final against Williams in New York in 2013, both of which were high-quality, close affairs but both were won by the American.But this was every bit as good, with Azarenka continuing the form that saw her lose just one game against Elise Mertens in the quarter-finals.Williams, by contrast, had survived three-set battles against Sloane Stephens, Maria Sakkari and Tsvetana Pironkova but crushed any suggestion of vulnerability in a pulsating start.Azarenka helped her with a nervy first service game and Williams needed no second invitation to crush her opponent’s weaker second serve.In no time she was 4-0 up, and in just 34 minutes she wrapped up the opening set.It seemed a minor setback when Williams missed the chance to break for 2-0 in the second set, but that gave Azarenka a foothold and she grabbed it, playing a superb return game to move 3-2 in front.Azarenka’s backhand in particular was really firing now and she began to dictate from the middle of the court, marching to her chair after breaking for a second time to win the set.Suddenly it was Williams needing to change the momentum, and what she certainly did not need was an injury to her troublesome ankles.The 38-year-old clutched her left ankle as Azarenka made it deuce in the second game of the deciding set, and the Belarusian broke after a lengthy medical timeout.Williams threw everything she had at Azarenka as she tried to claw her way back into the match, her screams reverberating around the empty Arthur Ashe Stadium.But Azarenka held her nerve superbly and got the sweetest of rewards, sealing victory with an ace for her first win over Williams at a slam in 11 tries.Tags: Serena WilliamsUS OpenVictoria Azarenkalast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Derrick Rose agrees to terms with Pistons

first_imgFree agent guard Derrick Rose has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal to join the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019Detroit emerged as the favorite to land 2010-11 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, according to an early report from The Athletic.Detroit Pistons are emerging as the favorite to sign Derrick Rose, according to a league source.— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) June 29, 2019Rose saw a career resurgence in 2018-19 with the Timberwolves averaging 18 points on 48.2 percent shooting from the floor. It was the highest shooting percentage he has posted since his second year in the league when he shot 48.9 percent for Chicago. Related News The Pistons landed a big-name point guard.Derrick Rose agreed to terms with Detroit and will sign a two-year, $15 million dollar deal, according to an ESPN report, which cited unidentified league sources. NBA free agency rumors: Celtics pursuing Kevon Looney, Enes Kanter NBA free agency rumors: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard discuss playing together He did once again miss a good portion of the season with an injury, but after being out most of the previous year, the 51 games played was a great bounce back for him. NBA free agency 2019: Kevin Durant to go? Kawhi Leonard to stay? What will Lakers do? Detroit does return Reggie Jackson to the team next season and a few other guards as well, but if Rose is healthy again he can be productive.The Pistons made the playoffs last year but saw an early exit after they were swept by the Bucks in the first round.last_img read more