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Thomas Partey told to reject Arsenal move by Ghana coach CK Akonnor

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Aug 2020 2:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Comment Partey is reportedly Arteta’s top target (Picture: Getty Images)‘With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners].‘I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.’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 ArsenalWith Matteo Guendouzi rumoured to be on his way out of the club, Arsenal legend Alan Smith suggested the Frenchman could be used as part of a deal to bring Partey to the Emirates.‘Midfield would further benefit if Matteo Guendouzi can be used in a deal to recruit someone like Thomas Partey, the much-admired lynchpin from Atletico Madrid,’ he told Sky Sports.MORE: Tony Cascarino slams Mesut Ozil for not seeking a move away from ArsenalMORE: Arsenal legend Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to sign two more players after Willian transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Thomas Partey told to reject Arsenal move by Ghana coach CK Akonnor Advertisement Partey should avoid moving to Arsenal, according to his international boss (Picture: Getty Images)Thomas Partey has been advised by Ghana coach CK Akonnor to turn down a move to Arsenal and instead remain at Atletico Madrid.The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates and is believed to be the Gunners’ top transfer target after wrapping up a deal for free agent Willian.The Ghanaian midfielder is keen on a move to Arsenal and reportedly demanding £200,000-a-week to make the switch to north London.However, Atletico will accept nothing less than his £45 million release clause to let him go.ADVERTISEMENTWith the Gunners finishing outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years last season and no Champions League football since the 2016-17 campaign, Partey’s international coach Akonnor told him to stay put.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play,’ Akonnor told Starr FM. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Meet the Democratic Candidates Running for State Rep.

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- Meet the candidates John Norton III and Lora Greene, the two candidates running for the Democratic nomination for State Representative of the the 106th District. Watch the clip above.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Standoff in Oscoda CountyNext The Barricade Situation in Mio – What we Knowlast_img

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France 4-3 Argentina: 11 things we learned

first_imgKylian Mbappe announced himself on football’s biggest stage with two fine goals that gave France victory in a classic World Cup encounter with Argentina, and a place in the quarter-finals.MBAPPE DEVASTATINGKylian’s pace and predatory instincts worked to devastating effect as he scored twice and was brought down for the penalty which Antoine Griezmann converted.ARGENTINA’S LACK OF PACE IN THE MIDFIELD AND DEFENCEEn route to the first goal, the relative ease with which Mbappe moved from his half into the Argentine penalty box was very worrying. The midfield trio of Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez and Ever Banega were non-existent as Mbappe drove through the middle. The defence couldn’t also cope with his pace as Mbappe put up a man of the match performance. It was as if Didier Deschamps instructed Mbappe to run at the Argentines anytime he had the ball.MESSI’S BODY LANGUAGE After Mbappe scored the 3rd goal for France, the camera fixated its gaze on Lionel Messi. Messi’s body language was a confirmation of Argentina’s defeat. He bowed his head and his shoulder dropped.FRANCE’S INCREDIBLE RECORD MAINTAINEDHeading into the game, France had not lost a world cup game in which they had scored first since 1982. The record still continues.DI MARIA FINALLY COMES TO LIFEHe has had a quiet tournament so far but the Angel found some spark and lightened up. He was given time and space to pick his spot as he lashed in a 41st-minute stunner to draw Argentina level. His performances in the 2nd half was reminiscent of the Di Maria we have been used to. POGBA, POGBA, POGBAPaul Pogba put in some good passes to cut Argentina open, especially on the right flank but his over elaborations on the ball was not a beautiful sight to see. Going forward, the dabbing maestro must learn to keep things cool and simple.DESCHAMPS SHOULD STICK WITH GIROUDOlivier Giroud has been in and out of this France team but his performance today might just have cemented his place in the starting 11. He offers a reference point in attack with his good aerial ability and also has the will to “FIGHT” when the going gets tough.FRANCE’S QUICK TRANSITION FROM DEFENCE TO ATTACK That 4th goal from Mbappe was a beauty. The build-up play was very quick and it worked to devastating effect. There were also some instances in the first half where the Argentine defence was cut open by some quick thinking from the French midfielders.JORGE SAMPAOLI’S TACTICSThe plan was to overload the midfield area since he was wary of France’s brilliant midfielders. In effect, Argentina played without a recognized striker for long parts of the game. Argentina had 62% possession in the 1st half but due to lack of attacking options upfront, there was no movement upfront. The Argentines only managed 1 shot in the entire first half. He brought on Aguero but it was a little too late. It was difficult to understand why Sampaoli couldn’t get the likes of Paolo Dybala, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain to play together. Heading out, Sampaoli should consider opening a tattoo shop to enable him continue his crave for tattoos.KANTE AND MATUIDI IMMENSEN’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi worked hand in hand to keep Lionel Messi quiet. It was a superb work from these two as they man marked the little magician, closed him down very quickly and prevented him from performing his magic. ARGENTINA NEEDS A GOALKEEPERArmani Franco’s positioning was suspect when Benjamin Pavard powered in a stunner of a strike. He could also have done better with regards to Mbappe’s 1st goal. Going forward, Argentina needs to attend to the goalkeeping department.— Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and live streaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more

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Raptors vs. Magic: Predictions, picks for 2019 NBA playoffs first-round series

first_imgThe Raptors enter the playoffs under as much pressure as any team, certainly in the East.Not only are they looking at a history of postseason flops, including the sweep at the hands of the Cavaliers in last year’s conference semifinals (which pushed the team to make Nick Nurse coach and let Dwane Casey go), there was, too, the blockbuster deal for Kawhi Leonard, who will be a free agent this summer. His interest in staying with the Raptors could be influenced by how far the team goes in the playoffs. According to NBA.com stats, Gordon guarded Leonard on 43 possessions in three games this season and allowed him only 40.0 percent shooting. The Raptors need more production out of their offensive anchor.Raptors vs. Magic predictionThis won’t be a cakewalk for the Raptors. The Magic closed the season strong. They defend well, and they can create matchup problems for Toronto. But they lack the experience or depth to pull off the upset.Raptors over Magic, 4-2 They’re going against the worst kind of foe — a Magic team that has nothing to lose, that was not supposed to be a playoff team entering the season and was left for dead at 20-31 before rallying to finish 22-9.NBA PLAYOFFS 2019: Full schedule | East predictionsRaptors vs. Magic: Schedule, breakdown, predictionDateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 13Game 1 at Toronto5 p.m. ET (ESPN)April 16Game 2 at Toronto8 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)April 19Game 3 at Orlando7 p.m. ET (ESPN)April 21Game 4 at Orlando7 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)*April 23Game 5 at TorontoTBD*April 25Game 6 at OrlandoTBD*April 27Game 7 at TorontoTBD (TNT)(*if necessary)The key playerFew players gave Toronto fits quite like Orlando All-Star Nikola Vucevic, who averaged 20.0 points, 15.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists (55.0 percent shooting and 45.5 percent from the 3-point line) in the four regular-season games that the teams split this year. He plays a perimeter game as a shooter and passer, which spells trouble for the Raptors’ elder big men, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, and will likely force Nurse to use Pascal Siakam, who is a bit undersized for the matchup, on him.The big number18.0. Leonard had an outstanding comeback season in Toronto (26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 49.6 percent shooting), but did not fare well when facing Orlando, averaging only 18.0 points per game and struggling against versatile Magic forward Aaron Gordon.last_img read more