Mikel Arteta reveals he will speak to Edu and Raul Sanllehi about Eddie Nketiah’s Arsenal future

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jan 2020 1:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares The striker’s loan at Leeds was cut short as Arsenal recalled him on New Year’s Day (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has not closed the door on Eddie Nketiah being involved with the Arsenal first team after the club decided to terminate his loan spell with Leeds United early.The young striker only started two Championship matches while on loan at Elland Road and played his last match for the club against West Brom on New Year’s Day in a 1-1 draw as he was recalled by his parent club.Arsenal were frustrated by Nketiah’s lack of starts for Leeds and will now weigh up whether to involve him with the first team or find a new loan club where he will be guaranteed more game time.Unfortunately my time @LUFC has come to an end. It’s been an amazing experience and a privilege to play for such an amazing club. I would like to say a big thank you to my teammates, the coaching staff and the manager for making my time here an enjoyable one. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/IgQNfkOWn5— Eddie Nketiah (@EddieNketiah9) January 1, 2020 Arteta picked up his first win in charge of Arsenal on New Year’s Day (Picture: AFP)‘They can play against any opponent in this league, be better than them and dominate them and compete against them – something that in my opinion for many weeks that haven’t been doing together.‘But as well for what we’re trying to create that’s not just worked, it’s actually happening and you can see it happening which generates more belief.’MORE: Eddie Nketiah sends class message to Leeds United fans after returning to ArsenalMORE: Mikel Arteta confirms Granit Xhaka will stay at Arsenal and gushes over midfielderMore: 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 Citycenter_img Mikel Arteta reveals he will speak to Edu and Raul Sanllehi about Eddie Nketiah’s Arsenal future AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAfter Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester United, Arteta confirmed he would speak to head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu about what happens next.Edu is in charge of managing the many players Arsenal have on loan, and the prospective clubs they could join, while Arteta will also speak to Nketiah in person on Thursday when he travels back down to London from Leeds.Asked about his plans for Nketiah following the loan recall, Arteta said: ‘I’m having a meeting tomorrow with Edu and Raul to go through all the loans and situations.‘I know he’s [Nketiah] coming tomorrow so I will speak to him and we will try to make the best decision for him.’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 ArsenalArsenal had been on a dreadful run of form at the Emirates, losing four in a row, but bounced back against United thanks to goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis.Arteta believes the result will give the side a huge lift, but they still have plenty of work ahead to keep on improving.‘In the end we are judged by results and that’s going to give them a massive lift in terms of confidence,’ he said. Advertisementlast_img read more

Why the ‘Final Vote’ is the best thing about the MLB All-Star Game

first_imgThat’s why, in an unexpected twist, the Final Vote stands alone as the best thing about the All-Star Game.At 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Dodgers opened the doors of their Ketel One Club, a posh lounge area on the field-level concourse beyond right field. A couple dozen members of the Pantone 294 fan club entered, sat down in front of computers and remained there for up to 24 hours without interruption. Their sole purpose: to elect Max Muncy to the All-Star Game by clicking over and over again.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It was a team effort. The Dodgers provided some desktop computers, while other fans brought their own laptops and tablets. Papa John’s delivered pizzas a few innings after the Dodgers’ game began in San Diego. Twelve-ounce aluminum cans of Coke, Pepsi and Fanta littered the empty surface areas; a full refrigerator was stocked with even more drinks. Cracker Jack, potato chips and a single-serve coffee contraption sat on the bar.“We’re pretty prepared,” said Desiree Garcia, “considering last year we were up longer.”“Last year was 72 hours,” Alex Soto added. “It was like three days.” The author Robert Greene revealed in a recent interview that he writes out much of the material that forms his books by hand. Typing words on a screen is faster but more passive, while writing by hand forms a real-time connection between the author and his words. “I’m actually thinking more deeply than when I’m sitting there typing stuff out on a computer,” Greene said. “I don’t know how to explain that.”Faster and more passive defines much of what we call technology, which brings us to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Winners of the “Final Vote” in each league were announced Wednesday: Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura. The online contest has been used since 2002 to fill the final roster spot in each league.Until internet voting began in the mid-1990s, it was difficult to vote for All-Star teams without attending an actual baseball game. When Texaco sponsored the event, it distributed ballots at gas stations. Wal-Mart once offered ballots in its stores. Fans could call a 1-800 number to cast votes for a time. But for most of All-Star Game history, the ballots were distributed at ballparks, before the internet slowly and subversively redefined elections. Paper ballots were eliminated completely in 2015.Voter participation appears to be higher now than ever. In 1994, approximately 14 million All-Star votes were cast. By 2015 that number had increased to 620 million. (That year, more than 60 million votes were invalidated out of fear of improper voting.) On a less measurable level, I think some fan engagement was sacrificed in the process of going digital. If you wanted to watch this bizzare postgraduate cram session unfold, the Dodgers set up a camera to broadcast the whole thing live on their Facebook account. Several local television crews offered their own dispatches throughout the day. Steve Yeager, the team’s catching instructor, came by to pay a visit Tuesday. So did Manny Mota, the pinch hitter-turned-coach-turned-broadcaster.On Tuesday afternoon, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts used the video-chatting application Skype to offer some words of encouragement en vivo. “Go Max Mun-cy,” the fans cheered on camera, followed by a five-clap. Roberts clapped along with them.Then Muncy, among the most introverted men in the Dodgers’ clubhouse, Skyped in himself.“When we started doing the ‘vote Max Muncy’ cheer, he started getting a little bit blushy,” Garcia said.While their sick days and vacation time might have suffered, the fans’ effort succeeded in electing Justin Turner to the All-Star Game in 2017. The Dodgers reached out to Pantone 294 last year, Garcia said, eight years after they first began organizing trips to road games from coast to coast. Naturally, they were invited back to elect Muncy.“We didn’t expect all the media attention,” Soto said. “The Dodgers said, hey, let’s get Max in. Let’s do it again.”Los Angeles was not alone in staging an impromptu Final Vote event.The Angels’ candidate was shortstop Andrelton Simmons. The team gave away six tickets to Tuesday’s game against the Mariners; the winners sat together and voted throughout the evening using team-issued iPads. The six fans also received autographed Simmons bobblehead dolls.First baseman Aguilar was the Milwaukee Brewers’ candidate. Wednesday morning, the Brewers staged a voting event for fans at a local pastry shop. Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts offered one free “Sweet Jesús” doughnut to the first 500 fans.Critically, MLB removed the option of counting individual Twitter hashtags as Final Vote ballots this year. That forced fans to deliberately visit a website, choose one player from the list of candidates and inform the title sponsor, Camping World, whether or not they owned a recreational vehicle. It was cumbersome, but it also reduced the likelihood of collecting votes from those who have no interest in baseball.In that way, a trend was reversed.Like writing words on paper, voting for All-Stars at a live baseball game offers a deeper connection than a digital screen. Those paper ballots are gone, but a few clever teams have found a way to connect fans to the sport, and to each other, in a meaningful way. Like the game itself, the outcome should be secondary to the journey.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more