Unai Emery misses out on three transfer targets after Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat

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first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery misses out on three transfer targets after Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat Wilfried Zaha is now out of Arsenal’s price range (BPI/REX)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 CityArsenal had also approached Leicester City regarding a move for James Maddison but his £60m valuation also means he is out of reach.The Gunners were also keen on RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano but he also wants to play in the Champions League, while the Bundesliga club were demanding a £65m transfer fee. Advertisement Unai Emery has already suffered huge setbacks ahead of a key summer for Arsenal (PA)Unai Emery is set to miss out on three of his transfer targets as a result of Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final, according to reports.Securing a place in next season’s Champions League was vital for Arsenal in terms of boosting their transfer budget for the summer.But Emery’s side sunk to a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in Baku, meaning that the Gunners face yet another season in the Europa League.According to the Daily Mail, Emery will have just £45 million to spend on new players this summer, while Arsenal are looking to offload Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Arsenal had planned to make a move for Wilfried Zaha but the Crystal Palace winger is out of their price range and has made it clear he wants to play for a club in the Champions League.center_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 May 2019 8:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link132Shares A deal for Leicester City’s James Maddison is also too expensive for Arsenal (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal remain interested in Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, who is in their budget and would be keen on joining the Gunners.Emery is also interested in a deal for Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam.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 Commentlast_img read more


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first_imgFor a team that suffered 26 losses in 2011-12, last Saturday brought some unsettling news for the USC men’s basketball team before the start of the season: Junior guard Maurice Jones has been ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season.The impact of losing Jones is clear. The guard played more minutes than almost every player in the country last season.Sidelined · Junior point guard Maurice Jones was officially ruled academically ineligible last Saturday. In 2011-12, USC relied heavily on Jones to run a shaky offense depleted by injuries. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanOn a struggling team that was forced to give playing time to multiple walk-ons because of injuries, Jones was one of the lone sources of dependability for the Trojans. He appeared in all 32 games, logging a full 40 minutes of action 11 times. He also led the team in scoring (13 points per game), assists (3.5 per game), steals (1.8 per game) and 3-point percentage (.302).Jones’ ineligibility is a blow to USC’s rebuilding efforts, and without any major additions to the roster it would likely struggle to surpass last season’s win total without its best scorer. But coach Kevin O’Neill wants to move forward and is pointing to USC’s newfound talent at the guard positions as a reason for optimism.“We have Jio Fontan returning; [he’s] our captain and is going to have a great year,” O’Neill said. “We have J.T. Terrell, who is going to be really good for us as a junior.”The Trojans also added two freshman guards,  Brendyn Taylor and Chass Bryan, both of whom could compete for playing time in a crowded backcourt.“We’re going to miss [Jones],” O’Neill said. “We’d be better with him, but I’m confident we have some guys who can do the job.”The Trojans as a whole enter the season with a significant amount of depth compared to last year’s squad, something O’Neill is hoping will be enough to thrive even without the 5-foot-7 guard.“We’re deep at all positions,” O’Neill said. “We weren’t deep at any positions last year; obviously, after all the injuries … we’ve got Byron Wesley returning on the perimeter, who played 35 minutes a game last year. Ari Stewart is a proven guy, Renaldo Woolridge is proven. Those guys have all played major minutes at places.”Assuming Jones is able to get his grades in order, the Trojans still plan to retain him for the 2013-14 season and beyond.“He’ll have two years [of eligibility] left,” O’Neill said. “What we’re looking forward to is getting [Jones] back next year after Jio [Fontan] has graduated, and stepping right into the role of being the lead guard on our team.”In the meantime, Terrell in particular could serve as a replacement of sorts for Jones as a swingman who can be utilized at both guard positions. As a freshman at Wake Forest, Terrell averaged 11.1 points per game. He played at Peninsula College in 2012 and was the No. 1 rated junior college player in the country, according to Swanny’s Roundball Review.“He’s really talented,” O’Neill said. “J.T. [Terrell]’s challenge is going to be to play at the highest level and intensity at all times. And when he does that, he’ll be as good as any player there is.”Terrell and the rest of the team will have to step up on both ends of the court to fill the void left by Jones, but O’Neill is confident that his roster can do so. He’s looking ahead to overcoming the hurdles the Trojans will face without Jones and hopes to have him back soon.“It’s a challenge that nobody wants to have to deal with, but basketball is about challenges,” O’Neill said. “Life is about challenges, and we’re looking forward to having [Jones] back for his final two years of eligibility.”last_img read more