Mesut Ozil speaks out after Arsenal loss and says Chelsea did not deserve to win

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first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Dec 2019 7:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.3kShares Comment by Metro Read More Mesut Ozil speaks out after Arsenal loss and says Chelsea did not deserve to win Top articles Despite the disappointing result, which means Arsenal have only won one of their last 16 games in all competitions, new boss Mikel Arteta was upbeat about the side’s performance and Ozil echoed that sentiment after the game.‘Today’s result hurts after our best performance for a while,’ he posted on Instagram.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‘We didn’t deserve to lose. But thanks for your amazing support at home this afternoon. We go again on Wednesday – together.’Having drawn his first match in charge and lost his second, Arteta is still waiting for his first win in charge of Arsenal, but he was happy with a number of aspects of what he saw from his side.Asked if he felt Arsenal deserved more from the game, Arteta said: ‘Yes, I am really disappointed with the result and the way we conceded the goals and the timing of them as well.‘I’m pleased with a lot of things I’ve seen and I’m pleased with things that we trained that actually happened in the game and how they buy into this.‘But I’m disappointed to lose the game. We have to sustain that level for longer periods against a very physical team like Chelsea and yes, we have to move on.’MORE: Frank Lampard praises Mikel Arteta after Arsenal’s defeat to ChelseaMORE: Gary Neville blasts David Luiz for his tackle on N’Golo Kante in Arsenal vs ChelseaMore: 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 City Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling SPONSORED Read More 1 min. story Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Late goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham saw Chelsea win at the Emirates (Getty)Arsenal’s afternoon got even worse, leaving themselves exposed as they pushed for a winner and allowing Tammy Abraham to claim all three points for Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT The German was pleased with how the side performed on Sunday despite losing (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has hailed Arsenal’s performance against Chelsea as one of their best for some time despite forfeiting their lead and ultimately succumbing to a 2-1 defeat on Sunday.The Gunners went ahead against Chelsea in a vibrant first-half display, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang heading home from close range as the hosts dominated proceedings.But Chelsea responded in the second half, tweaking their system, and levelled the scores late on in controversial fashion as Jorginho – who should have been shown a second yellow card – tapped in from close range. About Connatix V67539 1/1 Coming Next PLAY Skip Ad Read More Read More / Advertisement Video Settings Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip last_img read more


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first_imgFreshman midfielder Katie Ramsay runs past a Cal defender at McAlister Field March 23.. (Photo by Josh Dunst / Daily Trojan) Hertford posted nine saves and had a pair of ground balls during the last match against ASU.  “Going into the Pac-12 tournament, we are focusing on playing together and pushing each other every practice,” sophomore goalie Riley Hertford said. “We know what we need to work on and that we can make the changes.”  USC’s Senior Day game will celebrate the careers and contributions of attackers Emily Concialdi, Amanda Flayhan and Gabbi Klein, and defender Jackie Gilbert in pre-game ceremonies. The seniors hope to help the team one last time by securing the conference regular season title as they conclude their collegiate careers.  Another notable player who leads the team is sophomore midfielder Kylie Kroeger with 27 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers. Sheranks second with 28 ground balls. Finally, one of the Devils’ helping hands in defense this season is junior goalkeeper Berkeley Bonneau, who tops all Devils with 37 ground balls and a .477 save percentage.  The Trojans logged the first and only shutout in both the program and Pac-12’s history with a 16-0 victory over Oregon last weekend at McAlister Field. During their 2013 season, the fewest goals ever allowed by USC was in a 19-1 victory over Fresno State.  The Trojans will enter their weekend match ranked No. 16 in the IWLCA coaches poll for the 51st consecutive week with a 13-3 overall season record. Additionally, the Trojans lead the Pac-12 and are 10th in the NCAA in scoring defense with an 8.30 goals-against average. The Women of Troy will conclude their regular season with one last opportunity to seize the Pac-12 regular-season title and claim the conference tournament’s top seed spot with a meeting against Arizona State Saturday. Prior to the match, the Trojans will honor four seniors who are competing in their last regular season match. center_img The match against familiar foe in ASU should bring out USC’s top players who have made their presence known on the field all season long. USC’s team leader is sophomore midfielder Kelsey Huff who has racked up 42 points on 36 goals and six assists this season. Huff has also accumulated 29 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers. Following closely behind Huff’s impressive record this season is sophomore midfielder Sophia Donovan, who has added 40 points on 27 goals for the Trojans.  “We know what we need to work on and that we can make the changes,” Hertford said. “We are so close to our goals and I am confident that the team is ready to put in the work to achieve them.” Among ASU’s key players is junior attacker Kerri Clayton, the Devils’ offensive leader with 32 goals and 43 points this season. ASU’s top distributor is sophomore midfielder Emily Glagolevis, who holds an impressive season record of 18 points and 23 assists.  With their hearts set on their chance to claim the tournament title, the Women of Troy want to compete as the powerhouse they were earlier in the season when they last met with the Sun Devils. USC successfully collected its seventh-straight conference-opening victory on a 15-3 win over Arizona State. Moreover, USC’s overall record against Arizona State is 4-0 all-time and 2-0 all-time in the state of Arizona.  Despite a loss against USC, the Sun Devils have impressive and  dominant offensive skills that have made them a competitive foe this season. The Sun Devils currently hold fifth place in the league standings with room to fluctuate in the rankings depending on this week’s results. ASU is scheduled to play San Diego State in a midweek non-conference matchup before facing the Trojans.   The Trojans will face ASU at McAlister Field at 2 p.m. Saturday on Senior Day.last_img read more


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first_imgOMAHA, Neb. — The sound of clapping hands filled a quiet CenturyLink Center. It came nearly 10 minutes after the final buzzer blared. After Allen Griffin put his hand on the back of Frank Howard’s head while leading him into the locker room. After Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim walked away staring at the ground, the last one to leave the court, officially signaling the end.The original source of the clapping was Jon, Howard’s father. Eventually others still in the stands around him, family and close friends of the Orange players, joined in.“We had a hell of a run,” Jon Howard emphatically yelled.It drew more applause and a “thank you” from several rows back and a few seats over, a spot held by Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack.Jon Howard kept clapping. Then, before he left, he added one other thought.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If only we had one more player,” Jon Howard said, “to get these kids some rest.”Syracuse’s (23-14, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) season ended on Friday night in a 69-65 loss to Duke in the Sweet 16. Recently, that used to be par for the course with this program — in the five seasons from 2008-2013, SU made the Sweet 16 in four of them.This year was different, though. Getting here required leaning on a seven-man rotation with only six truly healthy players, on a team that ranked 338th per Kenpom.com in experience.The Orange was the last team selected for an NCAA Tournament berth, dangerously straddling the line that could have ended with SU being out of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years, marking another unfulfilling season. Instead, within the span of three games in five days in two cities, the Orange redefined its season.“They’ve had an incredible end of the year,” Boeheim said after the Sweet 16 loss. “I’ve never been any more proud of a team for what they’ve done in this last 10 days.”Before Syracuse got to do anything, it had to wait. It ended its season in the second round of the ACC Tournament with a loss to North Carolina on a Wednesday night. It had nearly four full days until the selection show.Oshae Brissett said that he spent that time in limbo, uncertain about whether SU would appear in the Tournament. He didn’t know if the team had done enough.It was a mentally exhausting time. Syracuse was coming off four losses in six games over three weeks. Brissett, Howard and Tyus Battle were in the top five nationally in minutes played per game, a move made out of necessity because of SU’s razor-thin rotation. Syracuse racked up the road wins it was missing last year but finished under .500 for the first time in the ACC. The numbers told a blurred story.Then, Syracuse’s name was called. The confusion was resolved. The mediocre resume had proven just enough.“It felt like you were given a second life,” Brissett said. “That’s what really moved us, that’s what really pushed us to play so well.” The cover photo of Syracuse men’s basketball’s Twitter account is a photo from 2016, when SU made a similarly unexpected Tournament run, going all the way to the Final Four. That team, like this season’s team, was limited to a seven-man rotation. At the end of that run, Boeheim said, “I’m more satisfied than I’ve ever been in any year that I’ve ever coached with a possible exception of the year we won it all.”Still, it was different. The 2016 team’s two lead guards at the top of the zone, Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney, were returning seniors who had been active contributors the year before. This season saw Frank Howard playing consistent starter minutes for the first time and Tyus Battle, who only had one year of experience.The Final Four team had three contributing rookies who were all Top 100 recruits. The Orange didn’t have a single Top 100 recruit coming in this year.In 2016, one of those freshman (Malachi Richardson) was a key starter, another (Tyler Lydon) was SU’s sixth-man and down-the-stretch player and the third, Howard, was a change of pace guard.In 2018, Syracuse had Bourama Sidibe who, although technically part of the seven-man rotation, had to battle through knee tendinitis that will require offseason surgery. It had graduate transfer guard Geno Thorpe, who unexpectedly left the team in late November, and freshman guard Howard Washington, who tore his ACL in late January.Couple the Orange’s personnel limitations with its sometimes-maddening inability to score, and it seemed unlikely that SU would fit the bill of a Tournament team that could make some noise.“Like coach said before, this year could have been bad with the adversity we hit,” Frank Howard said. “But we fought through. Guys just played with hearts.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerIt started on the back of its defense, one that was even stronger than its already-regular season level. Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts, who was scouting the Syracuse-Duke matchup from press row after the KU victory in the prior game, said that the zone in March was much different than the one Kansas had seen in early December.The narrow victory over Arizona State in the First Four from Dayton was a sign of how the SU defense could slow down an offense. But just that win wasn’t going to draw any 2016 comparisons.The win over TCU and zone-killer Jamie Dixon two days later was impressive. It forced a Horned Frogs team that was strong from 3 to constantly doublethink whether taking a 3 was the correct decision. Still, advancing past the Round of 64 didn’t constitute a run.Then came Michigan State, the four-loss juggernaut playing in its home state to a preseason-ordained championship-or-bust mentality. Syracuse rose to the occasion. Its defense elevated itself past one of the best teams in college basketball and into the national conversation. It elevated Syracuse’s season from average to anything but.“Obviously with this group I think that sometimes we forget that we had seven guys and one of them has got a bad knee,” Boeheim said. “So for these guys to do what they’ve done, I think it’s an amazing thing.”Fans have already started clamoring about how excited they are for next season. How three new recruits, including two in the Top 40, will help fortify this year’s team that showed so much heart. Jon Howard would probably agree.But already focusing on the future now is a mistake. To start, there are no guarantees that a deep Tournament will signal success the next year with new players coming in — just look to last season for evidence. And thinking of what the 2019 team can do is inherently a disservice to the improbable run this season’s team accomplished.Kenpom had Syracuse losing every game of the Tournament. Before the Tournament started, FiveThirtyEight.com gave SU a 27 percent chance to make the Round of 32, and just a six percent chance to make the Sweet 16.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorThe Orange didn’t have any new tricks up its sleeve. It had to win purely with defense. It had to run out the same group for nearly the entire game.That scrappy group didn’t have any more help like Jon Howard wanted. But a five-day stretch made the season one worth celebrating.“It’s been seven guys all year,” Boeheim said. “It hasn’t been just a few games. It’s been all year. And they deserve an unbelievable amount of credit.”Tomer Langer is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at tdlanger@syr.edu or on Twitter @tomer_langer. Comments Published on March 25, 2018 at 8:45 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more