Bernd Leno rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Manchester City clash

first_imgBernd Leno rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Manchester City clash Comment Leno is refusing to rule out Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League (Picture: Getty Images)Bernd Leno is refusing to rule out the possibility that Arsenal could still qualify for the Champions League, despite being eight points behind fourth-placed side Chelsea.The Gunners will resume their Premier League campaign next week in ninth position and face a tricky test against Manchester City as their first game back.The north London club’s results have slightly improved since Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December and they remain the only Premier League side not to have succumbed to defeat in 2020.With Manchester City awaiting the result of their appeal against their two-year ban from European football, there is a possibility that the fifth-placed side in the league could qualify for the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough a trip to the Etihad is scarcely an enjoyable experience for Arsenal, goalkeeper Leno is looking forward to the test and feels his side are still in with a shot of getting back into Europe’s elite competition. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 9:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares The Gunners have had an upturn under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)‘It’s a great way to start because we have to go full throttle right from the off – they’re an absolutely top team,’ said Leno in an interview with the DFB.‘It’ll be strange to play again after such a long time out and with such little time to prepare, but I’m optimistic about the rest of the season.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‘I hope we can get into Europe. We’re not ruling out the Champions League places because we might get it with just fifth place, given Man City’s possible ban.‘We were in decent form before the break, I just hope we can get back to that when we return and end up in a European spot.’MORE: Mikel Arteta looks ahead to Manchester City clash and provides Arsenal fitness updateMORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in friendlyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Florida Deputy Rescues Dog Chasing After Owner’s Car Who Abandoned it on Busy Road

first_img(Eustis, Florida) — A woman from Lake County is facing charges of animal abandonment after investigators say she dumped her dog in the middle of a busy road.It all began when a captain with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office saw a driver toss the puppy out of her car and then drive away.The loyal pooch darted in and out of traffic running after its owner’s car.Fortunately, the captain safely retrieved the dog from traffic and pulled over the driver, the sheriff’s office said.According to investigators, 18-year-old Anna Kist said she could no longer take care of the dog and dumping it in traffic was her way of getting rid of it.Animal Enforcement officers said the dog appeared to be severely malnourished but in good spirits.Kist is being held on a $1,000 bond. The dog is with Lake County Animal Services.It should be noted that this situation is EASILY avoided. That is what the Lake County Animal Shelter is here for. Check out lakecountyfl.gov/offices/animal_services/ for more information.last_img read more

Twenty-One Southland Athletes Punch Tickets to NCAA Outdoor Championships

first_imgA full schedule of events can be found here. Southeastern LouisianaMen:Devin King (Pole Vault) – 2nd out 39, 17-06.50Adrian Williams (Javelin Throw) – 12th out of 46, 206-04 Northwestern StateMen:Micah Larkins (100m) – 10th out of 24 – 10.134x100m Relay (Kie’Ave Harry, Micah Larkins, Amir James, Tre’Darius Carr) – 10th out of 21 – 39.34Cedric Paul (Shot Put) – 12th out of 47 – 61-03.50 Featured events will broadcast live across the ESPN family of networks, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. A detailed list of event broadcasts can be found here. McNeese earned a pair of qualifiers and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi garnered one out of their preliminaries. Cowgirl javelin thrower Morgan Woods finished eighth in her prelim while heptathlete Grace McKenzie earned a spot with her point total of 5,619. Islander pole vaulter Hannah McWilliams finished sixth. Sam Houston State will send seven total athletes qualifying out of the West Preliminary. Chris Jefferson qualified in the 100m as well as the 4x100m relay along with Fabian McCall, AJ Tisdel and Lawrence Coleman. Clayton Fritsch earned a spot in Eugene in the pole vault while Joshua Hernandez qualified in the hammer throw and Zachary Johnson nabbed the 12th and final spot in the triple jump. McNeeseWomen:Morgan Woods (Javelin Throw) – 8th out of 47 – 161-07Grace McKenzie (Heptathlon) – 5,619 Sam Houston StateMen:Chris Jefferson (100m) – 6th out of 24 – 10.394x100m Relay (Fabian McCall, Chris Jefferson, AJ Tisdel, Lawrence Coleman) – 10th out of 20 – 39.83Clayton Fritsch (Pole Vault) – 5th out of 38 – 17-02.75Zachary Johnson (Triple Jump) – 12th out of 45 – 51-02.75Joshua Hernandez (Hammer Throw) – 9th out of 45 – 210-08 Women:4x100m Relay (Daeshon Gordon, De’Shalyn Jones, Natashia Jackson, Deja Moore) – 9th out of 21 – 44.74Daeshon Gordon (100m Hurdles) – 8th out of 23 – 13.31 Northwestern State leads the way with nine total athletes qualifying in the East Preliminary. Micah Larkins finished 10th out of 24 in the 100m to qualify for Eugene along with the 4x100m relay with fellow Demons Kie’Ave Harry, Micah Larkins and Tre’Darius Carr. Cedric Paul earned the final qualifying spot in the shot put. On the Lady Demons’ side, the 4x100m relay squad of Daeshon Gordon, De’Shalyn Jones, Natashia Jackson and Deja Moore finished 10th out of 21 to earn a spot in Oregon. Daeshon Gordon finished 8th out of 23 in the 100m hurdles to earn an individual spot at the NCAA championships. Championships Homepage | Final Qualifying Lists | East Prelim Results | West Prelim ResultsEUGENE, Ore. – A total of 21 student-athletes from five Southland Conference universities will represent the league at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Competition will be held from June 6-9 at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Southeastern Louisiana sends one of the nation’s best pole vaulter in Devin King, who finished tied for first in his preliminary with a cleared height of 17-06.50. His top mark of the season (19-0.25) ranks second in Division I. Adrian Williams also qualified in the men’s javelin for the Lions. Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiWomen:Hannah McWilliams (Pole Vault) – 6th out of 40, 13-08.50last_img read more

Eriksen ‘could become a Tottenham great’, claims Vertonghen

first_img Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes team-mate Christian Eriksen can become one of the Premier League’s best playmakers and go down in Tottenham folklore.The 22-year-old Denmark international arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013 among the flurry of transfer dealings in the wake of Gareth Bale’s record-breaking move to Real Madrid.Eriksen has so far proved the pick of the bunch and, after a slow start to this campaign, is beginning to show his potential once more, impressing in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Newcastle.With three goals in his last six matches, the midfielder pulled the strings again as Spurs triumphed 4-0, earning a semi-final clash with League One Sheffield United as well as the praise of former Ajax team-mate Vertonghen.“As a playmaker, I think he can be one of the best in the Premier League,” the defender said.“I’ve played with him since he was 16 or 17, so probably for six or seven years now. He’s improving every season.“In the end of his Ajax days, I think they were a bit critical because his stats weren’t as good as they should be, they said, but I think he shows now that he can score and get assists as well – and he’s a very hard worker.“He’s in first [for training] and he’s on the pitch until the last minute and I’m a big fan of his and I’m happy I convinced him to come here.“We had good contact when he was still at Ajax and we always kept in touch.“They [Tottenham] obviously asked me what I thought of him and I was very positive, and I think I did my job to convince him to come here.”Eriksen’s impressive performances for Spurs have seen him become a firm fan favourite at a club synonymous with style.Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne have wowed the fans in previous years, and Vertonghen believes Eriksen will soon be placed alongside modern greats such as Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart.“He can reach their level, 100 per cent,” the Belgium international said.“I know Luka and Rafael better as they’re playing in my era, but I know the reputation of Hoddle and Gascoigne and I think Christian can be one of the better players Spurs have ever had.” 1last_img read more