New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta responds to Arsene Wenger saying he has ‘no experience’

first_imgArteta wants to get Arsenal back playing attacking, front-foot football (Picture: Getty)‘And I want to attack. I want to dominate the opponent, I want the opponent to play in their own half and I have to be able to tell the players what is going to happen before it happens.‘And if that’s the case, they will feel more secure, they will sleep better the night before, and they will be confident when they step onto the football pitch.’MORE: Sam Allardyce reveals how Steve Round will assist Mikel Arteta at ArsenalMORE: Mikel Arteta’s stern message to Per Mertesacker and Arsenal coaches after appointmentMore: 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 New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta responds to Arsene Wenger saying he has ‘no experience’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Dec 2019 6:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares The legendary French manager is largely supportive of the move to bring in Arteta (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta admits Arsene Wenger is right that he lacks experience for the role but believes he will quickly prove he has all the tools required to do the job.The Spaniard was unveiled by the Gunners on Friday, having failed to land the job back in 2018 when Wenger left the club, and sat in the stands to watch his new side take on Everton at Goodison Park in Saturday’s 0-0 draw.Wenger is a big fan of Arteta and was supportive of the move to bring him back to the Emirates, though he did concede that the novice manager lacked experience.center_img Advertisement Arteta beat off a host of more experienced and decorated candidates (Picture: Getty)Speaking earlier this week, Wenger said Arteta – who he made captain during his playing days at Arsenal – would have to ‘deal with the fact that he has no experience at that level’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhile the 37-year-old concedes that his old boss is correct, he does not believe it will be an obstacle and is adamant his three-and-a-half years at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola will serve him well.Asked about Wenger saying he has no experience, Arteta told BT Sport: ‘He’s right. I won’t convince them today that it’s something different than the reality.‘But there are a lot of things in those three years [at Man City] that I have been doing that are really relevant to create a high-performance environment, and this is what we want to do here.’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 ArsenalArteta had a busy first day at Arsenal, doing interviews and meeting the media, and repeatedly used the phrase ‘ruthless’ – a quality he wants his new side to start showing.Asked if they are capable of that, Arteta continued: ‘I don’t know, I will find out very quickly, but we have to be dominant, we have to show passion and we have to show aggression. Advertisementlast_img read more

Smith bids for single season record as final round bowls off today

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – With Guyana Jaguars having already wrapped up their fourth straight title, the spotlight will fall on veteran left-hander Devon Smith as he bids for the single-season record for the most runs, when the final round of the Regional Four-Day Champions bowls off today.The 36-year-old has been in red-hot form for Windward Islands Volcanoes this season and enters the final stanza of the competition with 944 runs at an average of 78.66.He requires another 56 runs to reach the 1 000-run mark, joining Narsingh Deonarine (1 068), the late Runako Morton (1 010) and veteran former West Indies and Barbados player Floyd Reifer (1 002) who have already accomplished the feat.More significantly, Grenadian Smith needs another 125 runs to break the all-time scoring record for the first class championship, and will surpass 13 000 first class runs if he gathers a further 31 runs in the game.Meanwhile, several other players will be eyeing personal landmarks as the season wraps up. The Jaguars batting trio of Anthony Bramble (571), Vishaul Singh (559) and Chandrapaul Hemraj (551) are among those, with all looking to overhaul the 600-run mark.Former Test wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who has had an excellent season for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in scoring 702 runs, will be backing himself to reach 800 runs in what has been his first full first class season in a few years.In the bowling department, Jaguars left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and Red Force leg-spinner Imran Khan, are both on 46 wickets and will be tipped to reach the 50-wicket mark.The only intrigue in terms of results will be whether Jaguars finish the season unbeaten and if Barbados Pride can hold on to second spot in the standings.Jaguars have won six of their nine outings and host Red Force at the National Stadium while Pride host Jamaica Scorpions at Kensington Oval.Pride have 94.6 points with Scorpions snapping at their heels on 91.Leeward Islands Hurricanes, who take on Volcanoes at Warner Park in a day/night affair, are fourth on 85.2 points while Volcanoes lie fifth on 80.4, a fraction ahead of Red Force on 80 points.last_img read more