RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Arsenal beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties on Saturday to lift the Community Shield, the curtain-raiser for the English domestic season, after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw on a chilly afternoon at Wembley.Gunners captain and match goal-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blasted home the final penalty of the afternoon to complete the north London side’s second win over the league champions in the space of six weeks following a shortened summer break. “We are improving. There is still work to do but I’m really happy and it’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal player,” Aubameyang told BT Sport after the match.It was the Gunners’ second trophy within a month following the side’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea on August 1.The game was a very even and at times rather slow affair, with Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk having an early strike ruled out offside before Arsenal’s opener, a well-worked move to break out of the champions’ high press.Bukayo Saka took the ball up the field on the right, crossed all the way over to Aubameyang on the far left, and the Gabon striker skipped forward and curled an inch-perfect shot beyond the reach of Liverpool keeper Alisson into the opposite corner.The Liverpool attack appeared disjointed by contrast. While they pushed Arsenal right back up the field for long stretches in the first half, they were unable to put together a single shot on goal.Liverpool’s Japanese substitute Takumi Minamino levelled the tie in the 73rd minute with a shot from close range, picking up his first goal in 15 appearances since arriving on Merseyside in January.Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, Minamino and substitute Curtis Jones all scored for Liverpool in the shootout, but substitute Rhian Brewster blasted his shot – his first touch of the ball – onto the bar.Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Cedric Soares and David Luiz all scored for the Gunners before Aubameyang stroked his shot past Alisson to seal the victory for the Londoners.When asked about whether he will renew his contract with Arsenal, Aubameyang – their leading scorer for the last two seasons – remained enigmatic: “We’re going to see in these days. Today, we take the trophy, that’s it.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: ArsenalFA Community ShieldLiverpoolPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
“I’m sure the new man in charge will say the same thing to the players. Hopefully the players will react, and I’m sure they will.” Butt worked with United’s youth set-up last term and asked about his current role under Van Gaal he said: “It is a bit of a wider remit now – I’m looking over all age groups. But that needs to be finalised in the next few weeks.” Then asked for his impressions so far of the Dutchman, Butt said: “Positive. He is obviously a very in-control man. “He has an aura about him – when he walks in the building, you know who the boss is, and I think that is very important. “We had that with Sir Alex for all those years and I think we have that now with Van Gaal. He walks into the building and he commands your respect. “All the players look up to him as the leader and that is how it should be. From afar, when I’ve looked at him it looks like he takes no messing about and if anyone doesn’t toe the line, I’m sure they will be out of the team.” Butt was speaking on Thursday at the AJ Bell Stadium, where he, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Gary and Phil Neville rolled back the years as they lined up together in a ‘Class of 92 and friends’ XI for a friendly against Salford City, the non-league outfit they bought between them this year. The quintet went on to enjoy trophy-laden careers with United after all graduating from the club’s academy in the early 1990s – something Butt thinks is unlikely to be replicated. “It is possible – there are a lot of great young players out there,” the ex-England international said. “But we just need to give them a chance. We had a manager in charge and a club that believed in that, but it is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly. “Owners that come in don’t necessarily know a lot about football – they just know a lot about business, unfortunately. But that’s the way football is. People don’t have the foresight to wait and see. “To be fair, managers come in now and why should they go four or five nights a week looking at academies when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards? “I think good lads, top players, will still come through. But whether you will get five or six through together is something I doubt. “We played together since we were 12, 13. To prepare lads to come through takes a lot of patience and a good owner to say to a manager ‘we are going to give you time and stand by you’. “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it doesn’t happen now.” Nicky Butt expects Manchester United to be challenging for the Barclays Premier League title this season. The sense of optimism around United is growing as the 2014/15 top-flight campaign draws ever nearer, with new manager Louis van Gaal having come in and so far seen his team emerge victorious from all five of their pre-season friendlies. The Red Devils are looking to bounce back after the debacle of 2013/14, when they struggled under David Moyes and finished seventh in the table – a year on from being crowned champions in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge. And Butt, the former United midfielder who was part of the coaching staff last term and is again this season, is in optimistic mood ahead of the club’s Premier League opener against Swansea at Old Trafford a week on Saturday. The 39-year-old said: “The new manager is in charge now, we are on an unbeaten run and now we are looking to make a good start to the season with the first five games we have got (Swansea, Sunderland, Burnley, QPR and Leicester). “Everyone expects Manchester United to contend for the title. “We finished as low as we have done last season, but when the season starts again, everyone will expect. I am a fan, and I will expect us to be challenging again.” Butt, a United player from 1992 to 2004, knows the strong desire within the club to respond after disappointing periods and has no doubt there will be that kind of feeling in the dressing room at the moment. “It (that desire) is immense,” Butt said. “In days gone by it has sometimes been when Man United are at their strongest – when they have had setbacks. “We were always told in no uncertain terms that you had to step up to the plate, otherwise you were not going to be at the club for very much longer. Press Association
Coming off a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Panama at the Haisley Crawford Stadium on Friday night, a buoyed Trinidad and Tobago soccer team are set to face group leaders Mexico in their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round match on Tuesday.The match was won on the back of a strike from Minnesota United forward Kevin Mulino and head coach, Dennis Lawrence, is urging his team to keep the momentum and be brave against the group favorites when they meet at the same venue on their home turf.The Mexicans who boast a record of seven points from two wins, one draw and no losses, are in pole position, four more than Trinidad who have one win, no draws and two losses.The match is another must win for Trinidad and Tobago, who are sitting sixth in the six team table with a minus three goal difference.Only the top three teams are guaranteed automatic qualification to the 2018 gtournament in Russia.