Arsenal legend Martin Keown never saw Freddie Ljungberg as management material

first_imgArsenal legend Martin Keown never saw Freddie Ljungberg as management material Advertisement Advertisement Comment Freddie Ljungberg has made a slow start as interim Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty Images)Martin Keown admits that he never thought former Arsenal team-mate Freddie Ljungberg would become a manager and has offered him some advice for dealing with the current Gunners squad.Ljungberg is currently in interim charge of Arsenal after the sacking of Unai Emery, but has made a poor start, drawing with Norwich and losing to Brighton in his opening two games.The Swede is in contention to take the job on a permanent basis, if he can improve results, but Keown says his ‘individualistic’ nature as a player did not paint him as an obvious choice for management.‘He’s a fiercely competitive individual,’ Keown told talkSPORT.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I never saw him as management or a coach, he was quite an individualistic player, he did everything his own way, but that maybe helps him to be a very good manager. Phil HaighFriday 6 Dec 2019 1:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Martin Keown (far left) and Freddie Ljungberg (centre) played together at Arsenal from 1998-2004 (Picture: Getty Images)Keown recognises the huge problems that Ljungberg has taken on and admits that significant changes are needed in defence and midfield, calling out both Mesut Ozil and David Luiz for their attitude.‘We shouldn’t expect a magic wand because this has been a problem that’s been in the making for some time,’ continued the former defender. ‘Emery obviously inherited it and he didn’t find a solution.‘It was about changing personnel, recruitment so you needed central defenders that wanted to defend, loved defending, they’re not there.‘We need different midfield players. The likes of Ozil, if they don’t want to toe the line, they don’t want to play, for now you’ll have to upset one or two.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 City‘I would pull David Luiz to one side and say “I’m just going to sit you out for now” I don’t want you to go completely against the group or against me, but I’m looking at something else for now.‘He seems to be the biggest culprit for wanting to shrink away or drop off.‘The midfield is an issue because the midfield just disappear.’With the defeat to Brighton, Arsenal slipped to 10th in the Premier League and just five points above the relegation zone having won four of their 15 league games this campaign.Their next chance to improve their fortunes comes away to West Ham on Monday night as they look to end a winless run which stretches back nine matches.MORE: Diego Simeone dismisses talk of an Atletico Madrid exit amid Arsenal linksMORE: Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe blasted for worst warm-up of all time by Clive Tyldesley & Alan Shearerlast_img read more

African Tour: Torgah Seeks Third Memorare Title

first_imgVincent Torgah By Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaVincent Torgah will be itching to claim the Memorare for a third time when the tournament tees off at the Arsenal Golf Club, Owerri from March 20- 23.The Ghanaian made light work of his title defence last year by grinding a combined score of eight under par enroute to victory. He will also be aiming to consolidate his position as the leader of the Order of Merit on the African Tour by notching up his second official title in the season.The 36-year – old player began the season on a high note by winning the Eko Challenge Cup at Lakowe Golf Estate, Lagos with a gross score of 18 under par.The Memorare is one of the 16 tournaments on the schedule of the African Tour for 2019. It will be played as a 72-hole event and will attract 40 top flight professional players, drawn from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Spain, Ghana and Gabon among others.Sunday Olapade, Nigeria; Visitor Mapwanya, Zimbabwe; Franscico Perez, Spain; Mike Ubi, Nigeria and Emos Korblah, Ghana are some of the players that will contend in Owerri.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Big East : West Virginia prepares for primetime matchup with LSU

first_imgDana Holgorsen knows the speed and talent of Louisiana State presents a daunting challenge for his West Virginia team. Yet the Mountaineers’ head coach isn’t worrying about that right now. WVU will have to adjust to that on Saturday.For now, Holgorsen can only worry about his offensive schemes and preparing a strategy to make that adjustment a little easier on his players.‘When you play a team like this that has talented individuals at every position and they got backups that are talented as well,’ Holgorsen said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday, ‘then you don’t worry too much about matchups.’Holgorsen’s spread offense will be tested by No. 2 LSU’s speed when the Tigers travel to Morgantown, W.Va., for a showdown with the No. 16 Mountaineers. ESPN College GameDay will make the trip to Morgantown for the first time, adding to the anticipation for a matchup set to be nationally televised during primetime at 8 p.m. Saturday.West Virginia (3-0, 0-0 Big East) has been prolific on offense through three games, running Holgorsen’s new scheme and averaging 42 points per game. But LSU (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will provide a stiffer test with its supreme speed and depth across the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Mountaineers have put up points against Marshall, Norfolk State and Maryland, but a Southeastern Conference opponent like LSU is on another level of competition.Still, Holgorsen doesn’t want to make the game bigger than any other. He doesn’t want his players to become preoccupied with the primetime stage or GameDay atmosphere. His team can only control its play on the field Saturday.And to perform at the highest level, West Virginia must be prepared to execute its game plan. It doesn’t matter how fast and strong the opponent is if the Mountaineers can’t make plays.‘It’s every bit as big as the last game was, and it’s every bit as big as the next game will be,’ Holgorsen said. ‘That’s one thing that we’ve tried to preach with our guys is it’s more about us than who we play.’For Holgorsen, that means focusing on the scheme.It’s a scheme he learned as an assistant under Hal Mumme at Valdosta State from 1993-95 and continued to study under Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2000-07.Holgorsen moved on to become the offensive coordinator at Houston and Oklahoma State before coming to West Virginia to replace Bill Stewart.At Houston and Oklahoma State, his offenses ranked among the best in the nation. The Cougars finished third in total offense in 2008 and first in 2009, and the Cowboys boasted the top offense in the country in 2010.He has used the philosophy he learned under Mumme and Leach to succeed at every stop.‘Spreading the ball around to specific people has always been one of our goals,’ Holgorsen said. ‘You can put five skill guys out there, and our goal is to spread the ball around to all five of them and make five guys as productive as we possibly can.’That strategy worked in West Virginia’s 37-31 win over Maryland on Saturday. Quarterback Geno Smith completed 36 passes out of 49 attempts for 388 yards — all career-highs. In the process, three Mountaineers wide receivers finished with at least 100 yards receiving for the first time in program history.LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has noticed Smith’s improvement from last season when the Tigers and Mountaineers met in Baton Rouge, La. Then-No. 15 LSU beat then-No. 22 West Virginia 20-14, and Mathieu intercepted Smith to set up a field goal in the second quarter.Mathieu said Smith has spread the ball to different receivers well this year. He said Smith looks like a ‘general’ on the field leading the offense this season.To counter his production, Mathieu said the defense will send different blitz packages at Smith to throw off his timing and decision-making.‘The quarterback is making smart decisions, so we’ll just worry about us gelling together as a defense,’ Mathieu said, ‘and pretty much just keeping him contained and keeping him rattled.’Even though West Virginia will have to adjust to LSU’s speed, Mathieu said the Mountaineers have athletes that could match up in the SEC on an individual level if not in terms of overall team speed.‘I do think it’s a difference, you know, with SEC speed and Big East speed,’ Mathieu said. ‘Those guys have a couple guys who could probably outrun a lot of guys in the SEC.’And as the Mountaineers make changes on the fly to keep up with the Tigers’ athletes, LSU head coach Les Miles will have his hands full trying to figure out Holgorsen’s scheme, as it provides a unique challenge for his team.Though Miles will aim to generate pressure on Smith with blitzes as Mathieu said, he’ll have to figure out how Holgorsen’s offense attacks those defensive looks throughout the game.So as the Mountaineers must try to contain speed, the Tigers must counter by playing solid defense against WVU’s scheme.‘Rushing the passer is generally the same, but the combinations in how they get it off and put their passing game together is much different,’ Miles said in his Monday press conference. ‘It requires some adjustment.’[email protected] Comments Published on September 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The Most Modern “Nike“ Shop in BiH Opened in Sarajevo

first_imgThe biggest and most modern Nike Shop in Bosnia and Herzegovina, so equipped and innovative that it stands side by side with Nike stores in the biggest metropolis in the world, was opened in Sarajevo City Center.Nike promoters, athletes, media, and celebrities attended the opening ceremony on which the newest Nike concept was presented, including unique offer in different categories with accent on female training, but also on jogging, sportswear, and children assortment.Keeping track with the world trend of city jogging, Nike is to gather jogging community in B&H, and popularize jogging as a form of recreation, and female training as well. The newly opened Nike Shop will be top destination not only for the girls who train regularly, but also for all lovers of the Nike brand.‘Nike brand, as a leader and innovator, opened the most modern sport shop in Sarajevo, a destination which will offer customers a shopping experience by world standards. The customers will have access to the models which were not available on this market so far. In the upcoming time, we will try to support and motivate customers not only in Sarajevo, but in the entire B&H, to activate and find their sport interest. It is in our plans to organize a number of trainings and group joggings at different locations in cities across B&H’, it was announced from the Sportlife Company, official representatives of the Nike brand.Together with the famous Nike promoters, special guests at the opening ceremony were professional female training and jogging trainers Lejla Šebić and Erol Mujanović, whose presence gave a possibility to the visitors to receive valuable advices about doing these sports, as well as to get information about the Nike innovations. In addition, the opening ceremony was attended by many celebrities and sportsmen. The surprising performance was staged by Laka and Mirela, who performed some of their most famous songs. Laka is an ideal member of the Nike family, due to his popularity in jogging community, which he obtained by running a half marathon for years now.Nike is one of the most famous brands of sportswear and equipment. The company is headquartered in Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area. It was founded in 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Philip Knight. The company takes its name from Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. The ‘Just Do It’ trademark was created in the late 1980, and it has replaced the name of this brand known by the youth and the elders. The production is being expanded not only on footwear for different purposes, but also on clothes that can be worn while playing football, basketball, hockey, tennis, and many other sports. Along with the expansion of the production, different types of foam are being used, to make footwear lighter and more comfortable. This brand launches Nike Golf, Nike Pro, Nike+, Air Jordan, Nike Skateboarding, and many other products. Nike ambassadors are world-famous sportsmen and sportswomen-Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Kobe Bryant, James LeBron, Kevin Durant, Tiger Woods, Maria Sharapova, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and many others.(Source: read more