Graeme Souness dismisses Arsenal’s Premier League title chances but praises seven players

first_img Liverpool v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:41FullscreenLiverpool v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I’ve always been a fan of Willian and have no fears that he still has a couple of years left at the highest.‘The hardest players to get are the ones that score and create goals, but Arsenal have plenty of attacking options.‘Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are backed up by talented youngsters like Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah. Keeping Aubameyang is a huge boost.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‘He was entering the last year of his contract, so they would have sold him at a discount and received nowhere near enough to buy a replacement of a similar standard.‘I still see a player in Nicolas Pepe, too, and I’m hoping he has a big year because he’s not really grasped the intensity and physicality of the Premier League yet.‘I also like the look of Bernd Leno, their goalkeeper, but none of their midfielders or back four would get anywhere near the Manchester City or Liverpool team, hence the points difference between them in the final table last season.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Aubameyang angers Arsenal fans by ‘liking’ message telling him to leaveMORE: Arsenal prepare increased Aouar bid after official approach is rejected Advertisement Comment Graeme Souness has been impressed by Mikel Arteta’s reign at Arsenal (Pictures: Sky Sports / Getty)Graeme Souness believes Arsenal are ‘nowhere near’ challenging from the Premier League title despite praising seven players, including summer signing Willian.Mikel Arteta’s side, who finished eighth in the English top-flight last term, have taken full points from their first two matches of the 2020-21 campaign and visit defending champions Liverpool on Monday.While the Gunners finished 43 points behind Liverpool last season, they concluded the season by winning the FA Cup and beat Jurgen Klopp’s side earlier in the month to win the Community Shield.Despite the encouraging signs from the Emirates, Souness has dismissed Arsenal’s title chances, while praising seven of Arteta’s players.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Arsenal are nowhere near challenging for the Premier League,’ Souness wrote in a column for The Times.‘They finished eighth, 43 points behind Liverpool, last season, and that’s not a gap that you close in one transfer window.‘The knockout tournaments are again their best chance of success this season. Trying to retain the FA Cup, a decent run in Europe and maybe the Carabao Cup. Graeme Souness dismisses Arsenal’s Premier League title chances but praises seven players Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Sep 2020 11:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Bercow expresses admiration for Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer

first_imgLondon: The speaker of the UK’s lower house of parliament John Bercow has expressed his admiration for tennis stars Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland and said he will be interested in watching the upcoming ATP Masters 1000 tournament live in Madrid. Bercow, who is also a fan of English football club Arsenal, revealed himself as a fan of the racket sport and of the 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer.“I will let you into a secret, this is not absolutely certain and it depends, but I have never been to watch live the Madrid Masters, which is a Masters 1000 tennis tournament in May,” he told Efe in an interview. “And I am slightly tempted to come this time.”“But much as I admire your amazing Rafael Nadal, my own personal hero is Roger Federer, so if Roger progresses in Madrid, and if he were to get to the weekend stages, I would probably want to come and watch him, because he is my hero,” Bercow said.The 56-year-old British politician, who acts as a sort of “referee” in the House of Commons and is well-known for his cries of “order” to stop lawmakers from talking over each other, expressed an interest in watching Nadal, 32, play at the upcoming tournament in the Spanish capital. “And of course if you see Nadal play it is a huge honour and privilege and to see him play on clay, and the Madrid Masters is on clay, is one of the great sporting experiences,” he added. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more