first_imgDayot Upamecano speaks out on future amid Arsenal transfer speculation Advertisement Advertisement Loan signing Mari made his Arsenal debut away at Portsmouth (Picture: Getty)January arrival Mari made his first-team debut for Arsenal against Portsmouth on Monday night and his performance greatly pleased Mikel Arteta and David Luiz.‘He was very good, he was very solid, very vocal,’ Arteta said following Arsenal’s 2-0 victory.‘And we didn’t see the lack of rhythm that he has because he hasn’t played in two-and-a-half months I think but in general, overall, really happy.’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 CityLuiz added: ‘I’m so happy for Pablo, he’s a great guy.‘A great player and he had an amazing game so we are here to help each other and we are here, 25 players, ready to play, ready to play for Arsenal and ready to give the best job.‘When it’s like that it’s a pleasure to play football.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: David Luiz sends message to Arsenal youngsters after he’s seen giving Reiss Nelson advice Comment Arsenal are expected to make a move for Dayot Upamecano in the summer (Picture: Getty)Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano admits he will sit down and discuss his future in the summer amid rumours Arsenal have made him their number one target.Upamecano is regarded as one of the most promising young centre-backs in Europe and his impressive performances at the heart of Leipzig’s defence have been on Arsenal’s radar for some time.The Gunners failed with a £55million offer to sign Upamecano last summer – with Leizpig demanding a fee of £70m for his signature – and the Frenchman was also heavily linked across the January transfer window, with Mikel Arteta on the hunt for a central defender.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, the north London club wrapped up a loan deal for Flamengo’s Pablo Mari and will instead look for a permanent solution at the end of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta reflects on Portsmouth 0-2 Arsenal in FA CupTo 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 1:26FullscreenArteta reflects on Portsmouth 0-2 Arsenal in FA Cuphttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reflects-portsmouth-0-2-arsenal-fa-cup-2122464/This 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.Upamecano says he’s aware that several clubs are interested in him and has refused to rule out a move away from Leizpig in the summer.‘I feel very good at RB Leipzig. I like my team-mates, the staff and my club,’ the youngster told French outlet Foot Mercato.‘For the moment, I am still under contract until 2021. I am going to have to continue to train well and play matches.‘Even though I know that there are clubs that want me, that is certain, I am keeping my feet on the ground.‘We will discuss my future at the end of the season with my agents and my family.’ Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Mar 2020 11:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShareslast_img read more


first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC) – Bermudan Delray Rawlins helped lead England Under-19s to safety as the second and final Youth Test against India fizzled out into a draw at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here yesterday.Rawlins scored an attractive 49 to follow up his first-innings 140 before falling to fellow slow left-arm bowler Anukul Roy for the second time in the four-day match, as England were dismissed for 255 in their second innings before the captains accepted the draw.The left-hander faced 85 balls and struck five fours and a six, further enhancing his reputation as a reliable top order batsman.Slow left-arm bowler Harsh Tiaga took the bowling honours with four for 67 from 25 overs.Resuming on 34 for two, England suffered an immediate setback when nightwatchman Daniel Houghton was forced to retire hurt on nought with no addition to the total.But number four George Bartlett and left-hander Rawlins, in at number five, repelled the Indian attack, adding 121 for the third wicket. Bartlett’s 76 came from 135 balls and included six fours and three sixes.India had declared their first innings on Thursday at 388 for nine in response to England’s first innings of 375 all out.The series ended all square with last week’s first Test at the same venue also drawn.last_img read more