first_imgUnai Emery hailed the qualities of playmaker Mesut Ozil following Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester, but said the German needs to produce that level on a weekly basis.Ozil has cut a divisive figure since moving to the Emirates Stadium under Arsene Wenger in 2013, with his attitude often questioned.However, he turned in a world-class display on Monday as the London club came from behind to secure a 3-1 win over the Foxes , with a couple of second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turning the game in their favour. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It was, however, Ozil who grabbed the spotlight, even branding the performance “sexy” , but Emery wants him to produce such quality on more regular a basis.“For Mesut, it was a very good performance, and a very good victory together. And also we are going to push and demand for ourselves and for him also, this regularly,” he said.The former Real Madrid player was handed the captain’s armband for the match and was praised by the way he rallied his side after they had fallen behind due to an own goal from Hector Bellerin.Ozil grabbed the equaliser, making him the top scoring German in Premier League history with 30 goals, and then dominated the game from midfield in the second half.“It’s important to be a leader in this situation,” the Spaniard said. “But we have a lot of players in the team capable of doing it.“I think Ozil can play every match with this commitment and with this quality, whether he is captain or not.”It has been a rocky period in the life of the 30-year-old, who quit the Germany national side in the summer amid a storm of criticism, with Ozil claiming he was specifically targeted because of his Turkish heritage. Arsenal’s win over Leicester was their 10th straight victory in all competitions – the first time that they have enjoyed such a run of form since 2007.Next up for the Gunners is a Europa League clash against Sporting CP in Lisbon on Thursday, then next weekend they are back on Premier League duty on Sunday, when they will face Crystal Palace.last_img read more


first_imgGarbine Muguruza has had a wretched time at Brisbane International, as the Spanish World No. 2 succumbed to leg cramps in the third set of her opening match Aleksandra Krunic. This was the fourth consecutive year that she has had to pulll out of the tournament injury problems.The tournament top seed started well in her second round encounter against unseeded Serbian Krunic, converting her seventh set point in a marathon 12th game to claim the opener before roaring to a 5-2 lead in the second.WATCH VIDEOThe reigning Wimbledon champion was coasting but the 53rd-ranked Krunic mounted a stirring fight back and reeled off four of the next five games to force a tiebreak, which she claimed by a 7-3 margin to send the contest into a deciding set.Mugurza regrouped to break the Serb in the first game of the third and was serving at 2-1 up before she collapsed on the baseline and retired immediately when she was helped off the court to receive treatment for cramping in both legs.Top seed Garbiñe Muguruza is forced to retire while leading 2-1 in the 3rd set. Aleksandra Krunic, who recovered from 2-5 down in the 2nd, advances.#BrisbaneTENnis pic.twitter.com/QS1w5N0uOp— #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 2, 2018The early exit cost Muguruza a chance to replace Romania’s Simona Halep at the top of the world rankings ahead of the Australian Open later this month but the Spaniard’s immediate concern will be to get fit for the first grand slam of the year.advertisement”I cramp very few times, but I do remember that the last time I cramped up was actually (at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s the conditions. I don’t know, but it’s rare for me,” Muguruza told reporters.Muguruza’s run of injury woes in the tournament dates back to 2015 when she withdrew on the eve of the event with an ankle problem, before a left foot injury ended her 2016 campaign and a right thigh problem led to her semi-final retirement last year.The Spaniard admitted that the cramping started early in the second set but she was otherwise happy with her performance and the general quality of the match despite being unable to continue through the pain.”I’m pleased because we were playing very good points and good rallies. She was playing very good,” the 24-year-old added.Krunic, meanwhile, advances to a quarter-final meeting with either Romania’s Sorana Cirstea or Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova but was disappointed with the manner of her victory over Muguruza.”I’m not happy with what happened today and I want to wish Garbine a fast recovery. I hope she gets better for the slam,” she said in a courtside interview.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more