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_img Associated Press February 6, 2020 Davidson, VCU meet in conference play Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDavidson (11-10, 5-4) vs. VCU (16-6, 6-3)Stuart Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A10 foes meet as Davidson takes on VCU. Davidson easily beat UMass by 35 at home on Saturday, while VCU fell to Rhode Island on the road on Friday, 87-75.center_img STEPPING UP: Marcus Santos-Silva has put up 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Rams. De’Riante Jenkins has complemented Santos-Silva and is putting up 10.7 points, four rebounds and two steals per game. The Wildcats have been led by Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who is averaging 14.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists.A10 ADVANCEMENT: The Wildcats have scored 75.2 points per game to conference opponents thus far. That’s an improvement from the 70.3 per game they recorded against non-conference competition.CREATING OFFENSE: Gudmundsson has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Davidson field goals over the last five games. Gudmundsson has 35 field goals and 29 assists in those games.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Wildcats have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Rams. VCU has an assist on 44 of 88 field goals (50 percent) across its past three games while Davidson has assists on 50 of 93 field goals (53.8 percent) during its past three games.STIFLING DEFENSE: VCU has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25.4 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more