Matteo Guendouzi names the two Arsenal players who are like his ‘big brothers’ in London

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi has emerged as a key player for Arsenal since joining from FC Lorient (Picture: Getty)Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has admitted that his teammates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have acted like his ‘big brothers’ since he moved to London.Guendouzi joined Arsenal from French club FC Lorient in 2018 and is one of the youngest members of Unai Emery’s first-team squad having only turned 20 in April.The France U21 international has excelled for the club on the pitch but is still acclimatising to life in England off it, with the club’s French-speaking contingent helping him to settle in.Aubameyang and Lacazette are two of Arsenal’s most influential players and Guendouzi admitted that the pair have made things easy for him during his first year outside of France.ADVERTISEMENT Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have developed a strong relationship on and off the pitch (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Canal Football Club, Guendouzi said: ‘He [Aubameyang] gives me a little punch on my left shoulder every morning, with his attacking colleague Lacazette, every morning. They are really important to me.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They are like two big brothers ever since I arrived, they made it really easy for me, on the pitch and off of it. They are super guys.’Guendouzi became a key member of Emery’s side during his debut campaign featuring 48 times for Arsenal in all competitions and he has started both of their Premier League games this term.The young midfielder played the full 90 minutes during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley in which both Lacazette and Aubameyang were on the scoresheet.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 CityThat result ensured that Arsenal, along with Liverpool, are the only team in the Premier League with a 100% win record this season and Guendouzi is hopeful about the club’s top-four prospects.‘We clearly have a better squad than last season with big signings this summer,’ he said. ‘We hold all the cards to have a great season and finish in the top 4 to be able to play in the Champions League next season.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 19 Aug 2019 11:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Matteo Guendouzi names the two Arsenal players who are like his ‘big brothers’ in Londonlast_img read more

El Salvador players refuse bribe to fix World Cup match

first_imgEL SALVADOR’S national football team say they have refused a bribe to fix yesterday’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Canada.At a news conference, team members played an audio recording of the person allegedly offering various incentives.Canada must beat El Salvador – who cannot qualify – in Vancouver, and hope Mexico defeat Honduras in the final round of Group A games to stand a chance of progressing.FIFA confirmed it is investigating.“It’s the most dramatic thing in football I’ve seen for some time” investigative journalist Declan Hill told the BBC World Service. “The entire team came in with their coaches and said they had been approached on Saturday.“They played an 11-minute conversation with the attempted match-fixer. He was offering each player a variety of money per minute depending on the result they could get. The most they would have got for allegedly fixing the match would have been about $3 000 per player.”Hill said the offer was allegedly made by an El Salvadorian who knew some of the players, but who wanted to aid the Honduras national team.The BBC has approached the Honduras football association for comment.A FIFA spokesman said it is “aware of the claims” and that “in cooperation with the respective organisations and authorities, FIFA is looking into this matter”.Canada, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico are members of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).Three CONCACAF nations will automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup, which is being staged in Russia, with a fourth entering a play-off against a team from the Asian Football Confederation.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Asbestos-related bill headed to Iowa governor

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowans who get sick from asbestos exposure may soon have to provide more detailed information in order to sue for damages.Republicans in the House and Senate have sent a bill to the governor with new rules for asbestos-related lawsuits. Republican Representative Brian Lohse of Bondurant said some attorneys name too many defendants in lawsuits.“This is done for a plethora of reasons, most legitimate, some not,” Lohse said. “The over-naming of defendants can lead to the litigation moving more slowly and ineffectively.”If the bill becomes law, Iowans would have to identify each current and past work site as well as the frequency of their exposure to asbestos. Representative Karin Derry of Johnston is among the Democrats who opposed the bill. She told colleagues it was because of personal experience — her dad was diagnosed with lung cancer.’“We were told by the doctor this was the kind of lung cancer caused by asbestos,” Derry said. “My dad did not know how or when or where he had been exposed to asbestos and at age 62, he died.”Representative Brian Meyer, a Democrat from Des Moines, said 80 percent of mesothelioma cases are veterans. He unsuccessfully tried to exclude Iowa veterans from the bill’s new requirements.“Mesothelioma is a deadly disease and it’s only caused by one thing: asbestos,” Meyer said. “And it lays latent for 20-50 years within your body.”Lohse said the bill will lead to the proper identification of the companies responsible for the asbestos exposure.“The climate today, in these cases especially, lead to a problem with over-naming,” Lohse said, “a problem that drives up the cost of defense, drives up the cost of insurance.”Lohse, Meyer and Derry are all attorneys and they were the only members of the House to speak during debate of the bill. Senate debate was limited, but it drew criticism from Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo who is a veteran and a retired John Deere employee.“I guess I come from a shop of working-class people and I know when something stinks and this does, so I’m not going to legalese any of you about,” Dotzler said. “You know it stinks and I know it stinks.”Senator Zach Nunn, a Republican from Bondurant, said the bill is necessary because there are too many asbestos-related lawsuits that name too many defendants.“Just in a shotgun approach to try and say: ‘How many of these individuals might settle with my attorney?’” Nunn said.This bill adds to a 2017 law that set new deadlines for providing details in asbestos-related lawsuits. More than 2700 Iowans have died of asbestos-related cancer between 1999 and 2017.last_img read more