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

Hometown standout, Wolfrum, stars for Defiance while raising his 3-year-old son

first_imgLogan Wolfrum is the classic hometown hero, mostly. A basketball star at Ayersville High School in Defiance, Ohio, he grew up in the small town where he now plays at Division-III Defiance College. He attended Yellow Jackets games as a child, and his grandfather is in the school’s Hall of Fame.Wolfrum’s story, though, took an unusual turn 15 days after his high school graduation. He became a father.“I think it just helps put everything into perspective. Being out there on the court, trying to be a leader for the team,” Wolfrum said. “It’s also helped me in a maturity way, too. You grow up a little bit faster and have more responsibility than most college students have.”His basketball career, in many ways, parallels his fatherhood. As a freshman at Defiance, he was thrown into the starting lineup days before the season-opener. He’s now the Yellow Jackets’ (14-9, 10-7 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) leader, having surpassed the 1,000-career point mark on Dec. 17. He also began a full-time job last week, and is the proud father of 3-year-old Evan. “It’s been a great experience, being a father,” Wolfrum said. “It’s a lot of hard work, going to school, being a father, playing basketball, maintaining a family life, but it’s all been worth it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWolfrum and his fiancée Kelsey Dockery met at Ayersville five years ago, dated for four years, and had Evan Charles Wolfrum on June 10, 2009. But Dockery was still a junior in high school, carrying a 4.0 GPA as president of the student council, along with running cross country and track and field. Wolfrum was about to enter college. “It was really stressful,” Dockery said. “Definitely weren’t completely ready…There was so much going on, but we had a lot of support from our family, which made it a lot better.” For a month after Evan was born, the couple stayed primarily at Dockery’s house. But after that and until now, they stay three to four nights a week at each other’s houses. Wolfrum arrived at Defiance what head coach Kyle Brumett envisioned as a key bench player. But when starting guard Mike Floyd picked up an injury during Wolfrum’s freshman season, he stepped in and was an immediate scoring threat. Wolfrum earned a permanent starting spot as a sophomore and has started all but two games since. As he’s become a leader on the court, he’s grown into the leader of a family. “Not that having a child in any way is a negative, because it hasn’t been, but it’s another responsibility that young people don’t often have to deal with at that age,” Brumett said. “And he’s done it without missing a beat.” Dockery and Evan can usually be found in the first row of the Karl H. Weaner Center, watching Wolfrum. Last year, Evan ran onto the court a few times, and now shoots baskets at halftime with Brumett’s young sons. “They always have to be doing something. They never sit still,” Dockery said of Wolfrum and Evan. Evan and Dockerywatch their dad and soon-to-be husband’s almost folk-like heroics. Last season, Wolfrum hit five game-winning shots. Against Manchester this year, Wolfrum scored 19 of his team’s last 21 points in a dramatic, come-from-behind victory. Dockery now also attends Defiance, where she studies early childhood education. “I’m constantly learning about kids, so that’s helped me a lot in the past three years, being a better mom and understanding Evan a little bit more,” she said. “And it’s helped me be a better teacher because I have a kid of my own.”Wolfrum, Dockery and Evan will move into their own home in Defiance this summer, where Dockery said they’ll try to relax after the busy year. “There are so many people who are extremely proud of him,” Brumett said. “And there’s nothing that this young person does that has ever let us down. He’s had to grow up pretty quick. And he’s done it very maturely.” Four to five hundred guests, most from the Defiance community, will celebrate at Wolfrum and Dockery’s wedding on Aug. 3 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Evan will walk Dockery down the aisle and eventually join the couple’s first dance. Evan will also take another special role. Wolfrum’s brother Jon will be his best man, but Evan will be standing next to him as his “little best man.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 14, 2013 at 1:40 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more