Arsenal team news: Mikel Arteta makes four changes as Aubameyang and Lacazette both start

first_imgArteta will hope for victory (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Mikel Arteta has made four changes to his Arsenal side after their win over Sheffield United, starting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette against Norwich. Centre-back David Luiz passed a fitness test to start, with Bukayo Saka having to settle for a bench after celebrating his new deal. Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Aubameyang and Reiss Nelson have all come into the starting XI, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Nicolas Pepe and Saka dropping out.Cedric Soares has returned to the match day squad but there is no room for Mesut Ozil.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal had endured a tough return to action with back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Brighton but bounced back with a win over Southampton before booking their spot in the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating Sheffield United.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Gunners can close the gap on fourth-place Chelsea to eight points with victory over rock-bottom Norwich, although Frank Lampard’s side can extend the gap with a win over West Ham later on Wednesday. A win would see them jump up three places in the table to seventh. One of Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United will likely jump above them again, however, when they face off on Thursday. Norwich are in desperate need of three points. They are six points off safety, with the worst goal difference in the league.Who will win?Arsenal0%Norwich0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Arsenal team news: Mikel Arteta makes four changes as Aubameyang and Lacazette both start Commentcenter_img Arsenal vs Norwich team news Arsenal: Martinez, Bellerin, David Luiz, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Aubameyang, Nelson, LacazetteNorwich: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Trybull, Lewis, Tettey, Mclean, Rupp, Buendia, Cantwell,Pukki Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 5:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link233Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Eaves eyes top-2 finish ahead of Michigan State match up

first_imgFor the first time since the 2010-2011 season, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team will welcome Michigan State back to the Kohl Center for the final home series of the season.After coming off a weekend split with Ohio State, the Badgers will look to keep hope alive in their Big Ten title ambitions. With only six conference games remaining, these final two home games are critical to UW’s title chances.“For us to bring back that trophy, we’re probably going to have to be pretty close to winning out and get some help,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “The other goal for us that we need to want to reach is to make sure that we’re one or two for the Big Ten Tournament so that we can get that bye.”The No. 8 Badgers (17-9-2, 8-5-1 Big Ten, 25 points) look to send their group of nine seniors out as winners in their home series finale with the Spartans (9-13-7, 3-5-6, 19 points), who come into Madison having swept Penn State this past weekend.Eaves also emphasized the importance of senior defenseman and captain Frankie Simonelli.“He’s always ranked high in the hard stats…shots, blocked shots, hits…” he said. “We have been able to lean on [Simonelli] in terms of pressure when things weren’t going well and he’s been that voice in the locker room…that have steadied the ship.”UW will face stern opposition in goal from MSU goaltender Jake Hildebrand, who was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for his performances against the Nittany Lions, posting a .946 save percentage and accumulating 53 saves.Wisconsin will also likely look to senior forward Mark Zengerle, who scored two goals in UW’s Saturday win over OSU, to be the answer to Michigan State’s shot-stopper.This senior class has endured a difficult career, finding it challenging to advance in the WCHA tournament and then only making it to the first round of the NCAA tournament last year.With Senior Day ceremonies planned for Saturday afternoon, they hope this season, and this final pair of home games, ends up being their most memorable one yet.“This is the last home series for our seniors,” Eaves said. “Let’s send them off in a grand way.”When asked about the development of this year’s senior class, Eaves said, “I could go through every player and tell you how each one has grown, and it would take a long time…the growth in every one of them has been substantial.”Sweeping the Spartans would further help Wisconsin’s push toward its goal of a top-two finish in the Big Ten, making this first meeting of the season between these two teams all the more crucial.The puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Kohl Center, with the home and series finale Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.last_img read more

Dodgers deal Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to Miami for pitcher Andrew Heaney, three others

first_imgSAN DIEGO >> On the same day they acquired veteran leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins, the Dodgers dealt their leadoff hitter in 2014, Dee Gordon, to the Miami Marlins.According to multiple reports Wednesday, Gordon and pitcher Dan Haren were going from the Dodgers to the Miami Marlins for four players: left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney, utility player Austin Barnes, right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher and utility player Enrique Hernandez.The trade, like the Rollins trade, has not been formally announced by either team. There is good reason to believe that a third or fourth team could become involved in one or both trades, which general manager Farhan Zaidi hinted in his media briefing Tuesday.Zaidi also said Tuesday that Gordon “is our second baseman” and the Dodgers were not offering him in trades. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That must have changed at some point overnight. Heaney was reportedly coveted by multiple teams. The 23-year-old was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft. He pitched in Double-A, Triple-A and eventually reached the majors this past season, throwing 29 1/3 innings and allowing 19 runs for the Marlins.Hatcher, 29, made 52 appearances out of the Miami bullpen and posted a 3.38 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 56 innings.Hernandez, 22, played six positions in his rookie year, and was part of a five-player trade between the Astros and Marlins in July. He posted a combined .248/.321/.421 slash line.Barnes, 24, is a native of Riverside who has played four minor-league seasons in the Marlins’ organization. Last year at Double-A he slashed .296/.406/.507.All four players are under team control for 2014, an attractive option for a Dodgers club looking to create a more flexible roster.center_img Since the Dodgers’ 40-man roster was full when the day began, they would certainly not be able to take on five players while trading only two. At least one further move is necessary to complete the picture. What will the roster look like once it’s complete?“I don’t think any of us know what it’s going to look like,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “I think there’s a lot going on right now.”Dodgers executives cancelled their daily media briefing Wednesday evening as details of the trades leaked.If true, the trade with the Marlins leaves the Dodgers’ roster without a clear-cut second baseman and only three pitchers who started more than two games for them last season.Gordon, 26, led the National League in stolen bases with 64. He was eligible for arbitration and was tendered a contract by the Dodgers for 2015 but had not signed.Gordon made his first All-Star team in July with a strong first half, but a second-half slump left him with a .326 on-base percentage for the season, well below the norm for an All-Star caliber leadoff hitter.“Part of his struggles is just part of being a young player,” Mattingly said. “They’re going to grow and go through stretches where they get tired. It’s cat and mouse, back and forth. You have success, (opposing pitchers) start chasing him in a different way. … He has to make the adjustments back. That’s what was part of his second half last year.”Coincidentally, Gordon made two community appearances in a Dodgers uniform on Wednesday in Los Angeles.Haren, 34, rejoined the Dodgers by exercising a $10 million player option in his contract for 2015. He went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 2014.“I thought he saved us the way he pitched early,” Mattingly said of Haren. “He had a bunch of wins early in the season. I think he hit an extended four or five-game stretch that he struggled, got off track a bit mechaniccaly. But you still were comfortable with Danny because you know he’s not going to panic, not going to worry. I loved what he brought to this club, his makeup. I thought he had a tremendous year last year.”The two trades would allow the Dodgers to save more than $12 million in salary according to some reports, but those do not take into account which players the Dodgers would send to Philadelphia to complete the Rollins trade.McCarthy close to signingThe Dodgers and free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy have agreed to terms on a four-year contract, according to multiple reports Wednesday.The 31-year-old is 52-65 in nine major-league seasons with the White Sox, Rangers, A’s, Diamondbacks, and Yankees.last_img read more