Mikel Arteta hails Arsenal youngsters for showing grit as they ‘suffered’ in 2-0 Crystal Palace win

Mikel Arteta praised Arsenal’s grit after they began the Premier League season with an impressive victory at Crystal Palace on Friday.

Gabriel Martinelli scored the opener at Selhurst Park before a late own goal from Marc Guehi secured Arsenal three points – and ensured they avoided a repeat of last season, when an opening-night defeat by Brentford put them on course for their worst start in 67 years.

‘I’m very pleased with a clean sheet and three points against a really tough opponents,’ Arteta said.

‘We had tough periods during the match. We showed resilience to get through them, and I am really positive.

‘You don’t win here without it. We started in a really different way to the way we did last season. Finding a way to get through these moments is going to be vital for us.’

Arteta added: ‘The most important thing is to win the first match, to build confidence and momentum, and then you can talk about things we need to improve – there were quite a few, to be honest.

‘The way we started the game and played in the first half hour was superb – we should have scored more… to win here, you need to suffer – we’ve done it and that’s part of the mentality we want to build, to come to places like this and win.’

The Arsenal boss handed competitive debuts to Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and William Saliba at Selhurst Park.

All three impressed, with Saliba named man of the match after an imperious display to help the visitors keep a clean sheet.

‘You don’t really see a debut at 21-years old in the Premier League against physical opponents, with that composure, calmness and presence,’ Arteta said. ‘He has now proved that he is ready.’

Jesus, Arsenal’s new £45million striker, also shone with the manager claiming: ‘The game he played right from the start is just a nightmare for defenders.

‘He is electric, he never stops, he is always on your shoulder, he is ready to go with and without the ball and I am really pleased with his performance.’

Arsenal struggled to cement their early advantage, however, meaning it remained 1-0 until five minutes from time. Palace were pushing for an equaliser until Guehi deflected home Bukayo Saka’s cross.

‘We need to be more ruthless in front of goal, we lack that edge but that is something that has to come.’ Arteta added.

Palace boss Patrick Vieira was left to rue missed opportunities at the other end.

‘I don’t know if 2-0 is well deserved for Arsenal,’ he said.

‘The two goals we conceded were poor. And then when we had good moments, the momentum, we created two really good chances to get back into the game and we didn’t take them… (that) cost us the game.’

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  • 41 минута назад 09.08.2022Sport
    Rafael Nadal injury update as Spaniard spotted on court ahead of US Open

    Rafael Nadal is back on the practice court after withdrawing from the Montreal Masters with the abdominal injury that forced him out of Wimbledon. The world No 3 is still hoping to make it back in time for the US Open and has shown positive signs in new footage from his latest session at his Rafa Nadal Academy.

    Nadal is currently sidelined after picking up a 7mm abdominal tear at Wimbledon, which saw him pull out on the eve of his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. The Spaniard had hoped to return to his original planned schedule of playing this week’s Masters 1000 in Montreal before the US Open, but announced that he would be pulling out of the Canadian Open last week as he was still feeling the ab issue.

    While he has been unable to compete in Montreal, the 22-time Grand Slam champion has been back on the practice courts at his Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor and is showing positive signs as he resumed practising his service motion for the first time since pulling out of the Canadian Open – something that was hindered by the injury. With a small crowd watching on from the stands, footage shows Nadal hitting some lighter serves repeatedly from the baseline.

    The 36-year-old has been rallying since around a week after he withdrew from Wimbledon but has only just returned to serving, later than he expected after explaining the road to recovery when pulling out of the grass-court Grand Slam on the eve of men’s semi-finals day. “In one week I going to be able to play from the baseline,” he said at the time.

    “Not serving for a while, of course. Playing from the baseline [is] not going to be a big deal.” While he had no issues at the baseline, Nadal confirmed that he had started to feel “discomfort” following the first time he re-introduced his service motion into practice.

    “From the vacation days and my subsequent return to training, everything has gone well these weeks,” he tweeted on Friday, announcing his withdrawal from Montreal. “Four days ago I also started training the service and yesterday, after training, I had a little discomfort that was still there today.

    “We have decided not to travel to Montreal and continue with the training sessions without forcing ourselves.” Nadal certainly doesn’t seem to be forcing himself in the new footage from his latest practice session, but with three weeks until the US Open begins there are positive signs as he continues to build up his service motion.

    Nadal will be hoping to keep up his unbeaten streak at Grand Slams this year in New York, having won the Australian Open and French Open at the start of the season. He then reached the semi-final at Wimbledon but withdrew before the match, meaning he is yet to lost at Major level in 2022.

  • 41 минута назад 09.08.2022Sport
    Ryan Giggs accused of wanting sex all the time, 8 affairs and ‘blackmail’ email

    The trial of former Manchester United ace Ryan Giggs heard the footballer wanted sex “all the time” and cheated on his ex Kate Greville eight times. The 48-year-old former Wales manager is accused of controlling behaviour towards Ms Greville from 2017 until their split in 2020 and assault occasioning actual bodily harm against her. He is also accused of assaulting her sister Emma Greville. Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard how he and Kate Greville had a “toxic” and “turbulent” seven-year relationship.

    Jurors heard Ms Greville has levelled a number of allegations against Giggs including that he once physically threw her out of their home and that he would threaten to send personal photos to her friends. The alleged assaults against Ms Greville and her younger sister Emma took place in November 2020 during an argument at the pair’s home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, the court heard.

    Ms Greville, 37, has accused Giggs of headbutting her in the face while her younger sister says she was elbowed in the jaw when she tried to pull the former Wales manager off her. Giggs, who denies all charges, won 64 caps for Wales and 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups during his time at Manchester United. He is also a co-owner of League Two side Salford City.

    Here are 9 things we heard today:

    Ms Greville gave evidence Giggs “grabbed her by both shoulders, looked her in the eyes and headbutted her” on November 1, 2020. She said the pair rowed at The Stock Exchange in Manchester, which Giggs part-owns, and she came home early to pack her things and leave him.

    But he arrived ten minutes later and caught her packing up the car with her sister and began throwing things out of the car, she claimed. She said: “He was very angry. I hadn’t seen him that angry before.” Ms Greville said she had put Giggs’ phone in another room and he tried to take her phone in retaliation which ended with the pair grappling on the floor.

    She said: “He’s pinning me down on the floor trying to reach for my hand. I’m pushing him with my hands and pushing his face with my hands and trying to kick my legs to kick him off me. I was shouting to my sister for help. She grabbed him around the waist to try to pull him off. He pushed his arm back.”

    The court heard Giggs took Ms Greville’s phone and left the house, before coming back and telling the sisters he had called the police. Ms Greville said: “I said ‘I’m glad the police are coming because you attacked me so I will tell them exactly what happened’. He came at me from nowhere and grabbed me by my shoulders and headbutted me in my face.

    “[He held me by] Both shoulders. He didn’t say sorry, he said nothing. I said ‘I can’t believe you have just done that.’

    “I was in shock. It was with real intent. He wanted to hurt me and he looked at me straight in the eyes and headbutted me in the face. He said to me: “You need to think about this Kate, this will ruin me and ruin you. Think about my job, think about my career, think about my kids.”

    In a 105-minute police interview played to the court, Ms Greville told the police officer Giggs did not force himself on her but “he was using sex to get to me” and would “randomly send sexual messages or pictures.” Ms Greville said he would turn up at her house and they would have sex, even if they were not strictly together at the time.

    She said: “It was really not a nice time. I felt he was just using me for sex. I could feel it. He would never leave me alone. There was never a time he didnt want to have sex. It was every other day or something.” She added later: “My dad got told he had cancer, and he didn’t even look up from his phone. He’d constantly tell me I was moody, and he’d tell me to leave. “He’d always want sex at night but then he’d give me a tiny bit of affection and I’d cling onto that.”

    The court heard the pair met in 2013 as Giggs was a PR client of the agency Ms Greville worked for and she helped him on his hotel and restaurant projects. Giggs was married to Stacey Cooke, the mother of his two children, and Ms Greville said she was in a “controlling relationship” with her husband. Ms Greville claims Giggs told her she was like his ex Stacey as they both had a “problem with alcohol” and would sometimes call her Stacey’s name.

    Giving evidence this afternoon, Ms Greville said: “He said I was just like his ex-wife and he called me her name. He said she used to make his life hell and she had a problem with alcohol – I was just like her.”

    She told the court Giggs would tell her she was a “different person” when she was drinking and would also send abusive messages if she did not reply to her quickly enough when she was out with friends. Discussing a series of messages in which Giggs apologises for blocking Ms Greville when she was on a night out, she said: “This was the whole drink thing, he thought I was drunk and again it was related back to Stacey again.”

    Jurors heard Ms Greville moved first to Abu Dhabi and later to Dubai as she did not believe Giggs would leave his wife for her. She said in her police interview: “I made the decision to move to Abu Dhabi to leave. I thought this is not good for me mentally. Also people started to find out at work.

    “I was ashamed as he was a married man and I didnt want anyone to know. In my head I was thinking he’s not going to be chasing me now. Anyway, he did. I was just madly in love with him basically. He was pursuing me and messaging me. He would message me saying he had moved out. I would hear something else and he would deny it. That went on for ages.”

    She said she blocked Giggs again in 2016 after the affair was leaked to the press, which was “horrendous”. Ms Greville said: “He started messaging my friends and he had emailed me and they had gone into a secure folder, a bit like Sex In the City. The emails were telling me how his day was. I gave in and started speaking again”.

    The court heard Ms Greville started suffering “horrendous anxiety” a year into her relationship with Giggs. She told detectives in her police interview Giggs would switch between being nice and abusive to her and would make promises that they could live together and start a family.

    She said: “Everything he was saying he was making all these promises but I would find stuff out, people would tell me things about what they had seen him do. It was like two different people and the person he told me he was, the person I was hearing things about. I didn’t know what to believe. Is he a good person or a bad person? Is he telling the truth or lying?

    “Or is it me and I’m very paranoid and making this all up in my head? It was like a constant battle. I started getting the most horrendous anxiety. I would sit down and I felt like I had run a marathon and I couldn’t breathe.”

    She said after moving back to Manchester from Dubai to be with him, she discovered he had been seeing other women and said: “It was almost like this rug had been pulled from underneath my feet. I honestly felt like I didn’t want to carry on anymore.

    “He was my best friend, my soul mate and the realisation that he wasn’t I just really struggled, it was really hard. It was all little things that built up to this horrendous anxiety he gave me.”

    The court heard Ms Greville received an email from a man with an attachment of a naked photo asking if it was Giggs. Ms Greville told police they were in Dubai at the time and had a row the previous evening as Giggs had been on his phone for 20 minutes at the dinner table.

    She said: “I got an anonymous email from a guy with a picture of Ryan, a naked picture of Ryan. The email said ‘I found this on my wifes phone, is it him?’ And it was Ryan, he had sent me the same picture. This one didn’t have his head in but it was the same picture.

    “He said ‘I have got kids, I don’t want this blown up’.” Ms Greville said she confronted Giggs and he at first said it was “banter” and from “ages ago” but she looked on her phone and found he had sent her the picture two weeks ago. She added: “He couldn’t defend that because I had this evidence. He then started to be really nice to me. The nice Ryan I had before, it had come back. It wouldn’t last very long. He would go back to himself after a little bit. The guilt he had went away.”

    Ms Greville told the court when she worked for Giggs he would send her emails saying that she couldn’t work for him anymore and would threaten her when she did not reply. She said: “He sent me one email and it was blackmail and one of our videos we had done. He would say ‘If you don’t respond to me or unblock me I’m going to send this to the group or I’m going to send these messages to people showing what you are doing, I’m going to tell your boss this is what you’re doing’.

    “I didn’t want to look at the video so I deleted it straight away. It could havbe beem something funny but it could have been sexual. The title was blackmail so at the time I didn’t want to look at it. I was scared he would just message people.”

    Giving evidence in court, Ms Greville said: “I thought it was a video of a sexual nature he was then going to send to the group. I had no control of what he could do and his actions. It was going to cause an issue with my job and career. I was just mortified he would even put on my work email any sort of video. So I deleted it straight away and then I unblocked him.”

    Ryan Giggs cheated on her with eight women during the couple’s relationship, the court heard, which she discovered after looking at his iPad. She said: “The reality of what I had found on that iPad was way worse than I could imagine.

    “Eight women he was having affairs with while he was with me. Full-on relationships.” She told police she had suspicions about one woman called ‘Helen’, who she described as a “model and It girl” after finding out she was on the same flight as Giggs when he went to Barcelona for the Champions League.

    Ms Greville also said she suspected Ryan of having an affair with a woman called Zara when they travelled to Russia for the World Cup in 2018. She said: “We were in Russia and I got a feeling there was someone else. I got an anonymous email from someone saying ‘’Ryan has been in a relationship with another girl for a year. Just want you to know it’s 100% true.’ I said ‘Who is this? How do you know?’ They said ‘It’s true’ then they deleted their email address.”

    She said around Christmas that year she was having drinks at The Ivy when a friend said he thought Giggs was dating a woman called Zara Charles. Ms Greville said: “He was in Ireland and I contacted him and he said ‘Don’t you dare speak to people about me I don’t like it when you speak to people about me’.

    “He then messages the guy saying ‘Why are you saying I’m in a relationship with another girl?’ Then shows me the message then blocks me. This girl started messaging me after asking me to follow me on Instagram. She said ‘I can’t talk about it but I’m really upset about it’.”

    Ms Greville described an incident during their relationship when the former Wales winger “flipped” in a hotel room and grabbed her “hard” by the wrists. She said he “literally dragged” her naked body across the floor before he threw her belongings into the corridor.

    Ms Greville said she was “left humiliated and embarrassed” as she was only in a towel and had to grab her belongings and try to get back into the suite, adding: “That was the first time he was aggressive to me.”

    Ms Greville also described another row when they were in bed and Giggs “kicked her in the back” causing her to fall off the bed before throwing her bag and laptop at her head, leaving her with a “massive lump”. On another occasion she said Giggs called her by his ex-wife’s name and pulled the strap on her bag so hard that she fell forward and landed on her knee, causing a bruise.

    Jurors heard yesterday Giggs “lost control” and headbutted Ms Greville in November 2020 after she decided to leave him, and elbowed her sister Emma in the jaw as she attempted to pull him off Ms Greville. The trial continues.

  • 41 минута назад 09.08.2022Sport
    Daniil Medvedev responds to attack from Russian politician ahead of US Open

    Daniil Medvedev has responded after a Russian politician claimed he was not a true citizen of the country and branded him a “French tennis player”. The world No 1 is fresh off the back of a title in Los Cabos and was accused of turning his back on his country in the wake of his victory, as one of Russia’s State Duma Deputies hit out at Medvedev playing as a neutral athlete.

    Medvedev became the target of comments from State Duma Deputy Roman Teryushkov, who said the US Open champion’s success was of “little interest” to Russians because he “removed the Russian flag at the request of the West” after the ATP, WTA and ITF made every Russian and Belarusian player compete neuturally with no mention of their country of flag in the wake of the Ukraine war.

    The former Minister of Physical Culture and Sports of the Moscow Oblast also hit out at the 26-year-old’s decision to live in Monaco and speak fluent French, and the world No 1 has now hit back at the comments. “What matters is playing tennis. I really enjoy my job. Yeah, again, it’s about following the rules,” he said of competing as a neutral athlete.

    “The rule at one point was very clear that we have to play under neutral flag. Me, I’m still Daniil Medvedev. I still want to win big titles, win big matches, or small matches. It doesn’t change.” And the 14-time title winner also spoke out on Wimbledon’s ban of Russian and Belarusian players, having been kept out of the tournament along with his fellow athletes representing the countries.

    The top-ranked male tennis player achieved a career-best showing at SW19 in 2021, making the fourth round, but was unable to return when the All England Club barred players from the two nations, acting within government guidelines. But Medvedev was feeling positive after winning his first tournament since sitting on the sidelines over the ban, and shared his understanding.

    He admitted: “You have to appreciate it because I definitely couldn’t change the decision of Wimbledon. I have to follow the rules. If you focus on the negative part. For sure I wanted to play Wimbledon, I wanted to do well there. I always want to be in the biggest tournaments and try to play good. You can’t just stay in this circle of, ‘oh my God, I was not able to be there’.”

    And Medvedev is feeling good about his game ahead of his first-ever Grand Slam title defence at the US Open, having brushed off criticism from Teryushkov who speculated whether the Russian had obtained French citizenship.

    “I’ve made a very good preparation block for the US Open Series, which normally you cannot do because you play Wimbledon,” he explained. “I was able to do it. Feeling 100 per cent physically, mentally ready. Really happy with Los Cabos for sure with the title.”

  • 1 час, 28 минут назад 09.08.2022Sport
    Yankees DH Matt Carpenter leaves game against Mariners with foot fracture in just the FIRST inning

    New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Carpenter broke his left foot Monday night when he fouled off a pitch against the Seattle Mariners and will be out indefinitely.

    Carpenter, wearing a protective boot in the Yankees’ clubhouse after their 9-4 win, said he’s hopeful he might only miss a month.

    But a timeline won’t be determined until he sees a foot specialist.

    ‘I don’t want to say a number because I just don’t know, but I’m holding out hope that it’ll be a situation where I could come back in the middle of September and can contribute towards a stretch run,’ Carpenter said.

    ‘So we’ll see. I mean, that’s my mindset is that I’ll be back.’

    Carpenter fouled a slider from starter Logan Gilbert off the foot in the first inning.

    The left-handed hitter was briefly checked by manager Aaron Boone, but finished the at-bat and struck out swinging on the next pitch.

    ‘I knew something was wrong when I did it, but I thought that I could finish the at-bat, get that run in,’ Carpenter said.

    ‘But then when I went to swing on the next pitch, I mean as soon as I started to plant and rotate on that back foot, my lower body gave out and I wasn’t able to.’

    Boone said he was immediately aware something was wrong and he knew a change was needed when he checked on Carpenter in the clubhouse between innings.

    Outfielder Tim Locastro replaced Carpenter in the third.

    ‘I knew he got it good. That’s why I went out there initially,’ Boone said.

    ‘And I was just like, the way he was moving, I’m like, this isn’t good.’

    The three-time All-Star was one of the feel-good stories in baseball this year while enjoying a comeback season at age 36.

    Carpenter was toiling at Triple-A when the Texas Rangers released him in May.

    He went on to sign with the Yankees, becoming a big surprise and earning regular playing time in a powerful lineup.

    Carpenter was hitting .307 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs in just 127 at-bats on the season going into last night’s game. He batted below .200 in each of the previous two seasons with St. Louis.

    ‘He’s definitely going to be missed for however long it’s going to be, but we’re hoping that we get some good news and that it’s not going to be season ending,’ Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson said.

    It was the latest significant injury for the Yankees, who snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak Monday night.

    All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton and pitchers Luis Severino, Michael King and Miguel Castro all went down last month and haven’t returned yet.

    King will miss the rest of the season with a broken right elbow, while Severino (right lat strain) and Castro (right shoulder strain) are also on the 60-day injured list.

    Stanton is on the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 24, with left Achilles tendinitis.

    New York has the best record in the American League at 71-39 and leads the AL East by 10 1/2 games.

  • 1 час, 28 минут назад 09.08.2022Sport
    Tyson Fury eyes third fight with Derek Chisora in Cardiff

    Tyson Fury wants to make his boxing comeback against Derek Chisora at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in December, according to reports.

    The 33-year-old heavyweight champion announced his intention to retire from the sport after beating Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April, but he has now decided to return to the ring.

    The Gypsy King has sent an offer to his former foe Chisora to fight him for a third time in Wales later this year, as reported by ESPN.

    Fury has been promoted by Frank Warren and Arum in recent years, but it is understood that the offer made to Chisora has come from Goldstar Promotions, who handle Fury’s meet-and-greets in the UK.

    However, their offer currently falls significantly short of Chisora’s demands, meaning that a deal is yet to be struck between the two parties.

    Fury and Chisora first met back in 2011, with the former emerging victorious via unanimous decision.

    The result of their rematch three years later was even more emphatic in Fury’s favour as Chisora’s corner pulled their man out after the tenth round.

    Speaking in a video posted on social media on Tuesday morning, Fury announced that he was delaying his retirement plans to pursue a fight with Chisora, and that he had already selected his next trainer – his cousin, Isaac Lowe.

    ‘I always said I would fight Derek Chisora at the end of my career and here we are breaking all records again,’ Fury said.

    ‘Why I have chosen Isaac Lowe as my trainer is when I was with Peter (Fury), Isaac was there, when I was with Ben (Davison), Isaac was always there, and when I was with SugarHill (Steward), Isaac’s always been there.

    ‘He’s always given me information, he knows me better than anybody on the planet and we’re a great team – we’ve always been together and we’re going to finish this out together.

    ‘We’ve always worked very well together and here we are about to take on a massive, massive, massive event.’

    Chisora hit back, claiming he was yet to receive a contract for the proposed fight, and that Fury should speak with Warren and Arum to get the deal done.

    ‘Tyson, stop talking s**** mate. Phone mummy and daddy,’ he responded.

    ‘Mummy’s Frank Warren, daddy is f***ing Bob Arum – tell them you want to hang out with me okay? And send me the paperwork b****.’

    It now appears that Chisora has received an offer – just not from the source he may have been expecting.

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