Arsenal legend Paul Merson tells Manchester United to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and become ‘major force’

first_imgArsenal legend Paul Merson tells Manchester United to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and become ‘major force’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Mar 2020 5:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.1kShares Merson does not feel losing Aubameyang is quite as bad as Van Persie’s exit (Picture: Getty)‘At that time, it was Arsenal vs Manchester United, theywere both the big teams in England and for Arsenal, it was like selling Unitedthe trophy.‘This is a bit different because you’ve got to look at whereArsenal are at the moment. They are ninth and if Aubameyang leaves, are theygoing to finish lower than ninth next season? No way.‘For me, there’s a lot of weighing up that needs to be done.I know the natural reaction is to think Arsenal won’t be able to replace himand his goals and they must do all they can to keep him, even if it is givinghim £300,000-a-week, but you can’t just look at next season. You’ve got to lookat the all-round picture.‘I’m not saying Aubameyang is not a top-drawer player, heis, but if you are Arsenal and you keep him, are you going to win the PremierLeague? No.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Arsene Wenger poaches Arsenal’s long-serving analytics guru to join him in new role at FIFAMORE: Hector Bellerin backs himself to be Arsenal captain amid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exit fearsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo 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 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirus 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.That has prompted interest from numerous clubs, with Manchester United looking at the possibility of doing a bargain £35million deal – and Merson believes he would be perfect for the Red Devils.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘Aubameyang is what Manchester United are missing. He is a goal scorer and goal scorers are priceless,’ Merson told Sky Sports.‘If you look at United and the way they played againstManchester City a couple of weeks ago, I thought they were very, very good. Youlooked at them and thought they have got a chance, especially if they couldalso get hold of a couple more players, especially a creative midfielder.‘You couldn’t help but be impressed with their performanceand if they were to sign Aubameyang and they also got someone like a JackGrealish, are they big players? They would be a major force, in my opinion.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘They are crying out for someone who is going to score them20 to 25 goals, and that’s what Aubameyang can bring.‘He gets you 25 goals without even breaking sweat. Add aGrealish if they can get him and then you’ve got Bruno Fernandes as wellplaying in behind a striker, Manchester United will be a major force.’On comparisons with Robin van Persie’s move from Arsenal toUnited, Merson continued: ‘The Arsenal fans won’t want to see another topstriker depart for Old Trafford, that’s for sure, but the Robin van Persiesituation was a bit different. The Gunners may have to sell their top scorer if he refuses to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes contractrebel Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is exactly the player Manchester United are ‘cryingout for’ to take them to the next level.The Gabon striker is the second highest scorer in the PremierLeague this season behind only Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and has beenprolific for the Gunners ever since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.However, his contract expires next year and Arsenal fearthey will have to sell Aubameyang this summer to avoid losing him for nothing. Advertisementlast_img read more

Gallery: Liverpool wins on homecoming over Corcoran, 22-8

first_imgLIVERPOOL — Liverpool (3-2) started the season with two losses. But the Warriors have bounced back in their last three games to string together a winning streak. On Friday night, homecoming at Liverpool High School, defense and special teams combined with homecoming king Kaleb Ohlemacher to lead the Warriors to a 22-8 win over Corcoran. Comments Published on September 28, 2018 at 11:55 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Serena wins first match since Wimbledon final, Osaka advance

first_imgSerena Williams defeated Belgium’s Elise Mertens on Wednesday to reach the third round at the WTA Toronto tournamentToronto, Canada | AFP |  Serena Williams looked solid in her first match since losing the Wimbledon final, defeating 20th-ranked Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday at the WTA Toronto tournament.The 37-year-old American, one crown shy of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, advanced in 75 minutes at her first US Open hardcourt tuneup event.“I feel like my movement is great — been working on my fitness, so I felt like it really was able to shine through today,” Williams said.“I’m loving going out there and I’m loving kind of running. So it’s a good thing.”Also moving into the third round was Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion. She won after taking the first set 6-2 when Germany’s Tatjana Maria retired with a left abdominal injury.With Osaka’s triumph, Australian Ashleigh Barty was ensured of being dethroned next week as world number one, although it could be Czech Kristyna Pliskova instead of Osaka who swipes the top spot.Williams, ranked 10th, seeks her fourth WTA Canada crown after 2001, 2011 and 2013 and improved her match record at the event to 31-4, winning half the 10 break points she earned against Mertens.“Now that I’m just injury-free, I’m just enjoying being able to train, and I haven’t been able to do it since January, really,” Williams said.“So I just think that the fact that I can train and practice and get in the gym is really going to be helpful for me.”Mertens broke for a 2-1 lead but Williams answered in the sixth game to pull level at 3-3.“I know when I got down one break I got real negative,” Williams said. “I don’t know what happened on the first time I got down. (She) just played really well. She’s obviously a really good player. I just needed to just double down and get more focused.”Next in the path of the former world number one will be Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova, who eliminated China’s Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-3. Osaka had not played a match since losing to Yulia Putintseva in the first round at Wimbledon.“I thought I played really well despite the fact that we only played one set,” Osaka said. “I was able to do what I wanted, which was go for the shots that I had the opportunity to.“And, of course, there were a couple unforced errors, but I think that’s part of the process.“For me, I’m just happy that it was my first match in a while and I was able to get in the groove of things quickly.”The victory gives Osaka the inside track on taking the top spot in Monday’s new rankings.– Pliskova eyes No. 1 –Pliskova could overtake Barty, the French Open champion who lost in Toronto on Tuesday, and Osaka both after beating 37th-ranked American Alison Riske 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2.The 27-year-old Czech must reach the semi-finals for any chance at taking world number one, but if Osaka makes the last eight, Pliskova must reach the final to have a hope at being number one next week.Pliskova will next play Estonia’s 19th-ranked Anett Kontaveit, who made the third round when Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro retired with an injury at 7-5, 3-1 down.Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep outlasted American Jennifer Brady 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5).Ukraine teen Dayana Yastremska beat two-time major winner and former number one Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 7-5.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Performing arts in the Valley

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Movies feel too flat? Try your local theater. It seems there is always a stage lit somewhere in the San Fernando Valley, so if you find yourself without plans on a Saturday night, walk around your neighborhood and check out a local theater for entertainment. You’ll happen upon Shakespeare plays, murder mysteries and love stories, all for about the price of popcorn and a movie. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; (818) 243-2539. Alliance Theatre, 3204 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; (818) 566-7935. Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall; (661) 799-2702. Celtic Arts Center (An Claidheamh Soluis), 4843 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City; (818) 760-8322. Colony Theatre Company, 555 N. Third St., Burbank; (818) 558-7000. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks; (805) 495-3715. CSUN Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; (818) 677-2488. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank; (818) 955-8101. Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale; (818) 244-8481. Glendale Community College, Theatre Arts Dept., 1500 Verdugo Road, Glendale; (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5618. Los Angeles Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills; (818) 719-6488. Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave., Van Nuys; (818) 947-2786. Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park; (818) 347-9938. The Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 769-9805. NoHo Arts District, along Lankershim Boulevard at Magnolia, contains more than 30 theaters, including: Actors Forum Theatre, (818) 506-0600; Actors Workout Studio, (818) 506-3903; Avery Schreiber Theatre, (818) 766-9100; Deaf West Theatre, (818) 762-2773, TTY: (818) 762-2782; Eclectic Company Theatre, (818) 508-3003; El Portal Theatre, (818) 508-4200; Lonny Chapman’s Group Repertory Theatre, (818) 700-4878; NoHo Arts Center, (818) 508-7101; The Raven Playhouse, (818) 206-4000; Secret Rose Theatre, (818) 766-3691; Theatre Tribe, (818) 754-2662; Theatre Unlimited, (818) 205-1680; Whitmore-Lindley Theatre, (818) 761-0704; and Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, (818) 202-4120. A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale; (818) 240-0910. Stage Door Theatre, 28311 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills; (818) 889-5209. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; (805) 449-2787. Victory Theatre, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank; (818) 841-4404. West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. (818) 884-1907. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 990-2324. read more