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‘I’m sure you’re next on the radar’ – Kevin Campbell sends direct message to Houssem Aouar after failed Arsenal transfer

first_imgLyon rejected a number of offers from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar this summer (Picture: Getty)Kevin Campbell has spoken of his disappointment after Arsenal failed to get a deal over the line for Houssem Aouar this summer but told the midfielder he will be ‘next on the radar for Mikel Arteta and Edu’.Arsenal head coach Arteta made it clear he was keen to strengthen his options in the middle of the park at the start of the transfer window but had only added central defender Gabriel Magalhaes to his first-team squad with just hours left on the clock ahead of Monday’s deadline. Multiple bids were rejected for Aouar as Lyon stood firm over their €60million (£55m) asking price and 22-year-old attacking midfielder will remain in France for the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign. The Gunners got a deal over the line for Atleti midfielder Partey on deadline day (Picture: Getty)Arsenal did, though, strike a last-ditch deal for Thomas Partey, 27, after activating a £45m release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid and the Ghana international should be in line to feature when Arteta’s men face Manchester City in two weekends’ time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Campbell is confident Aouar will still be on Arsenal’s shortlist of transfer targets as the France international has the creative game that Arteta craves in midfield.‘Who is next? Houssem Aouar, we missed you. We didn’t get you this time!’ the former Arsenal striker said on YouTube channel The Highbury Squad.‘Whether we can get you in January, I’m not sure. But I’m sure you’re next on the radar for Mikel Arteta and Edu.‘Somebody like yourself to add to the quality of that midfield, attacking, creative side.‘You hopefully will be a Gunner at some stage in the future.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 8:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Advertisement ‘I’m sure you’re next on the radar’ – Kevin Campbell sends direct message to Houssem Aouar after failed Arsenal transfercenter_img Lyon were demanding an eye-watering fee of £55.5m for Aouar (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith said it was a ‘real shame’ when it became clear Arsenal’s hopes of landing Aouar were over this summer.‘They have been linked with Aouar from Lyon for a while,’ the ex-Arsenal forward told Sky Sports.‘It sounds like that’s dead and that’s a real shame. ‘He’s that creative player like Mesut Ozil was for a long time and Santi Cazorla was for a long time. 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 City‘When you have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front, you need good service.‘A creative player is what they are missing. They have solid midfielders but lack a player with that vision.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad by Mikel ArtetaMORE: Eddie Nketiah equals record held by Alan Shearer and Arsenal flop Francis Jeffers Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Badgers advance with win over Titans

first_img?OMAHA, Neb. ?Cal State Fullerton was thinking big. Wisconsin was plain old big. In the end,it was the big bodies that prevailed over the big hopes.Thethird-seeded Badgers were able to overpower the 14th-seeded Titans, shuttingdown the upset bid Thursday night with a 71-56 victory that advanced them tothe second round of the NCAA tournament.That doesn?tmean it was easy, though. CSF didn?t back down from UW, keeping it closethroughout and even providing a little bit of a scare early on.?This is theNCAA tournament. You expect everything. You expect good teams and you expect togive your best. It?s win or go home,? senior Brian Butch said. ?We knew theywere a heck of a team when we got here, and they fought us hard and continuedto fight us hard the entire game.?Though Cal Stateheld a brief 31-30 second-half lead, Wisconsin used a 15-3 run to pull away forthe win.?This teamhas played a lot of games, and we?ve been down and we?ve come back fromdeficits,? junior Marcus Landry said. ?This team has matured, and we showedthat tonight. We didn?t panic. We stayed focused and stuck to the game plan.?CSF?sstarting lineup included two players under six feet, and the biggest Titanplayer in the rotation stood at just 6-feet-5-inches. With such a large sizeadvantage, UW was able to grab 51 rebounds, just one off of its season high and24 more than its opponent.?It doesn?treally matter how small they are,? Butch said. ?They did a pretty good job ofcontrolling us on the glass for a while.?One of theTitans? smallest players, 5-foot-11-inch guard Josh Akognon was the one doingthe most damage. The guard went off for 31 points, including five made3-pointers, pulled down eight rebounds, and almost single-handedly kept thegame close at times.?He hit sometough shots to put up some points there, but he?s a great player,? guard JasonBohannon said. ?We just tried to focus on our defense and make them do thingsthey didn?t want to do.?Fullertoncame out of the gates firing, eventually opening up a 16-10 lead before a 16-2Wisconsin run made it 26-18. Just when it looked like UW was starting to takecontrol though, the Titans ran off an 8-0 stretch of its own to tie the game at28 before a Greg Stiemsma put-back made it 30-28 at the half.?Every gamehas a run,? Butch said. ?They had a run, and we had a run.?Wisconsinwas able to wear down its opponent early in the second half by getting Fullertoninto foul trouble. The Titans picked up 25 fouls over the course of the game ? 16in the second half ? and lost second-leading scorer and rebounder FrankRobinson when the senior fouled out with almost ten minutes left to play in thegame.?You know wehad a hard time, because of that foul situation,? Titan coach Bob Burton said.?We wanted to get pressure and every time we seemed to get close, there was afoul. Frank Robinson started to play really good, and the next minute he fouledout of the game. It really had our rotation kind of fouled up because we?rereally not that deep of a team.?UW washampered by some foul trouble of its own in the first half as sophomore TrevonHughes picked up a pair of fouls in the game?s first eight minutes and wasforced to sit the rest of the half. Hughes played most of the second half,however, and finished the game with eight points and four steals.Butch ledthe team in scoring with 14 points while Joe Krabbenhoft and Jason Bohannoneach had 13. Landry finished the game with 12 rebounds.?We kind of all tryto do the little things, the intangibles,? senior Greg Stiemsma said. ?It mightnot always be the prettiest game, but we?ve been winning with it so we?re goingto stick to it.?last_img read more

Vancouver Public Schools seeks community input on budget cuts

first_imgVancouver Public Schools has scaled back its proposed budget cuts in light of new state money, but the 23,000-student school district is still planning for an $8 million budget deficit.Now, after months of discussion, the district is turning to the community for its input on budget cuts.The district announced Monday that it will conduct a community survey, allowing residents to make suggestions about which staff, programs and other expenditures should be cut. Survey-takers will be given a menu of potential cuts and must select $8 million worth of the proposals.A link to the survey can be found on at vansd.org/budget-information/.District spokeswoman Pat Nuzzo said now that the district knows the “actual scope” of the budget shortfall, it can start surveying “our broader community.”Vancouver Public Schools has a budget of about $324 million.The district has proposed action in 15 areas, including:• A $3.75 million use of one-time fund balance, or cash reserves.• A reduction of 21 classroom teachers for a $1.91 million savings.• A 5 percent reduction to central office and support service budgets for a $1.2 million savings.• The elimination of 11.8 counselor positions for a savings of $1.09 million.• A 15 percent reduction of central office administrators for an $800,000 savings.The survey will run until May 14. Results will be released on May 20. The district will convene an advisory committee of parents, staff and community members on May 23, and final recommendations, keeping in mind the survey and advisory committee discussion, will be made at the May 28 school board meeting.Vancouver’s budget crisis is eased somewhat by $6.5 million in one-time funding legislators say is designed to ease the transition of the state’s new school funding model. The district will also reduce staffing levels due to declining enrollment for a savings of about $2.3 million.last_img read more