Kanu Says Arsenal Needs ‘Miracle’ to Win Premier League

first_img“If it happens and they win the league, it’s a miracle,” said the former Nigerian. Captain.“It takes time for the newcomers, the new signings, to adapt. We have to allow time for him to bring his own style and the way he wants to play.”Kanu helped Arsenal to two league titles during five years at the club and was part of the undefeated ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003-04.Arsenal is yet to win the Premier League since then.“For the new manager, it’s going to be a very big challenge; the fans want them to perform in the league in his first year, which is always difficult for a new coach,” Kanu said.“It’s a very big club – coming into a big club you need a trophy, so if you don’t win the league, you need to win the others. It’s hard, but that’s what you expect of a coach of that stature and a big club.”Emery has added Uruguay international Lucas Torreira for £26m, along with goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund, as well as 19-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient.“He’s been signing new, good players. They’re more defensive, and not allowing goals, which is good,” Kanu added.“They have to know how to win games, even if it’s 1-0. All they need is the three points.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Unai Emery’s Arsenal must produce a “miracle” to win the Premier League in the Spaniard’s first season at the club, former Gunners striker Nwankwo Kanu observed Thursday.Former Paris St-Germain boss Emery, who succeeds Arsene Wenger after 22 years, claimed success in 2018-19 would constitute “battling for every title”.Emery has added five signings but Kanu believes the Gunners, sixth last season, must be patient.last_img read more

League of Legends NA LCS team names revealed ahead of first franchised season

first_imgEsports Insider says: Every naming decision in esports tends to come under scrutiny now, but the stories behind the Clutch City gives it our seal of approval – given that clutches in video games are fairly prevalent. We’re not too sold on the other two, though – although they’re not on Excelsior level by any means. Gold Coin United22$571,429 TeamSplitsSharesPayout eUnited22$571,429 Big Gods Jackals22$571,429 Team Dignitas26$1,714,255 Immortals410$2,857,143 Three NBA teams were accepted into the newly-franchised North American League of Legends Championship Series league back in October. This week, the names for the incumbent NBA organisations have been revealed. The three teams to have entered the NA LCS, and what they’re set to be called (per ESPN reports) are:Golden State Warriors — Golden GuardiansHouston Rockets — Clutch City GamingCleveland Cavaliers — 100 Thieves100 Thieves, the name adopted by the Cavaliers is an extension of the clothing brand that belongs to former Call of Duty and now famous YouTube star Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag who is heading up the Cavaliers’ esports. Meanwhile, Houston Rockets brand Clutch City Gaming is based off the city’s nickname as Clutch City. The roots to the name are interesting and entrenched in Houston’s rich traditional sports history. Back in 1994 the city was dubbed “Choke City” after the Rockets threw away fourth-quarter leads in the Western Conference semifinals and, a year prior, the NFL team had managed to lose a 32-point lead in the playoffs. The team later mounted a huge comeback in the series to win in seven games and go on to win their first championship. The headline changed from “Choke City” to “Clutch City” and the nickname has stuck from there.One would assume Joe Lacob and the Golden State Warriors’ name is fairly straight forward to explain. Given the name of the NBA franchise, it’s simply an alliterative title using the existing Golden brand. Additionally, as revealed by Jacob Wolf at ESPN, the organisations that missed out on the franchising are entitled to a payout. The payout is based on a $12 million exit payment pool, comprised of the $3 million buy-ins paid by new teams entering the league. The payouts are calculated based on 3 shares per split for former Championship Series teams, and a 1 share per split for Challenger Series teams, capped at 10. The table below illustrates the payouts for each team:  Phoenix139$2,571,429 Tempo Storm22$571,429 EnVyUs39$2,571,429last_img read more

‘I’m at peace, I’m ready to roll’ – Isaac Dogboe confident ahead of return to the ring tonight

first_imgGhanaian boxer, Isaac Dogboe, believes he is in the right shape physically and spiritually as he looks to return to the ring with a win later tonight.Dogboe faces American, Chris Avalos in a featherweight bout as he hopes to recover from his two losses against Emmanuel Navarrete.Dogboe’s two very high profile losses led to a short break from the sport but he returns to take on Avalos in a featherweight fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.There’s a lot of pressure on Isaac Dogboe to beat Avalos tonight as, despite his impressive 20-0-2 record, he has lost his last two fights.A third straight loss might raise serious doubts about whether the young boxer can ever recover his form.Navarrete beat Isaac Dogboe again in their rematch in 2019Dogboe, who has been training with Barry Hunter after his father, Paul Dogboe came in for a lot of criticism after his last bout, expressed his confidence ahead of the fight.“Right now I feel great, I’ve been with Barry since December of last year,” said Dogboe.“He’s seen me go through the process and everything, and I feel great. I feel great mentally, physically and spiritually. So right now I’m at peace, I’m just ready to roll. I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”Dogboe says his faith has kept him going despite the recent disappointments and will continue to drive him on.“It’s in my nature, I believe in faith. And I believe faith is what drives me. You might see confidence — but I see faith.”Barry Hunter at Lamont Peterson workout on March 26, 2015 at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington DC. Photo by Delane Rouse/Rouse Photography GroupHunter praised Dogboe’s work ethic and his willingness to learn and regain his confidence.“That’s going to be key. Skillwise, yes, he can fight, but it’s like a baseball player who could’ve been a legend but got hit with a beanball. And then every time he stepped up to bat, he’s scared, or he flinches.”Dogboe was on a rapid rise in the sport before his losses to Navarrete and will hope to recover that winning feeling tonight.He definitely has to support of Ghanaians in this regard with Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah wishing Dogboe well ahead of the bout, saying the boxer had learnt lessons from his losses to Navarette and will return stronger against Avalos.“Even though Isaac Dogboe lost the last two fights against Emmanuel Navarrete, ‘the royal storm’ has shown a lot of tenacity to return to the ring for a featherweight title and has learnt all the lessons to overturn his defeat.”“Ghanaians are very confident that Dogboe will come out victorious in this encounter and make Ghana proud after the bout.”last_img read more