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  • FA Cup: Arsenal ease past Portsmouth, book quarter-final ticket

    first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal secured safe passage into the sixth round of the FA Cup as they overcame a spirited Portsmouth side at a raucous Fratton Park. The Sky Bet League One hosts are unbeaten at home in the league this season and more than played their part in an entertaining cup tie, with the Gunners eventually running out 2-0 winners. Kenny Jackett’s side had the better of the first half, only for Sokratis Papastathopoulos to brilliantly volley Arsenal ahead, with Eddie Nketiah doubling the lead soon after the break. For Arsenal and head coach Mikel Arteta, who made nine changes, including resting captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, this was a good response to crashing out of the Europa League. Arsenal’s somewhat slow start was not helped when Lucas Torreira was floored by a strong challenge from James Bolton, which resulted in the midfielder being taken off on a stretcher to be replaced by Dani Ceballos. The Gunners finally forced Alex Bass into action as Bukayo Saka burst forward down the left and shot low at the Pompey goalkeeper before Harness had a curling effort deflected behind at the other end. Gareth Evans spurned the best chance of the game just before the half-hour mark, miscuing a header having steamed into the box to meet Steve Seddon’s cross following a quick free-kick. It was Arsenal’s turn to bemoan a missed header as Gabriel Martinelli could only steer Reiss Nelson’s flashed cross over from close-range as the first-half looked set to end goalless. That changed in the fourth minute of added-on time as an Arsenal corner was cleared to Ceballos, who played in Nelson to cross for Sokratis to turn home with a fine volley. Arsenal were much faster out of the traps for the second half and doubled their advantage soon after the restart, Nketiah finishing well from close-range following another Nelson centre. England Under-21 international Nelson was enjoying himself and broke through to see a shot blocked behind before Saka had a strike tipped over with the visitors in complete control of proceedings. They could not add to their lead, Andy Cannon coming closest as Portsmouth searched for a consolation at the other end in the closing stages. With the strength of the opposition still left in the cup it is unlikely Arteta will be afforded the luxury of making sweeping changes next time out and, for Portsmouth and Jackett, focus can now shift back to their League One promotion bid.Tags: ArsenalEddie NketiahFA CupMikel ArtetaPortsmouthlast_img read more

  • Lendoiro’s emotional farewell to Michael Robinson

    first_imgAugusto César Lendoiro, former president of Deportivo de la Coruña, He dismissed Michael Robinson on Tuesday with an emotional text, died after a long fight against melanoma with metastases that he suffered. These are the words of the former head of the Galician team:In memory of my friend Michael RobinsonMichael Robinson has left us and with him the privilege that Canal + and now Movistar accustomed us to listening to that English-Spanish, half-hearted in his feeling and his diction, which dazzled us for so many years, until winning us all, with Carlos Martinez, Josep Pedrerol, in the box (later Mònica Marchante), Ramos Marcos, Ricardo, at the foot of the field, Maldini … his other family, the radio station, today almost as sorry as his direct family.I met him at the Finita Pub. I think I remember that he was, with Joseph Pedrerol, Ramos Marcos and a cameraman, having a drink when I arrived. They were waiting for me because they knew that on Saturdays I used to stop by. They had told them that in the owner of the pub, Ducho, “El canalla”, a phenomenon of the hospitality industry, had a huge photo of “San Antonio” with my head and with this phrase: “San Lendoiro, what he says goes to mass “And they wanted to take some pictures of me with that nice photo for” The day after “, at the dawn of Super Depor. And they did it. Robinson, I, and all the others ended up drinking in the Orzán until the sun advised us to withdraw. There our friendship was forged, which remained intact forever. It hooked me forever. Our last meeting was on the occasion of that extraordinary Robinson Report he made on Super Depor. It was a meal at “Tira do Playa”, in the usual booth, looking out from Riazor at the Tower of Hercules. The enriching conversation lasted, as usual at our dinners, for four or five hours. They paraded all the special moments we had lived together, and we enjoyed as if they were the last, as unfortunately it has been.In conveying to your wife and son my regret for the enormous misfortune of losing a husband and a unique father, I also want to convey the affection of countless people. Today Mónica Marchante told me that “we have all been orphaned”. And it is true, because, as Alberto Cortez would say, “when a friend leaves, he leaves an empty space that cannot be filled by the arrival of another friend.” Robinson was a unique legal type, and that’s why all of Spain mourns him, because all of Spain loved him. Rest in Peace, friend Michael Robinson. The one with the eternal smile.last_img read more