Owen Hargreaves identifies the ‘problem’ with Arsenal signings William Saliba and Gabriel

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 4:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.4kShares Owen Hargreaves identifies the ‘problem’ with Arsenal signings William Saliba and Gabriel Comment There are big expectations on Arsenal new boys William Saliba and Gabriel (Picture: Getty)Owen Hargreaves is confident both William Saliba and Gabriel will turn out to be excellent signings but has issued a word of caution to Arsenal supporters, given neither player has any experience of Premier League football.Arsenal conceded 48 goals in the English top flight last season and Mikel Arteta prioritised a move for a top-class centre-back at the start of the summer transfer window with a view to fixing the side’s leaky defence.The Gunners agreed a £27 million deal with Lille for Gabriel at the start of the month and the 22-year-old Brazilian arrives with huge expectations on his shoulders after establishing himself as one of the top young defenders in Ligue 1. Arteta’s men start the season at Craven Cottage this weekend (Picture: Getty)Gabriel is looking forward to playing alongside Saliba in Arsenal’s defence this season and believes the teenagers has all the necessary qualities to become a key player for the club.‘I know Saliba is a talented young player and if he is joining Arsenal it is because of his quality,’ he told Arsenal’s official website. ‘We have a few friends in common and I did play against him before. ‘He is a great player and I am sure we will get along very well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe ex-Lille man is also excited to share a pitch with compatriot David Luiz, a player he idolised as a youngster.‘For sure David is an example, he is a player I admire very much,’ Gabriel added.‘I was always a big fan of him and everything he achieved.‘I watched him since I was a kid, I played video games with his character and today it is a dream come true to be here with him and hopefully play next to him soon.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AdvertisementAdvertisementFor more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta provides update on Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal futureMORE: Arsenal bad boy Matteo Guendouzi has rejected three offers to leave Hargreaves says Arsenal fans should be patient with Saliba and Gabriel (Picture: Optus Sport)‘I think the biggest one is defensively. He’s signed a super player in Saliba, even though he’s young and Gabriel is another really good player. He’s competitive, he’s aggressive.‘But the only problem is that these two guys that he’s signed don’t really know this division. Getting centre-backs to come to this league and adapt takes time.‘Even for the great ones, we saw it with Nemanja Vidic even.‘I think he’s trying to sort the defence out and maybe having David Luiz play in the middle of those guys which would work with those young guys.’ Fulham v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo 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 19:31FullscreenFulham v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/fulham-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2247382/This 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.Arteta has also has Saliba, 19, at his disposal after his return from Saint-Etienne and the Frenchman is expected to start this weekend as the north London giants kick off their campaign away to Fulham.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFormer Manchester United and England midfielder Hargreaves was impressed with the defensive improvements made after Arteta took over the reins from Unai Emery last season but has urged fans to be patient with new signings Gabriel and Saliba. ‘I think they’ve started to show a different side already under Arteta. They started to compete more against the bigger teams,’ Hargreaves said on Optus Sport’s The Weekend Preview.‘We saw it against Liverpool, we’ve seen it against Manchester City, we’ve seen them win one-off games where you wouldn’t have fancied them before so I think they’re harder to play against.last_img read more

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Strengthening of FK Sarajevo is Presented

first_imgThe football club Sarajevo presented yesterday its players who have strengthened the club during the half-season.It is about Ognjen Todorović, the current player for the Israeli club Maccabi Petah Tikve and Ermin Huseinbašić from the BiH Premier Leauge Gradine.‘’I am more than satisfied to be admitted to this club. I have been kindly accepted by my teammates, profession and all employed. It is most important to further prepare myself and to have expectations’’, said Todorović.Huseinbašić was also pleased with the reception to his new surroundings.”I will work to the maximum to win my place in the team. I am thankful for the trust given to me”, said Huseinbašić.The autumn season is in the first phase of preparations for the continuatin of the season that began 10 January in Sarajevo. According to the head of the coaching staff Dragan Jovića, the team will travel to Međugorje on 29 January and will stay there until 6 February.”In Međugorje we will play three games, 30 January against Branitelji, 2 February with Velež and four days later with Borac. We will finish the final phase of preparations from 10-20 February”, said Jović.Yesterday, the return of the former capitan of FK Sarajevo Muhamed Džakmić was disclosed, who negotiated cooperation with the heads of the club. After one-year of playing for the South Korea club Gangwon, he has returned to BiH.last_img read more

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Deni Simeunović will continue to play for FC ”Travnik”

first_imgOne of the best football players of FC ”Travnik”, Deni Simeunović, will continue to play for FC ”Travnik” despite the speculation of his transfer.Before leaving for a winter break, Simeunović signed a contract with FC ”Travnik” which says that if he does not find new club that he will continue to play on the Pirota stadium.Simeunović was born in Croatia in 1992, and he is a midfield player and he started playing for FC ”Travnik” in 2011.last_img

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