Nketiah’s attitude has impressedAsked about the performance of his young players, Arteta replied: ‘They are evolving and they are really willing and they have a lot of personality to play.‘You can see the way they played today and Eddie as well, the way he came on and how he fights with everybody, he doesn’t care, so I really like that.’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 CityArsenal await the outcomes of Manchester City’s clash with Newcastle and Chelsea’s tie with Leicester to see who will reach the last four.After two defeats in their opening two matches after Project Restart, Arsenal are undefeated now in their last two following a 2-0 win against Southampton on the weekend.Arteta admits his side needed the win at any costs and says he was pleased with the manner of the victory. ‘We needed that,’ said Arteta.‘We played four away games after the coronavirus [pandemic], which is not an easy thing to do in the Premier League, and hopefully we can get some momentum going now.‘We still have a massive gap to fill in, we have to improve in many departments a lot, we have to respect the process.‘It’s been really difficult stop-start-stop-start, but we will get it right, I’m convinced of that. We need a bit of time, that’s all.’MORE: Manchester United should sign Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, reckons Dwight Yorke Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta was pleased with the manner of his side’s victory (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for youngster Eddie Nketiah after the Gunners booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win against Sheffield United. Nicolas Pepe’s first half penalty gave Arsenal the lead but David McGoldrick’s late strike looked set to take the tie to extra-time.However, the Blades left themselves vulnerable after the restart and Dani Ceballos scored in injury time to put Arsenal into the last four alongside Manchester United. Nketiah was a second half substitute in the win, with Arteta bringing on the 21-year-old in the 68th minute to replace Alexandre Lacazette.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta has favoured the youngster over the Frenchman since his appointment in December and the Spaniard’s praise for Nketiah’s work-rate and industry after the win at Bramall Lane is an indication of why. Mikel Arteta singles out Eddie Nketiah for praise afer Arsenal book FA Cup semi-final spot Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Jun 2020 4:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link652Shares
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Saugus is always very tough,” Ramirez said. The Centurions are led by junior Kyle Ernsberger, their leading scorer. Hart counters with one of the area’s premier scorers, Matt Valaika, last seasons Foothill co-MVP. Valaika on Friday broke the Indians’ single-season scoring record and added two more goals Tuesday in a victory over Burbank. He has 31 goals through 18 games. “We’re going to go out and play our game,” Ramirez said. “If we play our ‘A’ game, we should be fine. “We’re having fun. This is the fun time of the year. In league, it’s always tough. The cream will rise to the top.” Eye on the Cowboys: Canyon graduated several players from last season’s Foothill League championship team, but the Cowboys can’t be counted out of the race. Canyon, just 7-6-3 overall, upset Saugus 2-0 Friday. The Cowboys are 2-1-1 in league; their only loss was to first-place Hart. The Saugus High boys’ soccer team had held up its end of the deal, advancing to the championship game, but an upset loss denied the Indians a coveted matchup with the Centurions in last month’s Hart tournament. Three weeks later, the teams finally meet. First-place Hart finishes the first round of Foothill League play today at second-place Saugus. “We’re excited,” Hart coach Robert Ramirez said. “We’ve been looking forward to this matchup. We wanted to face them at the tournament, but it didn’t work out.” Since finishing as the Hart tournament runner-up for the second year in a row, Saugus has continued to rise as its injury-plagued lineup returned to health. Barely above .500 entering league play, the Centurions (10-6-2) are 3-1 in the Foothill League after Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Valencia. It’s happening again: Burroughs of Burbank’s final season in the Foothill League is turning disastrous. The Indians had their best nonleague showing in 13 years, but they have started league play 0-3-1. Last season, Burroughs surged in the second half of the league schedule, but it was too late to earn a playoff berth. The Indians this year looked to contend for a Foothill title, but they again could be shut out of the postseason. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!