Mikel Arteta to push ahead with permanent Pablo Mari transfer as Arsenal shelve Axel Disasi interest

first_imgMari has looked assured in games and impressed in training (Picture: Getty)Mari has already stressed that he is keen to remain at the Emirates, though acknowledged the coronavirus crisis – which has put huge financial strain on clubs and seen Arsenal’s players agree to a pay cut – could make a deal hard to complete.Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: ‘I have found myself here at Arsenal. It is a really good option for me. I want to stay here and improve as a player and a person. I want to be here for many more years.’In another interview with Sky Sports, he added: ‘I hope that me and the club go at the end with good things to do a permanent transfer. But we will see because at the moment with the virus it is a little bit difficult.’MORE: Piers Morgan ‘sickened’ by Mesut Ozil refusing to take a pay cut and slams Arsenal starMORE: Robin van Persie takes pop at Ivan Gazidis and reveals one regret over Arsenal exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta to push ahead with permanent Pablo Mari transfer as Arsenal shelve Axel Disasi interest Comment Advertisement The Spanish centre-back moved to the Emirates on an initial loan deal in January (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has given the go-ahead to the club’s hierarchy to turn Pablo Mari’s loan stay at the Emirates into a permanent move, effectively ending interest in Axel Disasi.Central defence has become one of the key areas Arteta wishes to strengthen when the transfer window reopens, with the back-line continuing to leak goals despite an upturn in results prior to the Premier League season being suspended.The club also have a looming contract crisis in the heart of their defence, with David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi all entering the final year of their respective deals.Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.Reports in France claimed recently that Arsenal had identified Reims centre-back Disasi as a potential option to bolster their backline, having made an approach in January.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever The Athletic’s David Ornstein says the Gunners will not pursue a £13m deal for the 22-year-old, with Arteta adamant that he wants a left-footed centre-back – which Disasi is not.Instead, the Gunners will look a little closer to home, with Arteta happy to turn Mari’s loan move into a permanent deal for a fee of around £10m.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 ArsenalAlthough the Spanish defender has had little game time, he impressed against West Ham in the Premier League and Portsmouth in the FA Cup – keeping a clean sheet in both.Mari played as the left-sided centre-back for Flamengo prior to joining Arsenal, and club bosses feel he ticks the requirement Arteta wants, while they also have William Saliba returning from his loan at Saint-Etienne.Should Arsenal manage to offload one of their many other centre-backs, they could be tempted to dive back into the market to strengthen that area of the squad even further. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Apr 2020 12:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

England’s Sri Lanka tour rescheduled for January 2021 says SLC CEO

first_img(REUTERS) – England’s two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for January next year, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva has said.England were scheduled to play tests in Galle and Colombo in March before the coronavirus outbreak shut down sport worldwide as countries introduced lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the virus.“We are in the process of rescheduling the tours that have been postponed,” De Silva told Sri Lankan newspaper Daily News. “England has been already rescheduled for the month of January next year but the dates have not been finalised.“At the same time we are also looking at exploring the possibility of rescheduling postponed tours and looking at the windows which are available and alternatives too.“South Africa is one of the tours which we are looking at rescheduling. We are engaged in discussions with the member countries and see how it can be planned out.”South Africa’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka — three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games — was scheduled to take place in June before it was postponed.“There are also two other tours which are scheduled to take place with India and Bangladesh due to tour Sri Lanka in June-July and July-August respectively,” De Silva added.“We will explore the possibility of playing those two tours in another week or two.”last_img read more

Mavericks End Lakers’ Reign

first_img(NNPA)—Poised to deliver the knockout blow to the reeling Los Angeles Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks didn’t hold back, delivering a 122-86 haymaker in game four to sweep Los Angeles out of the postseason in front of a booming crowd at American Airlines Center in Dallas on May 8. It was a record-setting day for the Mavericks from three-point range. Reserve guard Jason Terry tied a playoff record with nine three-pointers and Dallas matched a team postseason record with 20 overall. Terry’s five three-pointers in the second quarter helped pave the way to a 63-39 halftime lead.With their season minutes away from ending, things got personal for the Lakers in the second half. Late in the game, both Lakers forward Lamar Odom and center Andrew Bynum were ejected on back-to-back defensive plays within a minute of each other for throwing elbows with the game clearly out of reach. Odom threw a heavy hit to Dallas star forward Dirk Nowitzki on a pick, while Bynum’s elbow to guard J.J. Barea’s ribcage on a layup attempt put the Mavericks’ back-up point guard down for nearly five minutes.Television cameras repeatedly caught images of Los Angeles head coach Phil Jackson on the sideline, rendered speechless. Jackson, who has promised to retire after this season, could only look on as his three-time Western Conference champions suddenly fell apart before a national audience on Mother’s Day.“We ran into a buzzsaw today,” Jackson said. Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 17 points but the guard struggled to find his shots, as did the rest of his teammates. Los Angeles shot 37 percent from the field and just 20 percent from beyond the arc.Dallas’ bench racked up 86 points in the game thanks to Terry’s efforts, along with 22 points from Barea and 21 points from forward Peja Stojakovic, matching the Lakers’ total team output for the game.Dallas advances to the Western Conference Finals and will host the winner of the Memphis-Oklahoma City series. Memphis currently leads that series 2-1.(Stephen F. Riley is a staff writer for the Afro American.)last_img read more