Advertisement Bayern Munich are demanding £12.75m for Boateng (TF-Images/Getty Images)The report claims that the Gunners have entered discussions with Bayern and initial talks have been made ahead of a potential move this month.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s also claimed that Bayern are willing to sell Boateng but are holding out for a €15 million (£12.75m) transfer fee.The 31-year-old has made 15 appearances for Bayern this season but his place in the side is under threat from Benjamin Pavard and David Alaba, who has played more as a central defender than a left-back this term.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 CityMikel Arteta, meanwhile, admits he his keen to strengthen his defensive options following Chambers’ long-term injury.‘My obligation is to give my opinion on the things we can improve,’ Arteta said after Arsenal’s win over Manchester United on Wednesday evening.‘Obviously we have a bad injury with Calum a few days ago that will change our plans at the back.‘The reality is we will not be able to do much. I’m more concerned about getting players back from injury and try to improve the players I have here, get everybody on board and understanding what we’re trying to do.‘And if something extra comes up and we think it is the right opportunity to improve what we have, then let’s do it.’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 Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jan 2020 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Comment Arsenal have entered the race to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich (TF-Images/Getty Images)Arsenal have opened talks to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany.The Gunners have stepped up their efforts to recruit a new centre-back in the January transfer window as Calum Chambers faces up to nine months out after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during the defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.Red Bull Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano remains on Arsenal’s radar after the Gunners failed with a £55 million bid for the 21-year-old in the summer transfer window.But according to Sky Sports Germany, Arsenal are also exploring a cheaper alternative in Boateng.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal open talks to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich
On April 18, 2010, Greg Jennings put the team on his back doe.If you aren’t aware of the famous YouTube clip, then you’ve been missing out for all these years. You can watch the video below, but be warned: it contains explicit language. The video sat on YouTube for a while with minimal views before finally exploding in October 2010. Since then, it has become a well-known video, amassing over 14 million views. The video itself wouldn’t be that entertaining if not for the man narrating it.That man is Demetry James and he provided his backstory for this video to Kotaku back in 2011 . The best part of this story, which you don’t see in the video, is that James was already winning by 22 points. This was the last play of the game and it was completely unnecessary for him to try to score.But this is “Madden” we’re talking about. If you’re not trying to score at all times, then why are you even playing? “You know, I was surprised he even caught the ball,” James told Kotaku. “All I was doing was looking for the open man. I saw he was open and threw it, and then I saw him limping and realized, that’s Greg Jennings, the guy got a broken leg! There were four or five of us friends playing ‘Madden’ that day, all of us watching, and then all of a sudden we’re all dying laughing. Oh, my God.”MORE: Breaking down the Packers’ 2019 scheduleAs for the final phrase at the end of the video (“F— you, Gumby!”), James explained that Gumby is his lifetime friend. Although the video kind of ruined Gumby’s life. His other friends would constantly utter that phrase at him.”They don’t even say ‘How you doing?'” James told Kotaku. “Not ‘Hello,’ not ‘Good morning,’ not ‘Hey, man, what’s the score?’ just ‘F— you, Gumby.'”The video became so popular in “Madden” culture that the game developers even put in an achievement called “Put Da Team on Your Back” for the 2011-12 season. In order to accomplish this, you had to score a 99-yard touchdown with Jennings.The video also made its way to Jennings, who commented on it several times.”I thought it was the sweetest thing ever. I am like, ‘I finally made it.’ I don’t know if I was ever going to make it in football, but I made it on YouTube. The guy [who made the video] is the best,” Jennings said on George Lopez’s former late-night show. The former Packers receiver said some of his teammates used to make fun of him for it, but he also said that when he played against the Falcons, he had to hear Thomas DeCoud say “Put your team on your back” every single play. “It was fun to watch a lot of guys show me that in practice. I think the guy who put it together is more funny than the actual footage,” Jennings said of the video during Super Bowl media night . “I think it’s a unique video.” Unfortunately, “Madden” updated its rules on injured players that allowed this video to happen in the first place, so it’s unlikely we ever get a moment like this again.
The 30-year-old has had a difficult relationship with Emery since the manager’s appointment last year and his absence from the squad will lend weight to speculation that he does not have a long-term future at Arsenal.On a positive night for the Gunners, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, who captained the side, all came through 90 minutes as they continued their comebacks from injury.Bellerin battled back from a long lay-off with a serious knee injury to skipper the side on his first start since January and was proud to lead out the team.“There’s not a better way to come back,” he said.“I feel very honoured to wear the Arsenal armband and lead the team out. It’s been a tough road for me over the past eight months but I feel very lucky to have had my players, family and friends around me.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Mesut OzilLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Unai Emery said Mesut Ozil did not deserve his place even in a squad packed with youngsters after Arsenal beat Standard Liege in the Europa League.Ozil, the highest-paid player in the history of the club, was once again left out of the matchday squad as Gabriel Martinelli hit a brace in a 4-0 Group F victory at home on Thursday.The 18-year-old scored twice in three first-half minutes before laying on Dani Ceballos to score his first goal for the club, Joe Willock having already added the third.Emery made 10 changes from the side that drew at Manchester United on Monday, with Ozil not making the matchday squad on either occasion.“I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match and the best players in the squad to play and to help us,” Emery replied when asked about Ozil’s omission.“When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more.”
It didn’t take long for Selkirk Saints head coach Alex Evin to get headhunted by another hockey team.After guiding the Saints to the 2015 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship, Evin has accepted a position as assistant coach and goaltending coach with the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Alberni Valley Bulldogs.“I’m very fortunate to have been a head coach at such a young age and want to thank all of the Selkirk College staff, fans, volunteers and partners for their support,” said Evin.“Being a part of a growing college hockey program has been a great experience and it was a lot of fun coaching in my hometown the last three seasons.”Evin joined the Saints for the 2012-2013 season as an assistant/goalie coach and was promoted to the head coach role in July, 2014.The 28-year-old Castlegar native spent two previous seasons as an assistant behind Jeff Dubois before taking over the helm in 2014 after Dubois left to join Creston of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Evin guided the Saints to a regular season record of 13-8-3 which put them in second place heading into the playoffs.After sweeping the University of Victoria in a best-of-three, the Saints went on to sweep Simon Fraser University in a hard fought league final series at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. Evin also led the program to its first win against Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) competition in December when the Saints defeated the Lethbridge Pronghorns 4-3.“I learned a ton as a person and as a coach and I want to thank all the Saints players who have dedicated themselves to helping grow the program and for their involvement in the community of Castlegar,” said Evin.“Also a big thanks to [Selkirk College Athletics & Recreation Coordinator] Kim Verigin for believing in myself and the league.”Verigin said the Saints are sad to see Evin go, but are excited to see him make the next step in a promising coaching career.“We appreciate everything Alex has brought to our program over the past three seasons,” said Verigin.“His dedication and commitment has certainly contributed to its success. We wish him well with his new endeavor and look forward to watching his coaching career continue to flourish.”As a player, Evin spent five seasons in the BCHL—three with the Powell River Kings, a stop in Williams Lake, and another with the Penticton Vees where he backstopped the team to a BCHL Championship in 2008. He went on to a four-year NCAA Division 1 hockey career where he graduated from Colgate University.No replacement for Evin has been announced although the Saints are actively looking for a new bench boss.For more information on the Selkirk College Saints hockey program check out the school’s website.