Gabriel Magalhaes makes William Saliba prediction after completing Arsenal transfer

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Sep 2020 11:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.5kShares Comment Gabriel Magalhaes makes William Saliba prediction after completing Arsenal transfer Advertisement William Saliba impressed during the recent friendly win over MK Dons (Picture: Getty)‘He is a great player and I am sure we will get along very well. It is a dream I am living the dream right now to play for this club with such a massive history and achievements.‘Everything is there to achieve and I am very happy to be here. It hasn’t really sunk in yet but i am glad to be here and I can’t wait to play with my new team-mates.’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 ArsenalArteta is now likely to turn his attention to selling some of the defenders he has deemed surplus to requirements. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is wanted by Napoli after they missed out on Gabriel, while the Gunners will also listen to offers for the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. David Luiz penned a new deal earlier in the summer while January loan recruit Pablo Mari has been signed on a permanent deal from Flamengo.MORE: Arsenal legend Sol Campbell reveals interest in replacing Freddie Ljungberg on Mikel Arteta’s coaching staffMORE: Alexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training sessionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Gabriel and William Saliba could form a powerful looking new central defensive partnership at Arsenal (Picture: Getty / Twitter)New Arsenal signing Gabriel Magalhaes is confident William Saliba has all the qualities necessary to become a key player for Mikel Arteta’s new-look side.The France Under-21 international joined the Gunners from Saint-Etienne last summer but was loaned back to the French club for another year as part of the deal.Saliba is likely to former a new-look central defensive partnership with Gabriel, whose own move to the Emirates Stadium was confirmed earlier this week.Arsenal beat competition from the likes of Napoli and Manchester United in order to complete the signing of the 22-year-old Brazilian from Lille, and Gabriel is relishing the opportunity to strike up an understanding with his new team-mate.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘I did not follow him much but I know he’s a talented young player and if he is joining arsenal it is because of his quality. We have a few friend in common and I did play against him before. Advertisementlast_img read more


Astros’ Yuli Gurriel will face hostile environment at Dodger Stadium

first_imgHOUSTON — Yuli Gurriel will arrive in Los Angeles on Monday with a target on his back. Not literally, of course, and Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish has tried to quell any possible backlash against Gurriel’s racially motivated remark and gesture Friday.After hitting a home run against Darvish in Game 3 of the World Series, Gurriel was caught on camera saying the word Chinito – Spanish slang for a person of Chinese descent – and pressing his fingers against his eyes.Gurriel apologized, first through the media, then to the Japanese-born pitcher via text message. Darvish forgave Gurriel and encouraged others to move on.“What he has done today isn’t right,” Darvish wrote on his Twitter account, “but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him. … Since we are living in such a wonderful world, let’s stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger. I’m counting on everyone’s big love.” The following day, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced a five-game suspension for Gurriel. The MLB Players’ Association did not appeal the punishment.But because the suspension will not begin until next season, Gurriel has continued to play in the World Series. He was received warmly during the lineup announcements before Games 4 and 5 at Minute Maid Park. The Astros know that will not be the case prior to Game 6 at Dodger Stadium.“I don’t think I need to talk to (Gurriel) about it,” Manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think everyone is aware it’s going to be a rough setting for him. I don’t think you can convince 55,000 fans to turn the page as fast as maybe the two teams have. And that goes out of support for their own players and their own people.“But Yuli has got a good heart. He made a mistake. He’ll pay for it … obviously in the looming suspension to come but also with the reaction in L.A., I’m sure will be on the aggressive side.” Though Darvish took the high road, MLB has seen fans take the low road before.Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley slid into the leg of then-New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during the 2015 National League Division Series, fracturing Tejada’s fibula and ending his postseason. The backlash that followed nearly defied precedent. Threats against Utley and his family forced the Dodgers to deploy extra security when the team flew to New York the next day.After the game in which he injured Tejada, Utley expressed his sincere remorse. But those words were lost on Mets fans, who booed Utley mercilessly for the remainder of the series – a trivial gesture in comparison to the off-the-field threats.“It’s not an ideal situation, something you don’t wish on anybody,” Utley said Sunday, “but it is what it is nowadays.”TURNER BRUISEDDodgers third baseman Justin Turner took a hard ground ball off his left calf during Game 4, prompting Roberts to lift him for a pinch-runner in the ninth inning of that game and move him to DH for Game 5.Roberts said the bruise is not serious and “if we were in L.A. (without the DH), he would play” at third base.With the DH and the Astros starting their lone left-hander, Dallas Keuchel, Roberts’ right-handed option to add to the roster was Charlie Culberson. He opted to start Culberson at second base, move Logan Forsythe to third base (positions both are very familiar with) and start Turner at DH.“Charlie has never DH’d. Corey (Seager) doesn’t like to DH,” Roberts said. “So if you put that all together and he (Turner) is fine with it, why wouldn’t you?”BULLPEN INCOGNITODodgers left-hander Rich Hill was in the bullpen and available for use in Game 4. To try and go unnoticed, he tried to disguise himself by wearing a hoodie and adding towels under his jacket.Roberts said having Hill, who will start Game 6 Tuesday, available Saturday night was “part of the plan – but the outfit or whatever, that was on his own.”Darvish threw just 49 pitches in his Game 3 start but Roberts said he would not be in disguise in the bullpen Sunday. Darvish is lined up to start a potential Game 7 on Wednesday in L.A.ALSOAccording to a report on FanRagSports.com, the Philadelphia Phillies have decided to hire Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler as their next manager, pending an official announcement. Kapler did not respond to a text message Sunday. Kapler was the runner-up to Roberts to replace Don Mattingly as Dodgers manager in 2015. … According to the network, Game 4 of the World Series registered 15.9 million viewers across FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO. That’s down 8 percent compared to last year (16.7 million), when the Cubs played the Indians, but up 13 percent compared to 2015 (Royals-Mets) and up 43 percent compared to 2014 (Giants-Royals).Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this report.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more