Who is RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and why do Arsenal want to sign him?

first_img 1/1 Dayot Upamecano is on Arsenal’s radar ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline (Picture: Getty)Having impressively reinforced their midfield and attacking departments with the signings of Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal will focus their attentions on bolstering their backline from now until Thursday’s transfer deadline.Arsenal’s summer business has certainly been eye-catching but Unai Emery’s squad currently has a top-heavy feel to it as the first weekend of the Premier League season approaches, particularly with Laurent Koscielny set to depart.Manchester United were the only club in the top-six to concede more league goals than Arsenal last term and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set about rectifying that issue by splashing out a combined £130m on Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Although Leipzig’s scouting network is one of the most effective across Europe, the club also benefits from being the big player in Red Bull’s football stable. The current squad boasts a number of players recruited from Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls, for instance.Upamecano epitomises the Red Bull model more than most having played for RB Leipzig’s feeder club Salzburg and honed his skills at the Austrian club’s own developmental side FC Liefering during a loan spell in 2015-16.Interestingly, Upamecano reportedly turned down a move to Manchester United in 2015 in order to sign for Salzburg instead, presumably due to the club’s propensity to give young players regular minutes in the first-team.Is he similar any of Arsenal’s current defenders?It was immediately evident upon Emery’s appointment that Arsenal would look to play out from the back, starting with short passes from the goalkeeper to defenders and progressing from there.AdvertisementAdvertisementIn order for that style of play to work, Arsenal’s defenders need to be comfortable in possession under pressure and last season Koscielny and Sokratis Papastathopolous generally performed well in that regard, averaging 92% and 89% pass completion rates respectively.Upamecano is accomplished with the ball at his feet but his pass accuracy rate of 82.5% contrasts unfavourably with Koscielny and Sokratis. Part of the reason for that is he is more adventurous with his passing than either of them, often looking to play in between the lines or over the top. Who is RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and why do Arsenal want to sign him? Nicolas Pepe became Arsenal’s club-record signing when joining from Lille last week (Picture: Getty)In contrast, Arsenal are yet to improve their defensive options with £27m signing William Saliba heading straight back to Saint-Etienne on loan. With Koscielny set to join Bordeaux and Shkodran Mustafi available to the highest bidder, Arsenal’s need to recruit a new centre-back is paramount.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Advertisement Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Upamecano would likely start alongside Sokratis Papastathopolous in the heart of Arsenal’s defence (Picture: Getty)From a physical perspective, Upamecano is quicker than any of Arsenal’s current central defenders and he uses his pace to close down attackers quickly as well to chase back balls launched over the top of the defensive line.Despite standing at a relatively small 6’1, Upamecano has a great leap and is strong in aerial duels, winning 65% in total last season, which was only bettered in Arsenal’s squad by Mustafi with 66%.Is he what Arsenal need?In terms of his position, he is absolutely what Arsenal need. The acrimonious departure of Koscielny has left Arsenal lacking bodies in an area of their squad that was already understaffed.Unless Arsenal can manage to get someone in, they face the prospect of entering the new campaign with a centre back pool consisting of Sokratis, Mustafi, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. Oliver Young-MylesTuesday 6 Aug 2019 1:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link179Shares Skip RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is seemingly the club’s top target to come in with reports emerging on Monday that they have tabled a £55m offer to bring him to north London following a couple of impressive campaigns in the Bundesliga.Here’s why Upamecano features so prominently on Arsenal’s centre-back wishlist.Who is he?Upamecano is a 20-year-old central defender who plays internationally for France at youth level. In 2015, he helped his country win the European Championship at U15 level, being named in the Team of the Tournament for his efforts.Born in Evreux in the French region of Normandy, Upamecano spent time with his local club Evreux Football Club 27 – currently in the fifth-tier of French football – prior to signing for Valenciennes in 2013. Read More Read More Advertisementcenter_img Video Settings Upamecano represented France at this summer’s U21 European Championship (Picture: Getty)Signing Upamecano would, therefore, increase competition for places while adding much-needed quality. At Leipzig, Upamecano has established himself as one of the best young defenders in Europe.AdvertisementNevertheless, there are concerns too. Upamecano missed four months of last season due to a knee injury, only returning for Leipzig’s final two games of the season, while he is also not yet the finished article despite his high potential ceiling.With Koscielny on his way out, Arsenal are losing an influential player and with a youthful defender arriving next summer in the form of Saliba, Arsenal might have preferred to sign a more experienced defender than Upamecano this transfer window.Are there any alternatives?As Bournemouth’s £75m valuation of Nathan Ake amid interest from Leicester City demonstrates, Arsenal are unlikely to source a central defender from the Premier League without paying an extortionate fee due to the imminent closure of the transfer window.Consequently, if they are to sign a central defender between now and Thursday, they will almost certainly be sourced from abroad. Alongside Upamecano, Daniele Rugani of Juventus has been touted as a potential arrival. 1 min. story SPONSORED Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More / Skip Ad PLAY Dayot Upamecano played in Austria for Red Bull Salzburg before joining RB Leipzig in 2017 (Picture: Getty)From there he was snapped up by Red Bull Salzburg in a €2.2m deal two years later, who immediately loaned him out to their feeder club FC Liefering.Following an impressive start to the 2016-17 campaign with Salzburg, he moved on to RB Leipzig in January 2017 for €10m.How did he end up at RB Leipzig?RB Leipzig are renowned for their youth-orientated approach to recruitment. In April, a study from CIES – The International Centre for Sports Studies – revealed that the players in RB Leipzig’s squad for the 2018-19 season had been signed at an average age of just 21.43 years, the lowest across 24 top divisions in Europe.The club’s entire strategy is centred around buying talented, first-team ready players from untapped markets – including increasingly France – and developing them into stars. Considering they have secured three top-three finishes in four seasons since promotion to the Bundesliga in 2015, their model has proven extremely successful. About Connatix V67539 Top articles Daniele Rugani is another defender reportedly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Despite being well-regarded in Turin, Rugani has never started more than 22 Serie A games in a season for the club and the summer arrivals of Matthijs De Ligt and Merih Demiral have seen him slip down to fifth-place in the pecking order, also behind Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.Arsenal are believed to have enquired about the possibility of taking Rugani on a two-year loan deal but Juventus would prefer an outright sale. Wolves are also reportedly interested in the 25-year-old and would be willing to pay £30m to sign him.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 Comment Read More Coming Nextlast_img read more

Haris Duljevic is the best Player of the 6th Round of the 2nd Bundesliga

first_imgHaris Duljevic, who is also a player for the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), was chosen for the best player of the 6th round of the 2nd Bundesliga.Duljevic signed a contract with Dyamo Dresden, a club that competes in the 2nd Bundesliga, this summer after his contract with FK Sarajevo expired.The former capital of FK Sarajevo is in terrific form and is demonstrating his qualities, especially exciting football fans at the match against Regenssburg, which his team won 2:0. Haris significantly contributed to both goals, including great dribbling.Duljevic wiped away his competition for the best player of the 6th Round of the 2nd Bundesliga, winning 60% of the votes. Behind him were Mikael Ishad (Nurnberg), Marvin Ducksch (Kiel), Kevin Froskerutz (Darmstadt) and Sonny Kittel (Ingolstadt).(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

Sharvin wins the Brabazon on a great day for Ireland

first_img Irish eyes are smiling after Cormac Sharvin won the Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, and his fellow countrymen also claimed second place and a share of third.Sharvin finished on seven-under par at Notts Golf Club, a stroke ahead of Gavin Moynihan, who closed with six-under par 66, and three ahead of Jack Hume, Lancashire’s Paul Kinnear and American Charlie Danielson.Sharvin (image © Leaderboard Photography) has been knocking on the door of a big win after a string of high finishes and he said: “It means the world to get over the line. I have given myself so many chances this year and it’s great to get it done.”It undoubtedly strengthens his claim for a place in the GB&I Walker Cup team for this September’s match and he remarked: “It puts my name in the equation a bit more.”Sharvin, 22, had one big slice of luck as he pinned down the biggest win of his career. He needed a par four on the last to clinch the title and his seven-iron second shot sailed over the green, hit the clubhouse wall and rebounded round a sponsor’s board before finishing close to the green.From there he chipped up to about a foot and holed out for the win. “You need to get a bit of luck,” he laughed afterwards.He scored two-under 70 today and described it as “a bit of a grind”. The large crowd of spectators would have described it as an amazing display of short game skills as he got up and down from some challenging situations on the home stretch.“The back nine is tricky and I holed a lot of good putts under pressure,” added Sharvin, who arrived at Hollinwell with a new putter and new putting technique, going from cack-handed to conventional, after being dissatisfied with his performance at the Amateur Championship.The Irish contingent clearly came out in determined mood today and the leaderboard was soon reflecting their charge. Gavin Moynihan (The Island) made rapid strides, reaching the turn in four-under 32, helped by three birdies and an eagle, before playing the back nine in 34.Despite his finish he never expected to win. “I was 20th at the start and I was just trying to finish in the top 10.“Obviously I would have liked to have been in a play-off, but I have no regrets. I’m delighted for Cormac, he has been knocking on the door for ages and he was due a win. I couldn’t be more happy for him.”Jack Hume (Naas, Ireland) shot a final round 69 to move into a share of third place on four-under, while others Irish players were also pushing hard. In total five of them finished 11th or better. “It’s a great day for the Irish, I’m proud of everyone,” said Sharvin.The leading Englishman was Paul Kinnear (Formby) who also signed off with 69, tying third and underlining his return from injury. “I’m made up, it’s a massive confidence boost. I’ve got a good result and that will push me on to the end of the year,” he said.Yorkshire’s Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick) was a shot behind in sixth place and won the George Henriques Salver, awarded to the leading GB&I player aged under 20. He played steadily today for a one-over 73 and, after playing in the final group, said: “It’s the first time I’ve been in this position and I’m really pleased with the way I played under pressure.”Double European champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park) and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath) shared seventh place. Taylor led for the first two rounds and was only a shot off the pace at the start of play today. He set off well and at one stage had caught Sharvin, but two double bogeys on the back nine derailed his challenge.The Philip Scrutton Jug for the player with the best aggregate score over the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies was won by Jake Burnage (Saunton) on 573.Pictured below: The crowds at Notts. Golf Club following the final match at the Brabazon Trophy. 27 Jun 2015 Sharvin wins the Brabazon on a great day for Ireland last_img read more

American soccer player Tim Howard has book deal

first_imgUnited States goalkeeper Tim Howard talks to reporters before a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. The U.S. will play against Belgium on July 1, in the round 16 of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal.Howard has penned a memoir that will be published Dec. 9 by HarperCollins Publishers. The publisher said Monday that “The Keeper” will be available in adult and young adult editions.In a statement issued through HarperCollins, the 35-year-old Howard says he was eager to share the highs and lows of his life and career, including his battles with Tourette’s syndrome, and hopes to inspire others.World Cup fans were dazzled this summer by Howard’s record-setting 16 saves in the Americans’ 2-1 loss in extra time to Belgium in the second round. He recently agreed to a multiyear deal to serve as a commentator for NBC Sports Group.last_img read more

The Mud Bay Jugglers Celebrate their 35th Anniversary with a Benefit…

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin2 Submitted by the Olympia Family Theater and Mud Bay Jugglers For their 25th anniversary show in 2005, the Mud Bay Jugglers included (from left) Larry Levine, Alan Fitzthum, and Doug Martin (left to right). Photo credit: Jason Hunter.Celebrate 35 years with the Mud Bay Jugglers! On November 14th at 7:00 pm the internationally acclaimed Mud Bay Jugglers will present their 35th anniversary show at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. “Thirty-five years is a big milestone for us, a milestone we would like to share with our community, friends and family here in our hometown,” says Doug Martin co-founder of the collaborative performing arts company. “Most of the time we are on the road from Alberta to Ohio and everywhere in between, but our anniversary show is for Olympia.”This special show promises exceptional juggling, music, physical comedy and a touch of sentiment. “Our show is definitely for all ages, no need to be a child or have a child with you to enjoy it, we all bring our inner child with us,” says Alan Fitzthum, second longest standing member of the company. “I can’t believe that it’s been 35 years, it just proves the old adage that time flies when you’re having fun.”“What really excites me about this production is that we are coming together in collaboration with others both onstage and off, ” says Doug. “My son, Amiel, will be joining us on stage with his two juggling partners, Jules and River. They will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary as the Juggling Jollies. Also joining us will be the Tune Stranglers blending music with action to create a visual and sound collage pleasing and entertaining at every beat.”Thirty-five years ago, two bearded young friends began experimenting with gravity. These unabashed and exuberant risk takers were soon entertaining and amazing audiences. Their joy and humor compelled another to join, and the collaboration expanded. Taking their name from Olympia’s magical Mud Bay, they traveled the continent, performing thousands of shows at festivals, colleges, and theaters. They developed a unique performance style that combined impossible looking juggling with precise choreography, physical comedy, and theatrical flourishes.Harry Levine (left), Alan Fitzthum (center), and Doug Martin (right) juggle fire during the finale of The Mud Bay Jugglers’ 30th Anniversary show in 2010. Photo courtesy: Mud Bay Jugglers.Like fine wine (and facial hair) their show has grown richer and fuller over the years. The beneficiary organization for this event is Olympia Family Theater, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 that engages audiences of all ages in performances and programs that entertain and educate. Olympia Family Theater is your community partner in raising imaginative, loving, joyful and confident children. Their educational programs provide opportunities for personal development for young people, teaching creativity and responsibility, encouraging teamwork and personal integrity, and fostering self-esteem and appreciation for the performing arts.The last Mud Bay Jugglers show in Olympia was five years ago and was a benefit for Encore Arts. “That show pretty much sold out and we were happy that we could raise some funds for Encore Arts and have great fun at the same time!” says Doug. Do reserve your tickets soon for the best seats!The performance will take place Saturday November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at The Washington Center, located at 512 Washington St SE, Olympia.  The Lobby opens at 6:00 p.m.Advance ticket purchase is recommended and can be made online or by phone with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Tickets are available 24 hours online at http://olytix.org or at The Washington Center box office. The Washington Center Box Office is open Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and two hours before any ticketed event.Single Adult Tickets: $25.00Senior/Student/Military: $16.00Youth (Under 12): $13.00Groups of 20+ get 20% discountlast_img read more

Glacier gymnasts shine on Kootenay Zone Championship stage

first_imgIn the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 8-10 year age group Brianne Stefani finished second on floor, and third on vault and beam.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 11-12 year age group Alexis Dyck placed first on vault, bars and beam, second on floor, and first All Around, while Olivia Kelly placed fourth on vault and bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 13-14 year age group Sara Tolles finished second on vault, and third on floor while Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery placed first on bars, beam and floor, third on vault and first All Around.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 15-years+ age group Julie Poetsch came first on vault and bars, third on beam, and first All Around. Casmin McCatty finished second on vault and beam and Chultim O’Neill finished second on floor, third vault and bars, and second All Around. Bronwyn Sutherland placed first on beam and floor and third All Around.  Rebecca Benner placed third on floor and Maddie Sternloff placed 5th on bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 3 Category, 8-12 year age group Senna Moroney placed first on beam and floor, second on vault and bars and second All Around.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 3 Category, 13 years+ age group Ella Keelan placed first on vault and bars, third on beam and floor and second All Around.  Kylee Dyck finished first on beam, second on bars and floor, third on vault and first All Around.  Jasmine Schacher came in second on vault and beam, third on bars and finished third All Around.The Kootenay Championships culminate what has been a very successful competitive season for Glacier athletes.The focus now is to prepare for the club’s Year End Show. This event showcases the athletes’ tumbling skills and is definitely worth watching. Show dates are June 18-19 in the gym.  For more information please contact us at 352-2227 or [email protected] More than 200 athletes from throughout the region were at the Glacier Club in the Civic Centre to compete in the Kootenay Zone Gymnastics Championships. Gymnasts from Creston, Trail, Castlegar and Cranbrook joined athletes from the host Glacier Club for two days of competition beginning Saturday.In the Boy’s Provincial Level 3 Category Oliver McDougall-Eisele placed first on floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar, and first All Around.  River Murphy placed first on pommel horse, second on vault and parallel bars, and second All Around. Noah Daigle-Arsenault placed second on floor and rings, third on pommel horse, parallel and horizontal bar, and third All Around.  Sam Fisher finished second on pommel horse, third on floor and vault and Chris Lawrence-Jeffery finished second on horizontal bar and third on rings and parallel bars. Matthew Bullen placed fourth on floor and pommel horse and Ruedi Kelsch finished fourth on parallel bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 10-year age group Brynn McTague placed first on vault and third on bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 11-year age group Maika Houde placed first on beam and vault, third on floor and second All Around while Versailles McGeady-Bruce finished second on vault and beam, and third All Around.  Gwen McCrory placed first on floor and Elisa Clark placed second on floor, and third on beam.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 12 year age group Teagan McTague came first on vault, bars, beam, third on floor, and first All Around while Sarah Quinn came first on floor, and third on beam.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 13-14 year age group Zoe Crisfield finished third on beam and floor.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 15 years+ age group Arianna Murphy-Steed placed first on vault, bars and floor, and first All Around while Megan Poetsch placed first on beam, second on vault, bars and floor, and second All Around.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $69,959 INTO THURSDAY; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL PROJECTED TO EXCEED $250,000

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2016)–There were no winning Pick Six tickets on Sunday at Santa Anita, creating a Pick Six carryover of $69,959 into Thursday.  Track officials project Thursday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $250,000.With no live racing in Southern California on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, first post time for a nine-race program on Thursday is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.comlast_img read more

CPA set to be launched to give club players a voice

first_imgA new Club Players Association is set to be launched in order to give club players a voice amidst growing unrest among club players all over Ireland.The issue of player welfare raised its head in Donegal again this weekend following Burt’s historic Intermediate championship win on Saturday.Burt were forced to play their first-round clash in the Ulster IFC on Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after landing the Donegal Intermediate crown after earning an extra-time win against Milford. That sparked massive anger and dismay amongst the GAA fraternity not only in Donegal, but also nationally, but unfortunately this type of incident is not an isolated incident.Now, the time for talking has stopped, as it seems nobody is listening to GAA club players.Club players believe the only way they can improve the club situation is to set up their own organisation, and it seems the CPA (Club Players Association) will be launched in the next three weeks.Former Monaghan selector Declan Brennan – who managed Clontibret to four county SFC successes – is one of the driving forces behind the new body and says he is acting out of concern for the welfare of club players. The aim of the new body is to give a voice to club players in the same way that the GPA represents the interests of county footballers and hurlers.“I think what most players – and remember intercounty players are club players too – want is a proper closed season where they can get the proper rest and plan their lives better,” he tells The Irish Independent.“There’s no doubt, players want to see the intercounty season condensed. I don’t have a mandate to speak on anyone’s behalf and I’m just trying to get this up and running.“But it will happen. We’re not looking for something like the Gaelic Players Association. We’re not looking for money from the GAA. We’re not trying to build anything for the future. The GPA has done great work but has become immersed in the GAA now.“We just want to pull people together, gather views and make those views strongly known. It’s not a long-term thing. Something has to happen within months.” CPA set to be launched to give club players a voice was last modified: October 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Giants return to house of horrors in Cincinnati led by promising new arm

first_imgCINCINNATI — It’s hard to fathom any National League team suffering more defeats than the Giants did during the two-year stretch from 2017-2018.The Cincinnati Reds managed to do it.The Reds lost a combined 189 games over the last two seasons, dropping 95 in 2017 before improving by just a single win in a 94-loss campaign last year. The Giants finished 137-187 during the same time period, so it’s not as if they were significantly better than their counterparts in the NL Central cellar.Judging …last_img read more

Giants offer fans a lift in the form of ‘free’ flight, much needed change of scenery

first_imgWanna get away?You might if you’re a San Francisco Giants fan.The Giants entered the 2019 season with tempered hopes and played down to expectations through the first three months of the season. Then came a rip-roaring start to July that catapulted the team into the postseason picture and might even have forestalled a midseason house-cleaning.July was a long time ago. Now the Giants are staggering to the finish line, playing to some of the smallest home crowds since before their World …last_img read more