Mikel Arteta reveals the moment he knew Reiss Nelson would be an Arsenal star

first_imgMikel Arteta has been impressed by Reiss Nelson since his days in Arsenal’s youth teams (Pictures: Getty)Mikel Arteta revealed he first identified Reiss Nelson’s potential during his formative days in Arsenal’s youth team.Plenty has been expected of Nelson, 20, for some time but the winger has only just started enjoying a run in the Gunners’ first team.His introduction back into the side came after Arteta’s appointment last month, with the Spaniard claiming everything came ‘too easy’ to Nelson during his early years at the club.Having been loaned out to Hoffenheim last season and starting just five games this year before Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December, Nelson has since started three of the last five matches.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFormer Manchester City assistant Arteta was praised for his one-on-one coaching work with wingers Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane at the Etihad Stadium and, while he refused to draw comparisons between the pair and Nelson, he admits he has been pleasantly surprised by the England Under-21 international. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jan 2020 11:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Mikel Arteta reveals the moment he knew Reiss Nelson would be an Arsenal star Reiss Nelson is likely to earn another start for Arsenal in the absence of the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)‘I wouldn’t like to compare, what I will say is that Reiss has the potential to do whatever he wants,’ he said.‘I know Reiss because I coached him when he was 16 and straightaway he caught my eye.‘If he wants to do it, wants to learn and wants to challenge himself he can be a top, top player for this football club.‘At the moment I think he is on the right path, with the right attitude and then there are a lot of factors: he needs to deal with pressure, deliver every three days, score more goals and make the difference more for the team because he has the quality to do that.‘I know Reiss because I coached him when he was 16 and straight away he caught my eye. He is a boy that is willing to learn and loves the game but I think he has been a little bit confused in the last few years – what direction he had to take, some of the decisions that he made.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‘Now I can see that he really wants it and I think he has the potential to do whatever he wants. He needs guidance, he needs a little bit of a stick, and he’s up for it. I put him in to play and I trust him because he wants it and I think he can deliver.”When it comes to the factors which have held Nelson back so far, Arteta clearly feels the buck has to stop with the player.‘I was expecting a little more from his side as well,” he said. “He needs to take responsibility as well.‘If he wants to play for this club every three days, when you have to step in there you have to be almost perfect and at the moment I see this kind of attitude and desire.‘Because he was that good when he was young, everything was too easy for him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You have a lot of habits and those habits have to be taken away and replaced with new ones and he has done that very quickly, much quicker than I thought and that is why he has been playing.’MORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & LiverpoolMORE: Edu attempts to close deal for Arsenal transfer target Bruno Guimaraes Advertisementlast_img read more

Blake Griffin strives to take his game to another level

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Griffin’s game has been evolving over the years. Strengthening of the mind would presumably accelerate that evolution, and he did that by reading book after book during the offseason, thanks in part to a pact with a childhood pal.“I have a buddy who’s in med school right now, one of my best friends growing up,” said Griffin, 26. “And I wouldn’t say a wild kid, but he was like super into basketball, that’s all he did. He didn’t really care a whole lot about school, super smart dude.‘Now, he’s like top of his class in med school and we just kind of had this thing where we always pushed each other to become better people, smarter, always trying to learn stuff, always trying to do stuff. He kind of was the one who sparked it for me. He told me about this book, I read it and the ball kept rolling from there.”Perhaps, or not, Griffin’s mind work has something to do with his start this season. He was averaging a career-high 24.7 points as well as 8.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists — the second-highest of his career — entering Saturday’s game against Orlando at Staples Center.As noteworthy as anything, he was shooting a career-best 43 percent from 16 feet and beyond out to the 3-point line, in a season when he is taking 42.5 percent of his shots from that distance — his highest such career percentage. He’s shooting 53 percent overall. They say variety is the spice of life. Take L.A. Clippers power forward Blake Griffin.He doesn’t want to be a one-trick pony on the basketball court, so he works on everything.He doesn’t want to just watch sports all day when he’s free, so he reads.It’s that strong mind, strong body thing.center_img To say the least, Griffin is owner of a sweet mid-range jumper. The way he sometimes glides into it and gracefully goes up to shoot has been a beautiful thing to watch.“Blake’s incredible,” Golden State Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said recently. “He’s another player that is an All-Star that has taken his game to another level. His jump shot looks better than it ever has because I know he’s put in a ton of work.“But now that he has those skills to go with his athleticism and his strength … he’s having a heck of a year so far.”Players who are 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds aren’t supposed to shoot as gracefully as Griffin. They’re not supposed to be able to facilitate the way he does, either. His vision and passing skills are superb.Clippers coach Doc Rivers recalls the story how Tony Brown, a former assistant when Rivers coached the Boston Celtics, first told Rivers of Griffin’s passing skills during a telephone conversation after Rivers took the Clippers job in 2013.“He said, ‘Hey, he’s a great passer. He’s not a good passer. And if you can figure out a way of using him, he’ll surprise you with his vision,’” Rivers said. “And he has. His handle has gotten better and all that with his work, but he just has great instincts. He has great feel. There are few bigs that can do that, but he’s one of them.”Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel points out this past postseason and how outstanding Griffin was with the ball in his hands.“What he did in the playoffs last year and in prior years … he’s not just a dump-it-down-into-the-post and score lobs like maybe his first, second year of his career,” Vogel said. “What he’s doing on the perimeter, you know, playing point forward a lot last year when Chris Paul was out, was just sensational.”Paul missed two of 14 playoff games a season ago. In one — a 117-101 win at Houston in Game 1 of the conference semifinals — Griffin had 13 assists.Griffin also totaled 21 assists with Paul on the floor in a pair of first-round games against the Spurs. In 14 playoff games, Griffin averaged 25.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists while averaging a whopping 39.8 minutes.He does it all, and he works on it all.“As far as my workouts, just mixing it up and doing a lot,” Griffin said. “Not just concentrating on shooting, but doing a lot of stuff in the post, doing stuff off the dribble, getting into the lane, ball-handling. Just literally trying to do everything every day, as opposed to, ‘I’m just going to get some shots up today.’”Not surprisingly, because of how hard he does work to improve his game with all the body and soul stuff, Griffin is also his own worst critic. After a rare off-game Wednesday, during which he shot just 6 of 18 from the field and had four turnovers in a loss to Indiana, Griffin put the hammer down hard on himself.He said, in part, “I think you can’t really expect us to win a game when I play that poorly, shoot that badly and have that many turnovers. So it is on me. I have to be better.”He has been.THE GRIFFIN FILEHeight: 6-foot-10Weight: 250Age: 26College: OklahomaDrafted: No. 1 overall in 2009 NBA Draft.2015 stats: 24.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.8 apglast_img read more

NBTC: Kai Sotto, Ateneo dodge upset, withstand Lyceum-Cavite

first_imgJohn Barba led the Junior Pirates with 18 points and five rebounds while Guadana had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.No. 26 Sta. Clarita International School-Iloilo was the lowest-ranked team to advance to the Supreme 16 after it beat Cebu’s Uniersity of San Jose-Recoletos, 89-75.Steven Tono and Wilmer Dalumpines combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter where Sta. Clarita outscored the Jaguars, 28-10.Fourth-seed San Beda leaned on Rhayyan Amsali and Tony Ynot to beat 29th seed Holy Trinity-Gen Santos to also secure a spot in the Supreme 16.Amsali tallied 19 points, four rebounds, and two steals in just 16 minutes of action while Ynot finished with 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Forthsky Padrigao hit the go-ahead basket with 46 seconds left to finish with 17 points on top of six assists.“What I like most about the game is that our opponent is a very strong and competitive team. They’re from the NCAA so our players really got tested,” said Ateneo head coach Reggie Varilla.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Kudos to the boys. We weren’t able to practice that much because it’s exam week last week but they were trying But I think we could have done a better job,” Varilla, whose team blew a 14-point lead, added.The Junior Pirates had a chance to tie but Mac Guadana couldn’t get a shot off as time expired. Kai Sotto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFifth-seed Ateneo-Quezon City eluded an upset after escaping Lyceum-Cavite, 86-84, in the Chooks-to-Go NBTC National Finals Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Kai Sotto had 35 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blue Eaglets, who arranged a showdown with 12th seed FilAm Sports USA on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Third-seed Southwestern University-PHINMA of Cebu dominated 30th seed Dolores National High School-Eastern Samar, 103-49.Harvey Sanchez scored 20 points for the Baby Cobras, who will face the 14th seed Top Flight-Vancouver. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Big finish needed Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more