Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney speak out on Granit Xhaka Arsenal captaincy decision

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Oct 2019 7:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link175Shares Granit Xhaka was named as Arsenal captain by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin have backed Unai Emery’s decision to name Granit Xhaka as Arsenal’s new club captain.The Spaniard delayed naming Laurent Koscielny’s permanent successor until last week following a secret ballot of the first team squad.Xhaka won the backing of his teammates, despite a series of indifferent displays this season, most notably against Aston Villa when he was booed off by his own supporters.While he might be struggling on the pitch, Bellerin, who was named as one of four other players in Emery’s leadership group, insists the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder is an inspirational figure behind the scenes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think he’s a great captain for the club,’ said Bellerin. ‘He knows the club as good as anyone he knows what it means to play for the club.‘And also he’s a player who plays almost every game.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 City‘Even when he’s got injuries he’s always ready to play so I think that’s a good quality for a captain to have.’Tierney, meanwhile, who joined Arsenal from Celtic in the summer added: ‘Since I came in he’s been up there with you for helping me.‘So to see that and to see what he give on the training pitch every day in 100% and that’s what a leader should be. He is everything a leader is.’After impressing on their comebacks from injury last week against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, both players were left out of the squad which travelled to Old Trafford on Monday, but the duo are in contention to feature in the Europa League against Standard Liege tomorrow.MORE: Liverpool to face Arsenal as Jurgen Klopp’s side escape Carabao Cup expulsionMORE: Unai Emery provides Hector Bellerin injury update ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Standard Liege Commentcenter_img Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney speak out on Granit Xhaka Arsenal captaincy decision Advertisementlast_img read more

Beat writers predict Miami to hand Syracuse its 2nd conference loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After falling to Pittsburgh, 72-61, Syracuse (10-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) will get its second shot at its first conference win of the season against No. 13 Miami (11-1). If SU loses, it will be the first time since the ’98-99 season that the Orange has started 0-2 in conference play.Here’s how our beat writers predict Syracuse’s matchup with Miami will unfold on Saturday.Sam Blum (10-4)Miami 74, Syracuse 68Life’s a beachMike Hopkins is coming dangerously close to laying an egg in his brief first stint as Syracuse’s head coach. Without any significant wins, a loss to Miami does just that, and unfortunately for the longtime assistant, the Orange doesn’t match up with one of the best teams in the country. The Hurricanes have only one loss this season — to Northeastern — but have won by at least 10 in all but one other game. Syracuse keeps it close, again, but loses.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJesse Dougherty (10-4)Miami 78, Syracuse 68Welcome to 2016Syracuse competed for 35 minutes before the wheels fell of against Pittsburgh, but Miami will put away the Orange well before the last five minutes. SU showed on Wednesday that it can compete with a more physical ACC team, but the Hurricanes’ four-out offense with talented guards surrounding Tonye Jekiri will be too much for the zone to handle.Matt Schneidman (9-5)Miami 73, Syracuse 61Hurricane seasonAt a practice earlier this season, Mike Hopkins stood at the foul line with the ball in his hands, demonstrating how big men can beat the zone by finding a seam atop it. The first name that came out of his mouth was Tonye Jekiri, Miami’s big man who is one of the best in the ACC. He, and the offensive powerhouse Hurricanes, will be too much for the shallow Orange to handle in its second consecutive conference loss. Comments Published on January 1, 2016 at 7:31 pmlast_img read more