Arsenal legend Martin Keown criticises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after victory over Bournemouth

first_img Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Oct 2019 1:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares / PLAY (Picture: BBC Sport)‘I know it’s tough but you can’t allow that kind of space,’ Keown said. Keown insists Aubameyang must ‘work harder’ when Arsenal aren’t in possession (Picture: Getty)The former Arsenal defender highlighted two instances when Aubameyang’s failure to press almost cost the north London club.‘Let’s give them credit because it’s been a difficult week for Arsenal,’ Keown said.‘I thought they pressed really well, that intensity in their play… that’s what every good team is looking for. It’s not just playing with the ball – it’s also what you do without it.‘They started the game very well from that point of view, everyone was engaging. About Connatix V67539 Arsenal legend Martin Keown criticises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after victory over Bournemouth Keown added: ‘This [above] is exactly the same. Aubameyang is slow to press and Saka doesn’t make it either which allows Bournemouth to play it out.‘Dani Ceballos, the poor fella, is in there on his own – the two other midfield players (Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka) should get up with him and be together as a midfield.‘These are things you need to work on in training because better teams will punish Arsenal.‘That has to improve if they are going to finish in the top four.’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 CityEmery said he was ‘very proud’ of Arsenal’s victory but admitted his players lost momentum in a lacklustre second-half display against Eddie Howe’s side.‘We were speaking before the match, the first four matches we played, today we wanted to do one step ahead, doing better and controlling better the match but knowing it was going to be difficult,’ the Spaniard said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We played with a very good organisation, defensively very strong. We scored one goal and got into their box with possibilities to score goals. Advertisement (Picture: BBC Sport)Keown also criticised Guendouzi and Xhaka for failing to press with Ceballos. EXAMPLE 1 Keown felt Aubameyang was slow to press Bournemouth’s defenders. Emery: Victory over Bournemouth ‘one more step’ towards consistencyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:48FullscreenEmery: Victory over Bournemouth ‘one more step’ towards consistency is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘The second half was a very good opportunity to keep our confidence, to get better with the ball and stop their action with the ball.‘We did it perfectly in the first half but in the second half, maybe because the chances arrived late, we lost that.‘We are very happy with that result and very proud of that result.’Will Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%Nope0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Paul Pogba posts injury update to Manchester United fans after Newcastle defeat Manchester United captain Harry Maguire EXAMPLE 2 Aubameyang must work harder when Arsenal aren’t in possession, says Keown. Read More Coming Next Skip (Picture: BBC Sport)center_img SPONSORED Comment Full Screen 1 min. story Martin Keown singled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for criticism after Arsenal beat Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has got Arsenal out of trouble time and time again this season, but Martin Keown had no problem criticising the striker after the side’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth.David Luiz headed home Nicolas Pepe’s corner in the 9th minute in an encouraging start for Arsenal on Sunday and Unai Emery’s men managed to hold on for three points to move to third in the Premier League table.The Gunners seemed to take their foot off the gas after an impressive first half and Callum Wilson came close to equalising for the Cherries in front of a nervous Emirates crowd.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking on Match of the Day 2, Keown blasted Arsenal for ‘switching off’ in the second half and told Aubameyang to ‘work harder’ without the ball in order to set the tone for the rest of the team.ADVERTISEMENT (Picture: BBC Sport)According to Keown, Arsenal’s defence were sat far too deep in the second half. Read More Read More Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 (Picture: BBC Sport) Read More Top articles Video Settings ‘But in the second half they seemed to switch off. Aubameyang… look, you’re scoring the goals but, fella, you need to work harder!‘I know it’s tough but you can’t allow that kind of space. [Bukayo] Saka as well, nobody really getting there, they just don’t engage properly and the back four is far too deep.‘Because the back four are so deep, look at the space behind the full-backs and they’re [Bournemouth] just running wild into those spaces and it’s a problem for Arsenal.‘They need to be better.’ by Metro Advertisementlast_img read more

PCP: Best spring postseason?

first_imgHoltI’m not going to hide my disdain for the NBA. As enthralling as I find uncontested dunks and an absolute absence of team defense, it’s not for me.But really, why care about the NBA Finals when you have the Stanley Cup playoffs happening simultaneously?Both sports have the golden standard of playoff formats — the seven-game series — but there is nothing better than a game seven overtime period in hockey. Hell, any NHL playoff game to go into OT is likely the best mixture of tenseness, excitement and edge-of-your-seat nerves you’ll get since you tried to come through on your promise to “go all the way” on Senior Prom night.And while the only two watchable bouts in the NBA playoffs are the Lakers-Thunder and Blazers-Suns series, not only are we headed for some epic game sevens in the Montreal-Washington and Phoenix-Detroit series, but also the rest of the preceding games have been more than entertaining. Vancouver might have won 4-2 over the LA Kings, but those six games were some of the best of the postseason.You want rivalries? If Alex the Great can knock off those pesky Habs in game seven, we can prepare lick our chops for a Capitals-Penguins series. What’s better than the league’s two best squaring off, with Washington hoping to avenge that semifinals loss from 2009? Even better, this time, it would be a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line.And face it; you know you would enjoy watching Ovechkin lay a hit on that Sidney Crosby diva like the one that blasted Jarom?r J?gr in the Olympics.There’s no other sport where you’ll see a guy play with a ruptured spleen, a la Peter Forsberg in 2001. There’s no better trophy than Lord Stanley’s cup. So there’s no reason all your primetime sports viewing until mid-June should not revolve around the NHL playoff schedule.FiammettaA Stan Van Gundy postgame press conference. A gem from a still-hopeful underdog along the lines of, “I don’t see no fat lady.” Ron Artest’s hair.Holt, let me ask you — do the NHL Playoffs have any of that?Yeah, I get it. There’s Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup. ESPN even dusts off the one and only Barry Melrose for our viewing pleasure.Still…the NHL Playoffs?Forget about Michael Jordan’s push-off, pull-up jumper over Byron Russell in the 1998 Finals or Willis Reed’s Willis Reed moment or Derek Fisher’s heave with 0.4 seconds on the clock. Where else can you see piss-yellow hair with “defense” shaved into it in Japanese, Hebrew and Hindi? Does hockey give us quotes like that one above from Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion?And Van Gundy — king of the mock turtleneck and extra-large blazer, champion of the Ron Jeremy mustache — is the NBA’s equivalent of Chad Ochocinco. Put a camera or microphone on him, and you’re sure to be rewarded with something great.Jokes aside, here’s my point. The NBA provides fans with great games and highlights just as any other postseason competition does, plus a little extra. I’ll even give you that Lord Stanley’s Mug makes the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy look like something someone’s younger brother fashioned out of Play-Doh.However, the NBA Playoffs just has that x-factor, that it-factor, that whatever-factor. Whether its superstar charisma, press conference gems or just plain weird “what the…” moments, the NBA just stands a little taller than the NHL. I know we’re in the center of America’s hockey fan base right here in Wisconsin, but let’s be real — the NBA is where amazing happens. It might as well make that its playoff slogan or something.last_img read more