Games must be held next year ‘at any cost’: Minister

first_imgIn an interview with Reuters in July, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said organizers were preparing to host the Games next year even if the global coronavirus pandemic hasn’t eased substantially.Organizers are looking at over 200 proposals on how best to deal with the virus, including easing travel restrictions for foreign athletes, anti-virus measures at the Athletes’ Village and how to handle spectators. The rearranged Tokyo Games must be held “at any cost” in 2021, Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto said on Tuesday.Speaking at a news conference, Hashimoto said the Games should be held for the benefit of the athletes, regardless of the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic.The Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee took the unprecedented decision in March to postpone the Games, originally scheduled to begin in July, until 2021 because of the virus. “Everyone involved with the Games is working together to prepare, and the athletes are also making considerable efforts towards next year,” Hashimoto said during a news conference.”I think we have to hold the Games at any cost,” she added.”I want to concentrate all our efforts on measures against the coronavirus.”Officials from the Japanese government, local Tokyo government and the Olympics organizing committee met for the first time last week to develop steps to counter the coronavirus at the Games.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Israel tightens COVID lockdown as infections climb

first_imgTopics : Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet decided on Thursday to tighten Israel’s coronavirus lockdown after he said a surge in infections was pushing the nation to “the edge of the abyss”.Israel went back into lockdown, its second during the pandemic, on Sept. 18. But over the past week, the number of daily new cases has reached nearly 7,000 among a population of 9 million, severely straining the resources of some hospitals.”If we don’t take immediate and difficult steps, we will reach the edge of the abyss,” Netanyahu said in public remarks to the cabinet, which met for about eight hours. The new restrictions require all businesses and workplaces, except for those designated essential, to shut down for at least two weeks starting on Friday. A list will be released later in the day, an official statement said.Finance Minister Israel Katz and Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron objected to the new curbs, according to the finance ministry, which estimated the damage of a three-week lockdown to the economy at around 35 billion shekels ($10.06 billion).Israel is already in a recession and unemployment is above 11%.Schools will remain closed, but synagogues will stay open on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, next week, although the number of worshippers will be limited. Religious parties in the coalition government had fiercely opposed shuttering synagogues.center_img A survey published by the non-partisan Israel Democracy Institute on Wednesday showed only 27% of Israelis trust Netanyahu’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.Protesters have been gathering weekly in their thousands outside his Jerusalem residence to call for his resignation over alleged corruption.Netanyahu has rejected allegations from activists that the tougher lockdown rules, some pending parliamentary approval, are in part intended to quash these demonstrations.The current 1-kilometer- limit on travel from home, except for activities such as grocery and medicine shopping and commuting to work, will now also apply to attendance at street protests.Netanyahu has denied charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a trial that resumes in January.Since the outbreak began, 1,316 people have died in Israel and some 200,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported.The current second wave of infections followed an easing in May of a lockdown imposed in March. last_img read more

Nantes match stopped in ninth minute to pay emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala

first_imgFans held up cards spelling out Sala’s name before the match (Picture: AP) Nous n’oublierons jamais ce numéro 9⃣ ?#FCNASSE | #PlayForSala pic.twitter.com/06SgSg0bns— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 30, 2019 Advertisement Nantes match stopped in ninth minute to pay emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala Nantes head coach Vahid Halilhodzic gave an emotional team talk (Picture: AP)The entire squad wore shirts with Sala’s name on the back of them and there was an emotional minute’s silence, and pre-match huddle, before the game got under way.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSome Cardiff fans made their way to France for the match, holding up the same banner they took to the Emirates for their Premier League match against Arsenal. Ewan RobertsWednesday 30 Jan 2019 8:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link997Shares Comment It was an emotional night in Nantes as fans and players paid tribute to Sala (Picture: AP)French side Nantes paid a special tribute to missing footballer Emiliano Sala, stopping play in the ninth minute of their Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne to applaud their former striker.The Argentine left Nantes to join Cardiff City in a club-record £15million deal but has been missing since January 21 after a plane taking him to the Welsh capital disappeared.Nantes have not played since, postponing their subsequent matches, and they were keen to pay a fitting tribute to Sala as they returned to the pitch on Wednesday night. Fans held up scarves in tribute to Sala while their was an incredible mural of the striker (AP)Players from both clubs, as well as fans in the stadium, joined in the applause on the pitch as the crowd sung Sala’s name.Nantes’ manager, Vahid Halilhodzic, was visibly overcome with emotion during the tribute.Although the official search for Sala’s plane was called off last week, shipwreck specialists hired by his family are continuing to look for the plane, while two cushions believed to be from the aircraft washed up on the coast of France on Wednesday morning, about 20 miles from its last known location.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 Advertisement ‘We never saw you play and never saw you score,’ it read. ‘But Emiliano our beautiful bluebird we will love you forever more.’In another special moment during the game against Saint-Etienne, the referee blew his whistle and called a halt to the game in the ninth minute – Sala’s shirt number – for a heartfelt round of applause.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives assurances to Arsenal and PSG target Eric Bailly over Man Utd future

first_imgBailly started Sunday’s victory over Leicester City (Picture: Getty)‘Today I thought we started a little bit sloppy, Eric knows, but they really came good.’Pressed on United’s defence after keeping a rare clean sheet, Solskjaer added: ‘It’s the first one in a while.‘We’ve had three games now, Burnley, Brighton, Arsenal, where we’ve conceded after a couple of clean sheets.‘But that of course is very important for us, because when you’ve got players like Rashford, Pogba, Martial, Sanchez, all them quick ones up top, you’ve got a great chance of winning the game.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘That’s the foundation, with a proper solid defensive performance, and the keeper of course. Two fantastic saves today as well so he’s kept us in it.’Manchester United travel to west London this weekend to face relegation-battlers Fulham.The Red Devils have climbed to fifth in the Premier League in recent weeks and are now just two points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.MORE: Wes Brown urges Manchester United to go all out for Raphael Varane Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives assurances to Arsenal and PSG target Eric Bailly over Man Utd future Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Feb 2019 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Eric Bailly emerged as a target for Arsenal and PSG in January (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reassured Eric Bailly over his Manchester United future and told the defender he is in contention to start in crunch games until the end of the season.Bailly, 24, has made 69 appearances for the Red Devils since signing from Villarreal in the summer of 2016.The injury-prone Ivory Coast international has started just one Premier League game under Solskjaer after being sent off against Bournemouth last month.Bailly was heavily linked with a loan move during the January transfer window, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and French champions PSG interested in securing his services.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityBut The Sun say Solskjaer has held talks with Bailly when the caretaker manager made it clear he was a big part of his plans for the remainder of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is claimed Solskjaer, who is yet to lose a match as United interim boss, will consider starting Bailly in the Champions League clash against PSG next week.Bailly, a £30million signing from Villarreal, started Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City but Solskjaer admitted he made a ‘sloppy’ start to the Premier League clash.‘Fantastic to have a clean sheet and they played well against Arsenal together too,’ said Solskjaer when asked about Bailly and Victor Lindelof’s partnership. Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likes Instagram post mocking Arsenal’s Europa League conquerors BATE Borisov

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Feb 2019 11:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Alexandre Lacazette was sent off in the 85th minute (Picture: Getty)‘I respect [BATE] and I know about them because we watched matches they played. An organised team, defensively a good team and good at transitions. We worked to stop them in these actions but they scored one goal and in the transitions we worked well to stop another situation defensively for us.‘Then in the attacking moment we had the chances, more than them, but the goalkeeper and the last action for us was not efficient. But we did our all to win the match.‘It’s the first 90 minutes. I know it’s more difficult here as we [didn’t] take a better result, but the next match at the Emirates we are going to continue our work today and I want to work to take better attacking moments with more efficiency and to win the match.’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 Advertisementcenter_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likes Instagram post mocking Arsenal’s Europa League conquerors BATE Borisov Arsenal were subjected to one of the most embarrassing defeats in their European history last night (Picture: Getty)Any member of the Arsenal squad who took part in last night’s embarrassing defeat against BATE Borisov would probably have been best advised to have kept a low profile on social media in the aftermath of one of the most embarrassing losses in the club’s history.Alexandre Lacazette, understandably, broke ranks to apologise for the 85th minute sending of which means he will be suspended for next week’s second leg when the Gunners will be looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit.‘Letting the team down like that is the worst feeling,’ the France international wrote on Twitter. ‘I should have stayed calm but it’s not always easy. Sorry.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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‘There are still 90 minutes to play and I believe that my teammates will make it to the next round.’ADVERTISEMENTThe actions of his strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was brought off the substitutes’ bench in the 68th minute, were less understandable, however, after he mocked a comment which suggested BATE were so small-time they weren’t even worthy of being included in the FIFA computer game series. BATE Borisov are not included in the FIFA computer game series (Picture: Instagram)The defeat was all the more shocking given BATE hadn’t played a competitive match in the previous two months and boast a squad which cost around £200,000 which represents less than Mesut Ozil’s weekly wage.‘I trust in our players and I trust in our stadium and supporters,’ said Unai Emery afterwards. ‘There are two matches. Tonight’s match is important but we can’t [be knocked out in it], we are going to play a second match next week.‘I trust in our work to prepare for the next match and to have a different result at Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

Alan Shearer rips into Paul Pogba after Manchester United’s dismal defeat to Cardiff

first_img Comment Alan Shearer rips into Paul Pogba after Manchester United’s dismal defeat to Cardiff (Picture: BBC Sport)But Murphy managed to escape Pogba and he went on to set up Mendez-Laing’s goal… Man United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferenceTo 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 6:40FullscreenMan United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-united-0-2-cardiff-solskjaer-post-match-press-conference-1923896/This 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.MORE: Chelsea or Real Madrid? Eden Hazard reveals he’s made decision on future after Leicester draw Paul Pogba cut a frustrated figure at Old Trafford as Manchester United lost to Cardiff (Picture: Getty)Alan Shearer has ripped into Paul Pogba who he feels ‘epitomised everything that’s wrong’ with Manchester United during the side’s dismal 2-0 defeat at home to Cardiff.Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored either side of the break for relegated Cardiff at Old Trafford and the result meant United ended the season with just two wins from their last 12 matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United midfielder Pogba was involved in a heated altercation with an angry section of fans as Solskjaer’s squad gave a lap of honour after the final whistle and the Frenchman’s future is in serious doubt ahead of the summer transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementThough Pogba was United’s sole representative in the PFA Team of the Year, he has taken the brunt of the side’s criticism for much of the campaign and Shearer slammed the World Cup-winner after his performance against Neil Warnock’s men on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityPogba was largely to blame for Mendez-Laing’s second strike in the 54th minute after Josh Murphy escaped his marking in the lead-up to the goal.Discussing the goal on Match of the Day, Shearer said: ‘This is the problem at Old Trafford. This epitomises everything that’s wrong with this football club and this football team.‘Murphy and Pogba are together but have a look at them in a couple of seconds. [Cardiff have a] throw-in – that is not difficult, that is not hard, that is pretty simple to stay with your man and he just runs off Pogba with ease and he knocks it across with a simple tap in.‘That tells you everything that’s wrong with this football club at this moment in time. So, so easy. It’s going to be very difficult to change it.’Pogba was tasked with marking Murphy as Cardiff took the throw-in… Pogba lashed out at Murphy in the second half (Picture: BBC Sport)Solskjaer admitted he was almost ’embarrassed’ to hear United supporters applauding his players following their performance against Cardiff.‘It’s near-embarrassing when you walk off the pitch clapping them and you get the support we have. That’s the base of this club, the foundation is so great. We’ll come back again,’ the Norwegian said.‘We’ve got good players who have gone through a difficult season. There’s different reasons for players having a bad season.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Some might be their fault, the club’s fault or our fault. Some might look in the mirror and say: “I can do better”.’center_img Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 May 2019 11:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link732Shares (Picture: BBC Sport)Pogba also shoved Murphy in the face in the second half and Ian Wright believes he was lucky to have stayed on the field at Old Trafford.‘You can see the frustration, he’s very frustrated,’ the ex-Arsenal striker said.‘He wants to try and channel that aggression in a different manner because, when you look at what he does here, I’m very surprised he’s not been reprimanded for that. That’s not very good to see.’On Pogba’s clash with United fans after full-time, Shearer said: ‘After the season he’s had… just get in. He can’t really argue, he’s got no point.’last_img read more

Nicolas Pepe finally ends Virgil van Dijk’s long-running Premier League record

first_imgADVERTISEMENTJust seven minutes in, Van Dijk had to move across to cover the space as Pepe burst forward, but, in a sight that hasn’t been seen for 50 games, the new Arsenal star glided past the Dutchman.AdvertisementAdvertisementIncredibly, it is the first time Van Dijk has been successfully dribbled past since March 2018 when Mikel Merino did it for Newcastle United.Le fameux dribble de Nicolas Pépé sur Virgil van Dijk 👀 #LIVARS pic.twitter.com/xEmt197slh— Hugo Le Carnec (@HugoLeCarnec) August 24, 2019 Pepe’s performance only got better from there, routinely scaring the Liverpool defence with his blistering pace, though he spurned a great opportunity to give his side the lead when clean through on goal.Moments later, Liverpool made Arsenal pay for their profligacy as Joel Matip rose highest to head Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.Interestingly, only three players have dribbled past Van Dijk in the last three seasons, Lacazette back in 2017, Merino in 2018 and now Pepe in 2019, while Gabriel Jesus appeared to go round the Dutchman in the recent Community Shield though it was not officially recorded as a dribble by Opta.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 Nicolas Pepe finally ends Virgil van Dijk’s long-running Premier League record The £72m summer signing was a livewire on his full debut at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe became the first player to dribble past Virgil van Dijk in a Premier League match in well over a year as he made a bright start to his full Arsenal debut against Liverpool.The £72million summer signing from Lille started for the first time for his new club at Anfield, lining up on the right flank as Alexandre Lacazette dropped to the bench.Unai Emery’s tactical plan was clear, asking both Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to pull out wide and exploit the space left behind Liverpool’s attack-minded full-backs.Analysts: Nobody has dribbled past Van Dijk in 2018/19 seasonPepe, who has just come to Arsenal in 2019: HOLD MY BEER#LIVARS pic.twitter.com/PFoYsc8QGk— Sayantan Chatterjee (@ThisIsSayantan) August 24, 2019 Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 6:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Unai Emery urges Arsenal fans to stick with the club after Granit Xhaka incident

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Xhaka told fans to ‘f**k off’ (Picture: Getty)But Emery says that it’s crucial the supporters stay with the teamAdvertisementAdvertisement‘We need them. We need to be strong inside. We need to transmit that connection with them,’ said Emery.‘Before we won a special and different match with very good connection with the supporters.‘Our challenge is to improve our control of the game, to play better in our style.‘We have players and capacity with that improvement to add better results for the next matches.’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 ArsenalEmery confirmed in today’s press conference that Xhaka will not be included in the squad to face Liverpool.The Swiss feels ‘devastated’ and Emery does not think it’s right to put him in the firing line.‘He trained normally with the group but he is devastated. He is sad about that situation,’ he said in a press conference ahead of Arsenal’s cup clash with Liverpool’.MORE: Unai Emery reveals Granit Xhaka is ‘devastated’ after clashing with Arsenal fans Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Oct 2019 3:10 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 Unai Emery wants the fans to stay on side (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists his team ‘need’ supporters to stick with the team if they’re to improve their performance.Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace descended into acrimony after Granit Xhaka was booed and jeered as he left the field.The Swiss midfielder told fans to ‘f**k off’ and large sections of the support then turned on Emery by chanting Mesut Ozil’s name after he was left out of the squad for the seventh match in a row.The Gunners now face a daunting away trip to face Liverpool at Anfield in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery urges Arsenal fans to stick with the club after Granit Xhaka incident Advertisementlast_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette shuts down suggestions Unai Emery has lost the Arsenal dressing room

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette shuts down suggestions Unai Emery has lost the Arsenal dressing room Read More Read More / Pressure is growing on Emery after a string of bad results and performances (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have publically backed Emery despite calls for him to go, and Lacazette insists the Spanish coach still has the backing of the dressing room.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY Video Settings SPONSORED Skip Ad Skip Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Nov 2019 9:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link195Shares Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling The Gunners frontman insists the manager still has the full support of the squad (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette insists the Arsenal dressing are still behind under-pressure boss Unai Emery, while he rejected suggestions the team have gone backwards under his management.The Gunners are losing pace with the rest of the top four after failing to win in the Premier League since the start of October, with their most recent defeat to Leicester City leaving them eight points adrift of the Champions League places.Emery has now collected fewer points in his first 50 games in charge than predecessor Arsene Wenger did in his last 50, racking up fewer wins, having fewer shots and giving up more chances. 1 min. story Read More Full Screen 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Top articles Read More Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coming Next by Metro Comment Asked how much support there is for Unai Emery, Lacazette told the club’s website: ‘We’re working together every day on a constant basis to pick up the slack.‘The group definitely supports the coach and I’m sure the club does as well. We’re a very tight group and we’re doing everything we can to improve.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‘His best quality is that he’s really passionate. Every day at training he’s always really happy to be there and to work with us, to teach us and his staff things.’Rejecting the Wenger comparison, Lacazette continued: ‘I believe we have progressed in many ways. Like all clubs, we go through difficult times but progress has been made.’Arsenal face a kind fixture list over the coming weeks, taking on Southampton, Norwich City, Brighton and West Ham, and Lacazette is focused on returning to winning ways.He added: ‘Obviously we’re not at the top of our game at the moment, but we remain leaders in the Europa League, we’re still in the running in the championship. I think now we just need to work on keeping things calm and moving forward with that.’MORE: Patrick Vieira issues warning to Arsenal fans who want Unai Emery sackedMORE: Thierry Henry explains why Nicolas Pepe is struggling at ArsenalMore: 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta reveals details of the call with Edu that convinced him to take Arsenal job

first_img Arsenal v Leeds: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo 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 10:39FullscreenArsenal v Leeds: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-leeds-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2079838/This 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.He said: ‘I don’t know, sometimes it happens with people, but he (Edu) called me and we started to have a conversation which should have lasted just a few minutes and we went long.‘We shared a lot of things in our career and we have a lot of similarities. Then the way we were thinking about the situation and became very close and with the ideas, I agree with that. ‘I will do this,’ ‘me too’. It started to build that relationship like this.‘The chemistry was there to be fair from day one.‘He was part of the most exciting and successful times of this football club so he knows exactly what needs to be done.’Arteta has made an encouraging start to his managerial career and earlier this week celebrated his first victory after masterminding a convincing 2-0 win over Manchester United.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 ArsenalThe Spaniard has a lengthening injury list to contend with but insists he will be treating Monday’s FA Cup third round tie against Leeds with the upmost respect.Asked whether or not he would take the FA Cup seriously, he said: ‘Absolutely. I would like to have more fit players so I can rotate more, but we will see what we have after tomorrow.‘But obviously it is a competition that is very attached to this football club in recent years and we have to take to very seriously and we have to try to go to the next round.’MORE: Arsenal unlikely to make signings in January transfer window after significant summer spendingMORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits back at Robin van Persie over criticism after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal Advertisement Comment Edu played a key role in convincing Mikel Arteta to replace Unai Emery as Arsenal’s head coach (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has revealed his first phone call with Arsenal’s technical director Edu helped convince him the time was right to return to the north London club.The 37-year-old was close to succeeding Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018 before a late change of heart saw the Arsenal board employ a more experienced candidate in the shape of Unai Emery.Defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League at the end of November proved to be the final straw for Emery, however, and after launching an extensive search for his replacement, Arsenal’s new-look executive committee settled on Arteta as their No.1 choice.AdvertisementAdvertisementPep Guardiola’s former No.2 at Manchester City deliberated over whether or not to leave the Premier League champions mid-season and held several rounds of talks with Arsenal before making the move back to the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENTAnd the former Arsenal captain revealed his initial conversations with Edu, who was working with the Brazil national team when the choice to overlook Arteta for Emery was made, played a key role in helping him to make a decision on his future. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 Jan 2020 1:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisement Mikel Arteta reveals details of the call with Edu that convinced him to take Arsenal joblast_img read more