Arsenal confirm Willian’s shirt number after signing winger on free transfer

first_imgThe winger made the switch from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Willian has been handed the No.12 shirt after completing the switch from Chelsea to Arsenal on a free transfer.The 32-year-old is believed to have signed a three-year deal worth £220,000-a-week at the Emirates after failing to come to an agreement with the Blues.Willian brings plenty of experience to Mikel Arteta’s side having won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the Europa League over his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge. Advertisement Arsenal confirm Willian’s shirt number after signing winger on free transfer Comment Willian spent seven years at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)Upon confirming the deal, Arsenal also announced that the Brazilian will wear the No.12 shirt, mostly recently donned by Stephan Lichtsteiner and Olivier Giroud, who is now a Chelsea player.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWillian had offers from several clubs, but chose to be part of Mikel Arteta’s exciting project at Arsenal.Technical director Edu told the club’s official website that his compatriot will bring a number of good qualities to his new post.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 ArsenalEdu said: ’I know him very well, since a long time ago because we’ve been working together for the Brazilian national team and of course I was following him because he played for another club.‘He has a lot of fantastic attributes as a person, as a football player of course, his character.‘I’m 100 per cent sure that everybody in the dressing room, the fans, myself and Mikel will enjoy having Willian in our side.’MORE: Arsenal must make transfer promise to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Robin van PersieMORE: Ray Parlour urges Arsenal to sign £20million Chelsea transfer target John StonesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 10:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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NBA playoffs 2019: Eastern Conference first-round previews, predictions

first_imgPrediction: Celtics in sevenOdds provided by The Action Network NBA playoffs 2019: 5 players who can swing a series No. 1 Bucks vs. No. 8 PistonsPlayers to watch: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has had a career season and is the front-runner to earn the MVP while teammate Khris Middleton developed into an All-Star in 2018-19. Pistons center Andre Drummond was a force on the glass and at the rim. He’ll be a challenge for Milwaukee’s big men.Stat to know: The Bucks averaged 118.1 points per game during the regular season, which was tops in the league. The Pistons were 25th in the NBA in that category at 107 per game. Drummond also led the NBA in rebounding (15.6 per game).Hidden storyline: Blake Griffin’s health is a major concern for the Pistons. The 30-year-old forward has been dealing with soreness in his left knee and did not play in Detroit’s postseason-clinching win over the Knicks on Wednesday. His status for the playoff opener has yet to be determined, coach Dwane Casey told reporters after the victory. Griffin was the Pistons’ best player this season, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 35 minutes per game.Odds: Bucks (-10000), Pistons (+1600)Prediction: Bucks in fiveNo. 2 Raptors vs. No. 7 MagicPlayers to watch: Pascal Siakam had a breakout season (16.9 ppg) for the Raptors, and Kawhi Leonard will be making his postseason debut for the team. All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and forward Aaron Gordon helped power the Magic to the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.  Stat to know: Both teams enter the playoffs on a roll. The Raptors finished the regular season with victories in seven of their last eight, while the Magic head into Game 1 on a four-game winning streak.Hidden storyline: Leonard’s future is very much up in the air as he can opt out of his contract this summer. He’ll certainly have multiple options in free agency and an early playoff exit by the Raptors would not help their chances of retaining him.Odds: Raptors (-1250), Magic (+700)Prediction: Raptors in fiveNo. 3 76ers vs. No. 6 NetsPlayers to watch: The 76ers boosted their chances of making a deep playoff run by acquiring Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris in trades this season. Those two combine with stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid as well as knock-down shooter JJ Redick to form one of the best starting lineups in the NBA.Stat to know: The Nets improved by 14 wins and exceeded all expectations this season to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014-15. The 76ers hold an 8-2 record in the 10 games that Embiid, Butler, Harris, Simmons and Redick have been in the starting lineup.Hidden storyline: Embiid continues to be hampered by knee trouble and was sidelined for five of Philadelphia’s final seven games. The team is “optimistic” he’ll be ready for Game 1 against Brooklyn but “it’s possible” he won’t be able to play, general manager Elton Brand told reporters Wednesday.Odds: 76ers (-501), Nets (+360)Prediction: 76ers in sixNo. 4 Celtics vs. No. 5 PacersPlayers to watch: Kyrie Irving is the Celtics’ star. Gordon Hayward, however, could be the team’s biggest difference-maker. He has been inconsistent during his return from a horrific leg injury that cost him almost all of 2017-18. But when he has played well, Boston has been a different, more effective team. Meanwhile, Bojan Bogdanovic averaged 18 points per game and knocked down 42.5 percent of his 3-pointers in 2018-19.Stat to know: The Pacers defense is one of the stingiest in the NBA as they limited opponents to a league-best 104.7 points per game. Boston was eighth in that category at 108 per game.Hidden storyline: The Pacers lost star guard Victor Oladipo to a leg injury in late January and have since had to rely on Bogdanovic as well as Domantas Sabonis on the offensive end. Both had career seasons, but can they keep it up in the playoffs? We’re about to find out.Odds: Celtics (-358), Pacers (+290) The Eastern Conference is loaded with talent and four teams have a legitimate chance to play for the title. There should be multiple close series and plenty of entertaining basketball.Here’s the first-round Eastern Conference preview: Related Newscenter_img The East is wide open.A LeBron James-led team had won the conference and advanced to eight straight finals. But James left the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $153.3 million with the Lakers in July. Los Angeles went on to miss the playoffs this season. NBA playoffs 2019: Updated odds to win the championshiplast_img read more

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Survivor tells of harrowing crash

first_imgThe bus was traveling to Florida for the team’s annual spring training trip when the driver apparently mistook an exit ramp for a lane and went off the side of an overpass spanning Interstate 75. The National Transportation Safety Board said it wasn’t clear why the driver went on the ramp. There were tire marks, but it wasn’t clear when the driver realized his mistake and tried to correct it. Numerous crashes have happened at that uncommon left-side, HOV exit, board member Kitty Higgins said Saturday. No signs are visible that tell drivers to slow down for the ramp that ends at a T-intersection on the overpass, she said. Moore was trapped between bus seats until his teammates pulled him out. For a long moment, they stood looking at each other in the pre-dawn darkness inside the bus that had fallen 30 feet. The legs of Mike Ramthun and Chris Bauman were pinned beneath the bus. Moore and other teammates tried to calm them, telling them help would be on the way. They got the roof escape hatch open and stumbled out on the freeway. ATLANTA – Tony Moore and his college baseball teammates were jolted awake when their bus slammed against a concrete barrier and dropped off an overpass. At least two students were trapped, one player had already died and diesel fuel was leaking, survivors and family members said. It would be hours before the team, and those left behind at their tight-knit Ohio campus, would know the toll: Four Bluffton University teammates dead, plus the driver and his wife. Twenty-nine were injured, although only eight remained hospitalized on Saturday evening. Five were in serious or critical condition, and the rest were in fair or stable condition. Moore said he fell asleep on the bus floor after a late night of watching movies, listening to music and chatting about the eagerly anticipated spring training. The next thing the 21-year-old junior remembers is hitting the rail on an Atlanta interstate overpass early Friday, rolling around and “the final slam in the ground.” “We were trying to get everybody loose off,” Moore said. “Everybody was still in shock.” Timothy Kay, a pitcher, and others tried to lift the bus and pull the pinned players out. “They were very worried about all the diesel fuel on the ground,” Ed Kay said of his son. Rescue teams later freed the pair. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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