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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Salkute leads Syracuse, suffers from frustration in Syracuse’s 4-set loss to Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After Syracuse dropped the third set to Boston College, right-side hitter Monika Salkute was the first to jog to the other side of the court. She looked up at the scoreboard showing she was leading the team with nine kills — even though she actually had 12 at the time — but the Orange was trailing two sets to one.Down by eight in the fourth set, SU surrendered consecutive points on a block error and bad set by Salkute. At match point for Boston College, head coach Leonid Yelin removed her for the first time in the game.Salkute had gone the entire fourth set without recording a kill.“I took her out not because it was obviously everyone could saw it was done deal, but I took her out just because I saw so much frustration,” Yelin said.In front of a crowd of just 128 at the Women’s Building on Sunday, Salkute delivered mixed results and Syracuse (8-18, 1-13 Atlantic Coast) lost to Boston College (11-14, 6-8), 3-1. While leading the team with 12 kills and 13.5 points, Salkute also committed five attack errors and struggled to a .194 hitting percentage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“As a player who never played in this position I can say good,” Yelin said about Salkute’s statistics for the game. “ But … what kind of player you want to see playing on the right side, definitely numbers it not there.“That’s not bad. Compared to other two outside hitters’ numbers — negative —it looks awesome. Great, but …” Yelin said before shrugging and setting his hands on the table in front of him.In the first set, Salkute was the majority of Syracuse’s offense. She recorded six kills, but a miscommunication between her and libero Belle Sand let a serve drop in for an ace and forced Yelin to sigh and take his first timeout.In the second set, with the score 22-21, Salkute served an ace that landed on the line. Then she hammered a ball into the other side of the court for a point, clenching her fists, closing her eyes and screaming, “Yes!”A few points later, Salkute set to outside hitter Silvi Uattara for the set-winning kill. The pair jumped in the air and high-fived as they walked off the court for the break.But late in the third set, Salkute dove and missed a ball in the back left corner of the court. Yelin motioned to the referee for a timeout. When she smashed a ball into the net in the fourth, Salkute put her head down and Yelin took another time out.“I think she did OK,” middle blocker Lindsay McCabe said of Salkute. “I think everyone on the team had points where they played great and points where they didn’t play so well.”At times Salkute was cheering for a point or smiling and swinging her arms coming out of a time out by Boston College. But other times she was yelling “S—” after digging the ball poorly.Until the last point of the game, Salkute was the only player Yelin had yet to substitute out.Yelin said she plays an important role at that position that no one else can fill. Even when she’s struggling he doesn’t have another player to replace her with, he said.Salkute played well, relative to her teammates, Yelin added.She was the only one of the three hitters to have a hitting percentage that wasn’t negative. Her 12 kills were more than the 10 that Uattara and Stacey Smith, the other hitter, combined for.But Salkute’s mistakes at the end of the match were completely due to frustration, Yelin said, and that’s why he took her out.Said Yelin: “There was no point to leaving her in.” Comments Published on November 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

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