Gary Neville picks out Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for praise despite Man City mauling

first_imgIt’s back to the drawing board for Arteta. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)The Luiz red card and injuries to Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari made things difficult for the visitors, not just in this game, but going forward.‘We have to start winning football matches as quick as possible,’ said Arteta after the match. ‘We have to see who we have available to get that starting XI after the injuries that we got tonight.‘The boys made a great effort here playing with 10 men for so long. So let’s recover first and then tomorrow we can start to think about that.’Arsenal are back in action at Brighton on Saturday.MORE: Bacary Sagna mocks Arsenal over David Luiz red card in Manchester City defeatMORE: Mikel Arteta gives injury update on Arsenal pair Granit Xhaka and Pablo MariFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Gary Neville picks out Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for praise despite Man City mauling Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 7:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Matteo Guendouzi has caught the eye of Gary Neville (Picture: Getty Images)Matteo Guendouzi is proving himself as a natural leader at Arsenal and his courage on the ball caught the eye of Gary Neville on Wednesday night, despite the heavy defeat to Manchester City.On the Premier League’s first night back after the coronavirus hiatus little seemed to have changed in the gulf in class between City and Arsenal as the champions strolled to a 3-0 win.Goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden handed Pep Guardiola’s side the victory, meaning City have now put three past the Gunners in six of their last seven meetings.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt was a night to forget for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, and specifically defender David Luiz who was shown a red card after coming off the bench, but one Gunners star did stand out to Neville.ADVERTISEMENTThe Manchester United legend likes the attitude of the 21-year-old Frenchman, who he feels shows talents beyond his years in terms of wanting to get on the ball and demanding performances from his teammates.‘Since the moment he came into the team, Guendouzi, he has looked like a big character and a leader,’ Neville said on Sky Sports.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‘He gets on the ball all the time, he shows great courage to play and he’s always demanding from his teammates.‘He’s not (a squad player). You see him on the pitch, he’s always got his arms stretched, looking over his shoulder. He demands from himself but also others.’Guendouzi was part of a young Arsenal team which included Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah from the start, but Arteta’s plan to deal with the champions fell a long way short of success.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma encourages education, voting, activism in fight against racism

first_img“There’s a lot of good cops, too,” Kuzma told Anthony. “There’s all races of people out there in a cop uniform, and it’s more about the system than it is the actual departments. We need police around. Who do you call for anything, you call the police … you’re instilled to kind of lean on it in times of despair.“The biggest thing is just the system, and the system dating back to slavery and how that’s manipulated people’s minds to think that one race should be more than the other.”And when Spears asked Kuzma to identify possible solutions for improving relations with police and ending police brutality, Kuzma offered this: “Make it a little more prestigious to be a cop.”“A lot of people, straight out of high school, they just go to the police academy, and that’s just a way of life,” Kuzma continued. “That’s something I remember in Flint: People either went to the police academy or went to General Motors and worked in the factory. So that’s a prime job, but if its a prime job, you need it to have prime requirements. Like, not only getting into the police academy, we need to have extra requirements to get out of the police academy.”Furthermore, he said, “we need cops that are in these areas of color that can relate to these areas. It’s never made sense to me why someone from Santa Clarita or Orange County is patrolling Compton.”Kuzma also has been stressing education, encouraging those listening to his conversation with Anthony to delve into African history and also to dig deeper into African American history. Kyle Kuzma is making his voice heard.The 24-year-old Lakers forward from Flint, Michigan, has in the past couple of days encouraged education, applauded local and national activism and stressed the value of voting as he’s added his thoughts to the discourse on racism and police abuse in the United States.He shared his perspective in a Players’ Tribune piece, “Ain’t No Sticking to Sports,” posted Tuesday morning, and in a virtual conversation over a glass of wine Monday evening with Carmelo Anthony, the Portland Trail Blazers star.And then, modeling the Black Lives Matter T-shirt available for purchase to raise funds for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Kuzma joined the Undefeated’s Mark J. Spears early Tuesday afternoon for a conversation streamed on Instagram. “That is the most important thing,” Kuzma told Anthony, noting that he previously had misgivings about the validity of voting. “It’s one thing to go out there and march, it’s one thing to go out there and protest, to spread awareness. But if you want real change, it’s not from there, you know? The real change is voting.“But on top of voting, you have to be educated. And it’s both fields: Just because you’re poor or you’re impoverished, don’t believe that you have to automatically vote for Democrats, or vice versa, if you’re super-rich, you don’t have to vote for Republicans.“Actually educate yourself on the policies, educate yourself on what the actual politicians believe in and see if it matches up with what you do. That’s where the ultimate change comes from.”And in the Players’ Tribune piece Kuzma indicated how he’ll be approaching his civic duty: “We have to vote out people that blindly support spending more on police departments than on healthcare and education. And we also have to vote out the people who aren’t making the change that we want fast enough.”Related Articles In Kuzma’s words on the Players’ Tribune:“Racism is about slavery more than anything else, and how those stories of slavery have been passed along to white families for centuries and centuries.“In something called the Cornerstone Speech, the Confederate vice president, who led the people fighting for slavery in the Civil War, literally said their movement was based on the idea that white people were ALWAYS going to be superior to blacks. That from birth, black people were meant to live as slaves.“He said: ‘Our new government foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man.’“And when slaves were emancipated in 1865, and when the Civil War was done, it wasn’t just like boom, black people are free, racism is done, you know?“At that time, black freedom was scary to a lot of white people in this country. There were plenty of people who wanted slavery to continue. I’m talking senators and people in power. Lawmakers with that mindset.“So, laws were put into place after slavery to put black people in a kind of ditch that would be tough to get out of.“Look at the 13th amendment. It abolished slavery except as punishment for a crime. Essentially, they were saying, OK, they’re free now, but they can’t be free if they’re criminals. So, let’s make them criminals. Let’s make rules so tough that it’s easy for them to mess up.”Kuzma said he also wants people to educate themselves on the issues facing society now — and then to take that knowledge and apply it at the ballot box. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers With that in mind, Kuzma ended his Players’ Tribune post by announcing that he’s planning to launch a voting campaign because, as he wrote, “You know, back when this all started, during slavery, the one thing that the white man feared was a black man that had a mind of his own. Someone who could READ. Someone who could WRITE. Someone who could THINK for themselves. Someone who could VOTE.“You know why? Because that person could stand up!!“And that’s what I’m doing and going to continue to do until all people are free.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKuzma addressed the historically strained relationship between black people and the police in all three forums, including his written piece, a wide-ranging, 1,900-word essay in which he also touches on what life was like growing up as the son of a white woman and a black man.“My grandmother was actually a lieutenant in the Flint police department,” wrote Kuzma, who earned a sociology degree from at Utah. “I know there are great police officers out there. But even though that is a part of my family, being black in America, no matter who you are, famous or not, you’re still always going to be paranoid of the cops …“Even as an athlete, I’m still scared when I get pulled over,” Kuzma added. “If I’m driving and I see a cop, I’m checking my rearview mirror for like the next five minutes.“That is the epitome of what this has done to us as black people, living in a racist society. That’s what we have to fear: the people who are supposed to protect us.”Kuzma talked more about it on Monday’s episode of Anthony’s “What’s in Your Glass” series. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more