Arsenal target Monchi still considering next move after leaving Roma

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Mar 2019 9:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link221Shares The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a reunion with Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Axed Roma sporting director Monchi has played down speculation he has already agreed to join Arsenal and says he will take his time before deciding his next move.The Italian club announced on Friday that Monchi had left the club by mutual consent, with Roma chief James Pallotta deciding to overhaul the club’s structure after their Champions League exit and the subsequent sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco.Monchi isn’t expected to be out of work for long, though, with a move to the Gunners mooted ever since Unai Emery was first appointed. Monchi masterminded Sevilla’s recent success but was more hit and miss at Roma (Getty)Nevertheless, his stock remains high having made around £200m profit in player sales during his 17 years at Sevilla, snapping up the likes of Dani Alves, Carlos Bacca and Grzegorz Krychowiak on the cheap and selling at a massive profit.Arsenal are in need of a new sporting director after Sven Mislintat’s departure earlier this year and, given the club’s modest spending power at present, Monchi is seen as an ideal candidate to lead their recruitment.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 Arsenalcenter_img Emery is thought to be keen to work under Monchi again at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The two had an excellent relationship at Sevilla, building a squad that won the Europa League in three successive seasons, though Monchi refused to confirm that a move to Arsenal was imminent.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked specifically about the Arsenal links, Monchi told Pagine Romaniste: ‘I have not decided my future yet.’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 CityHe added: ‘I do not think it’s time to examine these things. It’s time to remember beautiful things.’Although there were some success stories during his time at Roma – such as Cengiz Under and Nicolo Zaniolo – Monchi was widely criticised for a lot of his signings. Comment Arsenal target Monchi still considering next move after leaving Romalast_img read more

Roberson plays season-high 14 minutes, shows noticeable improvement

first_imgTyler Roberson collected a rebound midway through the first half and paused in the paint. The rest of his Syracuse teammates abandoned him and ran upcourt which left him alone in an unfamiliar situation.“Dribble!” yelled Michael Gbinije.He didn’t. Instead Tyler Ennis ran back and Roberson hit him with an outlet pass.The freshman forward may not be totally comfortable yet, but he made noticeable strides in No. 2 Syracuse’s (13-0) 70-48 win over Eastern Michigan (7-5) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday. Roberson tied his career high with 14 minutes and finished with six points, five rebounds and an assist.With DaJuan Coleman out with a left leg contusion, Roberson could see an increase in minutes as the third forward in the rotation, and proved Tuesday that he could be a viable stopgap.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Tonight he was good,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He got some rebounds, he made a couple of positive moves and a real good pass. A lot of positive things tonight.”Roberson played four minutes in SU’s 78-62 win over then-No. 8 Villanova on Saturday, and Boeheim said that he didn’t maximize his opportunities with Coleman hurt and Rakeem Christmas in foul trouble. The head coach said that Roberson gave up two easy layups to the Wildcats, didn’t rebound well and “was lost.”But Roberson looked comfortable against the Eagles. He was alert on the wing of Syracuse’s zone and effective in the high post on offense. He even threw a wrap-around pass to Christmas that got Boeheim to hop in the air before giving the freshman a casual point.“It’s just good to get out there,” Roberson said. “I’m starting to feel more and more comfortable.”Roberson still looked hesitant to shoot when he caught the ball in space. He attempted one jump shot in the first half that hit the back rim but said that “the jumper’s there, just need to keep shooting.”With 3:18 left, fellow freshmen Ron Patterson and B.J. Johnson joined Roberson on the court. After a hectic out-of-bounds save by Patterson led to a Johnson 3, Patterson set up Roberson with a floater in the paint.All three freshman reserves got their names in the box score Tuesday, and Roberson led the way with his most assuring performance of the season.“I was proud of them today,” SU forward C.J. Fair said of the freshmen. “Tyler was confident and that was good for us.” Comments Published on December 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more