Wenger wants a line to be drawn

first_img Wenger believes it is a collective responsibility not to take complaints too far, and admits he often has to rein himself in, the latest coming on Wednesday night after berating Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen at half-time of Arsenal’s Champions League tie in Monaco where Alexis Sanchez had been cautioned for simulation. “With the team I don’t think we have had too much of that problem, we have never been reproached for doing it, but I question myself on my individual behaviour, that is true, because I am sometimes keen to as well,” said Wenger, whose side will be out to sustain their impressive Barclays Premier League form at Newcastle on Saturday. “We want everybody to be respected and the referees are part of everybody. “You want players to be ready to fight for each other. But how far has that to go in the behaviour? You have to draw a line somewhere, you cannot go after every decision of the referee. “You have to stop or you push the referees. How far can you go?” Wenger accepts managers must also show constraint on the touchline, rather than continually bend the ear of the fourth official. “Sometimes it helps you to get your frustration out, but I don’t think it is right, honestly. That doesn’t mean I don’t do it. I do,” he said. “I have looked back on the tape sometimes, and even sometimes at half-time I think (to myself) ‘come on, stop that, my friend’, and then I think in the second half I will not say a word to him any more.” Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has spoken of his concern over the “pretty scary increase” in such incidents, which have been highlighted recently in games such as when Chelsea’s players surrounded referee Bjorn Kuipers during their Champions League tie against Paris St Germain. At the end of last year, the FA wrote to clubs to remind them of their responsibilities, with some 16 having been charged by the governing body already this season for failing to control their players. Press Association While Wenger’s current Arsenal side are not high on the offenders list, that was not always the case when the French coach first arrived at Highbury in the late 1990s, and the likes of Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Martin Keown, Ian Wright and Tony Adams provided the backbone of the squad. “We have less physical players and more technical players than before, that is true,” said Wenger, who once had to face a running list of the red cards under his tenure. “We had the old guard from England who were more educated in the English style and ready for a fight every time. “The game has changed. It was more physical, more direct and more open to challenges. “Yes, the supporters like it, I like it as well, but at some stage you have to stop.” Arsenal head to Newcastle looking to keep up the pressure on second-placed Manchester City, whom they now trail by just a point following a run of eight wins from the last nine Premier League games. Wenger, though, admits to concerns over player burnout, with the likes of Sanchez having given so much in recent weeks. “Yes, he is a bit (fatigued). Also, because he is in a position where he has scored less, he is a bit wants to force his game and then he is more included in physical battles,” said Wenger. “Maybe his goalscoring is on his mind so he wants to do too much and he wants to force his game. “I am tempted at some stage (to give him a rest), I have been for a long time. “It is not that he won’t let me, I will decide that. “It is just that every game now is so important, you always have a hesitation to do it.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a line must be drawn over confronting referees – and that includes for himself. last_img read more

NFL seeks $2m from Cowboys owner Jones after clashes over Elliott and Goodell

first_imgThe NFL is exploring options to get more than $2m in reimbursement for legal fees from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over his threat to derail Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension, as well as court costs for running back Ezekiel Elliott’s fight to avoid a six-game suspension, said a person with knowledge of the situation.Many NFL owners were consulted on seeking restitution, including members of the finance committee, according to AP’s source. Some of the finance committee members are on the compensation committee that was at the center of what became a legal back-and-forth over Goodell’s deal.The attempt at restitution is rooted in a 1997 resolution that states owners can seek repayment for legal fees if a fellow owner is responsible for getting them involved in legal action. Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The Cowboys declined to comment on the owners’ actions.Jones’ attempt to derail Goodell’s extension, which came after Elliott was suspended over domestic violence allegations, led to a volley of threatening letters from lawyers for both sides.  After eventually relenting, Jones said after the owners meetings in December that he got what he wanted with an agreement to consider changes to the power of the commissioner’s role through the league’s constitution.  Jones denied that his attempt to scuttle the contract was tied to Elliott’s suspension, but made repeated references to Goodell’s power to punish players.With Jones and Goodell in the same room for a news conference after the December meetings, the commissioner said he didn’t take Jones’ objections to the extension personally. Goodell also denied assuring Jones that Elliott wouldn’t be suspended before announcing the punishment in August. Jones and the Cowboys were supportive of Elliott’s lawsuit, which was led by the players’ union and resulted in federal court hearings in three states over a span of two months. The suit eventually failed and Elliott served the suspension.  Share on WhatsApp US sports Read more NFL Topicscenter_img Dallas Cowboys Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share via Email Jones to reportedly sue NFL over Roger Goodell as storm continues for league news Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Dortmund leave Aubameyang out amid Arsenal talk

first_imgTransfers Dortmund leave Aubameyang out amid Arsenal links Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:15 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Auba - cropped Bongarts Transfers Arsenal Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang African All Stars The Gabon striker is expected to complete a move to the Premier League in the current transfer window and has been dropped for his current side Borussia Dortmund have left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the squad for their trip to Hertha Berlin, with sporting director Michael Zorc questioning the striker’s mentality amid reports he is close to joining Arsenal.Dortmund hit out at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman suggested the Gabon international would be a good fit at Emirates Stadium during his media conference on Thursday.Aubameyang has been strongly linked with a switch to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, but he is also reportedly a target for the Gunners as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who appears set to join Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Zorc labelled Wenger “disrespectful” for speaking about Aubameyang and confirmed ahead of Dortmund’s match against Hertha on Friday that the 28-year-old would not be included in Peter Stoger’s squad.”Auba trains in Dortmund,” Zorc told reporters. “We have the impression that ​Aubameyang is not 100 per cent mentally focused. It’s a difficult situation.”Auf geht’s nach Berlin! #BSCBVB pic.twitter.com/sNnGUC0bph— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 18, 2018Stoger stated earlier on Thursday that Aubameyang was in contention to feature against Hertha despite ongoing rumours about his future.”It’s clear that it [transfer speculation] is exciting for everyone, but it was really not an issue for us,” he said.”If he goes with us [to Berlin], of course he could play as well, but there is no guarantee for anyone.”Basically, he decides whether he qualifies for this team. I currently have the impression that everything is OK.”32 – Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed 32 big chances in the Bundesliga in 2017. Finish. #Opta2017 pic.twitter.com/lzkn7vn7YV— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 28, 2017Aubameyang was left out of Stoger’s squad for a 0-0 home draw with Wolfsburg last weekend after missing a team meeting.He was also temporarily suspended by the club earlier in the campaign due to disciplinary issues, his poor time-keeping reportedly the problem.Zorc previously said he does not feel that Aubameyang’s behaviour is an attempt to force a move away from Dortmund in the same vein as Ousmane Dembele, who went on strike ahead of his club-record switch to Barcelona.Despite an unsettled season, Aubameyang is BVB’s top goalscorer in the Bundesliga with 13 goals in 15 appearances.last_img read more