Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta wants David Luiz to remain at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I think he says he wants a two-year deal as well. It’s a massive decision Arsenal have got to make. If I was Arsenal I would be saying no. ‘He’s had some good games when I’ve been over there at the Emirates at certain times, but for me he makes too many mistakes at wrong times in games and he doesn’t learn from it.‘As I said when he signed he will make mistakes and he will cost you at times but that’s why they brought him in to give them that bit of experience. I’ve heard he’s a great lad around the dressing room.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 Arsenal‘He’s a fantastic leader and his career has been excellent. You look at the medals he’s won, Champions Leagues. He’s been very successful in England. I just think it’s time for Arsenal to say no.‘That’s not the road we want to go down, we need to improve, even if you bring in some more youngsters or try and bring a centre-half in. Defending is an art and you’ve got to learn it from a young age.’MORE: Justin Kluivert hopes Henrikh Mkhitaryan will stay at Roma amid Arsenal swap deal speculationMORE: Mikel Arteta praises ‘extraordinary’ Eddie Nketiah after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Jun 2020 8:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link125Shares Advertisement Arsenal legend Ray Parlour disagrees with Mikel Arteta over David Luiz David Luiz may have played his last game for Arsenal following his red card against Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta is making a mistake by championing David Luiz and urging the board to extend the error-prone defender’s contract, according to Arsenal legend Ray Parlour.Luiz’s contract expires at the end of the month and with an agreement still to be agreed over an extension, the Brazilian could well have played his last game for the club following a disastrous performance against Manchester City on Wednesday night.After he was introduced as an early replacement for the injured Pablo Mari, Luiz was at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal and was awarded his second red card of the campaign for a professional foul on Riyad Mahrez which led to Kevin de Bruyne’s successful penalty conversion. AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta stood by the former Chelsea star after the match and was effusive in his praise of his most experienced player. Luiz’s agent Kia Joorabchian, meanwhile, insists Luiz’s future will be sorted this week but Parlour is adamant it is time for Arsenal to cut their ties with a player who has already stated he wants to return to Benfica before he retires.ADVERTISEMENTHe told talkSPORT: ‘His age is well against him. It depends on what sort of money he wants. I’m sure he’s on a very very good contract at Arsenal the way they got him in, so he’s not going to get less money.
The No. 3 USC women’s water polo team (21-3, 4-2 MPSF) heads to Tempe, Arizona, this weekend to begin postseason play in the MPSF conference tournament. Up first in the conference tournament for third-seeded USC is No. 6 seed San Jose State.The Women of Troy are coming off a huge 9-5 loss to UCLA on April 18. Not too often has USC lost by such a large deficit this late in the season, especially with a 5-4 score going into the fourth quarter.Head coach Jovan Vavic felt good about his team at that point.“We were fighting to get back,” Vavic said. “We were down 4-1, and I felt the momentum was in our favor. With being down 4-1 and being in their pool, it looked like we were done. I thought we did a great job to score two goals in the third, making it a one goal game going into the fourth quarter. I felt we were in really good shape. I felt that this is where we wanted to be, a close game in the fourth quarter.”But as Vavic explained, the tide turned very quickly for USC.“What happened really was that when we had our chance in the first possession of the fourth quarter, we didn’t score the goal. We gave up an immediate goal, and the counterattack that happened after that possession really was huge for UCLA. It was really a killer because we gave up that goal immediately, and it kind of took the wind out of our sails after they scored that. And then the very next possession, same thing happened again. It really hurt us. They basically had a 7-4 lead with six minutes to go.”Now the Women of Troy have to switch gears from regular season play to the conference tournament. And even after coming off a loss, they are still staying positive, knowing that there is a lot more water polo to be played.“[We are staying positive by] just knowing that the season isn’t over. We still have six games to really make it happen, and dwelling on something like that isn’t gonna help us,” said senior Eike Daube.Right now, the only team that the Women of Troy are dwelling on is San Jose State. USC beat the Spartans earlier this year at home in a 21-6 blowout. One would think it would be a similar result this time around, but last year USC lost in the first round to what many thought was an inferior Arizona State team. According to Daube, the Women of Troy have no plans to incur the same result this year.“ASU beating us last year was probably one of the toughest losses we took last year,” Daube said. “I think we underestimated them in a lot of regards, and when we went into the game we weren’t having the same energy and approach to them as we would maybe UCLA or Stanford, but that’s something that we don’t plan on doing with [San Jose State]. I think we take every game very seriously.”USC, without a doubt, has the capability of beating the Spartans, but to win the tournament they’ll most likely have to face both UCLA and Stanford. USC played close games against both teams until running out of gas near the end. Freshman goalie Victória Chamorro said this is a pattern that the team will have to eliminate.“Towards the end, we are not as energetic as we are at the beginning, but that’s something that we are working to fix,” Chamorro said. “We are not going to be giving a lack of energy in these next games.”If the conference tournament and a possible NCAA berth isn’t enough motivation, however, the Women of Troy will want to prove that they can beat their crosstown rival.Daube said the team will be back to get even with UCLA.“No one can take a loss very easy, and knowing that that’s our biggest rival, I think if you look back at it we’ve lost four consecutive games against them from last year going into this year, so I think it’s definitely time that we show them what we’re made of,” he said.
Roberts offered that Hill’s fiery nature on the mound might be getting in his way, causing him to focus too much on “some grounders that had eyes” in the first innings rather than moving to the next pitch. Honeycutt explained that Hill has had to fight a number of things since spring training (including his recurring blister problem) that have prevented him from getting “on a regular roll.”“We’ve seen good innings then bad innings,” Honeycutt said. “So it’s there. It’s just the consistency part.”The second inning was another bad inning. Hill gave up an RBI double to Jose Ramirez and a 414-foot home run to Encarnacion.He did make it through two more uneventful innings but his pitch count was at 93 as he took the mound for the fifth inning. The Dodgers had closed to within a run by then thanks to Cody Bellinger’s 18th home run of the season in the fourth inning then back-to-back doubles by Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig plus a two-run home run by Chris Taylor in the fifth.That was the high point of the afternoon for the Dodgers.With Kenta Maeda no longer a long reliever – he will start Sunday in order to give the rest of the rotation an extra day’s rest – Roberts sent Hill back out for the fifth. He walked the first batter he faced and gave up a single to Carlos Santana before Ross Stripling replaced Hill. Lonnie Chisenhall launched Stripling’s second pitch into the right field seats for a three-run home run. The Indians added three more in the sixth to break the game open.“I think his value and any top-end starter is to give you a chance to win , No. 1, but also take care of the ’pen on days that he starts. He’s clearly aware of that,” Roberts said of Hill’s failure Thursday.“For us to win a championship, he’s got to be good and be in the rotation. But obviously he knows he’s got to get better and he’s trying.” Acquired at the trade deadline last season in a deal that cost the Dodgers three top pitching prospects and re-signed to a three-year, $48 million contract this past winter, the Dodgers envisioned Hill being a dominant starter to pair with Clayton Kershaw. They have seen only flashes of that – and none of it this season.The seven runs charged to Hill are the most he has allowed in a game since June 30, 2009 for the Baltimore Orioles (when he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings) and raised his ERA through eight starts this season to 5.14 with an unsightly 1.69 WHIP bloated by 23 walks and four hit batters in only 35 innings. He has yet to throw a pitch in the sixth inning of a game this season – despite throwing more pitches Thursday (105) than he has in a start since May 2016.“There are no excuses,” Hill said, hitting himself harder than the Indians did during a three-run first inning that featured three consecutive ground ball singles, a hit batter, a bases-loaded walk and an infield single. “At the end of the day, when you stink, you stink and I’m not making any excuses for that.“Results obviously need to be better, at the end of the day – striking the curveball better, sequences, getting ahead with the curveball, being able to actually have that work for you would be huge for me. I’m missing a little bit on that right now. Other than that, I don’t think it has anything to do with mechanics. I don’t think it has anything to do with anything physically. I don’t think it’s anything mentally. It’s just about going out there and making better pitches. That’s it.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt were much less effective in trying to explain Hill’s struggles this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CLEVELAND >> After giving up seven runs in the Dodgers’ 12-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday afternoon, Rich Hill dismissed physical issues, mechanical problems in his delivery and a lack of focus or composure as being responsible for his season-long struggles.So what is the problem?“Sucking,” Hill said, his normally affable personality replaced by disgust and disappointment with the latest in a string of starts that have fallen far short of his and the Dodgers’ expectations.“I mean, that’s really it. At the end of the day, that’s what it is.”