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first_imgMikel Arteta has revealed he’s building Arsenal’s team around Bukayo Saka, and not slotting him in to fill a gap. The teenager assisted Alexandre Lacazette to score the only goal of the game in the first leg of the Gunners’ Europa League last-32 win over Olympiakos on Thursday. Saka’s strong performance came just days after he was named man of the match in the Gunners’ 4-0 win over Newcastle. The youngster was introduced to Arsenal’s first team as a left-back, filling in in place of the injured Kieran Tierney. But Saka has proven himself a threat up top, and Arteta has suggested he’s starting to play the Englishman where he’s most affective, not where he can fit in. “We try to put him in the position where we can surround him with the right players in the right areas,” said Arteta after Arsenal’s win over Olympiakos.Advertisement “He’s not a full-back. He has a lot of courage to make decisions in the final third… I’m very pleased with his performance.” On the result itself, the Spaniard added: “It’s a really good result. First of all to win away in Europe but to come to a ground like this and win, credit to the lads. “We suffered for the first 10 minutes, we gave the ball away too much and couldn’t get any continuity in our play. In the second half, apart from the set pieces, we controlled the game much better. “We could have put the tie in a better position. We had positions and chances where we’d expect the players to put the ball in the net. Read Also:Bukayo Saka: I’m enjoying myself at Arsenal, not concerned about contract talks “We’re going game-by-game. There are a lot of things we want to improve. I still see things that mean we can’t control the game and damage the opponent. But we are playing with a lot of commitment. We had three players with cramp, struggling at the end.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You Loading… last_img read more

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first_img Related Stories 2016 NCAA Tournament: Dayton beat writer breaks down what Syracuse fans should watch forSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 7 seed DaytonFormer SU Provost Eric Spina: ‘I have a new love and that’s Dayton’2016 NCAA Tournament: Beat writers hand out superlatives2016 NCAA Tournament: Beat writers fill out their own brackets Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonaticenter_img Do you remember the last time Syracuse played an NCAA Tournament game in St. Louis?I sure hope not. Syracuse has never played an NCAA Tournament game in St. Louis.Do you remember the last time Syracuse was named a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament?Second verse, same as the first. SU’s never been a No. 10 seed or a double-digit seeded team, for that matter. There’s a first time for everything.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played in the Midwest region?Syracuse last played in the Midwest region back in 2001. The fifth-seeded Orange beat 12th seeded Hawaii, 79-69, but were drubbed in the Round of 32 by fourth-seeded Kansas. Check out all of SU’s results from when it has played in the Midwest since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985:2001 (San Antonio, Texas)First Round — No. 5 SU beats No. 12 Hawaii, 79-69Second Round — No. 4 Kansas beats No. 5 SU, 87-582000 (Auburn Hills, Michigan)First Round — No. 4 SU beats No. 13 Samford, 79-65Second Round — No. 4 SU beats No. 5 Kentucky, 52-50Sweet 16 — No. 1 Michigan State beats No. 4 SU, 75-581995 (Kansas City, Missouri)First Round — No. 7 SU beats No. 10 Southern Illinois, 96-92Second Round — No. 2 Arkansas beats No. 7 SU, 96-941989 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)First Round — No. 2 SU beats No. 15 Bucknell, 104-81Second Round — No. 2 SU beats No. 10 Colorado State, 65-50Sweet 16 — No. 2 SU beats No. 3 Missouri, 83-80Elite 8 — No. 1 Illinois beats No. 2 SU, 89-86Do you remember the last time Jim Boeheim and Tom Izzo were placed in the same region?That would be 2005, also the same year T.J. Sorrentine went Steph Curry on the Orange and splashed a 3 “from the parking lot,” in the words of Gus Johnson, to sink the dagger in Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament appearance. Boeheim and Izzo never got a chance to face off and Michigan State rolled all the way to the Final Four, where the Spartans lost to North Carolina.Do you remember the last time Syracuse was placed in the same bracket with a No. 1 seed from its conference?You’d have to go back to 1985, the first time the tournament expanded to 64 teams. Syracuse was the No. 7 seed in the East bracket while Georgetown was tabbed as the No. 1 seed. The Orange beat future Big East foe DePaul in the first round of that tournament, but No. 2 seed Georgia Tech beat SU, 70-53. With Syracuse (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) set to face Dayton (25-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10) on Friday at 12:15 p.m., check out whether you remember some of Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament history. Do you remember the last time Syracuse played in the 7-10 matchup?Both times Syracuse has played in a game between the No. 7 and No. 10 seeds, it was the No. 7 seed. In 1995, Syracuse beat 10th-seeded Southern Illinois, 96-92. That season, Lawrence Moten scored 19.6 points per game and John Wallace scored 16.8. Wallace led the team with 8.2 rebounds per game. That team went 20-10 overall and finished 12-6 in Big East play.The Orange went on to lose in overtime to No. 2 seed Arkansas, 96-94, in the next round. SU played those games in Austin, Texas and were in the Midwest region, which was hosted by Kansas City, Missouri. Arkansas went to the NCAA championship game, which it lost 89-78 to UCLA.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played a No. 7 seed?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive years before Syracuse played No. 10 seed Southern Illinois in 1995, the Orange faced No. 7 seed Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Then the No. 2 seed in the Southeast regional, SU crushed 15th-seeded Coppin State, then slipped past UVA, 63-61, in the next round.That team also used a seven-man rotation and only five SU players scored against Virginia. Syracuse’s Derrick Coleman and Billy Owens combined for 35 points and 18 rebounds. Virginia’s Bryant Stith scored 30 points against the Orange. Syracuse lost in the next round to sixth-seeded Minnesota.SU is 1-1 against No. 7 seeds, having lost to Navy in the 1986 NCAA Tournament, when the Orange was pegged as a No. 2 seed.MORE COVERAGE:Dougherty: 1 of Syracuse’s defining characteristics will no longer be enoughSyracuse basketball roundtable: Dayton rematch, what SU needs to do to win and Trevor Cooney’s legacyBeat writers predict mixed outcomes for Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament matchup with Dayton 2016 NCAA Tournament: Play The Daily Orange’s bracket challengelast_img read more

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first_imgTwo seasons ago, Dele Alli was struggling with lowly division club – MK Dons, but his talent was not lost on the scouts of Premier League top club, Tottenham Hotspurs, and the British-born Nigerian did not disappoint. With 10 goals and nine assists in his debut season, 16 goals so far in his second season, it came as no surprise that Alli was last week crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year for the second time running. Already, European super power, Real Madrid are said to be on his trail. Is Alli  ripe enough to be a Galatico? Kunle Adewale reports“I sincerely believe in years to come, he will be a top prospect.” These were the words of John Fashanu concerning Dele Alli, but the 21-year-old did not have to wait long before taking the Premier League by storm since signing from League One, MK Dons in 2015, scoring 17 goals and providing nine assists in 32 league appearances for Spurs in his first season and 20 goals in all competitions in his second season. Alli is only the fourth player to win the award consecutively, and joins Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Robbie Fowler in that exclusive club.  Little wonder England legend, David Beckham said: “We’re lucky as a nation to have young talented players coming through, and he is without doubt one of the shining lights of these young players. He plays the game with certain arrogance, and it’s good to have that arrogance, because a lot of top players have that. He’s a joy to watch.“He’s a player that hopefully, if he works hard like he has been doing, and continues to play for the manager – Mauricio Pochettino, that he’s played for  because I think he’s a special manager, and he’s looking after him in the right way. He’s a special player. I hope he continues to get better week after week, because as an England fan, we want to see these players perform the way he’s performing.”Alli’s remarkable ascent had invited comparisons with some of the greats of the modern English game. With 30 goals in 90 appearances for Tottenham, he even has a superior record at his age than players like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney. But he isn’t a similar player to any of those names. In fact, he really defies categorisation.Beckham said: “He plays as a No. 10 but he doesn’t really get that many assists. He has five so far this season in the Premier League and it’s not really his game. He is all about popping up in the final third; he’s not a player who is going to be looking to drop deep, or play one-twos on the edge of the box.“He’s almost a nine-and-a-half, between a No. 10 and a traditional centre-forward. He isn’t like other players who take up positions between the lines: he isn’t a goal creator or an intricate player like Mesut Ozil or David Silva. He wants to gallop onto the ball and score.“He has arrogance about him and he is genuinely unique. You can’t compare him with anyone in the modern game. We haven’t seen this before. What allows Alli to play in this new way is the structure Tottenham have built around him. Pochettino is also key to everything, of course. He has trusted in a young player plucked from the third tier and has thrown him into the first team, refusing to farm him out on loan. It has given him the exposure he needed to shine.”Alli signed for Tottenham in January 2015 and was loaned back to MK Dons for the second half of the previous campaign, but he immediately caught the eye in pre-season when he outplayed Luka Modric in a pre-season friendly against Real Madrid.The youngster was not expected to immediately break into Spurs first-team but he has been a regular since his first start in Tottenham’s fourth Premier League game of the season – an away win at Sunderland.It took Alli just two games to score his first Premier League goal, coming in Spurs’ 1-1 draw away to Leicester City in August. He then became one of the youngest men to be called-up to the England squad.Against France at Wembley, Alli scored his first senior international goal on his first start – a sweet right-foot strike into the far corner from outside the box.With Real Madrid said to be interested, what would be the future of Alli at Tottenham? “You can always trust Real Madrid to go for any player that has a big future. Alli has a lot of potentials to be a big star in future. If he could achieve all these with just a season in the Premier League, that means he has a big future. But I think he should not be in a hurry to move to a big club like Madrid so as not to be consumed, considering the number of big boys in the fold of the Santiago Bernabeu side.“In spite of what Alli has achieved in his two seasons at Spurs, there are still a number of areas he still needs to improve upon. He is a raw talent and young. My candid opinion is that he should just play for two or more seasons for Tottenham and be properly molded before considering a big move,” former Nigerian international, Waidi Akani told THISDAY.Some football analysts have also argued that Alli’s joining Madrid is not logical as the team is overbooked in the number 10 position and are finding it difficult to fit James Rodriguez, Isco and Marco Asensio into the team as it is. That’s not to mention the fact when everyone is fit, a no.10 position simply doesn’t exist in Madrid’s 4-3-3 system. Would they sell James and/or Isco and replace them with a mega money player who’d equally demand regular first team football?Last year, Alli was offered a new contract that would keep him at the North London club until 2021 due to his splendid performance.“When I signed, I knew wanted to play for Spurs. I’ve played a few games and showed people what I can do. I’m 19, have a lot to learn and can’t think of a better place to do that,” he told the club website.It however remain to be seen if Alli would remain at White Hart Lane or would want to tow the line of notable Tottenham player earlier before him, Luca Modric and Gareth Bale, who could not resist the move to Santiago Bernabeu when the Galaticos came knocking.Born on April 11, 1996, to a Nigeria father, in Milton Keynes, Bamidele Jermaine Alli joined the youth system at Milton Keyness Don at aged 11 and broke into the first team five years later. Over the next two-and-a-half years, he made 74 league appearances for MK Dons, scoring 22 goals.On February 2, 2015, he signed for Tottenham Hotspur in the last hours of the mid-season transfer window on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an initial fee of £5 million, staying on loan at MK Dons for the remainder of the season.He however made his Tottenham debut against on August 8, 2015 against Manchester United in the Premier League as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat away at Old Trafford,  playing the last 13 minutesTwo weeks later, he scored his first goal for the club after coming on in the 1–1 draw against Leicester City.Alli has made several appearances at U17 and U18 levels for England. On August 27, 2014, He was called up to the England U19 squad following an impressive start to the campaign. He made his debut for England U19 in the 1–1 draw against Germany U19. In the game and assisted the opening goal for England.On October of last year, which ironically was Nigeria’s independence, he was included in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the final UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Estonia and Lithuania. His debut against the former on October 9, he came in as a late substitute in a 2–0 win. OnNovember 17, Alli made his first start for the England senior team, scoring a terrific opening goal from a long range shot to beat Spurs team-mate, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in a 2–0 win against France at Wembly Stadium.Alli was a Liverpool fan growing up, and Steven Gerrard was his childhood hero.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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