In winning CJ III soccer crown, Matawan girls made a difference

first_img Matawan Nothing can beat being the first at something. Just ask the Matawan High School girls soccer team that captured the program’s first-ever state sectional title.“We were the first ones to make a difference,” said forward Rebecca Labinger. “We did it with teamwork and heart. We’re a very close team.”Labinger scored the lone goal of the game on Nov. 10 when the Huskies edged Freehold Borough, 1-0, in Freehold to win the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III state sectional title, the program’s first success at the state level.Amanda Carmichael delivered a through ball that bounced over a Colonial defender and found its way onto Labinger’s foot.“I saw the ball coming and saw the [Freehold] defender was going to miss it,” she said. “I settled the ball and just hit it and hoped it went in.”It did, and the Huskies had a 1- 0 lead in the 25th minute.“That [Labinger’s goal] was huge for us,” said Matawan head coach Ken McCabe. “It gave us confidence.”Confidence is something that grew for the Huskies with each state playoff victory.It began with a 1-0 win over Hamilton in the first round on Krista Conzo’s firsthalf goal. In the quarterfinals, the Huskies’ Ashley Beccia tied the match with Nottingham at 1-1 in the second half. Neither team scored again in regulation or overtime, and it went to a penalty kick shootout, which Matawan won, 3-2.In the semifinals, the Huskies trailed Ocean Township 1-0 at the half but scored three times in the second half to advance to their first-ever sectional final. Conzo scored twice and Labinger notched the other. Both Conzo and Labinger had assists, as did Lisa Pabon. It was now on to Freehold for the final, where the upstarts were facing one of CJ Group III’s powerhouses. The Colonials were playing in their fourth sectional final in the last six years, having won three straight from 2006-08.It was a tall task, but the Colonials were facing a very motivated Husky team with seven seniors who wanted to do something special before they graduated.McCabe said he had a talk with his club prior to the start of the state tournament, putting everything in perspective for the girls.“I told them they’ve had a good season,” he said. “I asked them how they wanted to be remembered: as a team that had a good season, or one that would be remembered forever. They will be remembered forever.”Before the Huskies would become Matawan’s forever team, they had to hold off a spirited Colonial effort in the second half. They were not going to go out quietly on their home pitch.“I knew they would pressure us the second half,” said McCabe. “We did a good job of keeping the ball deep in their zone.”Keeper Karen David was a difference maker with her aggressiveness playing corner kicks and restarts.When the horn sounded to end the game, a huge celebration followed with a large contingent of Matawan students and parents joining the celebration.“This is great for Matawan soccer and the community,” said McCabe.The Huskies still had one game to play, against Moorestown in the Group III semifinal Nov. 15 at Toms River North High School. The Huskies’ (13-8-1) unforgettable playoff run ended with a 1-0 loss to South Jersey champion Moorestown (16-4-2). It hardly diminished the indelible memories that the 2011 Huskies made for themselves, the school and the Matawan soccer community. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

When Tom Brady talks, the NFL listens⁠—and acts

first_imgMOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MISSING MANDetroit QB Matthew Stafford helped spring J.D. McKissic on a 44-yard reverse that set up a field goal in the Lions’ 27-24 win at Philadelphia.Stafford was supposed to block the defensive end but none was there because the Eagles had just 10 men on the field.“So, I just kept moving and found the next guy,” said Stafford, who shielded McKissic from three defenders on his way downfield.NICE CATCHEagles receiver Nelson Agholor is having fun with a fan who threw shade at him in a TV interview after saving children from a fire. Hakim Laws of West Philadelphia told reporters, “We was catching ’em .. unlike Agholor.”“Thank you for being a hero in the community, would like to invite you and your family to the next home game,” Agholor replied on Twitter as he shared the viral video of the man who couldn’t help but get in a dig about the receiver’s drops.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brady tried to make nice with the officials a day after complaining about all the flags, saying, “I’m very pro-ref.”The backtracking by one of the NFL’s biggest stars makes sense, because he relies on the officials to protect him when 300-pound defenders are bearing down on him in the pocket. Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan told The Miami Herald that a member of the officiating crew told him after a legal hit on Brady last week, “Stay off Tom .”On his weekly Westwood One interview that aired Monday night, Brady explained his initial criticism, saying, “I want to see tough, hard-nosed football. When I was watching the other night, I decided to turn it off because I didn’t feel like that’s what I was seeing.”The yellow flags were bringing another black eye to the NFL at a time when the Antonio Brown saga had consumed consumers’ attention while the league was trying to celebrate its 100th season.ANGRY BROWNOne of the NFL’s most prolific receivers for a decade, Brown was traded out of Pittsburgh and released in Oakland after wearing out his welcome in both cities. The Patriots signed him anyway, and just days later a former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of rape. He played in one game, then was released Friday after the team learned he tried to intimidate a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct.After thanking the Patriots for the opportunity and wishing them another Super Bowl win, Brown went on a Twitter rant on his first NFL Sunday without a team. He announced he was done for good with the league that exiled him and took shots at Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.ANGRY BELICHICKPatriots coach Bill Belichick drew criticism on social media for staring down CBS Sports reporter Dana Jacobson, who asked him before the Jets-Patriots game what was the final straw with Brown.“We’re focused on the Jets today,” Belichick replied, then stared at Jacobson for two seconds, ignoring her as she replied, “Thank you, Coach, thank you.” View comments FILE – Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots runs off the field after a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFPTom Brady has clout, and his indignation may have saved the NFL’s 100th season from being ruined by the refs even though he backtracked like he was avoiding Shaq Barrett.Yellow flags flew at an alarming rate over the first two weeks of the season, and Shawn Hochuli’s crew called 20 infractions Thursday night in the Titans-Jaguars game — starting on the very first play from scrimmage — that kicked off Week 3.ADVERTISEMENT By halftime, Brady was tweeting, “Too many penalties. Just let us play!!!” and then, “I’m turning off this game I can’t watch these ridiculous penalties anymore.”Analyst Troy Aikman noted Brady’s tweets on the game broadcast, saying, “Tom Brady is one of the least controversial people we have in our game. He is league royalty. When he makes a statement like that, that should get somebody’s attention.”It sure did.Al Riveron, the league’s senior vice president of officiating, held a conference call with referees Saturday, ESPN reported, and they were instructed to stick to the backside holding calls and allow more time for O-linemen to get their hands inside the frame of defenders on front-side and other blocks.The officials only flagged offensive holding 45 more times the rest of the weekend, an average of three a game, down from nearly six a game before Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT With 15 flags thrown in the first half, eight of them for offensive holding, Brady said he’d seen enough and was turning off the game.By the time the Bears bamboozled Case Keenum into five turnovers Monday night, officials were throwing half as many flags for offensive holding as they had been before the weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The NFL made backside offensive holding a point of emphasis this season, asking officials to flag what’s known as a “lobster block” where O-linemen wrap their arms around a defender when blocking on the backside of running plays.The officials went overboard, however, throwing flags for holding all over the field. They called 188 offensive holding penalties in the first 33 games, including 10 in the Titans-Jaguars game. 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Lakers guard Bradley out at least 1-2 weeks with leg fracture

first_imgONE: Ramon Gonzales win streak snapped as he falls to Chinese bet View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption FILE – D’Angelo Russell of the Golden State Warriors steals a pass in front of Avery Bradley of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on November 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLos Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley will miss at least the next one or two weeks of the NBA season with a hairline fracture in his right leg, the team announced Friday.The injury took place when he collided with San Antonio’s Dejounte Murray on November 3 and missed a game before returning to the lineup. He underwent an MRI exam Thursday that detected the break after initial x-rays had not.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Bradley, a 2016 NBA All-Defensive Team player, spent his first seven seasons with Boston before splitting the 2017-18 campaign between Detroit and the Los Angeles Clippers and last season between the Clippers and Memphis before signing with the Lakers in July.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw “An MRI last night revealed a hairline fracture in a non-weight bearing bone of Avery Bradley’s right leg (on the fibular head),” a Lakers statement said. “Bradley will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks and further medical updates will be provided at that time.”The 28-year-old guard has started 10 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 rebounds over 27.4 minutes a contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Western Conference-leading Lakers, 9-2 entering a Friday home game against Sacramento, also host Atlanta and Oklahoma City before visiting Oklahoma City next Friday.In the following week, the Lakers visit Memphis, San Antonio and New Orleans before playing host to Washington on November 29, the latest point at which Bradley’s leg would be re-evaluated.last_img read more

Star diver Young conned the ref- Keane

first_imgUnited manager David Moyes – who has already spoken to Young about diving this season – refused to criticise the England international this time, merely saying that the referee had made the decision.But ITV pundit Keane didn’t mince his words, saying: ‘You could say he’s obviously played for it.“Ashley Young has obviously gone down too much over the last few months, he’s been heavily criticised in England, but of course we’re playing in a foreign country and it’s almost more acceptable.“But I think he’s conned the referee there.”Moyes warned Young after a dive in a Barclays Premier League game against Crystal Palace earlier this season.But on Tuesday night the United manager said: ‘I have seen the replay. The boy tugs him in the box.Asked whether Young’s reputation now goes before him, Moyes again refused to get involved.“I don’t know about his reputation, but the referee is there and he gave it,” he added.“The referee made decisions all night. He’s the one who saw fit to award a penalty and send a player off.“I thought the referee made decisions and that was the referee’s choice.”Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli sent United midfielder Marouane Fellaini off in the last few minutes after a second booking. The Belgian will now miss United’s vital next game in the competition at Bayer Leverkusen.Moyes said: “I had better not comment on that decision.”Regarding the Young issue, another former United midfielder was also scathing.Ray Wilkins said: ‘This (dive) is pathetic. This is as bad for me as all these over the top tackles we’re getting at the moment because that is a conning of the referee.YOUNG’S DIVE LIST OF SHAMESEPTEMBER 14, 2013: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal PalaceYoung was booked for diving by referee Jon Moss, as he went down under a challenge from Kagisho Dikgacoi. Later in the game he won an extremely soft penalty and Dikgacoi was sent off.David Moyes said: “I don’t want my players diving. I’ll definitely tell Ashley that’s not what I want to see.”APRIL 15, 2012: Manchester United 4-0 Aston VillaAgainst his former club Aston Villa, Young hit the deck to win a penalty which gave United a two goal lead.Sir Alex Ferguson conceded that Young went down ‘quite easily’.APRIL 8, 2012: Manchester United 2-0 QPRYoung went down under barely any pressure from QPR’s Shaun Derry in the area. The defender was sent off and Wayne Rooney slotted home from the spot.After the game R’s chief Phil Beard tweeted: “Difficult to take after watching numerous replays but Ashley Young could partner Tom Daley at the Olympics.”OCTOBER 23, 2011: Manchester United 1-6 Manchester CityIn United’s 6-1 humbling in their own backyard by neighbours Manchester City, Young went down over a James Milner challenge, seemingly sticking out his leg to hit Milner and ensure there was some contact.Sadly he won a free kick.OCTOBER 12, 2010: England 0-0 MontenegroYoung was given a yellow card after tumbling theatrically over a challenge in the box during a goalless draw with Montenegro at Wembley. After the game Young insisted that he was fouled.He said: ‘I felt there was a foul beforehand in the first phase of play that didn’t get given and I just couldn’t do anything to get out of the way of the player coming in.“I thought it was a penalty but that’s the way things go. We didn’t get it and we’ve just got to get on with it.”-By Daily Mail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, November 6- Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane accused Ashley Young of cheating on Tuesday night as the England winger won a controversial penalty in his team’s scoreless Champions League game at Real Sociedad.Young went down under the briefest of contact from Sociedad defender Markel Bergara in the second half at Estadio de Anoeta to win a spot-kick that Robin van Persie crashed against the post.last_img read more

Former French official Barre is dead at 83

first_imgBy The Associated Press PARIS – Raymond Barre, a tough-speaking former French prime minister and economist who refused to bow to protesters or political alliances, died Saturday, his family said. He was 83. Barre died at Val de Grace hospital in Paris, family members said. An exact cause of death was not immediately available, but he was admitted to the hospital on April12 – his 83rd birthday – after suffering from heart problems in Monaco, where he was to give a speech on world finance. Barre was prime minister of France from 1976 to 1981 during a 30-year political career that also included posts as vice president of the European Commission, French economics minister and mayor of Lyon. He made an unsuccessful run for president in 1988. Highly suspicious of the media and political alliances, Barre spoke sparingly in public and kept his circle of friends small. He never joined a political party, though he was linked to the center-right UDF. Barre is survived by his wife, Eva, and their two sons. Arrangements for Barre’s funeral were not immediately known. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Boost for Stoke! Star striker takes step closer to return from injury

first_img1 Stoke forward Bojan Star Stoke City striker Bojan is set to take a step closer towards a return to fitness, with the club confirming he will travel with the squad for their pre-season trip to Singapore.The Spanish forward, who sealed a surprise Britannia Stadium switch from Barcelona last summer, enjoyed a promising start to his first season in English football, before it was cut short in January when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in an FA Cup tie at Rochdale.But he returned for the start of Stoke’s pre-season training on Friday and assistant manager Mark Bowen has confirmed 24-year-old Bojan will travel to the Far East with the rest of the squad, although he will not be involved in any matches.“We didn’t really expect to see him on the first day, we thought it might be a week or ten days but he’s come in with a smile on his face and he’s looking a million dollars,” Bowen told the Stoke Sentinel.“You just have this thing at the back of your mind that you have to keep a lid on him because the expectations from us all – fans, media, staff, players – we can’t wait for him to come back.“We still have to protect him – and from himself at times, because he’d want to pull his boots and the red and white stripes on next Wednesday against Everton if he could.“You’ve just got to make sure that when he does come back, he’s back for good.“At this stage we have to be very careful of non-contact, even if people are accidentally bumping into him, but he’s getting there.”However, the Potters have suffered a blow to their pre-season preparation, with left-back Erik Pieters not available to travel to the Barclays Asia Trophy, which also features Everton, Arsenal and the Singapore Select XI, as he continues his rehabilitation following groin surgery this summer.Stoke will play Everton in their tournament opener on July 15 before meeting either Arsenal or the Singapore Select XI three days later.But Dutch defender Pieters, 26, will stay in the Potteries with the club’s medical staff in the hope of being ready for the Premier League opener at home to Liverpool on August 9.“I had surgery during the holidays and now I’m building my fitness back up,” Pieters told Stoke City Player.“I spoke with everyone here and we think the best choice is to stay back and let the boys focus on what’s happening over there.“Of course I will miss them but I think the best way is to stay here to try and get fitter with my own work.“This is now my fourth week and it’s around a six-week process.“I’m on schedule and everything feels good, it’s now time for me to push on.”last_img read more


first_imgSATURDAY: American Association of University Women will sponsor a Brighter Horizons Conference, 8 a.m., California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 991-5055. Journalism Day community conference, 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. Cost: $15. Call (805) 378-1431. Deepak Chopra’s Soul of Healing, 10 a.m.-noon, Whole Foods market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 260-2377, Ext. 210. Beekeepers and Bees presentation, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Soka University, 26800 West Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Free. Call (818) 878-3741. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Horse Play,” 1-2:30 p.m., Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Free with museum admission. Call (323) 667-2000. The Centennial Guild will host a fundraiser to benefit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, 5:30 p.m., Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Call (818) 865-8912. Chinese New Year celebration, 6-8:30 p.m., Grand Salon, University Student Union, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. “Sunjata,” 7 p.m., Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: $22 for adults, $18 children under 12. Call (805) 449-2787. Volunteers will beautify the neighborhood around Piute Middle School, 8 a.m., 425 E. Avenue H-11, Lancaster. Family Pet Fair, 11 a.m., Whitnall Off-Leash Dog Park, 5801 Whitnall Highway, North Hollywood. last_img read more

Channel Island bald eagle, wild-hatched, takes flight

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates VENTURA – The first bald eagle known to have hatched naturally in the northern Channel Islands since the species was decimated a half-century ago by chemical contamination has taken its first flight, officials said. Though the flight was successful, the 3-month-old bird is staying close to its nest near its parents on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park spokeswoman Yvonne Menard said. The eagle chick will continue to be fed for at least a few more weeks before it begins to hunt fish on its own. Once the eagle is grown, it will find its own territory on the island. Eagle fans have watched the chick grow via a Web camera trained on the nest.last_img read more

Chelsea ‘confident’ of signing £30m Morata replacement in January

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Callum Wilson has scored nine times this season shining tense 2 2 Latest Premier League News no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The striker netted on his England debut against USA Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are the only two forwards at Maurizio Sarri’s disposal and neither man has been prolific in front of goal.Morata, who joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2017 has continuously struggled for form and confidence and has netted seven times this season.While Giroud has scored just once in the Premier League, although he has been more effective in the Europa League with four goals in five matches.Wilson is enjoying a brilliant season and his record of nine goals and five assists in just 17 appearances earned him a first call-up to the England side, and he netted in the 3-0 win against the United States. However, Cherries boss Eddie Howe is reluctant to discuss any such move for the player he brought in for £3m from Coventry City in 2014.“Callum is focusing on his football and we are not anticipating losing any players in January we don’t want to,” Howe said. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Chelsea are ‘confident’ of completing a January deal for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in a bid to bolster their misfiring attack.According to Express Sport, Chelsea would be happy to part with the £30m asking price to bring the 26-year-old to Stamford Bridge. gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? deals “He seems very happy, he has a spring in his step, he is buzzing around the training ground and there is a very good feel about him.”“The fee at the time was discussed as a lot of money but when you compare it to fees now it looks a snip, doesn’t it?” Howe added.Bournemouth are set to include Wilson in their side when they travel to face Wolverhampton Wanderers after he recovered from a hamstring injury.last_img read more

Emery the man to get talented winger back on track and fulfil his promise

first_imgPortuguese winger Gelson Martins hasn’t delivered on the big expectations his arrival at Atlético Madrid brought, but Unai Emery’s history of getting wayward players back on track suggests a move to Arsenal could yield positive results.As personal terms and negotiations with Chelsea for Álvaro Morata are wrapped up, Atlético Madrid are frantically looking to offload the couple of players they can spare from their stretched squad to clear up cash from a wage bill that leaves no room to manoeuvre. Rather, Simeone simply has to realistically face the pressure of making it to a Champions League final at his home stadium, as well as keeping pace with Barcelona in La Liga, and can’t afford to carry the growing pains of a player new to the country when a ready made La Liga forward like Morata is available.That doesn’t change the fanfare with which Martins’ arrival on a free transfer last summer was greeted.Bringing in a player who at 23 already had 140 games for Sporting under his belt (including double figures’ worth in Europe), not to mention one seen as a star of the future for the cost of zero was considered a major coup – especially when the likes of Arsenal were also sniffing around.In the months since, Martins has played sporadically, either on the wing or as a secondary forward, but has struggled to find his place in Simeone’s defence-first style that has a habit of stifling all but the most patient of attackers. BEST OF One of the two big candidates to move is 23-year-old Martins and it was no coincidence he, along with fellow exit-bound attacker Nikola Kalinic, dropped out of the matchday squad to play Huesca at the weekend, suffering conveniently timed niggles and complaints.Martins has found out the hard way that Diego Simeone can be exceptionally ruthless when a player fails to adapt to his style.Far more experienced and decorated forwards like Mario Mandžukić discovered as much early on in previous seasons, so Atleti’s willingness to let go of their summer signing – in all likelihood temporarily – shouldn’t be seen as any exaggeratedly great slight on the former Sporting man’s abilities. huge blow REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Martins is capable of doing his defensive duties as well as attacking. Ateltico boss Diego Simeone hasn’t quite got the best from Martins in LaLiga. 4 4 4 REVEALED RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade A loan move to Arsenal, where he would be coached by the still demanding but far more creatively-minded Emery, could well be the pick-me-up the Portugal international needs. Particularly when Emery has a habit of taking players going through difficult moments then turning them around with his combination of infectious passion and pinpoint-accurate analysis of how they can improve their game.Ever Banega found out as much at Sevilla. The Basque coach turned the midfielder around dramatically, taking him from someone cast aside as a wasted talent to the finished article as a playmaker with as sharp an eye for a killer pass as anyone in Spain.It was a similar story for Adil Rami, who Valencia couldn’t wait to get rid of, but Sevilla converted into a trophy-winning rock at the back. Fellow Europa League winner Nico Pareja’s story followed a similar trend.Could Martins be the next to benefit from the Emery magic? Atletico Madrid star Gelson Martins in action MONEY Considering Arsenal have been attempting to bring the player to the Emirates since last summer, there is no doubt their coach sees potential to be tapped.The Gunners are in the market for a winger, and with the goal of competing in multiple competitions meaning the games will come thick and fast in the coming months, regular match time will be on offer in his favoured forward positions to an extent that wasn’t possible in Madrid.It is easy to see how Martins’ combination of pace and dribbling ability could fit in well in the end-to-end world of the Premier League, too. And though he isn’t likely to be asked for the same extreme defensive commitment as is demanded by Simeone, the Portuguese is not a slacker, owing to his many formative years spent playing at full-back. Even Cholo has praised him for being “generous” this season. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Arsenal manager Unai Emery could turn things around for Martins. While Atleti are expected to favour a loan over a straight sale, the desperation of their situation may leave some room for any interested parties to manoeuvre.The Spaniards want the Morata deal tied up as soon as possible. in order to earn their new striker as much playing time as possible before the Champions League returns.In a market where attacking talent is king, Arsenal could certainly do worse than to seize the unique opportunity, and Gelson isn’t likely to get a better option than the Emirates and Emery either.last_img read more