David Luiz reveals what shocked him about Gabriel Martinelli after first training session at Arsenal

first_imgGabriel Martinelli has impressed in his debut season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star David Luiz has revealed he was blown away by Gabriel Martinelli after his first training session with the Gunners.The defender arrived at the Emirates on deadline day last summer when the Gunners snapped him up from Chelsea in an £8million deal.Martinelli signed for the club earlier that summer after Arsenal won the race to sign the Brazilian wonderkid from Ituano.Despite being compatriots, Luiz said he knew little about Martinelli before the pair trained with one another.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, he was left in no doubt about the striker’s quality after seeing him up close. David Luiz was speaking to Ian Wright (Picture: Youtube)‘No, I didn’t know him to be honest no,’ Luiz told Ian Wright.‘I heard some things about a little boy in Ituano because i know Juninho Paulista and he’s from his club.‘After that i say okay. When i saw him I say ‘woah’.‘Not just as the talent as a footballer but his mentality. He wants to improve, he wants to learn. he knows he has the opportunity of his life. ‘He wants to change his status, he wants to be part of the team, part of the lcub. This is very important for players today.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 CityLuiz’s move to Arsenal was motivated by the fact that he’d worked with Unai Emery before at Paris Saint-Germain.However, the pair didn’t see eye-to-eye at the Emirates and Luiz’s form has improved considerably since Mikel Arteta’s arrival.The Gunners are likely to trigger a one-year extension clause in Luiz’s contract to keep him at the club for a further 12 months.MORE: Manchester United ready to hijack Arsenal’s move for Dayot Upamecano Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Apr 2020 10:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link113Shares David Luiz reveals what shocked him about Gabriel Martinelli after first training session at Arsenal Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

William E. (Bill) Holzer, 88

first_imgHis children announce the passing of William E. (Bill) Holzer, born in the St. Magdalene community near New Marion on January 24, 1930 the son of Clem and Josephine Kieffer Holzer. He passed away June 23rd in Yuma, Arizona after a lengthy and brave battle with cancer.Bill is preceded in death by wives Lois (Kelley) Holzer and Betty (Stickelman) Holzer. He’s survived by his children: Terry Guernsey & Karen Lally, Jerry & Carolyn Guernsey, William Anthony (Tony) & Candy Holzer, Robert & Peggy Holzer, Donna Holzer Durbin & Steve Durbin, David & Donna Holzer and Steve Holzer, as well as Betty’s daughters Patricia Morrow and Johnetta Huesman. His surviving siblings are sister Mary (Holzer) Roll and brother William Anthony (Tony) Holzer. Additionally, he is survived by a total of 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.Bill served proudly in the Korean War. He was a civilian gunner for the United States Army at Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana, before transferring to Yuma Proving Ground at Yuma, Arizona in December 1972. He worked there until his retirement in 1990. Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He attended both St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and later, St. John Neumann Parish in the Foothills.According to his wishes, on Saturday, June 30 there will be a viewing at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles beginning at 9am followed by Rosary services at 10:20am. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11am at St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood. Bill will be cremated and his remains buried beside his wife, Lois. Friends are welcome to join his family in a graveside service at Saint Magdalene Catholic Cemetery in Madison on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10am. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Versailles American Legion. In lieu of flowers, his children ask that donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or the St. Magdalene Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

This is the man who can win Chelsea the Champions League this season

first_img 3 “It would be 0-0,” says the player, laughing, when we ask how he thinks he would get on in a Champions League game alongside ten clones. “I would not score a lot of goals. But I have played in nearly every position. When I was young, I started as a striker; afterwards, I played on both wings and even in midfield with the under-19s for the national team. So I’ve played more or less everywhere, but I’ve always tried to improve in every position to be a better player.”Always learningWith Serbian Branislav Ivanovic occupying the right-back berth at Chelsea, the right-footed Azpilicueta found himself playing on the opposite flank – and performing well enough to displace longstanding incumbent Ashley Cole. “I tried to learn from him in every training session,” says Azpilicueta of Cole. “The same with Ivanovic as well – I try to learn from everybody.”The signing of left-back Filipe Luis provides him with another player to learn from, but also a threat to his place – although the Brazilian didn’t start a league game until Azpilicueta had to serve a suspension for getting sent off against Crystal Palace. It was the first straight red card of his career, and only the second dismissal for a player who, as a defender, picks up surprisingly few bookings (just two last season, in 45 appearances for club and country).Azpilicueta insists the presence of the £15.8m signing isn’t troubling him, though. “My job is not to think about this,” he says. “It is to work and to be available for the manager. I have played against Filipe Luis before, and he is a very good player. So now we are a stronger team.”The team has been strengthened with other new signings, two of whom – Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas – are familiar to Azpilicueta from a tough summer with the national team. “It was the end of an era in which they won everything,” he says of his first major tournament experience with Spain, who crashed out in the group stages of the World Cup. “It didn’t work, but not a lot of players can say they have experienced playing in a World Cup. We expected to go further, but sometimes in football you get beat. You have to accept this.”Despite their travails in Brazil, both Costa and Fabregas have hit the ground running in west London. “I knew they were good additions to the team,” says Azpilicueta. “They’re getting very good goals and assists and making the team play better. “Costa is a strong player. He holds the ball, he can shoot with the right foot and the left foot. I think he is a complete player who can make the difference at any moment. You cannot give him any space.”Century cityAzpilicueta reached 100 games for Chelsea in the London derby against Arsenal recently, but feels he still has a lot to learn. “You see the dressing room, the names we have – a lot of them have won the Champions League; they have played important games,” he explains. “I’m trying to learn from them, and to play as many important games as possible.”He cites the positive influence that the return of Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba has had on the dressing room, but saves his highest praise for Mourinho. “He has changed everything, I think,” he smiles. “The first year was difficult, but now we have the stability he brings. He’s one of the best, and I think both as a club and as a team we are improving. I think we go step by step, though, game by game. It’s a long way until May.” 3 3 Cesar Azpilicueta This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad edition from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukWhen Cesar Azpilicueta joined Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2012, he quickly struck up a close friendship with the other Spaniards at the club: Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Oriol Romeu. “We were close,” he says. “We were always together, but football is like this – you cannot keep thinking about what you had before.”The defender is the only one of the four still at the club – Romeu and Torres are out on loan, while Mata was sold to Manchester United in January. For a time, it looked like Azpilicueta might be in the same boat: the full-back didn’t start a league game until the October of Jose Mourinho’s first season back at Stamford Bridge. Now, however, the man the Chelsea fans call ‘Dave’ is an integral part of a squad that remains unbeaten and top of the Premier League.“Azpilicueta is the kind of player I like a lot,” said Mourinho ahead of a Champions League tie in February. “I think a team with 11 Azpilicuetas could probably win the competition, because football is not just about the pure talent. Football is also about character and personality, and Azpilicueta has all those traces of a winning personality.”last_img read more