Aubameyang: Arsenal’s front three is like Liverpool’s

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes his budding partnership with Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe can be as productive for Arsenal as the fearsome front line pieced together by Liverpool.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have become one of the most consistent and devastating attacking tridents in world football.Arsenal are set to be charged with the task of trying to contain them on Saturday when Unai Emery’s side pay a Premier League visit to Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Gunners will, however, arrive on Merseyside posing plenty of threat themselves, with £72 million ($88m) club-record signing Pepe having added his considerable ability to the pot.“As we’ve seen from last season, Liverpool play with three up front and they play very well. Why not us? I think we can do it,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!“It will be a tough game against them. They are great players. They always try to go forward and try to get goals and assist each other. They are one of the best trios in the world.”The Gabon international added on Arsenal’s crop of frontmen and comparisons to Liverpool’s: “I see a lot of similarities.“Pepe and me, we are quick players like Mane and Salah, while Laca is a player who can keep the ball and is really good with his feet like Firmino. So yes, we can say we are close enough.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19Aubameyang has been the main man for Arsenal since arriving in English football, with a share of the Premier League Golden Boot secured last season alongside Salah and Mane.He has been a prolific presence at Emirates Stadium, netting 43 goals in just 67 appearances, but claims to be happy moving out of a central striking berth if required.“If asked, playing out wide is not a problem,” said the 30-year-old frontman.“I’ve played a lot of times on the right and the left during my career, so I am used to it.”On the challenges of playing out wide, he added: “You have to run a bit more! You have to provide a few more crosses for the guys in the middle.“It’s a bit of a different job. When you are a striker you have to keep hold of the ball and you have to score goals. When you are out wide you have to run and defend a bit more than if you are playing as a striker through the middle, but it’s not a problem.”Whether operating through the middle or down the flanks, Aubameyang is determined to take his game to even greater heights in 2019-20.He went on to say, having netted 31 times across all competitions last term: “My target this year is to get more goals than last season.“It was only my first full season so I can be happy because I shared the Golden Boot with Salah and Mane from Liverpool. It was a big challenge, but I did it and I’m really happy.“This season, first of all, hopefully we can reach our goal of qualifying for the Champions League and of course, personally yes, if I can get more goals than last season, I’d be happy.“Hopefully it’s going to be a good season for Arsenal.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

National Thowheed Jamaath member arrested at BIA

Rinaz had reportedly received training at the NTJ camp in Nuwara Eliya. A member of the National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today.The Police said that Ansar Mohamed Rinaz was arrested while he attempted to flee the country.

Wrestling No 6 Ohio State defeats No 21 Illinois and Northwestern on

Ohio State No. 2 senior Kollin Moore celebrates after defeating Michigan’s Jackson Striggow in the 197-pound bout by decision, 12-5. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) defeated No. 21 Illinois (2-6, 1-5 Big Ten) 23-14 on Friday, and defeated Northwestern (3-7, 1-4 Big Ten) 27-15 on Sunday.Ohio State seniors Myles Martin and Kollin Moore, the No. 1 wrestlers in the country at 184 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively, remained undefeated after their pair of matches over the weekend.Martin defeated Illinois redshirt senior Emery Parker, No. 4 wrestler in his class, by an 8-4 decision in a clash of two top 5 wrestlers.  Martin defeated Northwestern true freshman Brendan Devine via pin in 42 seconds.Moore defeated Illinois redshirt senior Andre Lee via pin, and beat Northwestern redshirt junior Zack Chakonis by technical fall 19-4.Martin and Moore gave Ohio State much needed bonus points without senior Joey McKenna,  the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, who missed both games with an undisclosed injury.Ohio State redshirt sophomore Hunter Lucas had two matches against ranked foes this weekend in  Illinois junior Travis Piotrowski and Northwestern redshirt sophomore Sebastian Rivera, the No. 11 and No. 1 at 125 pounds in the country, respectively.  Both defeated Lucas this weekend.Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan, the No. 3 wrestler in the  149-pound class, won in dominant fashion in both duels this weekend, improving his record on the season to 18-1.Jordan defeated Illinois junior Christian Kanzler by technical fall 27-12 and pinned Northwestern junior Shayne Oster in the first period.Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 18 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, won both of his bouts.Smith defeated Northwestern redshirt senior Johnny Sebastian, No. 16 in the country, by major decision 11-3. Smith won by decision 7-5 over Illinois redshirt junior Carver James, improving his record to 14-5 on the season.Ohio State redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes, the No. 7 wrestler in the 157-pound weight class, had two ranked foes to face this weekend splitting the matches with a 1-1 record.Hayes defeated Illinois redshirt junior Eric Barone, No. 8 in the country, 3-1 by decision in a tight match.  Northwestern redshirt sophomore Ryan Deakin, No. 3 in the country, defeated Hayes by major decision 8-0 to improve his record to 20-2 on the season.No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 1 Penn State at St. John Arena at 8:30 p.m. on Friday . read more