Lee Dixon slams Arsenal team who are ‘not good enough’ to succeed Arteta has struggled to maintain consistency as Arsenal boss (Picture: Getty Images)Lee Dixon says Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta can change the culture of the club, but doubts he will be given enough money to rebuild the squad.The Spaniard has endured a mixed start to his life as Gunners boss, with just six wins in his first 13 matches in charge. Arsenal secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Monday night, beating Portsmouth 2-0 at Fratton Park. But former England defender Lee Dixon admits fans may not see the results of Arteta’s work for a while. ADVERTISEMENTHe told the Handbrake Off podcast: ‘It’s about [implementing] a structure, a discipline, those traditions and values that playing for the Arsenal is all about.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think Arteta gets all of that, I believe in what he is doing since he’s been at the club, we’re seeing some of that come back in the team and in training. Arteta will be desperate to keep hold of Aubameyang (Picture: Getty Images)‘Over a period of the next 18 months or so I believe those values will be reinforced.’Dixon believes the 37-year-old’s success will mostly depend on the board backing him in the transfer market. He added: ‘The difficult bit next is the recruitment, the team is blatantly not good enough in lots of departments.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‘That’s [on] Arteta putting his requests over to the executive committee and then the board, and getting the players that he wants.‘Is the money available to do that? I would suggest not.‘That’s why it’s such a big job for him because we’re all looking at him going ‘who are you going to sign?” Metro Sport ReporterFriday 6 Mar 2020 8:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link544Shares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke needs to back Arteta according to Dixon (Picture: Getty Images)Arteta will also be sweating on the future of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has just 18 months left on his contract.The Gunners manager admitted that the club will sit down and discuss if the Gabon international plans on staying in north London beyond the summer. MORE: Mikel Arteta drops Pablo Mari selection hint ahead of Arsenal vs West HamMORE: Arsenal issue worrying Lucas Torreira injury updateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.
Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter MOVE THEY COULD MAKEEvery pitcher mentioned so far is a right-hander. Lefty Ryan Buchter was non-tendered by the Oakland A’s, after posting a 2.98 ERA in 64 games. Although the new three-batter rule will make it more difficult for pitchers like him to be used as situational lefties, Buchter has held righties to a .210 average, along with .187 against lefties. He also has a career average of 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, which is just what the Angels like to see.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros As the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 12, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. This week, the bullpen. (Previously: the rotation):2019 RECAPThe Angels’ bullpen was a strength at times in 2019, but the failure of the starters to get deep in games – or Manager Brad Ausmus’ reluctance to let them try – forced the bullpen to handle a heavy workload. Cody Allen began the season as the closer and struggled so much that he was released in June. Hansel Robles emerged to become the closer and the Angels’ best overall pitcher, posting a 2.48 ERA. Ty Buttrey had a 2.45 ERA in late June, but it ballooned to 6.93 the rest of the season. He insisted it was just a mechanical issue, and not fatigue. Cam Bedrosian tweaked his slider and was consistently effective all season. They also got solid work out of Noé Ramírez, who had 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. One of the most disappointing performances came from Justin Anderson, who looked to be a potential back-end reliever in 2018, but regressed to a 5.55 ERA.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWThe Angels’ best hope for improvement might be Keynan Middleton, who missed almost all of 2019 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. When he returned, Middleton gave up one run in 7-2/3 innings, showing an improved changeup that could become a key pitch for him. Assuming Middleton can pitch the way he did before surgery, he could be a part of a dominating late-inning trio, with Robles and Buttrey. Bedrosian could also be in the mix. Noé Ramírez will be back with the potential to fill a key multi-inning relief role. After that, the Angels have Anderson, Mike Mayers (waiver claim from Cardinals) and non-roster invitee Neil Ramírez (free agent from Blue Jays) to compete for middle relief spots. Matt Andriese (trade from Diamondbacks) is coming to camp as a starter, but he’s been a reliever most of the past two years, so he is likely to be in the bullpen if he doesn’t crack the rotation.THE NEXT LAYERRight-hander Kyle Keller (trade from Marlins) has pitched just 10-2/3 innings so far in the majors, and he still has options, so he figures to be one of the relievers who move up and down, with a chance to stay in the majors if he pitches well. Luke Bard, Taylor Cole and Parker Markel (trade from Pirates) also have options, making them likely candidates for the Anaheim-Salt Lake shuttle. Félix Peña, who was a reliever when the Angels acquired him, also could get some work in the bullpen if he doesn’t remain a starter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Mike D’Antoni saluted the “remarkable” James Harden after he inspired the Houston Rockets to a 119-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings with a 50-point triple-double.The reigning NBA MVP poured in 50 points, took 11 rebounds and laid on 10 assists in another strong display at the Toyota Center on Saturday. Harden now has five 50-point triple-doubles in his career. The Kings led by 10 points in the second quarter and held a slender advantage going into the last, but the Rockets earned a fourth win in five matches.”They made a run, which we knew they were going to have in them,” Harden said. “But I just tried to be aggressive, whether it was making an assist or getting to the basket or shooting my shot. That was it.” Rockets’ Chris Paul weighs in on MVP race between James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo 8-0 run to start the second half! pic.twitter.com/EyBgkfpVEM— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 30, 2019″It’s remarkable what he does, and he does it every night,” D’Antoni said. “I keep thinking, ‘Gosh, can he do this every game?’ And then he does it for three years.” Related News Coach D’Antoni praised Harden’s astonishing consistency for the playoff-bound Rockets.