Aubameyang close to signing new three-year Arsenal deal

first_imgArsenal skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is almost set to sign a new contract that is expected to take him to another three-year journey with the FA Cup winners. The new contract that Arsenal have offered will run until 2023, covering final 12 months on the existing deal and extending it by further two years According to the Telegraph Sport, talks have advanced to the stage where Arsenal are now drawing up the final proposal for Aubameyang to sign, following a positive round of talks in which verbal promises were made. As long as Aubameyang, his representatives and his lawyers do not find any problems in the contract or differences from what has been discussed, then it is expected he will sign the contract and commit himself to the Emirates. The new contract that Arsenal have offered would run until 2023, covering the final 12 months he has on his existing deal and extending it by a further two years. It is likely to be worth in excess of £250,000 a week and include lucrative bonuses. While the £350,000 a week earned by Mesut Ozil has again come under scrutiny following Arsenal’s decision to make 55 redundancies of club staff, there have been widespread calls for the Gunners to find an agreement with their star man Aubameyang. Other than being offered a pay rise, Aubameyang has also received encouragement that Arteta will be allowed to strengthen his squad sufficiently this summer to try to challenge for a top-four place next season. Willian is expected to join on a free transfer from Chelsea, having been offered a three-year contract with the option of a further 12 months, while Arsenal are also tracking Lille central defender Gabriel Margalhaes and want a central midfielder, having already enquired about Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. Philippe Coutinho has been offered to Arsenal, who are not currently pursuing a deal for the Barcelona midfielder but it remains to be seen whether or not they show interest later in the window with the Spanish club hoping to offload him. read also:Aubameyang offered £300,000-a-week Arteta will undoubtedly have to sell players to help finance the incoming business he wants to do and Hector Bellerin could be a surprise departure if Arsenal receive a bid for the right-back. Bellerin is believed to be keen on the prospect of a new challenge, having spent nine years at the club after joining from Barcelona. The scout who helped to bring him to England, Francis Cagigao, is the most high-profile of Arsenal’s redundancies. Alexandre Lacazette is another first-team player Arsenal may listen to offers for, while out-of-favour midfielder Matteo Guendouzi can leave. Questions have been raised over whether or not Arsenal should be spending money in the transfer market while making redundancies and there has been surprise among the squad over the announcement. Some club employees have also questioned why director Josh Kroenke, who is largely responsible for the running of the club, did not make sure he was in the country when the announcement was made to deal with the anticipated fallout. Arsenal players believed that they were helping to protect the jobs of club staff by agreeing to take a 12.5 percent pay cut during the coronavirus lockdown. Those players will get some of that money back, with the cut dropping to 7.5 percent for qualifying for the Europa League, and there is a disappointment that winning the FA Cup did not help to protect jobs. The club believes they would have been forced to make more redundancies had the players not taken a wage cut and also hope they will now be able to deal with any further financial impact that could follow as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animecenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Hard-shooting Walters provides rare skill set in practice, occasionally in man-up situations

first_img Published on April 17, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Before each one of Matt Walters’ high school games, his coaches would make sure the team trainer had a defibrillator on hand.It was more as a precaution rather than a necessity — they had to make sure that if one of Walters’ shots hit someone, that that player could survive.“As coaches, we didn’t want anyone to get hurt,” said Mark Petrone, an assistant coach at The Haverford (Pa.) School where Walters attended.“His shot is vicious.”Members of the Syracuse roster have confirmed that Walters has the fastest shot on the team. Now a junior, he’s used scarcely and when he does, it’s in man-up situations. But he possesses a rare gift that the team always has in its back pocket — even with Walters struggling to learn plays — and helps the Orange prepare for hard shooters in practice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis shot partly stems from technique. Partly from his build. And other factors that he can’t pinpoint, or explain.“It’s something I’ve had since I was a little kid,” Walters said. “It’s weird. I don’t know what it is. Like I literally don’t know. I have no idea.”Walters may not know how or why he has that gift.It could be the hours he spent shooting on the Haverford School field without pause. It could be from his shooting motion that takes force from both his arms, rather than just the top one. It could just be his strong and bulky frame.It could be a mixture of it all, he doesn’t know. But what it has provided to the Orange extends past what his limited statistics show.“It helps,” senior goalie Dominic Lamolinara said. “It’s definitely easier when you’ve got that kind of speed. If you can save Walters’ shot, you can save any opponent that we have. It definitely gets us prepared.”In practice, Walters will wear a pinny with the number of the player on the opposing team that he’s simulating. And when he steps out to take the field, he has a presence.If he winds up to take a shot, all of the players in front of the goal dive to the ground to protect themselves. His shots pace more than 100 miles per hour when he gets a full swing, and 80 off a quick release.“Any time he hit the pipe it sounded like a car accident,” Petrone said. “I’m a good 20 yards away, but when he hits the pipe, you kind of duck. It was that devastating.”But even with one of the quickest shots in college lacrosse, Walters has barely had the chance to showcase it. He’s played in just five games this season, and tallied just one goal.He led the team with six man-up goals last season, but has been less of a factor during games in 2014.SU head coach John Desko said Walters provides value to the team, but he’s not ready to put him in the rotation.“Scout groups are really important for us,” Desko said. “… If he learned the plays a little better, he’d probably get out there quicker.”Walters has the ability to instill fear in his opponents. It’s a reality that he accepts modestly, but is also a source of pride.Whether those opponents are on the team Syracuse is playing or playing against his scout team in practice, is something that Walters said he’s not overly concerned with.With a shot as fast as his, there’s value in his presence whether or not he gets in the game.“My role on my team is to do whatever I’m asked to do,” Walters said. “No matter what it is.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more