SportsNet - December 2012
According to reports from forzaitalianfootball.com, Arsenal could pursue a transfer for Juventus striker Alessandro Matri. Manager Arsene Wenger could seek a move for the 28-year-old to help revive a floundering attack.
A powerful and active forward, Matri is quick and instinctive in the box. He is more of a natural predator than current Gunners central striker Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal lack a composed finisher to complete their often neat and incisive approach play. Matri could offer those vital qualities.
However, he would represent a risk, having fallen out of favour with the reigning Serie A champions. He was the leading scorer for The Old Lady last season.
However, Matri has fallen behind the likes of Mirko Vucinic during this campaign. That could make him available for a winter transfer.
Wenger needs help in attack. Gervinho has struggled badly and will soon be lost to the Africa Cup of Nations. Also, neither Giroud nor Lukas Podolski have completely convinced in a central role.
With New Year’s Day fast approaching and 2013 just around the corner, all twenty clubs in the Premier League will be hoping for bigger and better results. Just what they need differs from team to team but every manager knows who or what they want.
And with a New Year, comes New Year’s resolutions. Welcome to Part Two.
Liverpool – I promise to spend the right amount of money on players and bring back the top-four reputation.
What will hurt most about Liverpool’s current demise is the fact that for two-thirds of the 2007/08 season, the Reds were keeping pace with leaders Manchester United at the top only to finish in second place by the end. Such was the surprise title-challenge from Liverpool, that many believed the 18-time champions would have another go the following year.
How wrong were they?
The Brooklyn Nets need a new permanent head coach after Avery Johnson’s dismissal. P.J. Carlesimo is a solid stop-gap but he’s more known for being on the receiving end of the most abusive coach-player relationship in league history and for flaming out as Durant and Westbrook’s first NBA head coach. But instead of whittling down the pros and cons of the prospective coaches, let’s take a trip back to Christmas morning for a little anecdotal truth.
Courtside during the Los Angeles Lakers’ Christmas clash with the New York Knicks, an interesting footnote in pop culture history was taking place as Chris Breezy and Rihanna were schmoozing courtside in public for the first time since Brown brutally assaulted his girlfriend nearly four years ago. It was a TMZ moment but it holds hoops significance.
No, Carlesimo is not going to put Latrell Sprewell on his coaching staff or reconcile with his attacker. However, if Rihanna can forgive Chris Breezy, why can’t Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams scale back their respective egos and (Brooklyn) bridge their differences?
The English premier league has so far this season served a tantalizing menu of scintillating football, breath-taking upsets, massive wins and edge of the seat action.
As the teams approach the New Year many clubs will be keen to dip their fingers into the transfer market. Some to make much needed additions while others will be seeking to stem a crisis. Below is an overview of the likely transfer deals and what options various clubs may be looking at:
- MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United are sitting pretty at the top of the log. Boasting a total of 46 points from 19 games and a massive goal difference of 20 the Red Devils as they are popularly known also lead the form table with a total of 16 points out of a possible 18 in their last six games.
The age-old resilience of Manchester United has been present all through this season and was best typified by their incredible Boxing Day come-back win against Newcastle. Despite being behind three times against the Magpies Manchester United kept coming back for more and eventually won the thrilling tie 4-3.
With word coming out of New York on Thursday that Mark Sanchez will now replace a possibly concussed Greg McElroy as Jets starting quarterback for the team’s season finale against Buffalo this weekend, reality just got delivered with piercing, shiv-in-the-back clarity:
Tim Tebow, you are gone, brother.
For all the hoopla and hysteria that enveloped the acquisition of the former Heisman-winning quarterback and apparent right hand to the big fella up in the heavens if you believe those who genuflect before him, Tebow has been nothing more than a cartoon character in the Big Apple.
Sanchez’s backup, or competition? Puh-leeze. Tebow didn’t even get to be the guy’s go-fer. With this latest move, head coach Rex Ryan bypassed his supposed No. 2 signal-caller for the second time in three weeks – in favor of a lesser talent and now, in essence, damaged goods.