first_imgAouar wants to end his Lyon career on a high with the side back in the Champions League (Getty)Old teammate Tanguy Ndombele lost his place in the France squad after struggling when he first joined Spurs, while Aouar may have noticed compatriot William Saliba’s lack of opportunities.The third and final reason that Aouar opted to remain at Lyon is that he wants to help them qualify for the Champions League this season, having missed out on European qualification last season.Unfortunately for Arsenal, Aouar’s decision to remain at Lyon for one more campaign means they will face renewed competition for his signature next summer, with the likes of Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid all expected to have the funds to sign him.MORE: ‘I wouldn’t be worried about Houssem Aouar’: John Barnes sends advice to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on transfer priorityMORE: Zinedine Zidane responds to Real Madrid links with Arsenal target Houssem AouarFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Oct 2020 9:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares The three reasons Houssem Aouar has decided to shelve Arsenal transfer hopes and stay at Lyon Aouar was keen to join Arsenal but has now decided to stay at Lyon (Picture: Getty)According to RMC Sport, Aouar has now shelved his hopes of moving to the Emirates and has informed Lyon that he is committed to remaining at the club for the 2020/21 season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Frenchman outlined three key reasons for his decision: Firstly, the transfer had dragged on for so long that it would have left precious little time for Lyon to sign a replacement.Aouar came through the academy and has a huge amount of respect for the club he joined over a decade ago and did not want to leave ‘through the back door’ or potentially put the team in trouble.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 ArsenalA second important factor was the European Championships next summer, with Aouar believing he has a better chance of retaining his spot in Didier Deschamps’ squad if he stays at Lyon.There would be no guarantees that he would hit the ground running at Arsenal – particularly with the transfer happening so late – and any problems in adapting to the Premier League would severely hamper his hopes, whereas at Lyon the team is built around him. The French midfielder will how remain at his current club for the 2020/21 season (Picture: AFP)Houssem Aouar has put his hopes of joining Arsenal on hold and will remain at Lyon, with the midfielder having explained his decision to the club’s hierarchy over the weekend, according to reports.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been desperate to sign a new midfielder, targeting both Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Aouar, but with the transfer window closing on Monday he is running out of time.Lyon were open to negotiating a fee for the 22-year-old midfielder – who was keen to move to north London – but Arsenal were unable to shift their deadwood in time to raise the £40million fee required.center_img Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Both parties will receive the full written reasons from the independent regulatory commission that imposed the suspension – the minimum ban for an aggravated offence under the FA’s rules. West Brom striker Anelka is able to appeal against the ban, but the FA is also permitted to appeal to try to have the ban increased. FA general secretary Alex Horne said: “This was a gesture we haven’t seen before in English football. The reality is we haven’t got the written reasons yet, we will get those on Monday at which point it is open to appeal from either our side or Nicolas Anelka’s side so I can’t comment personally as to whether five matches are enough.” The quenelle salute has anti-Semitic connotations in Anelka’s home country of France, but the commission accepted there was no intent by West Brom striker to be anti-Semitic. Under strict liability rules, however, he was found guilty of an aggravated offence. New rules brought in this season mean any racial or discriminatory offence carries a minimum five-match ban, and FA chairman Greg Dyke said the governing body would look to see if these changes had been effective. Speaking after the International FA Board meeting in Zurich, he said: “This is an evidence-based inquiry and what did Mr Anelka say and what was basis for the decision – we will see that on Monday. “We will look at the whole thing again once this one has been done. This was not an easy case, because for most people in England that sign meant nothing. “It’s only what it meant in France that became important, so I we will look at the judgement and will ask people do we think that’s fair or that we should change anything as a result of that.” Anelka performed the gesture as a goal celebration after scoring in his club’s match against West Ham on December 28. Anelka insisted the salute was in support of his friend, the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the person who first brought the quenelle to prominence. Dieudonne has been prosecuted for anti-Semitic offences and has been barred from entering the UK. UEFA is holding a disciplinary hearing on Monday into the case of a Belgian futsal player Omar Rahou who also made a quenelle gesture during a match. UEFA’s new racism rules carry a minimum 10-match ban. Nicolas Anelka and the Football Association will both decide on Monday whether to launch appeals over the five-match ban for his quenelle gesture.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoIt’s never easy for Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves to tell one of his players he won’t be playing in a game.But six straight times this season, that was the message he had to deliver to forward Michael Davies.“When you look into a young man’s eyes and you tell him he’s not playing a game, it hurts deep,” Eaves said. “But at the same time, I admire his maturity in how he handled it.”As hard as it was for Eaves, though, it was an even tougher pill to swallow for Davies, a junior from St. Louis.“At first, obviously you’re going to be very disappointed,” Davies said. “You just have to look at yourself and just work hard. You can’t really control a lot.”According to Eaves, Davies just wasn’t playing to the level the coaching staff knew the 24-point scorer from a year ago was capable of playing at. As a result, he was benched for the team’s two home games against Michigan Tech and two road series against Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State.“I know it’s tough on him. It’s tough on anybody not being out there,” said junior forward Aaron Bendickson. “But like coach says, you can only control what you can control.”Since the year began, Eaves has been wanting Davies to step up his performance during 5-on-5 play. Last season, seven of Davies’ 13 goals came on the power play. His lone goal of the season prior to last week’s Michigan game — part of a 6-5 losing effort to Denver — also came with the man-advantage.The missing link was Davies’ ability to produce at even strength.“Mike Davies was playing at a certain level,” Eaves said. “We wanted him to play at a higher level all the time so that he could make our team better in more than just one way.”Being benched was a scenario Davies never could have envisioned entering the 2008-09 campaign. He missed just one game last year and played in all 41 games in his freshman season — which began with a bang, as he scored two goals in his first game with Wisconsin.Now, as a veteran on the team, he’s missed more games in his junior season than he did during his first two years combined.“When you first come here, you never really think about that stuff,” Davies said. “You just want to work hard and get in the lineup. Once I got out of the lineup, I had to work harder to get back in the lineup.”This past weekend, Davies made his return to the ice for the Badgers. It didn’t take him long to get back on the score sheet, tallying a goal Saturday against Michigan — a goal that proved to be the game-winner in a 3-0 UW victory.“It felt great,” Davies said of the goal. “Before I was playing, I was struggling to contribute a lot. It was fun to be able to [put] one in, especially at that point in time against Michigan.”Ironically enough, Davies’ goal against the Wolverines came on the power play when he collected the rebound off a shot from teammate Brendan Smith.“That’s one of my strengths is the power play,” Davies said. “I was able to just get a bounce off the goalie’s pads from [Smith].” Davies found himself on the fourth line for both games of the College Hockey Showcase this weekend, a spot he was in only once earlier in the year. He started Wisconsin’s opening game on the top line and later bounced back and forth between the top three.At this point, though, any line is a good line for Davies.“Right now, I don’t care who my line mates are. I just want to play,” Davies said. “You realize that whenever you’re sitting out — you don’t care who you’re playing with as long as you’re in the lineup.”On a fourth line that seems to change weekly, Davies was joined over the weekend by sophomore Podge Turnbull and Bendickson, who said he and Davies have always seemed to connect with each other on the ice.“I always like playing with Mike,” Bendickson said. “We like to play the same style of game, in a way. We get along really well. Sometimes that helps out when you play hockey, too. I just know him a lot and know what his tendencies are.”“Bendickson’s a great player,” Davies said of his line mate. “We play well together.”Davies and Eaves both know scoring a goal against Michigan wasn’t a permanent fix to the situation but rather a temporary solution while Davies continues to work in practice to get to the level of play the coaches expect of him.“There’s still fundamental things about Michael’s game that we’re going to continue to stay hard on that he’s got to get done,” Eaves said.“Right now, I’m focusing on just being consistent in practice, which hopefully leads to consistency during games,” Davies said. “I’m just working hard. … It just makes you realize that you never know when it’s going to be your last shift out there.”The hard work has not gone unnoticed.“He played well this weekend,” said team captain Blake Geoffrion, who is also one of Davies’ roommates on campus.Bendickson, who also missed six games this year — although his absence was due to a wrist injury — has also noticed what Davies has been able to do.“I’ve seen a lot of improvement,” Bendickson said. “I think he got a fire lit underneath him, and that’s what he needed. He’s as good as he wants to be.”last_img read more