Despite missing out on Aouar, Arsenal have enjoyed a productive window with their defence significantly strengthened by the addition of Gabriel Magalhaes and attack already benefiting from the experience and talent of former Chelsea star Willian.Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari also signed permanent deals after initially joining on loan in January, while Runar Alex Runarsson will provide back-up to Bernd Leno following the departure of last season’s FA Cup hero Emiliano Martinez. MORE: Arsenal set to complete deadline-day deal for Nikolaj Moller as striker signs four-year contractMORE: Arsenal set to complete deadline-day deal for Nikolaj Moller as striker signs four-year contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Arsenal complete deadline day signing of Thomas Partey Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Oct 2020 11:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.5kShares Arsenal have completed the deadline day signing of Thomas Partey (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have completed the deadline day signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. Mikel Arteta has been desperate to reshape his midfield this summer and after sanctioning the departures of Lucas Toerreira and Matteo Guendouzi, he has finally landed the Ghana international.Arsenal had earmarked Houssem Aouar as their No.1 target but have been monitoring Partey’s situation for the last six months and after failing to agree a fee with Lyon for their gifted midfield technician, turned their attention to the 27-year-old in the final days of the summer window.The apparently cash-strapped north London club activated Partey’s £45million release clause earlier on Monday and the all-action midfielder subsequently penned a four-year contract said to be worth £250,000-a-week. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAtletico Madrid beat the Gunners to the announcement by confirming on Twitter that Arsenal had bought out the midfielder’s contract. .@Arsenal pay Thomas Parteyâs buyout clause at LaLiga headquarters. The player has unilaterally terminated his contract with our club.â¹ https://t.co/drrGYXEokH— AtlÃ©tico de Madrid (@atletienglish) October 5, 2020
Boston’s IL runs six deep; the Dodgers’, three deep. The injuries to Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw weren’t as serious as feared. Kershaw only missed four starts, Ryu missed one, and Hill might conceivably be back by now if Julio Urías were pitching poorly in his place. Only one of the Dodgers’ position players (Martin) has needed the injured list to this point, and he didn’t even play for the Dodgers – or any playoff team, for that matter – last season. Martin’s replacement (Rocky Gale) has only gotten 10 plate appearances in a backup role. It’s the same core group as last year, and they’re off to a strong start. If the Dodgers were 9-14, with half an active roster on the IL, they would have a built-in excuse.Nor would they be alone. The New York Yankees have 13 players on their injured list right now. They’re 10-10, and their GM has been forced to defend his medical staff to the media. That’s a tough place to be, but you can understand how the Yankees got there. Long seasons can take a real physical toll. This time a year ago, the Dodgers’ DL ran five deep (Yimi Garcia, Tom Koehler, Rich Hill, Logan Forsythe, Justin Turner). They were 10-10, and things were about to get worse before they got better. What the Dodgers are doing right now wasn’t a given.It’s easy to ascribe the emotional quality of “hunger” to a team that just missed winning a championship. Players and coaches talk about it. Fans look for it. If you squint hard enough, maybe you can see it even when it isn’t there. I don’t know if the Dodgers’ “hunger” is enough to explain their success so far.I do know that the Milwaukee Brewers, who came closer to returning to the World Series than they have since losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982, just played the Dodgers to an extremely competitive four-game series. Combine the seven head-to-head games between the Dodgers and Brewers this month, and each team scored 27 runs. The Dodgers won four games, the Brewers three. While it’s easy to marvel mouth agape at what the Red Sox are (or aren’t) doing, the Dodgers have to get through the National League first. The Brewers seem just as intent as the Dodgers on being there at the finish. Maybe we’re all more hungry in the absence of a hangover after all.Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your email, sign up here. Stuck in the middle – The Dodgers are waiting for A.J. Pollock to snap out of a mediocre funk.Segundo generation – Miguel Vargas, the Dodgers’ next big Cuban prospect, talked about coming to the U.S. along with his father.Back with a vengeance – Connor Joe is 7-for-14 at Triple-A Oklahoma City since the Giants returned him to the Dodgers.Dingers – The 2019 season might feature an average of one more home run per game than the 2014 season. Editor’s note: The following story is from today’s Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your email, sign up here.Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, sat down with a local sports-talk station last week to announce he isn’t blowing up his team’s roster. Ostensibly this has been a legitimate question for the defending World Series champs. The Red Sox have played 22 “real” games since last October. They’re 9-13.Including the playoffs, the Red Sox played three fewer games than the Dodgers did in 2018. On paper, the Dodgers (14-9) weren’t any less ripe for a World Series hangover than the Sox. They’re essentially the same teams as last year. Colton Brewer went to Boston, while A.J. Pollock, Russell Martin and Joe Kelly (from Boston) went to Los Angeles. So what’s going on?Justin Turner, Chris Taylor and Walker Buehler are off to slow starts for the Dodgers. For the Red Sox, the problems are more pervasive. Mookie Betts is hitting .244, Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .200 and World Series MVP Steve Pearce is hitting .138. Their starting pitchers have a collective 6.28 earned-run average. The injured list offers a more revealing story. Sitting in the chair just to stare, set to sprint. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
MORE: Swinney shuts down possibility of return to AlabamaSwinney recently was asked on SiriusXM if Alabama would have to put up a wall to keep him from pillaging the state of its top recruits. And Swinney had an interesting response.”I don’t know about walls, but I’m kind of like Osama Bin Dabo,” Swinney said (via TigerNet.com). “I have to navigate my way through the caves and back channels to make my way through Alabama these days. They aren’t as happy to see me. But it’s all good. It’s a good problem.” Unsavory language aside, Swinney certainly has made good use of his recruiting trips to Alabama. He lured five-star receiver Justyn Ross, the state’s top player in the class of 2018, to Clemson. Ross then went on to torch the Tide for six catches, 153 yards and a touchdown in the title game.”It’s almost like you are playing your brother or your cousin,” Swinney said. “Even though you are brothers, and they blow the whistle, you want to compete and you want to win. But when it’s over you hate you lost and you are like, ‘Crap, I lost. But at least it’s to my brother.'”I think they’ve made me a stepbrother now. But I am still in the family.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will always be tied to the state of Alabama. He is, after all, a native of Pelham, Ala., a 1993 graduate of the University of Alabama and former Crimson Tide assistant.Swinney, however, said recently the state might not be quite as happy with that association as it was in years past, especially after his Tigers downed the Crimson Tide 44-16 in the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game. That’s especially true on the recruiting trail, where Swinney has dipped into the state on several occasions to pluck some of its best blue chip talent.
Kenya will feature in the play-offs after losing 53-28 to Namibia in the African qualifiers in August, and Snook has brought in five players from the country’s seven-a-side team to bolster his 30-man squad.“The sevens players have brought a good maturity to the squad. They are experienced people, they have been overseas, (they are) obviously quality players and so I think they have added an edge to the group and so we are looking forward,” Snook said.After Canada, Kenya will face Hong Kong on November 17 and Germany a week later.The winner in Marseille will join reigning champions New Zealand as well as South Africa, Italy and Namibia in Pool B of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.Kenya squad: Patrick Ouko, Moses Amusala, Joseph Odero, Hillary Mwanjilwa, Ephraim Oduor, Colman Were, Philip Ikambili, Oliver Mangeni, Wilson Kopondo, Malcolm Onsando, Simon Muniafu, Andrew Omonde, George Nyambua, Dalmus Chituyi, Elkeans Musonye, Joshua Chisanga, Davis Chenge(capt), Martin Owilah, Samson Onsomu, Mohammed Omollo, Sammy Oliech, Darwin Mukidza, Leo Seje Owade, Peter Kilonzo, Collins Injera, Nelson Oyoo, Felix Ayange, William Ambaka, Tony Onyango, William Reeve.Share on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya are hoping to clinch the final place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in next month’s play-off tournament, coach Ian Snook said on MondayA Kenyan victory at the round-robin contest would mark the first time for the 15s team at the World Cup.Head coach Ian Snook said he regards first round opponents Canada as the strongest opponent in the four-team repechage, which gets underway at Marseille’s Stade Delort on November 11.“They are all well-organised, well-prepared, and they are good quality sides at this level so no game over there is going to be easy,” Snook told AFP in Nairobi.“Canada are obviously well prepared, they have been together for a while, they are a professional organisation and they will be backing themselves to go to the World Cup again.“We will have to play well on the day because that’s what we are planning on doing, it will be a big task but nothing is impossible,” he said.