Rio Ferdinand and Martin Keown rate Gabriel’s Arsenal debut performance

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_img Comment Gabriel impresses Rio Ferdinand and Martin Keown in goalscoring Arsenal debut Ferdinand and Keown were both impressed with Gabriel’s display (Picture: BT Sport)Picking Gabriel as his Man of the Match, he added: ‘I’m going to go for an area that is an area Arsenal have needed serious attention in and it’s Gabriel. For me you get a clean sheet, you score on your debut, you come in and are as dominant as he was.‘I know he wasn’t asked too many questions, but he’s my Man of the Match. Really happy to see a player of that quality going into the Arsenal defence.’Gabriel lined up in the centre of Arsenal’s back three against Fulham with Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney either side of him, while fellow debutant Willian also performed well and was involved in all three goals.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Emiliano Martinez demands massive Arsenal pay-off as he’s left out of squad vs FulhamMORE: Dani Ceballos squares up to Arsenal teammate Eddie Nketiah during heated pre-match warm upFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement The Brazilian netted his side’s second goal against Fulham on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)Gabriel made the perfect start to his Arsenal career, scoring and keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 win against Fulham, and has already impressed two legendary Premier League centre-backs.With David Luiz injured, the summer signing from Lille was picked to start away at Craven Cottage on Saturday and gave an excellent display at both ends of the pitch.As well as keeping a clean sheet and restricting Fulham to barely any chances of note, the defender made 113 passes – the most of any player – and capped his display with a fine headed goal from a corner.center_img Gabriel rose high above Fulham’s defence to head in Willian’s corner (Picture: Getty)The 22-year-old appears to have taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels he will provide much more security at the back for Arsenal, though surprisingly was less impressed by his work on the ball.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked how the Brazilian had fared after a shaky start, Ferdinand said on BT Sport: ‘Yeah with the ball he looks a little bit… not nervous, but he’s just not accustomed so much to playing in a three as well maybe and new teammates.‘But I thought he grew into it and defensively he’s looked very, very, very sound and very solid. So hopefully more of that to come from Arsenal’s perspective.’He later added: ‘They’ve got two new centre-backs who have come in, Gabriel who played today and looked very, very good, very solid – has all the attributes you want to see in a centre-back.‘And they’ve got William Saliba to come in, another young centre-half. And that’s what they’ve been searching for, players who can bring that consistency. Gabriel for me today he got Man of the Match, and deservedly so.’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 ArsenalFormer Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown was even more glowing in his assessment and felt Gabriel gave a very strong showing on his debut, also naming him as the Man of the Match.‘He’s looked a dominant figure from the off,’ said the former Invincible on commentary duty during the game.‘Some talk about maybe some nervousness in his passing, I wouldn’t have thought he’d played in the middle of a three on too many occasions. But once he got into the game we saw the quality that he has.’ Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 2:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more


O’Brien: Still plenty to play for

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img England are in the driving seat following their 12-6 victory in Dublin on Saturday and the only unbeaten team remaining in an unpredictable tournament. The defeat at the Aviva Stadium was deflating for Ireland, who have lost Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy to injury for the trip to Murrayfield – but O’Brien refuses to give up hope. “There’s still a lot to play for. The Six Nations is and it isn’t out of our own hands,” the Leinster openside said. “If we leave ourselves in the best possible shape, there will be a slip-up somewhere for the other teams down the line.” Flanker Sean O’Brien insists Ireland must be ready to pounce on any errors by their RBS 6 Nations title rivals when they resume their championship against Scotland. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “Anyone can beat anyone on any day. If we leave ourselves in the best possible position, we can do no more than that.” Ireland will also be missing Cian Healy in Edinburgh after the loosehead prop was banned for three matches for his stamp on England’s Dan Cole. Although there is confusion over whether Healy can play for Leinster on Saturday, he is definitely unavailable against Scotland and France, subject to any successful appeal. Sexton has a grade two hamstring tear that usually requires four to six weeks to heal, making him a major doubt to face France in the penultimate round of fixtures, while McCarthy has damaged the medial ligament of his right knee and will be in a brace for two weeks, at the end of which his fitness will be reassessed. More positive news was received on the remaining injuries incurred during a brutal clash against England. O’Brien, centre Brian O’Driscoll, full-back Rob Kearney and lock Donnacha Ryan are at varying degrees of fitness, but all should be available to face Scotland. “We’re looking forward to getting back on the horse against Scotland. It’s a good game for both teams,” O’Brien said. “Our errors, as a team and as individuals, stand out from the England game. They cost us. “A few of them happened within minutes of each other and put us under a bit of pressure and they kicked a couple of scores from that.” last_img read more


Norfolk’s Steve Warren is South East Steward of the Year

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_img16 Nov 2013 Norfolk’s Steve Warren is South East Steward of the Year Norfolk’s Steve Warren of Eaton Golf Club has won the title of Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South East region. He received his trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the national and regional winners were celebrated. Steve, who has been at the Norwich club for less than two years, remarked: “I must thank the members for making me so welcome and for putting me here. It’s a pleasure to look after them and to try to raise the profile of the club so everyone knows they’ll be assured of a fantastic welcome when they visit.” Club captain Trevor Seadon added: “We are enormously proud of Steve for his work in making the club such a welcoming place for existing members, new members and visitors alike.”    The competition, to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards, is run by Fuller’s and England Golf and is now in its seventh year. The 2013 edition attracted a record entry, with over 700 votes cast and more stewards nominated than ever before. Steve Warren won the vote of Eaton’s members and visitors just 18 months after joining the club. He is passionate about providing the best possible standards of service and running a vibrant social programme, with the reward of increasing profits. He listens to members and pays attention to getting small details right. Steve runs regular Fish and Chip Fridays as well as a host of special events, which are often over-subscribed, such as a wine tasting, murder mystery night and a boys’ night in. Meanwhile, the Christmas menu has already attracted over 250 bookings. A new screen in the clubhouse promotes social events, welcomes visitors and recognises members’ achievements – with Steve quick to take and add pictures of successful players. He worked with a club captain to set up a half-way house beside the 10th tee and the venture proved so popular it paid for itself before the end of the season. Steve has also found ways to communicate with the local community about the club’s offers and, crucially, to stay in email contact with visitors. Steve, and the other three regional winners, were presented with their awards by England Golf chief executive David Joy and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager. The other three were: national and Northern winners, Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow, Cheshire; Midlands winner David Guest of Halesowen, Worcestershire; and South West winner, for the second year in succession, Anna Tyson of Dainton Park in Devon. They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2012 Steward of the Year, Yvonne James of Rugby Golf Club, joined the judges to whittle down the record entry to three finalists from each region. Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were selected, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: Steve is pictured with England Golf chief executive, David Joy (left), and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager (right). Image © Gill Shawlast_img read more