Arsenal failed to reach to the final of the Europa League on Thursday evening after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Villarreal.
Mikel Arteta’s side spent much of the game looking some way off the pace against a determined opponent but ultimately neither side was able to add to the 2-1 scoreline the Spanish side picked up in the first leg.
In what was always going to be a tricky match, Arsenal needed a midfield that could dominate the game by taking the sting out of it when necessary and push on for a goal if called upon.
Unfortunately Martin Odegaard didn’t really do much of either as he spent much of the game drifting in and out of action.
While the Real Madrid loanee is perfectly impressive with his touches and short passes, he often struggles to take a hold of games and Thursday’s clash was no exception.
With just one goal and no assists in his last 10 games for Arsenal, Bukayo Saka went into Thursday’s match well aware of the fact that he was due a good performance for his club. Unfortunately it didn’t come.
Over the course of the game the Arsenal winger managed just three crosses from open play, not a single shot on target and just two key passes. Which is well below the standards the young player has set for himself in North London.
In a match that Arsenal could have undoubtedly won with a bit of precision and accuracy in the final third, Saka characterised a clumsy and error-prone performance.
In only his second start since coming back from fighting Malaria, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s inclusion on Thursday night seemed very bizarre since the player certainly didn’t look like his usual self.
Indeed, that much was evident from the manner in which the Gabon international struggled to create chances and, ultimately, score the goals necessary to win the game and reach the final.
Over the course of the match Aubameyang had just 14 touches of the ball and managed just three shots towards goal before he was subbed off after the 79th minute.
The Milwaukee Brewers have gone out and traded for pitcher Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers on deadline day.
As you might have been able to guess, the Milwaukee Brewers are busy on the MLB trade deadline trying to improve their roster for a deep postseason run. Well, this isn’t quite the move fans were hoping for, as the club just acquired veteran reliever Daniel Norris from the Tigers.
Norris, the former No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect back in 2015, never lived up to his hype and is having a year to forget in 2021.
The Milwaukee Brewers are finalizing a deal to acquire left-hander Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers, sources tell @kileymcd and me.
Daniel Norris trade for the Brewers is nothing to phone home about
Milwaukee supporters sure were hoping for some better news, as Norris is currently sporting a 5.83 ERA this season. That’s not the kind of production you want from a reliever, which is why the Brewers receive a C grade for this deal.
Meanwhile, for Detroit, they’re getting a B+ for moving Norris. In return, Tigers beat writer Jason Beck is reporting Detroit is receiving 21-year-old pitching prospect, Reese Olson.
Berrios, who is under team control through the 2022 season, was one of the most sought-after starters on the trade market. He has 3.48 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 20 starts for the Twins this season. The two-time All-Star has spent his entire six-year career with the Twins and outside his rookie season he has never had an ERA above 4.00.
The move gives the Blue Jays a third ace starter to join Robbie Ray, Alek Manoah and Cy Young finalist Hyun-Jin Ryu. It also is the latest blockbuster move in the AL East arms race after the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays all made trades in recent days to add power bats to their lineups.
The Blue Jays enter play Friday, their first home game at the Rogers Centre in nearly two years, fourth in the division with a 51-48 record. They are 9.5 games back of the Red Sox for first in the division and 4.5 games out a wild card spot.
Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Tennis-Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova – Women’s singles Gold medal match; Live Stream, Scores, Date, Time, All you need to know.
Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova will face off in the Gold medal match of the women’s singles category in the Tokyo Olympics. Bencic, the ninth seed, navigated her path into the final by defeating Elena Rybakina 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3 and will be the first Swiss to win two medals in the same Olympics campaign after she progressed to the doubles final as well.
The 24-year-old is also the fifth player to reach two finals at the same Olympics after Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Murray and Nicolas Massu. Marketa Vondrousova has stunned one and all in the tournament, beating Naomi Osaka in round 3 (6-1, 6-4) and 4th seed Elina Svitolina (6-3, 6-1) in the semifinals. She is the first Czech player to make the Olympic singles player and will hope to crown the moment with glory.
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The duo have only met once previously in their careers, with Vondrousova earning a hard-fought three-set win over Bencic in Miami earlier this year. Vondrousova is no stranger to making it big, as she reached the French Open finals as a teenager, and achieved a ranking as high as 14. However, Bencic has had a more storied career, having teamed up with Roger Federer for Switzerland in the past, and achieving a career-high ranking of four in February last year.
Belinda Bencic road to the final
First round: Beat Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3
Second round: Beat Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-4
Third round: Beat Barbora Krejcikova 1-6, 6-2, 6-3