Cazorla eyes Arsenal return

first_imgArsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom a week on Sunday. Prior to that game, current Premier League leaders Arsenal are at Swansea in the top flight on Saturday and then host Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday. As well as Cazorla, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger went into Wednesday’s Capital One Cup third-round tie at West Brom – which his team won 4-3 on penalties after it finished 1-1 after extra-time – without Theo Walcott (stomach), Tomas Rosicky (thigh), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee). Wenger hopes the gruelling efforts at The Hawthorns will not have taken too much out of those players likely to be in his plans for Saturday. He told Arsenal Player: “We rested many players at West Brom and some others players came back like Arteta, who played 90 minutes in his first game, and Bendtner. We have to check everybody tomorrow [Friday] morning but, from last Saturday, all the players should be available. “Rosicky should be back in the training squad on Monday so he has a chance to be available for the squad (in the Champions League against Napoli) on Tuesday. “Saturday is too short for him, but we all love Rosicky so it is good to have him back.” At just 17, forward Chuba Akpom was the youngest player on either of the two sides on Wednesday night. Akpom, who scored his penalty to level the shoot-out at 3-3, cannot wait for another chance of first-team action, which could well put him up against former England captain John Terry in the Chelsea defence when the next round of Capital One Cup actions resumes. “It is one of the best feelings I have ever had. Coming on for 10 minutes at the end, playing in extra time and I scored my penalty. It is good to be part of the first team. The Capital One Cup is where I get my chance and I hope I impressed,” he said. Akpom added: “I am more than willing to play against him (Terry) or anyone. I am feeling really confident right now, so if it (another chance) comes, it comes.” Cazorla has missed the Gunners’ last four matches in all competitions due to an ankle injury. Answering questions on Thursday via Arsenal’s Twitter account, the 28-year-old Spain international said: “I will be fit maybe in one week, I hope I can play at West Brom.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Amit Panghal: ‘Landed in more clean punches; Thought I’d won the Gold’

first_imgLast Updated: 24th September, 2019 02:56 IST Amit Panghal: ‘Landed In More Clean Punches; Thought I’d Won The Gold’ Amit Panghal felt that he had actually won the final showdown & clinched the World Boxing Championship gold, he revealed in an exclusive chat with Republic TV Amit Panghal felt that he had actually won the final showdown & clinched the World Boxing Championship gold as he had “landed in more clean punches in the right areas” but chose not to cry foul when his opponent was adjudged the winner as it would go against the “spirit of the game.”Amit Panghal in an exclusive chat with Republic TV”Yes, I had hit more clean punches. In the first round, it was seven clean hits while my opponent had five and in the second both of us had six each. So who was the winner? But anyway, its a part of life and its a part of sports. I did not lodge any protest nor my coach as we thought there might be some technical reasons that maybe we are unaware of. And it goes against the spirit of the game” Amit Panghal told Republic TV in an exclusive chat after his return from World Boxing Championship today.READ | Amit Panghal insists his former coach be considered for DronacharyaAmit said: “It is very tough to understand the scoring system. There should be some kind of clear cut transparency and objectivity. Unfortunately, it’s left to the subjective interpretation of the referees who sometimes can go wrong.” In fact, when Republic TV watched the final match along with Amit’s family from his village ‘Maina’ in Rohtak, his father Vijender & brother Ajay had alleged “foul play and cheating” by referee and bias of world wrestling body against India.READ | Amit Panghal wins World Silver in India’s best-ever campaign”Referees might go wrong. It’s part of the game”: Amit Panghal”Nothing like that. They are emotional. They love me too much. No cheating. No foul play. Referees might go wrong. It’s part of the game. Now, bygones are bygones. I am not thinking about it. I have to move on. I still feel proud of winning the silver medal. It feels nice to be the first Indian ever to achieve that,” Amit observed.READ | Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik ensure medals for India at WBCAmit also promised that he will beat the same opponent when they play again in the Olympics. “Yes now, my focus is to first qualify for the Olympics and win a medal there. Not thinking of Olympic gold from now. No need to take additional pressure from now. It’s better to take one step at a time,” he added.READ | Amit Panghal sails into pre-quarters at World Boxing Championships COMMENT 11 months ago World Boxing Championship: Brijesh Yadav beats Polish opponent 11 months ago Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik ensure medals for India at WBC Suman Ray SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND First Published: 24th September, 2019 02:56 ISTcenter_img FOLLOW US 11 months ago Amit Panghal insists his former coach be considered for Dronacharya LIVE TV 11 months ago Amit Panghal sails into pre-quarters at World Boxing Championships 11 months ago Amit Panghal wins World Silver in India’s best-ever campaign WATCH US LIVE Written Bylast_img read more