Alexandre Lacazette responds to rumours he could join Atletico Madrid in Thomas Partey swap deal

first_img Comment Alexandre Lacazette responds to rumours he could join Atletico Madrid in Thomas Partey swap deal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 10:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Advertisement Fulham v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 19:31FullscreenFulham v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Atleti have long been admirers of Lacazette and reports in Spain suggested Arsenal tried to use this to their advantage to convince them to part with Partey in a potential part-exchange agreement.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Lacazette, confident he remains a key part of Arteta’s plans, appears to have ruled out a move away from the Emirates before next month’s deadline.‘If this is true, no, it does not please me,’ Lacazette told L’Equipe when asked about rumours of a swap deal involving him and Partey.‘But what matters is the choice of the coach [Mikel Arteta] and his confidence.‘He’s the one who makes the team, not the managers upstairs in the offices, and I know I have his confidence.‘I’m at Arsenal, I signed a five-year contract to progress and win titles. I have two years left. I am determined to stay.’center_img Atleti midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)At his press conference on Friday, Arteta played down rumours of a possible move for Lacazette and insisted the forward was still ‘really happy’ to be at Arsenal.‘He is really happy here, he wants to keep improving and contributing to the team,’ the Arsenal head coach said.‘I know how good he is, the impact he is having. ‘He knows about the competition he has with the front players, and again he needs to demand of himself to be the best striker at this football club, the same as the rest.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 Arsenal‘He was very happy to hear that and the way he has been training and conducting himself has been excellent. ‘Yes, I think he is very happy here. That is my feeling and what I got from that message.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Fulham vs Arsenal & Liverpool vs LeedsMORE: Emiliano Martinez to be left out of Arsenal squad as Brighton better Aston Villa’s bid for goalkeeper Alexandre Lacazette’s future has been the subject of intense speculation this summer (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has played down speculation that he could be used in a swap deal for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey this summer and insists he’s determined to see out the final two years of his contract at Arsenal.The 29-year-old attacker scored just 12 goals in all competitions for the Gunners last season and Mikel Arteta is open to offloading him to raise funds for further signings.Adding quality to Arsenal’s midfield options remains Arteta’s priority, with Atletico’s Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar both discussed, but the north London club have been frustrated with their attempts to strengthen in this area. Advertisementlast_img read more

Tyler Vaughns is ready to be in the spotlight

first_imgWith a sly smile and reserved demeanor, redshirt freshman Tyler Vaughns is excited for the opportunity to make his presence felt. When asked whether or not he was ready to make his debut against the Western Michigan Broncos in the historic Los Angeles Coliseum, Vaughns couldn’t hold back his smile.“Yeah,” he grinned. “I’m really excited.”You would be, too, if you were Vaughns. He’s waited a year for his chance to shine in the spotlight. Like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Nelson Agholor, Marqise Lee and plenty more before him, Vaughns hopes to be the next USC receiver to break out and make a name for himself. Following an excellent spring and fall camp, Vaughns looks like he’s ready to make the jump. But it didn’t happen overnight. Coming from Bishop Amat High School, just a little over 20 miles away from the USC campus, Vaughns was seen by some as one of the top five receivers in the country when he was a high school senior. Vaughns has always had the physical talent. In his final season of high school, Reign of Troy writer Alicia de Artola described him as having “glue-like hands.” But the jump from high school to college was a big one. While he had always stood out on the field growing up, Vaughns struggled to set himself apart from his teammates for the first time in his football career. Vaughns was redshirted his freshman season at USC. However, it was a humbling experience for him, and he says he’s better because of it. “It really helped me in terms of knowing the game, knowing the playbook and all that,” Vaughns said. “So I’ll never take that year for granted. I worked my butt off. I was going against Adoree’ Jackson and [junior] Biggie [Marshall] everyday. So every day it was work. It wasn’t ever like ‘I’m a redshirt so I can just take it easy and chill.’ No it was business. It was a really good year for me.”As the Trojans prepared to play Penn State in a Rose Bowl for the record books, Vaughns studied the play books. As a redshirt, his role remained on the sidelines in the heart-stopping victory over Penn State. “During the bowl practices last year, I was up in [offensive coordinator Tee Martin’s] office going over the defenses,” Vaughns said. “I couldn’t recognize any of it. He’d quiz me on it, I’d go in and write it on his board or he’d give me a packet of routes to draw up.” The learning curve was steep, but after spending time learning the X’s and O’s, the lightbulb turned on and the game has slowed down. Before, he was unfamiliar with the plays, taking his routes slow to avoid mistakes. Now, Vaughns is ready to go full speed.With an offseason full of hype around redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold, one storyline of interest going into spring and fall camp was who would emerge as the big receiving threats for the Heisman candidate this season’s squad. And in a room full of talented athletes, Vaughns has stood out.“Sometimes it looks like [Sam Darnold]’s just gliding out there and just kind of floating,” Martin said. “He gets open for the quarterback. He just has a knack for doing those types of things. I think it’s special, it’s unique.” As for any personal goals ahead of the 2017 campaign, Vaughns has one: to start. He currently trails behind Jalen Greene in the depth chart, but Vaughns is determined that by the end of the season, that will have changed.“He’s playing so much more confident right now,” Martin said. “He’s gotten bigger and stronger in the weight room. He knows what to do now so he’s playing bigger and faster and now you can see his skill set. Very smooth, great route runner, catch radius. He’s just a football player.” As Trojan fans make their way into the Coliseum on Saturday, fans won’t be the only ones ready to start the season. After putting in the work, Vaughns will be a player to watch from now on, and he’s just as excited as anyone to see if this year will be his breakout season. While the team had a remarkable season last year, he and the Trojans are hungrier for more. And this time around, Vaughns hopes he’ll be the one making the big play instead of watching history from the sideline.last_img read more