Metro (UK) : 2020-07-10

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METRO 26 | | Friday, July 10, 2020 SPONSORED BY Final Third @GAVBROWN_METRO BY GAVIN BROWN Gunners are buying into Arteta but the Jose jury’s out Hammers will stay positive, insists Lukasz LUKASZ FABIANSKI knows West Ham have to grasp their opportunit­y to climb further away from relegation trouble by beating rock-bottom Norwich tomorrow. The Hammers missed the chance to move seven points clear of the drop zone when they slipped to a 1-0 loss to Burnley on Wednesday. But their fate is still firmly in their own hands and a victory at Carrow Road will make the picture look a lot brighter. ‘We realise our situation and there is no point being negative and thinking that the Burnley game was just bad luck,’ said the Hammers’ Polish keeper. ‘We have to see Norwich as another great opportunit­y to get to a strong position in the table.’ I T’S FIGHT or flight in north London on Sunday as Tottenham and Arsenal, two big clubs finding their way under new managers, battle for local pride and European qualificat­ion. Arsenal’s season restarted with the kind of shambles which has become frustratin­gly familiar to fans. A heavy loss at Manchester City characteri­sed by a comic cameo from David Luiz, a red card eventually putting the Brazilian out of his misery, followed by a last-gasp defeat at struggling Brighton. The latter saw Matteo Guendouzi avoid the wrath of the officials for his post-match tussle with Neal Maupay but not that of his manager. Unimpresse­d, Arteta sent the turbulent midfielder to join Mesut Ozil in the socially distanced squad and, coincidenc­e or not, the Gunners have not looked back since. In his handling of that incident – and his steadfast refusal to play Ozil, Arsenal’s highest earner – Arteta, who has also shown his forgiving side in rehabilita­ting Luiz and Granit Xhaka, has demonstrat­ed he is his own man. The outcome has been a galvanisin­g of spirit, a reinvigora­ted team going on a run of four straight wins that really should have been five before Jamie Vardy earned Leicester a point at the Emirates on Tuesday. Jose Mourinho must have looked on in envy. Tottenham’s restart return of seven points from four games, before last night’s trip to Bournemout­h, looks reasonable on paper, but three of the four games were at home and the soporific displays were not convincing. The draw with Manchester United and win over West Ham did little to stir the emotions and Monday’s 1-0 victory over Everton was perhaps the most forgettabl­e game of an unforgetta­ble season. Days earlier, Spurs had slumped 3-1 at Sheffield United. That performanc­e left Mourinho ‘disturbed and destroyed’ and, after a meeting with his players, there was at least one act of passion in the subsequent game with Everton, when Hugo Lloris ran 40 yards to admonish Heung-min Son for an apparent failure to track back. It was a remarkable display of aggression from the usually impassive Lloris and a moment Mourinho later Riyad: City are goal machines ARSENAL TO FINISH IN THE TOP SIX 3/1 RIYAD MAHREZ hailed Manchester City’s goalscorin­g power after Newcastle were swept aside 5-0 at the Etihad. The rout took City’s goal tally in the league this season to 86 from 34 games – 11 more than Liverpool. They travel to Brighton tomorrow and Mahrez said: ‘That’s our team – [we know] that everyone can score. Everyone has the quality to score. ‘For me I want to try to help the team and score the most goals that I can. It’s not easy but we made it easy by scoring early in the game.’ called ‘beautiful’. But how genuine was it? Did Tottenham’s captain really feel the need to bear his teeth after years of quiet leadership by example, or was he simply doing what he thought his manager wanted? At Arsenal, the belief and buy-in to Arteta’s way of thinking is apparent. When full-back Kieran Tierney was asked this week where the Gunners’ new-found organisati­on and spirit came from, his answer was simple. ‘The boss,’ said the 23-year-old. ‘He has been brilliant.’ At Spurs, the jury is still out. Speaking before the win over Everton Eric Dier, a clear Mourinho favourite, called reports the squad do not enjoy working with the Portuguese as ‘kind of crazy,’ and ‘just ridiculous’. ‘For me, personally, he knows how to light the fire inside you,’ said the England man. ‘I want to win for him.’ Ironically, Dier is banned for the clash with Arsenal after showing a little too much fight when confrontin­g a fan in the stands before lockdown. Mourinho must hope Dier’s desire, channelled onto the field rather than off it, is shared by his team-mates. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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