Martin Keown names the player who can solve Unai Emery’s centre-back issues at Arsenal

first_imgMartin Keown names the player who can solve Unai Emery’s centre-back issues at Arsenal Rob Holding made his long-awaited return from injury for Arsenal U23s against Watford on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes that Arsenal manager Unai Emery might decide against entering the transfer market to sign a centre-back following Rob Holding’s long-awaited return from injury.The 23-year-old established himself in Arsenal’s backline during the first half of last season before suffering a season-ending serious knee injury against Manchester United in December.Holding made his return to action on Saturday when he lined up for the club’s U23s in a behind closed doors friendly against Watford at Arsenal’s Colney training base on Saturday.Emery will be delighted to have Holding fit and available for selection once more given both Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi have been tipped to move on this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough it is expected that Emery would look to replace one or both of Koscielny and Mustafi should they leave, Keown feels Holding’s return might alter the club’s transfer plans. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Aug 2019 3:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link523Shares Holding played 16 times for Arsenal last season (Picture: Getty)Speaking to football.london, Keown said: ‘Central defence is perhaps the position he should look at but Holding is back from injury.‘We don’t know how well it’s going, Emery may feel he’s going to play a prominent role and that he doesn’t need to sign a player in that position.’Holding joined Arsenal in a £2m deal from Bolton Wanderers in 2016 and despite a rocky start to his Premier League career he performed impressively under Emery last term.Before suffering his setback against United, Holding had made 16 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, including ten times in the Premier League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe looks set to have an important role this season with Koscielny desperate to leave Arsenal in order to return to France and Mustafi linked with a move to Monaco.Arsenal have enjoyed a productive transfer window so far signing Nicolas Pepe in a club-record £72m deal from Lille as well as Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.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 Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Malik blasts Pakistan to ODI series win

first_img…second consecutive century form Babar AzamSHOAIB Malik’s fireworks and a second career-best show in as many matches from Babar Azam helped Pakistan to a 59-run win over West Indies and an one-day international series victory.Babar had scored 120 – his maiden international 50-over ton – in the first match of the series, but went even better on Sunday once again in the familiar surrounds of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, scoring 123 as Pakistan racked up an imposing 337-5.Despite the 21-year-old’s impressive efforts, the undoubted star of the innings was Malik, who smashed six sixes in an 84-ball 90 – including one which deposited Windies spinner Sulieman Benn out of the ground.In response, West Indies could only manage 278-7 from their innings, as three run-outs stifled their attempts to pull off the chase.Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision quickly justified as he and Sharjeel Khan took opposite number Jason Holder’s second over for 22 runs.Ali and Khan fell in the space of three balls, but Babar and Malik were imperious in their wake.Having taken 11 overs to combine for 50 runs, the pair began to press the accelerator – Malik especially – and the 27th over was truly sensational as the veteran all-rounder obliterated Benn, his last of three maximums travelling 103 metres on its way onto the street, requiring retrieval from a brave fan.Malik fell short of a ninth ODI century when he played on, but Babar was not to be denied, reaching three figures with an easy single and celebrating the milestone with a maximum from his next ball.Sarfraz Ahmed grabbed 60 runs from 47 balls to take the hosts well beyond 300, a figure the Windies have never chased in 50-over cricket.A stabilising second-wicket partnership between Darren Bravo (61) and Kraigg Brathwaite(39) gave West Indies’ big-hitters a chance and Marlon Samuels’ 52-ball 57 may have frayed Pakistan nerves in frantic unions with Bravo and Denesh Ramdin (34).Wahab Riaz (2-48) bowled both Samuels and Ramdin to turn the tide firmly in Pakistan’s favour, with the powerful Kieron Pollard (22) and Carlos Brathwaite (14) unable to drag out something miraculous.(Omnisport.com) PAKISTAN InningsAz. Ali lbw b Holder 9Sh. Khan c Holder b Joseph 24B. Azam c C. Brathwaite b Joseph 123S. Malik c Da. Bravo b Narine 90S. Ahmed not out 60I. Wasim b Holder 11M. Rizwan not out 6Extras (lb-2 w-12) 14Total (for 5 wickets, 50 overs) 337Fall of wickets: 1-40 Az. Ali,2-40 Sh. Khan,3-209 S. Malik,4-282 B. Azam,5-320 I. WasimDid not bat: M. Nawaz, W. Riaz, M. Amir, H. AliBowling: J. Holder 8 – 1 – 51 – 2(w-1),A. Joseph 10 – 0 – 62 – 2(w-6),C. Brathwaite 8 – 0 – 60 – 0,S. Narine 8 – 0 – 39 – 1(w-1),S. Benn 8 – 0 – 61 – 0, K. Brathwaite 3 – 0 – 18 – 0,K. Pollard 5 – 0 – 44 – 0.WEST INDIES InningsJ. Charles c Wasim b Amir 2K. Brathwaite run out (Nawaz, S. Ahmed) 39Da. Bravo run out (H. Ali) 61M. Samuels b Riaz 57D. Ramdin b Riaz 34K. Pollard c Malik b Wasim 22C. Brathwaite run out (Riaz) 14J. Holder not out 31S. Narine not out 1Extras (lb-8 w-9) 17Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 278Fall of wickets: 1-3 J. Charles,2-92 K. Brathwaite,3-127 Da. Bravo,4-194 M. Samuels,5-209 D. Ramdin,6-231 C. Brathwaite,7-273 K. PollardDid not bat: S. Benn, A. JosephBowling: I. Wasim 10 – 0 – 62 – 1,M. Amir 9 – 0 – 49 – 1(w-2),H. Ali 9 – 0 – 56 – 0(w-1)W. Riaz 10 – 0 – 48 – 2(w-3, S. Malik 5 – 2 – 16 – 0M. Nawaz 7 – 0 – 39 – 0(w-2)last_img read more