Former Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao reveals the truth over Arsene Wenger’s move for Lionel Messi Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 16 Sep 2020 8:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Messi held talks over a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘We were there or thereabouts and discussions took place with his representatives. He had issues with a work permit, so that was discarded.’Cagigao, who spent 24 years at Arsenal before leaving the club last month, also described former Gunners star Santi Cazorla as ‘one of the most talented players’ he has seen.Cazorla spent six years at Arsenal – helping Wenger win two FA Cups – but injures plagued his spell in north London.‘I think he is one of the most talented footballers I’ve ever seen, Cagigao added.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 City‘You would watch Cazorla in training taking set-pieces with his left foot and right foot and not know which was his stronger.‘He is really an exceptional figurehead and someone who young players can really look to. There were doubts about Santi.‘People would say he’s so small, he’s not the quickest, he’s not strong, but he has an exceptional football brain, exceptional technique and he’s a winner.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Lyon chief Juninho responds to Houssem Aouar to Arsenal transfer rumoursMORE: Emiliano Martinez confirms Arsenal exit with emotional message to club and fans Arsene Wenger wanted to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for Arsenal (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal’s former head of recruitment Francis Cagigao admits talks were held over a move for Lionel Messi but says the deal was not as close as Arsene Wenger has suggested.The Gunners expressed interest in signing Messi back in 2003 when he was still in the Barcelona academy.Their move ultimately collapsed due to ‘work permit’ issues, however, and Messi went on to become Barcelona’s greatest player and one of the most decorated players in history.The Argentine legend – who confirmed earlier in the month he will remain at Barca despite handing in a transfer request – has scored 634 goals in 731 appearances.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMessi has also won ten La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and the Ballon d’Or award five times.Wenger has claimed Arsenal were ‘close’ to signing Messi and while former scout Cagigao says that is a slight exaggeration, he admits talks were held.‘I think Arsene stated while manager that we were close to signing Messi [in 2003]. I wouldn’t go as far as saying we were close,’ he told BBC Sport. Advertisement Advertisement Comment
23 Aquarius Pl, Bridgeman Downs.To top it off, there’s also enough garaging for four cars.Ms Gibbons said the eventual buyers had shown interest early and took their time acquiring the home. “They were probably around in the first two groups when the house was opened, and then they finally made the decision,” she said. 23 Aquarius Pl, Bridgeman Downs.Bridgeman Downs has again set the standard, with 23 Aquarius Place achieving February’s highest local sale price at $1.075 million.Sales agent at Ray White Aspley, Beverley Gibbons, said the home had plenty of suitors and she had learned something about the suburb’s appeal to medical professionals.“We had an average of 18 groups per open home,” Ms Gibbons said.“A lot of Indian doctors coming through as well – it’s half way between Caboolture Hospital and half way between the city hospitals, so it’s about 30 minutes to where they’ve got to be.”Positioned on an elevated 1018sq m block, the two-level home has enough space for a family of five to lose each other.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201923 Aquarius Pl, Bridgeman Downs.The lower level accommodates formal lounge and dining rooms, but most living revolves around the informal family and meals areas opening off the kitchen.The walk-in robe and ensuite are almost as big as the upper-level main bedroom they service, plus there’s an upstairs family room so the kids can get away from mum and dad. For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s a covered outdoor patio with fire pit and inground pool – a holiday resort on a suburban block.
Image Courtesy: KeppelSingapore’s Keppel Singmarine, a shipbuilding arm of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has delivered a multi-purpose ice-class vessel to New Orient Marine, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Maritime Construction Services.Named MPV Everest, the vessel can operate in ambient temperature as low as minus 30 degree Celsius. It will have an Ice Class Arc 5 notation and capabilities such as Class 3 dynamic positioning and navigating in ice of up to one meter thickness.“MPV Everest’s versatility allows it to carry out subsea repair and construction activities at 3,000 meters of water depth, well intervention, diving support services with an 18-men twin-bell system, fire-fighting and emergency rescue operations, as well as towing and the provision of supplies in Arctic terrain,” the shipbuilder explained.The 7,300 dwt ship features a length of 141.8 meters and a width of 30 meters. Flying the flag of the Bahamas, the vessel is currently worth USD 46.17 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.MPV Everest represents the eleventh ice-class specialized shipbuilding project completed by Keppel O&M, the company said.
Norwegian company Tveter Power has started trialing a pumping device driven by wave power at the PLOCAN test site off Canary Islands.The trials will serve for taking measurements of the pumping capacity of the prototype depending on the height of the predominant wave, along with the assessment of device’s survival capacity.One of the potential applications of the device would be to provide sea water for coastal desalination plants, without having to use electricity to pump the sea water.Tveter Power was founded in 2011 with the aim to develop and market renewable energy-driven devices, install and operate desalination plants, and carry out research and development of new technologies based on renewable energies.The first stage of the project was implemented in 2016 and 2017 on the Atlantic coast of Norway, where a preliminary version of the device underwent several resistance trials.The project is funded by Innovation Norway through Norwegian company RW Power, according to PLOCAN.(Photos by PLOCAN)
Update (3-20)Decatur County Sheriff Ken Murphy revealed that Satterfield was serving just a two week sentence for an OWI conviction. Monday was his fourth day at the Decatur County Jail.First Report (3-19)Detectives say foul play doesn’t appear to be involved in the death of an inmate in Decatur County.Michael Satterfield, 38, of Greensburg, was rushed from the Decatur County Jail to a local hospital after he was found unresponsive and not breathing Monday night around 6:30 p.m.He was pronounced dead at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.An autopsy was scheduled to be performed by the Decatur County Coroner Tuesday which could lead to more information. Police believe Satterfield may have died from natural causes.“According to our detective leading the investigation it doesn’t appear that any foul play was involved, it doesn’t appear it was a suicide,” said Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Noel Houze.Indiana State Police will keep the investigation open until autopsy results are complete.
O’Neill said: “International football is a wee bit like that these days, teams not running away with matches much. “It would be nice to be hard to beat because you feel you would have enough ability to create something. “[Aiden] McGeady in the final third has terrific feet and is a genuine danger. His own attacking instinct, he wants to think he can dribble himself out of any position on the park.” Poland represented a significant step up in class after Latvia, but Ireland took the game to them in the early stages and might even have gone ahead when defender Stephen Kelly saw a 21st-minute header loop up off the ground and over the bar. But the Poles stepped up a gear as the game wore on and exerted sustained pressure, although keeper David Forde did not have a save of note to make. O’Neill said: “That’s true, and I should look at that as a positive. The level of opposition was not in question. Poland are a wee bit unlucky not to be involved in play-off games. “It was tough and was always going to be. I made seven or eight changes, getting players into the fold and feeling they are part of it.” The manager, his assistant Roy Keane and their players flew back to Dublin in optimistic mood after a more than satisfactory first get-together, although they will not reconvene until March next year ahead of a home friendly against Serbia. Press Association That is something to which O’Neill, who has spent the past 23 years working day-to-day in club management, will have to get used in between international breaks. He said: “We will get back in the early hours and we are going to a hotel, and I won’t see them for some time. “I’ll have withdrawal symptoms – I’m not so sure it will be the same for the players. “I might be on the phone to them, but I’m not sure they are looking forward to that.” Martin O’Neill is confident Ireland have the firepower to win games if they continue to be hard to beat. The 61-year-old saw his team fight its way to a 0-0 friendly draw in Poland four days after launching his reign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Latvia. Where flowing football was the order of the day against the Latvians, Ireland had to show their once traditional grit at the INEA Stadium in Poznan to keep Robert Lewandowski and his team-mates at bay, and that was a source of contentment for their manager.
THE Mackenzie Sports Club ground in Linden will come alive this evening as the round of 16 matches of the Hamilton Green Cup football tournament continues at the venue with a triple-header card.From 17:00hrs, home side Silver Shattas will face Georgetown Football Club which will be followed by another Linden side, Milerock, taking on Georgetown’s Western Tigers from 19:00hrs.The feature game from 21:00hrs will bring together two Linden teams – Winners Connection and Eagles United.For their match against Georgetown Football Club, Silver Shattas will be highly dependent on custodian Kellon Major, defender Romel Matthews, midfielders Michael Wilson and Dexter Garraway as well as strikers Damion Williams and Robin Adams.Milerock, for their game against Western Tigers, will be looking to strikers Juel McKinnon and Kevin Beaton to do the job for them with support from midfielder Denzil Fordyce, Nellon Walcott and Lorenzo Miller.Colrick Beckles and Oswald Benjamin will assist custodian Jonathan Copeland in the defence.For the feature game, Shakell Frank will be between the uprights for Winners Connection with Derrol Dainty and Alan Garnett lending support at the back. Strikers Marley Davidson and Rawle Gittens are expected to get valuable support from midfielder Keon Sears.Eagles United, for their part, will be looking to strikers Kellon Primo, Clive Nobrega and Omar Brewley as well as midfielder Quasey Quintin, defenders Benny Neblett, Julian Smith and Romain Adams to do the job for them.
Striker Aziz Bouhaddouz was named in Morocco’s final 23-man squad on Wednesday for this month’ African Nations Cup finals after being belatedly brought in to replace the injured Younes Belhanda and Oussama Tannane.Belhanda broke his toe last month playing for Ligue 1 leaders Nice while Tannane suffered a thigh muscle injury training with the squad in Abu Dhabi last week. Bouhaddouz, who has won two caps and plays for German second division club St Pauli, comes in as a late replacement, the Morocco Football Federation announced.Morocco, who won the African championship in 1976, play in Group C at the finals in Gabon, starting against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Oyem on January 16.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoCHAMPAIGN, Ill. — If you had read the local newspapers before the game, you probably would’ve believed that the Illinois Fighting Illini had almost no chance of beating the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday afternoon. Well, at least that’s how UW head coach Barry Alvarez felt.With a high-profile clash against co-Big Ten leader Penn State just on the horizon, it’s understandable that Alvarez was worried his team might overlook a downtrodden Illinois squad.”I was hoping they didn’t read the papers here too much, because it sure seemed like [the Illinois media] were down on their kids for this week’s game,” Alvarez said. “I didn’t want them to think it would be easy.”Well, any illusions the Badgers may have had of an easy game were put to rest Saturday, as the Illinois offense proved to be more than a handful for the Wisconsin defense. More succinctly, however, quarterback Tim Brasic was a handful for the Badgers.The junior wreaked havoc on the Wisconsin defensive front all day with his ability to get outside the pocket on scramble. And he made this effect known early. On Illinois’ second scoring drive, the Illini signal caller converted a pair of third downs, including one third-and-15 situation, with his legs, bringing his team within three points of UW.By the end of the first half, the Riverside, Ill., native had run roughshod over the Badgers’ defense for 48 yards, and by the end of the game, he’d increased that total to 116.”He just kept finding space to run,” sophomore linebacker Andy Crooks said. “He did a great job on the ground and I don’t know what we could’ve done differently. We were spying him and he kept getting yards.”Brasic’s ability to run against Wisconsin brought to the forefront the effect the absence of starting mike linebacker Mark Zalewski had on the defense. Sitting out after suffering a knee injury against Purdue, Zalewski is a player defensive coordinator Bret Bielema admitted would have drawn the task of stopping Brasic on Illinois’ option looks as well as on scrambles out of the pocket.”He was improved, but wasn’t improved enough to play,” Alvarez said of Zalewski’s status. “I am hoping [he’ll be able to play against Penn State], I think there’s a good chance. You can speculate he may not play but I have a feeling he’ll be ready to practice this week.”But without Zalewski at his disposal, Bielema tried a litany of different looks to stop the Illinois signal caller, at some points even taking out senior linebackers LaMarr Watkins and Dontez Sanders and replacing them with true freshmen DeAndre Levy and Jonathan Casillas.”I wasn’t happy with them at particular times but they get better each week and I think it’s important to them,” Bielema said of Levy and Casillas. “I want everyone to understand that, especially defensively with linebackers, the guys who are going to play are the guys who’re going to help us win.”But Brasic wasn’t just causing problems for the UW defensive linemen and linebackers. He did his fair share of damage through the air, amassing 277 yards and two touchdowns for Illinois, numbers the defense admits are unacceptable.”Once again this week we’re kind of the redheaded step-child, it’s something that’s not acceptable and something we’re definitely going to have to get straightened out before next week,” defensive lineman Mike Newkirk said.But Bielema isn’t ready to push the panic button just yet. The UW defensive coordinator knows things have gotten ugly at times for the defense, but with another scrambling quarterback on the horizon — one that has a more potent offense at his disposal — in Penn State’s Michael Robinson, he believes the corrections made in the next few days could be the difference in next week’s contest.”It hasn’t been pretty in any way this year but I think we knew that coming in,” Bielema said. “But they scrap, they claw and at the end I just asked for everybody’s eyes and said ‘You are a resilient group, you battle every week, no one can ever say you quit in a particular situation,’ which means they have a great amount of pride. This week they’ve just got to be able to do something special.”
BRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoOne of the most striking changes for the Wisconsin softball team over the past seven games has been in the box score, namely on the opponent’s line in the run column.Since an 8-2 loss to Pacific on Mar. 11, which dropped the Badgers’ record to 5-9, the team has reeled off an impressive 6-1 stint. In each of those games, Badger pitchers have allowed no more than four runs.”One of our goals at the beginning of the season was to have a staff ERA around one or so,” junior Eden Brock said. “Early in the season, we weren’t anywhere close to that, but now we’re starting to get it back down.”The Badgers’ ERA during the recent hot streak? A “that’s more like it” 1.71, the standard upon which Brock and the freshmen pitcher duo of Leah Vanevenhoven and Theresa Boruta intend on keeping for the rest of the year.The pitchers are quick to shun away much of the credit for the recent stinginess, however.”The defense behind us has really been great,” Boruta said. “Our infield is really versatile and athletic.””We have lots of confidence that if the ball gets hit, someone will get to it and make a play,” Vanevenhoven, a graduate of Kaukauna High School, added.Undoubtedly, a major factor which has played into the resurgence is Vanevenhoven’s and Boruta’s increased experience at the collegiate level.”It takes some getting used to,” Boruta said. “The biggest difference [between high school softball and college] is that if you make a mistake at this level, batters are going to take advantage of it almost all the time. You have to think a lot more and keep hitters off balance.”Vanevenhoven echoed Boruta’s sentiments. “You are not going to strike everyone out, you just have to mix pitches the best you can and trust your teammates to make a play if it gets hit.”Badger head coach Chandelle Schulte sees progress in her young pitchers.”At first it is a little disconcerting knowing that if you make a mistake, it will get hit hard,” Schulte said. “They just have to trust their ability, and they are starting to do that.”The freshmen were afforded very little time early this season to get used to the idea of playing Division I softball before a baptism by fire, when they played such national powerhouse teams as Arizona State, Texas, and Stanford.Boruta and Vanevenhoven, both all-state selections in Illinois and Wisconsin respectively, look back to their outings against Texas and Stanford as seminal moments that stand out as eye-openers to the fact that they were actually playing softball at the Division I level.”Leah pitched very well against Texas, and then I got a chance to pitch against Stanford. “Those are two of the top teams in the country year in and year out. That’s really when I realized that I had made it [to D1 softball],” Boruta said.”As the “seasoned veteran” of the pitching staff, Brock is always there looking to help her younger teammates out.”Eden talks a lot during games. If there’s something she sees we’re doing mechanically wrong she will let us know. She’s always helping us stay focused and positive during the game, too,” Vanevenhoven explained.Schulte agrees with Vanevenhoven. “Eden really leads by example. She’s a successful pitcher and the younger pitchers watch how she goes about certain things and learn from that.”So does Brock feel any added pressure being the most experienced pitcher on the staff?”Not really,” Brock replied. “There is always the pressure to go out and win and pitch well, but I know that if I have a bad outing there is always someone behind me who has my back and will come in and help me out.”It is that sort of support and camaraderie which carries over off the diamond as well. The three noticeably enjoy each other’s company, laughing and joking among themselves in the training room of Goodman Diamond prior to practice.”We all get along so great, we just like to have a good time and that helps us relax and play better” Brock concluded.Winter Wonderland: Anyone out and about the northwest corner of campus on Thursday afternoon caught a strange sight.In wintry weather better suited for a polar bear or even the Badger hockey teams, the softball team held its first outdoor practice of the year.As the players rolled up to practice on their mopeds covered in a wet layer of snow, freshman outfielder and California native Valyncia Raphael stood in amazement at the wintry scene around her.”Not quite like home,” Raphael said. “I can’t believe we are actually going to practice in this!””Good thing the coaches decided to cancel practice [Wednesday]!” junior Sam Polito joked. “We should have called an emergency practice yesterday, it was so nice out.””We need to practice in weather like this because there’s a good chance we will end up playing a game somewhere along the line in weather similar to this,” Schulte explained.