What Santi Cazorla has said about returning to Arsenal as a coach

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Mar 2020 11:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link829Shares Advertisement What Santi Cazorla has said about returning to Arsenal as a coach Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla celebrating their 2015 FA Cup victory (Picture: Getty Images)‘I asked him about it, he said yes, he will consider as a coach when he retires but he wants to play for two more years.‘I tell you what, Mikel Arteta and Cazorla together, really good friends first of all but really good special minds of football.’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 ArsenalCazorla has already been backed by Arteta to become a ‘great coach’ despite his inexperience.The midfielder told Goal: ‘Yes, I believed he would become a manager in the future. Even when I was playing with him, he showed great leadership in dressing room. ‘Some say it’s a gamble for Arsenal to appoint him, but I believe it’s a reasonable challenge. He also worked as a coach under Pep Guardiola. ‘I believe he can become a great coach. It’s not easy for any manager now to be like [Arsene] Wenger or [Sir Alex] Ferguson.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton eye transfer moves for Man Utd defender Chris SmallingMORE: Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan sends message to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta Cazorla has earned status as a cult hero at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Santi Cazorla wants to move into coaching when he retires from playing football, opening the door for a reunion with former teammate Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, according to reports.The Spaniard spent six successful years in north London, linking up with Gunners coach Arteta to win two FA Cups. Cazorla, 35, is currently playing for Villarreal and his solid performances earning him a call up to the Spain squad in June 2019. Spanish journalist Guillem Balague said on his YouTube channel: ‘It’s interesting because I spoke to Santi not so long ago and he hasn’t renewed his contract with Villarreal which finishes at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Basically what may happen, he wants two more years playing. ‘Going back to Arsenal with Arteta is something that I think he will consider as a coach. Advertisementlast_img read more

AM roundup: StepStone, Swiss Capital, AllianzGI, Sound Harbor, Moody’s

first_imgAs part of its acquisition of Swiss Capital, it launched a private debt and hedge fund platform.It will expand StepStone’s European presence to around 90 professionals across three offices.Swiss Capital’s management team will continue to lead the private debt and hedge fund teams and be responsible for the management of the two businesses.In other news, Allianz Global Investors is to acquire Sound Harbor Partners, a US private credit manager.The firm will be part of AllianzGI’s private debt platform, which will incorporate the Sound Harbor team.The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.Sound Harbor is led by Michael Zupon, a former partner at the Carlyle Group, and Dean Criares, a former partner of the Blackstone Group.Sound Harbor is focused on alternative investments in corporate loans, direct lending, distressed debt and opportunistic credit.The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017.Lastly, Moody’s has changed its outlook on the global asset management industry from stable to negative.It said this was because “the acceleration of flows into low-fee passive products from actively managed funds, and regulatory initiatives constraining sales, have disrupted the industry”.The ratings agency said proposals recently announced by the Financial Conduct Authority “to reshape UK asset management” were credit negative for active managers.In mid-November, the UK regulator published its interim report on its asset management market study, saying that it found weak price competition among actively managed funds. StepStone Group LP, a US private markets and real assets investor, today announced that it has closed the acquisition of Zurich-based Swiss Capital Alternative Investments.The transaction was originally announced in May this year and had been subject to regulatory approvals.Swiss Capital is a private debt and hedge fund “solution provider” with more than $6.5bn (€6bn) in assets, targeting institutional investors primarily in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.StepStone is a global private markets firm with around $28bn in assets and overseeing more than $100bn of private capital allocations.last_img read more

EPL: Chelsea survive Aston Villa scare

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Chelsea boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four as second-half goals from substitute Christian Pulisic and striker Olivier Giroud secured a 2-1 comeback win at relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday.The result left Chelsea fourth on 51 points from 30 games, five ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, while Villa’s hopes of avoiding the drop were dented as they stayed second-bottom on 26 points, one point adrift of the safety zone. Defender Kortney Hause had fired the home side ahead against the run of play in the 43rd minute with his first Premier League goal, scrambling in a close-range rebound after Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga parried an Anwar El Ghazi shot.Dominant Chelsea had 76 per cent of possession in the opening half and missed a string of chances, with Villa keeper Oerjan Nyland twice denying Mason Mount, while Mateo Kovacic volleyed inches wide from the edge of the penalty area.American Pulisic equalised on the hour, five minutes after coming on, when he stabbed a Cesar Azpilicueta cross off the underside of the bar at the far post as Villa’s defence finally cracked under intense Chelsea pressure.Azpilicueta delivered another telling assist two minutes later, threading the ball to Giroud from a flowing move and the Frenchman’s deflected shot on the turn gave Nyland no chance.Tags: Aston VillaChelseaChristian PilisicKepa ArrizabalagaManchester UnitedOlivier Giroudlast_img read more

Lakers’ Julius Randle unlikely to keep starting position

first_imgThe frustration does not emerge as much in Julius Randle’s body language. His jumper also reaches the basket with more dependable accuracy.Since moving into the starting lineup seven games ago, a few things have happened for the better. Randle has posted four double-doubles. He has shot 51.4 percent from the field. He has logged just under 30 minutes per contest.“That’s what he’s supposed to do,” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson said. “He’s playing hard and competing. He’s doing everything we’ve asked for.” But that might not be enough for Randle to retain his starting spot when the Lakers (9-40) host the Charlotte Hornets (22-25) on Sunday at Staples Center. Lakers coach Byron Scott has planned to start Larry Nance Jr. after gradually phasing him into the lineup amid a four-game absence last week because of a sore right knee. How does Randle find the balance between limiting turnovers while maintaining his aggressiveness? “There were passes I was trying to make that weren’t there. Sometimes I’m going in a hurry,” Randle said of his play against the Clippers. “If there’s certain situations like that next game, I won’t make the same play.” Rock bottomScott could become linked to something in Lakers history that is hardly as glorious as his three NBA championship teams during the “Showtime Era.” If they lose against Charlotte, the Lakers will tie a team record for consecutive losses (10). The Lakers also have compiled more nine-game losing streaks this season (two) than in their previous 66 seasons combined (one). “Two losses in a row is demoralizing. You hate losing two,” said Scott, whose .220 winning percentage is last among the Lakers’ 25 all-time coaches. “Obviously nine is something we didn’t imagine. But it’s something we have to deal with. The only thing we can do is to take each loss, try to learn from it and try to get ready for the next game.”It has not been easy. “It’s tough,” Clarkson said. “We’ll continue to work. That’s all we can do. We’ll try to keep getting better.”News and notesThe Lakers listed Bryant as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against Charlotte because of soreness in his right shoulder. Bryant sat out on Friday against the Clippers … The Lakers sent seldom-used forward Tarik Black to their Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. “I still love what Julius has done,” Scott said. “But when Larry was in that starting role, he was playing extremely well.”So has Randle. “All year I’ve put in a lot of work,” Randle said. “I’m keeping my confidence and finding my pace and knowing when and when not to take it. Sometimes I settle too much. Sometimes I don’t take it enough. So just trying to find that balance and still be aggressive and attack.” Yet, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell argued Randle “can do way better.” Kobe Bryant still chewed out Randle both during a timeout in last week’s loss in Portland and afterwards in the locker room because of his defense. Randle also committed six of the Lakers’ 17 turnovers in Friday’s loss to the Clippers. “I’m not so worried about that,” Scott said of Randle’s turnovers. “I love his aggressiveness. It’s just a matter of trying to take better care of the ball next time we play.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more