Champions League qualification in Arsenal’s hands, says Emery

first_img(REUTERS) – Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four and qualifying for the Champions League are still in their own hands despite losing ground over the weekend, manager Unai Emery said yesterday.Arsenal, who were looking to move up to third over the weekend, now find themselves fifth in the table after Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.With four games to go this season, Emery’s side are a point behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur and fourth-placed Chelsea, although the latter have played a game more.“We have it in our hands,” Emery told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s (today) trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. “At the beginning of the season, after winter, we struggled in the table. We were in a worse position than we are now.Our way is not changing. We are in our way at the end of the season with a big possibility to take our target. I’m still proud of our season, knowing that the key moments are now. Tomorrow is a big moment, match and challenge for us.”Emery brushed aside suggestions that mid-table Wolves, who have nothing to play for this season, might take their foot off the pedal. The newly-promoted side have an impressive record against the top six teams, picking up 13 points so far.“They’re going to push a lot tomorrow,” Emery said. “I worked one thing here very quickly, we are playing against all of the teams and they want to battle us, fighting and playing with a big motivation.“One is the motivation in the table for each player and one is the motivation against Arsenal. Every team wants to battle us because they respect us and also because it’s important to try to win against us.”Emery also refused to comment on whether midfielder Granit Xhaka would return from a hip injury but confirmed Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez (groin) would not be available.“I want to keep all the information we can have for tomorrow,” he said when asked about Xhaka’s possible return. “Sorry. It’s because I think it’s better for us.“You know Aaron Ramsey cannot play, Denis Suarez cannot play.”last_img read more

MLB wrap: Cubs’ road woes continue as series winless streak extends to 12

first_imgIf there is a place to play the Cubs in 2019 it’s on the road.With Chicago’s 11-1 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday, the Cubs are now 0-10-2 in their last 12 road series. MLB rumors: Much-maligned pitcher Matt Harvey to sign with Athletics Jake Arrieta injury update: Phillies pitcher (elbow) could be done for season They have only been swept once in that time for what it’s worth, but still, it’s not what you want.The Cubs are now 0-10-2 in their last 12 road series after losing 11-1 tonight.This will essentially mean they’ll go just about 3 calendar months without a road series win.They’ve been swept only once. Will attempt to avoid that tomorrow.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 15, 2019With their loss Wednesday, Chicago is now 23-37 on the road in 2019. That is the worst of any team currently in a playoff spot and better than just seven teams in all of MLB. Related Newscenter_img The Pirates are 13 1/2 games back of the Cubs in the National League Central but have a better road record than the Cubs.The Cardinals are now tied with Chicago atop the Central after a 6-0 win over the Royals, their fifth-straight victory. The Brewers are 1 1/2 games back after their win over the Twins.Studs of the NightYuli Gurriel went 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs for the Astros, but James McCann hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning to lead the White Sox to a 13-9 win. McCann finished 2 for 4 on the day.James. McGrand.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 14, 2019Xander Bogaerts went 3 for 4 with two home runs and four RBIs. His three-run homer in the seventh put the Red Sox ahead for good in a 5-1 win over the Indians.Gary Sanchez went 3 for 3 with a home run in the Yankees’ 6-5 win over the Orioles, their 16th straight victory over Baltimore. Dud of the NightReds starter Trevor Bauer gave up nine runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 17-7 loss to the Nationals. Eight of those runs came in the fifth inning alone in which Washington put up a 10-spot.HighlightAlbert Pujols made history with an RBI single against the Pirates. He now has the most hits all time for a foreign-born player in MLB history, passing Adrian Beltre.With that hit, Albert Pujols got the Halos on the board and now holds the top spot for most career hits for a player born outside the United States!! What a Milestone!!⚾🔥👏@Angels | @PujolsFive— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) August 15, 2019What’s NextIndians (72-49) at Yankees (81-41) 7:05 p.m. ET — The Indians need every win they can get as they are in a heated division race for the American League Central with the Twins. The Yankees have a nice cushion on the best record in the American League after Houston lost to the White Sox twice in a three-game series this week. New York now has its sights set on the Dodgers for the best record in all of MLB. The two teams face off in an important series starting Thursday.last_img read more