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Sokratis drops hint over Arsenal future after starring in Portsmouth win

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first_imgArteta has favoured Luiz and Mustafi as a centre-back pairing (Picture: Getty Images)The former Borussia Dortmund defender added: ‘It’s important that we won because what happened in the Europa League was very bad for us and especially for me. This game was very important for me and I was very disappointed.‘When you win the first game you wait that you can have the ticket for the next round. Olympiacos played also better, maybe not better but also very good and they won.‘This is football. Today was a good response. We have arrived as far as possible.‘Now we have to push also in the league because there’s not space to leave there.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: David Luiz sends message to Arsenal youngsters after he’s seen giving Reiss Nelson adviceMORE: David Luiz praises debutant Pablo Mari after performance in Arsenal’s FA Cup win Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Mar 2020 6:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Sokratis drops hint over Arsenal future after starring in Portsmouth wincenter_img Arteta reflects on Portsmouth 0-2 Arsenal in FA CupTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:26FullscreenArteta reflects on Portsmouth 0-2 Arsenal in FA Cuphttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reflects-portsmouth-0-2-arsenal-fa-cup-2122464/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.When asked if he could see himself staying at Arsenal beyond next season, Sokratis failed to give a definitive answer.He replied: ‘I don’t know. I don’t think about it, I think every day to be happy and help the team and in the end we will see but what I say is that I am not a player who sits on a contract – I don’t need it.’‘I don’t know if I did enough or if people wait for more from me but what I look for is to give 100 per cent for them and the team and to win every game.’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 ArsenalThe Gunners bounced back from their disappointing Europa League defeat to Olympiacos, beating Portsmouth 2-0 in the FA Cup on Monday night.Arteta’s side scored either side of half-time, with Sokratis and 20-year-old Eddie Nketiah getting on the scoresheet. Advertisement Sokratis has scored three goals this season (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal defender Sokratis has hinted that if he doesn’t get enough game time under boss Mikel Arteta, he could leave the club before his contract expires.The 31-year-old is approaching the final year of his Gunners deal, which is due to expire at the end of the 2020/2021 campaign.The Greece international has played a bit-part role in the side since the arrival of Spanish coach Arteta, and refused to commit to his future at the club.Sokratis told football.london: ‘I have one more year here but me, I never sit on my contract.ADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t care. If I’m not happy, I don’t play enough or the coach doesn’t like me, I don’t care about the contract.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘For me the money is not important, it is important I feel good, I feel happy and the team is happy with me. If not, I take the road and I finish.’last_img read more

Small Town Baseball

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first_imgYou have seen stories I have written in the past about some of the local baseball leagues that existed 50 years ago. Most of them are now just memories for us older folks. Recently, a group of us were talking about these leagues and how toward the end of the season towns liked to pick up an extra player to help them win the playoffs. In those days it wasn’t unusual for a town to have a good player playing in some minor league system. These lower minor leagues usually ended by September 1st so when the players came home, it was certain one of the area teams would pick them up to finish the season. Even if they weren’t pitchers for their minor league team, they often were asked to pitch for these local teams, because they were great athletes and probably had pitched some time in their past. This would always cause a lot of discussion between the local teams as to just how fair this procedure was. Really, the only thing that the other team was mad about is the fact that their hated rival got to this player first and signed him up before they did. No league president would interfere because these rivalries created a lot of interest which in turn filled the stands and added some much needed money to the league treasury. You can bet that the next year all the teams would go out and scour the area to see if there were any of these guys available for that final push for local bribing rights. All I know is that it was a lot of fun as a kid to go and watch these games, because the baseball was excellent and it only cost a couple bucks to see the game.last_img read more