Pattaya Sports Round up – Friday April 4 – April…

first_imgFridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired.  The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts.  For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.SaturdayPattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road.  Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free.  For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.com Ocean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th8:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: ridingschool@thehorseshoepoint.com8:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am – 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors.  Parents can sit at the bar and watch.  New champions needed!  Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur – signposted behind Phoenix Golf.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at pattayacricketclub@gmail.comSundayBadminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at X-zyte Sports Club on Third Road. We play 10-12am Sunday, Tuesday and Friday with a mix of mostly 50+ farangs and younger Thai’s.The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players.  Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course.  Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email 2012tasg@gmail.com to be updated each week for the upcoming game.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th12:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games at every Sunday at 12 noon.  New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game.  For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact John at scrabbleking @yahoo.com or call 089-932-54332:00 p.m. The Pattaya Backgammon League (PBL) meets every Sunday at B.G. House & Restaurant @ 2 p.m. For further details phone 081 664 9085 or email tournament@pattayabackgammonleague.com3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.Monday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.2:45 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 2.45 pm at the Lek Hotel, (between Soi 12 & 13 on 2nd Road).  The bus leaves at 3.00 pm, and the run starts at 4.30pm.  More info at www.pattayah3.comTuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  100 baht per person.  Please email pattayanetballclub@gmail.com to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at pattayacricketclub@gmail.com.4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting.  No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: petanque.Th@gmail.com (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers and Panties (mixed) Touch Rugby every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Paul Crouch on 089 902 6286 or pjcrouch@hotmail.comlast_img read more

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BCC men improving daily on hardwood

first_img Near misses don’t carry a lot of weight with coaches. However, Paul Cisek could find a lot to be pleased about when his freshman-dominated Brookdale Community College men’s basketball team took the No. 1-ranked Division III team in the country, Bergen, to the wire on Dec. 17 Thomas Jones, one of the freshmen on the Brookdale Community College men’s basketball team, scores on a lay-up against Cumberland. CHRIS KELLY staff It took a three-point basket by Bergen with only .04 left to win it, 75-72, in Lincroft. “There were some positives; we played real well,” said Cisek, whose team is 5-4. The game told more about the direction that the Blues are headed than anything else, and that direction is up. “We’re real young, but we’re getting better by the day,” Cisek pointed out. BCC starts four freshmen, led by point guard Austin Whitehead (Monmouth Regional High School). Cisek and his coaches worked the Shore area very hard last winter, and as a result, all four of the freshmen come from the Shore Conference. In addition to Whitehead, Thomas Jones is from Neptune, Jared Walker from Long Branch, and Shawn Dowd is from Keyport. However, it is sophomore Bill McDonough (St. Rose High School, Belmar) who has made it all work. “He’s the best player in our league [Garden State Athletic Conference],” said Cisek. “He brings the young freshmen along with him. He gets them motivated.” Along with being a great leader for a team with only two sophomores among its 13 players, McDonough, as Cisek remarked, “can play.” The forward was averaging a team-high 24.33 points and 15 rebounds a game. “He’s 6-8, runs real well, jumps real well and passes real well,” said Cisek. “He can shoot the 15-footer and he’s a decent threepoint threat.” McDonough is second on the team in assists at 5.33 a game. It is Whitehead who is leading the team in helpers with 7.67 per game. Jones has given McDonough ample scoring support, averaging 18.33 ppg. The Blues have four players averaging double figures, with Walker adding 13.0 and Dowd 11.67. Dowd is a 6-3 forward who played with his back to the basket in high school and is now making the adjustment of facing the basket. Andre McKenzie (Asbury Park High School) is the only other sophomore on the roster, and he’s the team’s sixth man. He provides a scoring spark for Cisek and is averaging 11.67 points per game. CHRIS KELLY staff Chris Cooper (Ocean Township), Chris Chamberlain (Mater Dei), Tim Callahan (Howell) and Derek Starling (Long Branch) have all contributed off the bench. Callahan is a three-point threat. The young Blues will get to feast at home in January, playing seven of their 11 games on campus. They are hosting Union on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. Cisek said the team’s goal is to be .500 in order to qualify for the postseason Region XIX Tournament this year. Teams that are either .500 in GSAC play or .500 overall go to the postseason. Cisek has a team he thinks could be very dangerous come late February and the second season because of their constant improvement. The freshmen are maturing daily, and there is always McDonough. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

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Arsenal are too reliant on Sanchez, reveals concerned Wenger

first_imgArsenal are currently too reliant on Alexis Sanchez, a concerned Arsene Wenger has admitted.The Chilean forward has hit nine goals in just 13 Premier League game for the Gunners, including a winner two minutes from time against Southampton on Wednesday.And as he got his profligate team-mates out of trouble once again, French manager Wenger admitted he was fearful about his charge becoming too dependent on the ex-Barcelona star’s goals.“It is dangerous to rely on one player to score the goals,” he said. “At the moment he is miles ahead of everyone else with goals.“Let’s hope the other players will join him.”last_img

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Lancaster Cemetery to build replica, won’t move vets memorial

first_imgThe white silica memorial was erected in the mid-1940s by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce at Cedar Avenue and the boulevard and bears the names of 709 Antelope Valley men and women who served during the war. It was covered with flagstone in the early 1970s after being vandalized and defaced during the Vietnam War era. Cemetery officials believe the names of the men and women were inscribed on parchment paper and encased behind glass. Before the monument was covered with stone and a memorial plaque, a woman removed the parchment paper and took it home with her, but cemetery officials don’t know who that was. The 709 names, however, were preserved, having been printed in a newspaper article. There also was a hand-wrought spiral ornament atop the stone, but that is long missing, too, probably snapped off by thieves, officials said. Fifty-five of the 709 are buried at the cemetery. Cemetery officials estimate there are about 25 World War II veterans who still live in the Antelope Valley. Instead of using parchment paper, the names of the veterans will be inscribed in black granite. “We are going to try and replicate it as best we can with the original names on there and not add or take anything off,” DeBry said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It started out with a concrete base,” he said, “and they crushed the silica and plastered it on it.” The Friends group was formed about six years ago to build a veterans memorial at the cemetery. It had been raising funds to move the 7-foot-tall, obelisk-shape monument but encountered some resistance. “We’ve run into some issues with various people who want to leave the monument on the boulevard,” cemetery manager Barbara Little said. “It became a tug of war, so we decided to let go of our end of the rope and just build a replica here at the cemetery.” Little said some people thought the monument should stay on the boulevard, where Lancaster has its Aerospace Walk of Fame. And American Legion officials indicated they thought they owned the memorial. Cemetery officials believe they accepted ownership of it around 1971. “We don’t want to offend or hurt anybody. The main thing is to honor our veterans,” Little said. LANCASTER – Concern about its fragility and questions about ownership have led Lancaster Cemetery officials to abandon plans to move an 11-ton, 1940s-era World War II veterans monument from Lancaster Boulevard to the cemetery. The cemetery instead will build a granite replica that will serve as the centerpiece of a veterans memorial that could also include an amphitheater. “We were just afraid that it might fall apart,” said Dayle DeBry, cemetery historian and member of Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery. The monument is made of white silica, which could crumble because it is so soft, DeBry said. last_img read more

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Wayne Rooney talked me into Everton move – Theo Walcott

first_img1 The 28-year-old forward has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Toffees Theo Walcott has revealed he was talked into swapping Arsenal for Everton by former England team-mate Wayne Rooney.The 28-year-old forward, who won two FA Cups with Arsenal, completed his switch from the Gunners to Goodison Park on a three-and-a-half-year contract on Wednesday evening.Walcott joined for an undisclosed fee but manager Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window reportedly cost £20million.And the England international insists Rooney’s advice was a major factor as he targets trophies with the Toffees.“I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton,” Walcott told evertontv. “He told me it was a great place to play football and a club that is on the up. Those are the reasons I came here.“This is a club with great history. The fans are brilliant, they are always passionate… and I used to find it very tough playing here.“You want to be part of something and Wayne feels Everton are really going to improve.”He also admitted playing for Sam Allardyce – who picked him in his short tenure as England boss – was a big draw in moving to Merseyside.“I was very proud of what I did last season – scoring 19 goals,” said Walcott. “I want to bring that [scoring form] to Everton Football Club. I want to be part of the attacking force that is here.“It always comes down to hard work and I think the manager here will get the best out of all the players. I just want to play football and enjoy it again. I feel this move will make that happen.“With Sam coming in, his start was fantastic. There has been a little dip – but that happens and it is how you get out of that which makes you stronger. I feel like the players have got a point to prove, I have got a point to prove and it is going to get the best out of us, I am sure.“I believe I can add value in any of the front-line positions. The manager will pick his team depending on who we play against. He sees me more on the right, but I can play in any of those positions. A lot of those 19 goals I scored I was playing on the right.“I think this is going to be brilliant for me. I want to be a part of the atmosphere here and try to build something special. This is a special place to play football and the old traditions are great.”Walcott will now turn his attention to winning silverware with Everton after a 12-year career in London.“I’ve come to Everton because I want the club to push to the next level,” Walcott said.“I’m very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be. The manager is very ambitious and I feel like the club is going in the right direction.“The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need.”last_img read more

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Vieira doesn’t watch ‘The View’

first_img – Associated Press Obama visits Nairobi slums U.S. Sen. Barack Obama did his best to highlight reasons for optimism in what might be Africa’s largest slum during a brief stop Sunday. He visited a savings project that lets residents of Kibera pool their money, and he talked to children participating in AIDS prevention programs that stress abstinence. The slum makes up about one-third of Nairobi’s population and stands in contrast to other buildings in the city. Kibera’s residents were thrilled at the chance to see Obama, whose father was Kenyan. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Meredith Vieira says she doesn’t watch ABC’s “The View” now that she’s poised to become the co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show on Sept. 13. “I needed to think ahead,” she said in an interview published in Time magazine on Sunday. “But I have to admit, the day after Star made her announcement, I watched. I feel very sad for everything that’s happened and for everybody involved.” Star Jones Reynolds left “The View” in June after the announcement that Rosie O’Donnell would take over as moderator. Vieira was “The View” moderator for nine years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. – Associated Press Laryngitis forces Mayer to cancel Laryngitis forced pop singer John Mayer to back out of a Hartford, Conn., performance Saturday night. Thousands of fans waited at the gates of the Dodge Music Center before organizers decided co-headliner Sheryl Crow and opening act Mat Kearney could go on without Mayer. The Grammy-winning singer was born in Bridgeport and raised in Fairfield. last_img read more

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Spencer softball beats Nekoosa, loses to Auburndale at home tournament

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER – The Spencer softball team went 1-1 at its home tournament on Saturday beating Nekoosa 15-0 and losing to Auburndale 5-4.Spencer had its 11-game winning streak snapped with the loss to Auburndale and is now 11-3.Spencer used 13 walks and eight hits to beat Nekoosa due to the 15-run rule after 3½ innings. Sadie Mercier had three hits, Courtney Buss and Mandie Schultz each had three RBIs, and Macie Weber had a home run for Spencer. Weber and Lexi Baehr each pitched two innings, giving up just one hit.Auburndale scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning to edge Spencer. Hannah Bolder had three hits and drove in three runs, and Brooke Anderson and Mackenzie Raab each had two hits for the Apaches (3-7-1).“Definitely have to give Auburndale credit,” Spencer coach Jason Gorst said. “They outplayed us in every facet of the game and deserved to win. It was an eye opener for us and hopefully we can improve on some of the things we are not very good at.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Game 1Rockets 15, Papermakers 0Nekoosa 000 0 – 0 1 4Spencer 933 x – 15 8 1WP: Macie Weber. LP: Keenan.SO: Keenan (1 inn.) 1, Not reported 0; Weber (2 inn.) 2, Lexi Baehr (2 inn.) 1. BB: Keenan 3, Not reported 10; Weber 1, Baehr 1.Top hitters: S, Courtney Buss 2B, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Weber HR, 2 RBIs; Montana Kleinschmidt 2 RBIs; Lindsay Vaughan 2 runs; Jenna Schober 2 runs; Faith Bauer 2 runs; Sadie Mercier 3×3; Mandie Schultz 3B, 3 RBIs.Game 2Apaches 5, Rockets 4Auburndale 201 010 1 – 5 9 1Spencer 000 112 0 – 4 10 5WP: Tiffany Meinders. LP: Alexis Soppe.SO: Soppe (5 inn.) 2, Not reported 0; Meinders (4 1/3 inn.) 4, Weber (2 2/3 inn.) 4. BB: Soppe 4; Meinders 1.Top hitters: A, Brooke Anderson 2×3, 2 runs; Mackenzie Raab 2×3, 3 runs; Hannah Bolder 3×4, 3 RBIs; Ponchock 2B. S, Cinnamin Harwood 2×3; Weber 2B; Schober 2B; Mercier 2×4.last_img read more

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Enterprises, Struggling to Manage Your Data? Try The Semantic Web

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… PwC lists a number of Semantic technology vendors that focus on enterprise data integration techniques. Not all of these solutions are based on Semantic Web standards, but most have at least a partial adherence to them. Some of the vendors that PwC lists include Cambridge Semantics, Collibra, Metatomix, OpenLink Software, and Talis Group. Interesting to note that some of the big database vendors are also in play in the nascent Enterprise Semantic Web market: Microsoft has an open-source Ontology Add-In for Office Word 2007 (among other products); and Oracle offers Spatial 11g, an option toDatabase 11g that according to PwC offers a wide range of semantic data management features.The report, available as a free download at PricewaterhouseCoopersTechnology Forecast, is packed with useful information for enterprises wanting to make a foray into the world of the Semantic Web. Tell us in the comments if your company is using the Semantic Web, and how it’s going for you so far. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise Related Posts richard macmanuscenter_img “With the Semantic Web, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel with your own ontology, because others, such as musicontology.com and DBpedia, have already created ontologies and made them available on the Web. As long as they’re public and useful, you can use those. Where your context differs from theirs, you make yours specific, but where there’s commonality, you use what they have created and leave it in place. Ideally, you make public the non-sensitive elements of your business-specific ontology that are consistent with your business model, so others can make use of them.”We recommend you read the report for a full understanding of ontologies, but basically they are the means to connect data and metadata together. PwC goes on to explain that ontology development is becoming a more popular business-integration technique for organizations. It cites the data-intensive healthcare, media, and oil and gas industries as being early leaders in this movement.The problem that enterprises often face with Web technologies is the lack of control they introduce. PwC acknowledges this, but says that enterprises only need to control some data – not all of it. To take true advantage of the Web, says PwC, enterprises need to be able to take advantage of its scale – and that’s not possible without giving up some control. So PwC advises enterprises to “limit your controlled environment to what you don’t have to scale.” The table below is a great summary of the benefits of the Linked Data approach to data management. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… A new PricewaterhouseCoopers Technology report explains how the Semantic Web and Linked Data can help enterprises manage their large-scale data better. The PwC Center for Technology and Innovation team spent several months researching and analyzing the problem of data silos in enterprises – and what solutions are being developed to help with that problem. The answer, according to PwC, is Semantic Web techniques. PwC believes that the Semantic Web offers a practical way to address the problem of large-scale data integration.We downloaded the 58-page report and summarize some of the findings for you in this post. PwC wrote in the report that the underlying technology of the Semantic Web applies not just to online data, but to “internal information and non-Web-based external information” – including a company’s data warehouse. Currently enterprises struggle with hefty relational databases, but PwC says that the Semantic Web could both lower costs and provide more data. What’s more, companies can contribute their “non-sensitive” ontologies to the Linked data cloud:last_img read more

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PM-HR 3 LAST

first_img(REOPENS DES58)(REOPENS DES58)Speaking on the occasion, Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki said the swarna jayanti celebrations would continue up to October 31, 2017.After implementation of various schemes of the central and state governments, Haryana would truly reflect the aspirations of the people, he said.Stressing the need to work with the spirit of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, he urged the people to take a pledge and participate in the development of the state.Chief Minister Khattar said, “We are celebrating the swarna jayanti of Haryana, and not of any party or government. Haryana came into existence on this day in 1966 and the state has achieved tremendous progress in many fields during this period. Now the state government is working for the development of the state and following the mantra Haryana Ek-Haryanavi Ek.”Referring to the the Ek Bharat-Shresth Bharat programme launched on the occasion of the anniversary of Vallabhbhai Patel, the Chief Minister said the state government would work in tandem with Telangana.On the occasion, Khattar also recalled when Haryana was carved out as a separate state in 1966, how as a 12-year-old boy then he like many others used to study under a lantern.He recalled how things have changed since then and Haryana have made progress in various fields.”When Haryana came into being as a separate state, at that time some people even raised doubt whether the newly formed state will be able to pay salaries to its employees and whether it can undertake development,” he said.advertisementNow that very state is a frontrunner in various fields including sports, foodgrain and milk production, on industrial front or in making contribution to the countrys armed forces, he said. PTI SUN SMNlast_img read more

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Arsenal deserved derby win, says Sokratis

first_imgSokratis Papastathopoulos says the north London derby victory over Tottenham was Arsenal’s best performance of the season so far – insisting there was only one team on the pitch at Emirates Stadium.The Gunners were losing at half-time after Eric Dier’s header and Harry Kane’s penalty cut out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half spot kick. However, two half time substituions from head coach Unai Emery saw Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira get on the scoresheet to record a famous derby win.Emery’s meticulous approach paid dividends as an Arsenal side full of intensity picked up all three points, with Sokratis insisting that the win was fully deserved. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I think today we were much better,” Sokratis said after the game. “We lost our concentration for 10 minutes after 30 minutes of the game. In the first half and second half we were much better and could have scored more goals. I think today there was only one team on the pitch.“It was tough. The derbies are like this. It was very important for us that we won but it’s more important the next game.“If we want to continue and believe we have to play like this in the next games. We need to improve sometimes but today we were much better.”“If you see the game they did just two things. Maybe we also have to be in these two situations when we conceded. I speak about everyone in general. After our penalty we also had chances to score. It’s very good that when we go down that we continue [to fight].“We played much better than the beginning and I’m very happy that the points are coming because sometimes you play very good and the points don’t come. I hope that we continue on this road.””I think it was the best performance of the season. Today was a great atmosphere, a very good game – I like it, I’m very happy that I played in a game like this.”Greek international Sokratis came up against in-form England striker Harry Kane, an opponent he has faced on several occasions while playing for Borussia Dortmund, although he rarely troubled other than scoring a first-half penalty for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.“He’s a very good player, of course. He’s one of the best strikers in the world – but not today.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19Aubameyang is now the Premier League’s top scorer with 10 goals and two assists. Sokratis played with him for several years together at Dortmund and says it’s no surprise to see the showcase his goalscoring qualities in England.“I’ve known Aubameyang for more than five years. He’s a great player and in the Bundesliga he scored more than 25 goals every year so he’s a very good player.“It’s good that maybe sometimes we speak for the other [players] so we’re more concentrated and do our work. Auba is a good player and if you have a good team next to you then it’s not as difficult.”The midfield partnership of Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka has reaped rewards for Emery in recent games as the team have gone 19 games unbeaten in all competitions. Torreira in particular has become an immediate fan favourite due to his tenacious midfield style and after scoring the fourth goal against Tottenham, while the tactical decision to play three in defence has also benefitted Emery’s team of late.”Lucas is a very good player also and a very good guy,” said Sokratis. “I think he’s also very important for our team. It’s the same for Granit, they know when they have to go and when they have to stay which makes it more easy for us at the back.””I think it’s good [playing three at the back]. It’s something new because this team doesn’t usually play with three at the back. We don’t have to find excuses, we are professional players, we are at this level and when the coach says we have to play with four, three or five we have to be there.”Sokratis admits that Arsenal only have a short time to recover ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford where they will face Manchester United, but maintains that under Emery the squad continue to improve thanks to the Spaniard’s pragmatic approach.”He [Emery] is very happy. It’s very good because he speaks a lot to us every day. All the stuff with the work and video analysis is very good for the players and helps us a lot.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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