Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta passionately defends Manchester City after Champions League ban is overturned

first_img Comment Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant when they won back-to-back league titles (Picture: Getty)‘But they lost off the pitch, they have to go on the pitch and try beat us on the pitch. Like a sportsman. If we did something wrong we accept our ban, any departments – Fifa, Uefa, Premier League – we are here. But we can defend ourselves.‘After yesterday it was a great day for football, not a bad day, as it was shown we were playing the same way as other clubs. We can play in the Champions League next season as what we’ve done is right and proper. Go on the pitch now and play against us.’MORE: Pep Guardiola demands apology after Man City’s Champions League ban is liftedMORE: Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Manchester City getting Champions League ban overturnedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta passionately defends Manchester City after Champions League ban is overturned Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Jul 2020 3:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Sharescenter_img Guardiola was clearly delighted that City’s European ban was lifted (Picture: Instagram)Arteta, though, believes old club City – where he used to be assistant to Guardiola – have acted fairly and appropriately and any questions surrounding their conduct should be forgotten.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his thoughts on City’s ban getting overturned, and the ramifications for FFP, Arteta said: ‘There is no question about what happened.‘They completely deserved to be in the Champions League because what they have done on the pitch is unquestionable.‘The regulators have looked at it and have decided that they haven’t done anything wrong so you have the two aspects that are really clear and transparent.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 Arsenal‘They are going to be in the Champions League because they deserve it for what they have done on the pitch and what they have done outside of the pitch.’When City boss Guardiola was asked if the other clubs would now move on and stop questioning City, he replied: ‘It would be nice but I don’t think so. How many times people came to this club whispering on us.‘I’d like it to finish, I’d like to say people look in our eyes and if you have to say it, do it face to face. Then play on the pitch as rivals and if you beat us don’t hesitate, we’ll shake hands and congratulate them. Advertisement The Spaniard says his old club ‘deserve’ to be playing European football (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has not joined the chorus of Premier League managers who have questioned Manchester City’s Champions League ban being overturned, instead defending his old club.Pep Guardiola’s side were cleared of committing ‘serious breaches’ of Financial Fair Play regulations by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, with their two-year ban from European football lifted immediately.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reacted to the news by saying he ‘didn’t think it was a good day for football’ while Spurs boss Jose Mourinho branded the ruling ‘a disgrace’.last_img read more

Dodgers beat Arizona, can clinch NL West Wednesday

first_imgPHOENIX >> Matt Kemp is back and knocking the baseball all over the park, just in time to help the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch the NL West and look for even better things ahead.One day after coming off the disabled list, Kemp went 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs Tuesday night and the Dodgers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3.The Dodgers, who once languished in last place, nine games out, snapped a four-game skid and can clinch the division title by beating Arizona on tonight.“It feels good to just be able to be here with the team and be able to go out there and run out with them and compete with them and do all that, “ Kemp said. “I missed baseball, man. I haven’t been able to play in a while, so it feels good, you know the crowd, to hear all that, it’s a good feeling.” “We haven’t had that conversation yet,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “The game just got over, (general manager) Kevin (Towers) is not here. I have talked to him but we will see how Patrick feels. He didn’t throw a lot of pitches tonight. He just didn’t have his good stuff.”Aaron Hill hit a solo home run for the Diamondbacks.Hanley Ramirez, who had missed the previous four games with a sore back, reached base four times with a single and three walks and scored three runs.Mark Ellis and Ramirez got the Dodgers going with consecutive one-out singles in the first. Gonzalez popped out, but Kemp lashed a two-out double to right to bring home both runs. Uribe followed with his third home run of the season, a two-run shot to left made it 4-0.Corbin retired the side in order in the second but walked Ramirez to start the third. Then on an 0-2 pitch, Gonzalez hit a soaring home run into the right field seats, his 17th homer of the season, and the Dodgers were up 6-0. Kemp’s double off the center field wall ended Corbin’s brief but rough night.“That’s me,” Kemp said, “driving the ball to center field, that’s what I do. To be able to do that, especially the first game back, that’s a pretty good sign.”Kemp had been sidelined since July 21 with a left ankle sprain. He struck out as a pinch hitter to end Monday night’s 2-1 loss. Manager Don Mattingly had said that until Kemp showed he could run well enough, pinch hitting would be his role. Kemp showed enough in a simulated game earlier Tuesday to get him back in the lineup.“He swung the bat good,” Mattingly said. “I thought he looked good in the outfield, too, just turning, a couple of plays he ended up backpedaling and stuff. It looked like he was pretty easy out there.”Kemp’s RBI single off Matt Langwell in the fourth put the Dodgers up 8-0.Arizona scratched out a run in the fourth when Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez led off with singles. Goldschmidt scored from third when Martin Prado grounded into a fielder’s choice.Hill’s leadoff homer in the sixth cut the lead to 8-2.Michael Young tripled home Ramirez with the Dodgers’ ninth run in the eighth.The Dodgers won’t have Clayton Kershaw on the mound tonight as had been scheduled. Mattingly said before the game that Kershaw has been pushed back three days and will start Saturday in San Diego to give him some added rest. Right-hander Stephen Fife (4-3, 3.38 ERA) will start in what the Dodgers hope will be the clincher. Greinke (15-3) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to improve to 7-0 in his last nine starts.The Dodgers seemed to downplay being so close to the NL West title.Winning the division, Greinke said, is “nice but it’s not really the special part.”“Something special would be winning in the playoffs or the World Series,” he said.Patrick Corbin (14-7) gave up six runs on seven hits in two innings plus three batters, his shortest outing of the year. After starting the season 12-1, Corbin is 2-6 in his last 10 starts and there has been speculation he could be shut down for the remainder of the season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more