Robert Pires rates Alexis Sanchez’s chances of making sensational Arsenal return from Manchester United Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 9:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Alexis Sanchez won the FA Cup twice during his four years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘There’s no chance Sanchez will return to Arsenal.‘Sanchez isn’t playing his best football and he is on a lot of money at Manchester Utd which Arsenal are not willing to pay.‘Sanchez won’t want to come running back to Arsenal with his tail between his legs after having a rough time elsewhere.‘He will have to hope he returns to form with a fresh chance under [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer at Manchester United.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Alexis Sanchez has been a major disappointment since swapping Arsenal for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Robert Pires believes it would be virtually impossible for Alexis Sanchez to return to Arsenal amid uncertainty over his Manchester United future.Sanchez swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford last January but has struggled to rediscover the form which marked him out as one of the Premier League’s most prolific forwards during his time in north London.United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was critical of Sanchez’s performance during the recent Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain and the former Barcelona star failed to stake a claim for a regular place in the side following to subdued displays against Liverpool and Crystal Palace in the last week.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Arsenal winger Marc Overmars, touted as a possible candidate for the vacant technical director’s role at the Emirates, suggested recently that Sanchez could make a sensational return to the club at which he won two FA Cup, but Pires cannot envision such a scenario.ADVERTISEMENT‘It would be very strange to see Arsenal sign Sanchez back in the summer,’ the Frenchman told BWin.‘I don’t see how it makes sense for either Sanchez or Arsenal after how it ended. Advertisement
Angel Di Maria insists he does not want to leave Manchester United but admits he is at a loss as to why he has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford. The Argentinian joined the Red Devils for a British-record £59.7million in the summer but, after a promising start to his career in England, injury and a loss of form saw him finish the season on the bench. That has prompted some talk of a move away, with reports in Spain suggesting Barcelona are set to make an audacious move for the forward who only left arch-rivals Real Madrid 10 months ago. But Di Maria, currently at the Copa America with Argentina, has stressed he will stay and fight for his place, despite revealing he is in an “uncomfortable” position. “I started well with goals and assists,” he told Argentinian newspaper Ole. “I was having a good time, until I was outside (of the first team). “It’s a little hard to explain why I do not play.” Asked if he was uncomfortable, he added: “‘Yes, for me and my family. Because not everything goes as I want, because I don’t play. “I came with an intention and ended up on the bench. It’s hard to say how I feel there. “No (I will not leave) because I’m not thinking like that. “In Madrid there were times when I was whistled around the stadium but I faced it and then it turned around. I like to deal with things. “I’ve demonstrated what I do for several years.” Press Association
Only four position players in the 2010s produced a bWAR of 9.0 or higher, and two of those players will patrol the outfield for the Dodgers in the 2020 season. Both are very much in the primes of their career. That’s pretty incredible.Cody Bellinger hit the 9.0 mark last year, when he won the NL MVP award. He’s joined by Mookie Betts, who produced a 9.7 bWAR in 2016, when he finished second in the AL MVP voting, and a 10.9 in 2018, when he won the award. 10. RedsThe starters: LF Jesse Winker, CF Nick Senzel, RF Nicholas CastellanosWhy they’re here: There’s at least a decent chance the Opening Day outfield looks a bit different. Castellanos, who just signed a four-year deal to join the Reds, is the only guaranteed starter. Senzel or Winker could be moved in deals to help shore up other areas, because the Reds also have Aristides Aquino, who hit 19 home runs in 56 big-league games last year, and Shogo Akiyama, who signed as a free agent from Japan this offseason. However it plays out, though, it’s a solid grouping. RIVERA: Grading the Mookie Betts tradeThe 10.9 bWAR, by the way, is the best mark produced by any player other than Barry Bonds and Cal Ripken Jr. since 1975 (Mike Trout’s career best is 10.5). And Betts did it in just 136 games in 2018. And now Betts, who is just 27, is playing alongside Bellinger (he’s 24!) in the Dodgers outfield, as the franchise embarks on yet another quest for its first World Series title since 1988. That’s one heck of an outfield duo, with Bellinger in center and Betts in right. Both won Gold Glove awards last year, remember? So, yeah. The Dodgers have the best outfield in baseball, and it almost doesn’t matter who plays left field for that to remain true. A.J. Pollock, when he’s healthy, will be the primary player there, but Chris Taylor will see time in left, too, especially if Pollock struggles. Enrique Hernandez and Matt Beaty figure into the mix, as well. What other teams have the best outfield groups? Let’s take a look.2. YankeesThe starters: LF Giancarlo Stanton, CF Brett Gardner, RF Aaron JudgeWhy they’re here: There isn’t a more powerful corner duo in baseball. If Stanton and Judge are still healthy when Aaron Hicks comes back from Tommy John surgery, the Yankees’ trio would be the only team capable of taking the top spot from the Dodgers. 3. AstrosThe starters: LF Michael Brantley, CF George Springer, RF Josh ReddickWhy they’re here: That’s a solid group. All three of those outfielders, though, are set to become free agents after the 2020 season. 4. BrewersThe starters: LF Avisail Garcia, CF Lorenzo Cain, RF Christian YelichWhy they’re here: Yelich was next level in 2019, even compared to his 2018 NL MVP campaign. Garcia was better than you probably realize for Tampa Bay last year, and even though Lorenzo Cain’s offensive numbers dropped, he’s not done yet. 5. NationalsThe starters: LF Juan Soto, CF Victor Robles, RF Adam EatonWhy they’re here: Soto and Robles both posted bWAR numbers above 4.0. Soto’s entering his Age 21 season, Robles his Age 23 season. Eaton, 31, isn’t what he once was, but he was healthy in 2019 and posted a .365 on-base percentage batting mostly first or second in the lineup. MORE: 20 reasons why baseball will be awesome in 20206. AngelsThe starters: LF Justin Upton, CF Mike Trout, RF Brian GoodwinWhy they’re here: If we’re being honest, pairing any two people from the stands with Mike Trout on a game-by-game basis would still keep the Angels in the top 15. He’s that good. Upton’s 32 and was hurt most of 2019, and Goodwin’s a fine, but unspectacular, player. 7. BravesThe starters: LF Marcel Ozuna, CF Ender Inciarte, RF Ronald Acuña, Jr.Why they’re here: Acuna’s a superstar, no doubt about that. But Ozuna, it seems, overestimated his value, which is why he settled for a one-year free-agent deal with the Braves. Inciarte is an outstanding defensive center fielder, but he’s coming off an injury-shortened year that produced just an 89 OPS+. 8. TwinsThe starters: LF Eddie Rosario, CF Byron Buxton, RF Max KeplerWhy they’re here: Kepler and Rosario combined to hit 68 homers, score 189 runs and produce 199 RBIs in 2019, and that ain’t too shabby. Buxton, the perennial would-be superstar, produced the best OPS of his career (.827) but injuries limited him to just 87 games. If he ever stays healthy and becomes the player we know he can be, this is a top-five group. 9. PhilliesThe starters: LF Andrew McCutchen, CF Adam Haseley, RF Bryce HarperWhy they’re here: Bryce Harper was perfectly fine in his first season with the Phillies: 35 homers, 4.2 bWAR, 125 OPS+, 98 runs. McCutchen was cruising along with a .378 on-base percentage and 10 homers before his season ended after 59 games with a torn ACL. If he’s healthy and Haseley develops in his second year in the bigs, this group rises.
An Evening of Magic will begin with close-up magic demonstrations at 5:30p.m. Saturday followed by the two-hour stage show at 7p.m. in the gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club in Newhall. Tickets are $10. “When people first come in, they’ll see six or seven tables around the perimeter with people doing close-up magic such as cards and coins. They can go from table to table to watch, and after that the stage magic show with the larger illusions will begin,” said Jim Thompson, president of the local magicians group. The brotherhood is made up of magicians of all ages and walks of life, from a 12-year-old who will be making his debut at the show to people in their 70s, from students to doctors and even a rocket scientist. They get together once a month to share laughs and tricks. Thomas Ellery, 12, a seventh-grader at Rio Norte Junior High School, will perform for the first time during the stage portion of the show. For information or tickets, call the club at (661) 254-2582 or visit www.scvkids.org. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5256160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Local magicians hope to pull some money out of their hats for a good cause. In a joint venture with the local Boys & Girls Club, the International Brotherhood of Magicians of the Santa Clarita Valley will hold a show Saturday to raise money for the club. A few months ago, when the magicians were looking for a place to meet, member Bryan Lake, director of administration for the club, offered the clubhouse for their monthly meetings. “Some of the guys always come a little early and demonstrate tricks for the kids who are still here at the club,” said Jim Ventress, the club’s chief professional officer. “The kids love it. Then they offered to do a fundraiser for us, and we thought it was a great idea. They’re a good group.”