Arsenal completed what is understood to be a club-record £43million swoop for Ozil on Monday evening as Arsene Wenger finally landed a big-name signing after what had become a frustrating summer on the transfer front. Many of Ozil’s former team-mates at Madrid have since expressed their surprise and disappointment that the Germany international was allowed to leave the Bernabeu, and Fabregas was also taken aback by the news. Press Association However, the Spain midfielder, who spent eight years at Arsenal before returning to Barcelona in 2011, also feels the Gunners have got themselves a top player. He told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope: “I was really surprised by Ozil’s departure. He seemed to me the second-best player at Madrid, after Cristiano (Ronaldo). “He’ll be great for Arsenal.” Fabregas was also the subject of transfer interest from the Barclays Premier League this summer, with champions Manchester United hoping to bring him back to England. United saw two bids for Fabregas rebuffed by Barca, who always insisted they had no intention of selling the 26-year-old, while the midfielder sought to end the speculation last month when he declared he wanted to remain at the Nou Camp. Touching back on that subject, Fabregas insists he could not have been tempted away from Barca, even if he had been offered the chance to double his wages or the promise of regular first-team football. Fabregas has struggled to tie down a starting spot at the Catalan giants, but he said: “The tougher the challenge the better I like it and Barcelona was the biggest and most difficult, and I want to finish in a happy manner and if I can retire at Barca, then so much the better. “The only thing in my head is triumphing at Barcelona. “When I arrived at Barcelona I already knew there were other places where I could earn more or where I could have more minutes, but coming to Barca was my dream. “It was my dream since I was small. I wouldn’t go, not even for double the money.” Cesc Fabregas believes his former club Arsenal have managed to prise away Real Madrid’s second-best player with their dramatic deadline-day capture of Mesut Ozil.
Junyi Li | Daily TrojanThe women’s volleyball team welcomed No. 6 Washington to the Galen Center on Sunday, as USC geared up for a stiff challenge from the reigning Pac-12 champions. Though the two teams battled closely throughout the match, the Women of Troy pulled off an upset in style, sweeping the Huskies in three sets with scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 28-26.A Trojan upset didn’t seem imminent, however, when Washington found itself up 19-16 late in the first set. But USC turned the tables with a 9-1 run to shock the Huskies with an opening-set victory. Senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie, senior opposite hitter Niki Withers and sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier combined for six kills in the final 7 points to swing the momentum in their favor to begin the match.The Women of Troy rode similar bursts to a win in the second set. Three unanswered points broke a 5-5 tie, and another 3-0 run gave USC the edge when Washington tied the set at eight apiece. The Trojans didn’t relinquish their advantage from that point, and they took the second set 25-21.The final set was a much tighter affair, as the Huskies tied the score seven times after USC edged in front. But the Women of Troy refused to fall behind, even as the set extended past 25 points. They came up short in 3 match points, but senior middle blocker Jordan Dunn came up with a kill to set up a fourth. Finally, an ace from Withers sealed a 28-26 third-set win and sent the Huskies home. With the victory, USC rose to No. 15 in the AVCA Coaches poll while Washington slipped to No. 9.The Women of Troy were unable to take a single set against Washington when the two teams met last season, but they returned the favor in 2017 thanks to a balanced attack. Abercrombie recorded 13 kills, Withers put down 12 kills and Lanier added 11 more. Abercrombie’s strong day, combined with her 13-kill match against Washington State on Saturday, earned her Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. Overall, the Women of Troy recorded a .214 hitting percentage while holding the Huskies to .131, spurring the team on to its first straight-sets victory over Washington since 2011.The balanced offensive effort also came with equally strong defense. Leading the back row was junior libero Victoria Garrick, who had 13 digs alongside her eight assists. Lanier and Meyer-Whalley also added 12 digs each. Though the Huskies out-blocked USC 11-5 on the day, the Women of Troy also had eight more digs as a team, recording 58 to Washington’s 50.Meyer-Whalley earned her fifth consecutive double-double this match, raising her career tally to 14, while Lanier’s 11 kills and 12 digs sealed the sophomore’s 20th double-double in Cardinal and Gold.The Trojans continue Pac-12 play on the road next weekend, facing Arizona State and Arizona. They will face the Wildcats first on Friday night before traveling to Tempe for ASU on Saturday.
Related Articles Plus500 named as the main sponsor of Legia Warsaw August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Project11 has announced the renewal of its existing contract with West Bromwich Albion Football Club. As part of the deal, the London-based Sports Marketing company will continue to gain access to some of the most in-demand perimeter LED advertising space in football, namely the English Premier League. Renewing the agreement until the end of the 2019/20 season, Project11 has stated it’s looking forward to extending rights further and continuing to further building on a successful relationship with West Bromwich Albion.Partner at Project11, Scott Taylor, spoke of the long-running partnership: “We value West Bromwich Albion greatly as one of our Premier League club offerings. Project11 currently hold perimeter rights to four clubs within the Premier League, with more on the horizon. We have enjoyed seeing the historic West Bromwich Albion grow with new ownership and a passionate fan base. This extension is another great signing for Project11.”After finishing in the top 10 last season, The Baggies boast a global name with the club’s popularity rapidly growing around the world. The acquisition of West Bromwich Albion in 2016 by Chinese entrepreneur, Guochuan Lai, controlling shareholder and Director of sports development company Yunyi Guokai, has proven to be a driving force in the club’s success, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, with the introduction of ‘soccer towns’ across Asia in discussion. This strategy to grow the club’s following, influence and fan base throughout Asia is already proving popular, with the Youth Academy set to become a key feature in multiple locations, giving more fans than ever before the opportunity to get closer to the club and become increasingly involved at a grassroots level. Simon King, Chief Commercial Officer at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, commented: “We are delighted to have extended our agreement with Project 11 and look forward to working with them in future.”The deal follows on from Project11 extending its portfolio, with the addition of of 22 home and away Atlético Madrid fixtures, a deal that enables brands to benefit from more La Liga advertising opportunities than ever before.