October 27

Arsenal’s big six struggles continue in Anfield thrashing

first_imgArsenal extended their woeful record in away fixtures against the Premier League’s top-six as they lost 5-1 to Liverpool on Saturday – the second time in five seasons they’ve let in five goals at Anfield.Ainsley Maitland-Niles had briefly given Unai Emery’s Gunners the lead before Liverpool let rip on their bewildered opponents, scoring four goals in a whirlwind first half that was reminiscent of the blitzkrieg defeat suffered by Arsene Wenger’s team in February 2014.Roberto Firmino scored two in three minutes to turn the game in the hosts’ favour, before Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah confounded the Gunners’ misery before half-time. Firmino completed his hat-trick in the second half when he coverted the Reds’ second penalty of the night. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Arsenal have now gone 20 Premier League games away from home against their top-six rivals since registering a victory, losing 13 of them. They have also lost on 10 of their last 12 visits against those sides.Not since January 2015 have the Gunners managed to win at the home of one of their rivals, that a 2-0 win at Manchester City secured with goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.And Saturday’s loss was the fourth time in the Premier League that the team have conceded four first-half goals, having done so at Manchester United in 2001, at Chelsea in 2014 and during their previous Anfield thrashing.It represents a continuation of a worrying trend – some of Arsenal’s most catastrophic league defeats have happened in the last five years.The club were top of the table when Brendan Rodgers’ Reds scored five in a masterclass orchestrated Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez in 2014, and followed it up just weeks later by letting in six against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in Wenger’s 1000th game as manager.They also lost 6-3 to Manchester City that same season, in a year in which they spent more days than any other side leading at the top of the table before losing out by seven points and finishing fourth.And the cycle of thrashing has even deeper roots. A Wayne Rooney-inspired Manchester United put eight past the beleaguered Gunners in August 2011, on the same ground where Dwight Yorke scored a 19-minute hat-trick in February 2001, as Arsenal lost 6-1 at Old Trafford.Emery’s side sit two points outside the top-four with fourth-place Chelsea holding a game in hand over their Champions League rivals.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

October 26

Scott Frost’s First Commit At Nebraska Is Transferring

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Safety C.J. Smith, who became Scott Frost’s first commitment at Nebraska shortly after he took the job in December 2017, has announced a transfer.Smith was a three-star recruit and the No. 26 safety in the 2018 class. He originally committed to Frost at UCF before following him to Lincoln.As a true freshman, Smith appeared in two games before an injury ended his season. He received a redshirt since he did not play in four or more games.Late last night, Smith confirmed his decision to leave Nebraska.Thank you… pic.twitter.com/iYXKJdpvNW— Cj Smith (@Cj_Csmith) June 5, 2019Smith is the younger brother of former UCF star and current New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, who starred for the Knights under Frost.Nebraska is set to open up its 2019 season against South Alabama at noon ET on August 31.ESPN will broadcast the game.last_img read more