Hector Bellerin should start against Manchester United, says Charlie Nicholas

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Sep 2019 9:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link486Shares Hector Bellerin made his first team return last week (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas says Hector Bellerin should start for the Gunners in tonight’s clash against Manchester United.Unai Emery’s men travel to the north-west looking for their first league win at Old Trafford since 2006.The Spaniard has Bellerin and Kieran Tierney to call on for the first time this season as the pair have recovered from long-term injuries.Bellerin has been out since January following an ACL injury sustained against Chelsea last season and he made his return as a late substitute in Arsenal’s win against Nottingham Forest last week.ADVERTISEMENT Bellerin is available again (Picture: Getty)The full-back has made two appearances for the club’s U23s but he’s yet to start for the first team this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementNevertheless, Nicholas believes Arsenal’s defensive record this season leaves Emery with little choice but to throw Bellerin in at the deep end at the Theatre of Dreams.‘Hector Bellerin played a little bit against Nottingham Forest,’ Nicholas wrote on his SkySports blog.‘Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended and though Unai Emery has been cautious about him, I think Bellerin should play.‘Kieran Tierney should be in, but Rob Holding will miss out I think. Arsenal will play two protectors – to my amazement, Granit Xhaka will still be in, but I would go with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.‘I would be happy with Dani Ceballos and then Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It is that easy and simple for Arsenal.’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 errorsUnited sit just three points above the relegation zone and need a win after last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham in east London.But Nicholas believes his former side can heap more misery on Solskjaer by showing their clinical side in attack.‘Aubameyang and Pepe had chances against Liverpool at Anfield and if they get these chances against Man United I think they will take them,’ said Nicholas.‘It will make life easier for Arsenal’s defence with Man United’s depleted frontline’.MORE: Jurgen Klopp rates Liverpool’s chances of breaking Manchester City record Advertisement Hector Bellerin should start against Manchester United, says Charlie Nicholaslast_img read more

Canceled Fountain Run replaced by Senior Run

first_imgThe cancellation of USC’s end-of-the-year Fountain Run tradition led to the creation of multiple alternatives for seniors to celebrate their impending graduation.For nearly a decade, students participated in the unofficial Fountain Run tradition which was not sanctioned by the university. On the evening of the last Thursday of spring semester classes, graduating seniors would run through every fountain on campus.The Fountain Run was canceled this year, however, because according to university administrators, it had become too dangerous for students and too damaging to campus property. Assistant Provost for Student Affairs Monique Allard said that in the past five years, there have been 73 medical calls and 25 ambulance rides during the Fountain Run, most of which were caused by alcohol-related incidents. Last year’s campus destruction from the Fountain Run included biohazardous materials in the fountains, broken fixtures and significant damage to the Youth Triumphant statue  in total, almost $50,000 in property damages.Some students were disappointed by the cancellation. Nicole Daviau, a rising senior majoring in business administration, was upset by the cancellation of the Fountain Run because she wanted to celebrate the college careers of her graduating friends.“It seems unfair. When the seniors leave, the Fountain Run is often what they say is the greatest thing they did at USC, even if they’ve studied abroad or did something really cool throughout their years here,” Daviau said. “I feel like I was being robbed of an experience.”As an alternative, the administration Student Affairs hosted the Senior Run, on April 30.“[T]his year, USC Student Affairs launched an educational campaign informing students of the dangers and destruction that this unsanctioned event causes,” Allard wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Our approach was to inform students about the facts while simultaneously supporting student leaders in creating a new, fully sanctioned that was termed the ‘Senior Run.’”The event, which was led by Undergraduate Student Government, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Residential Student Government, was a festival that included inflatables, music, food trucks and giveaways.Approximately 1,500 students picked up wristbands, which were required to attend the Senior Run. Because of the large attendance, Allard said she was hopeful that the event grows in years to come.“We are looking to the campus’ student leaders to continue to invest their time and energy in coordinating this as a new tradition,” Allard wrote. “USC Student Affairs believes that celebrating the culmination of years of students’ hard work is important. Even more important is celebrating while keeping our community safe.”Students also attempted to organize another alternative to the Fountain Run — an Undie Run. Also held on April 30, the Undie Run event was created on Facebook as a response to the Fountain Run’s cancellation. The Facebook page instructed attendees to meet at Tommy Trojan at 10:30 p.m. dressed in undergarments. Daviau felt it could be a good alternative to the Fountain Run.“As a commuter and transfer student, it can be hard to find a sense of community on campus and feel really connected to the Trojan Family … But something that comes up for most people is that the Fountain Run gives them that sense of community,” she said. “The Undie Run could have replaced what was taken away.”When the night of the run arrived, however, the student-organized event was too uncoordinated to take off.“When people got there, [they] set off running in opposite directions because there was no map or plan on where to go,” Daviau said. “There was not enough information to the students, so at the given time, some people ran forward about 10 feet and then stopped and ran back because they were confused.”Some people congregated around the meeting area, a few of which were also attending the Senior Run. When the running did not happen, people eventually left.“There was an underlying sadness during the Undie Run because there was that lack of cohesion. I really hope in the upcoming years that we come up with something to celebrate our years here,” Daviau said.last_img read more

Trojans recover with strong win over Oregon State

first_imgComing back home to Galen Center seemed  to make all the difference for USC Wednesday night in a 81-70 win over the Oregon State Beavers.With the victory, USC (20-10, 9-8) breaks a three-game losing streak and advances to 16-1 at home.Head coach Andy Enfield stated how proud he was of his team’s effort not only against Oregon State in the first half, but also during USC’s first 20-win season since 2009.“We knew it would be a battle. I’m proud of our players to come out in the first half and play well,” Enfield said. “For this group to win 20 games, it’s special … The thing that makes me most proud of this team is they’ve developed as a unit. They’ve done a great job of fighting through the adversities.”Sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin lit up the scoreboard with a team-high 17 points while accumulating nine assists and one steal. Freshman forward Bennie Boatwright returned to hit five of his eight 3-point attempts and pulled down six rebounds.The story of the night was a resurgent USC defense, which bounced back nicely after allowing both Stanford and Cal to win by an average margin of 21 points.Redshirt junior guard Katin Reinhardt illustrated the improved play of the Trojans and how redshirt junior forward Darion Clark’s return to the lineup was much needed.“[The first half] felt great. Everybody was sharing the ball, knocking shots down,” Reinhardt said. “[Clark] is a monster. Just the energy, the way he talks. He competes every day in practice. Every time the ball goes up, you see him trying to get the rebound … It’s a sparkplug. Every team needs that.”The Men of Troy allowed just 70 points off of 42.2 percent shooting from the Beavers, giving up just 38.9 percent of shots from beyond the arc.Instead of the Trojans starting out hot, it was the Beavers who gained an early advantage after hitting four-straight 3-point shots to go up 12-7 with just three minutes gone by.The Trojans, however, were able to build a strong lead thanks to clutch 3 shooting from McLaughlin and Boatwright, who were a combined 4-of-5 in the first 10 minutes.A surprising scratch from the starting lineup, Reinhardt was impeccable in the first half, shooting 4-4 from the floor, including two 3s to go along with USC’s 8-11 shooting from deep.Oregon State was relatively quiet in the final ten minutes of the first half as two of the Beavers top scorers, Gary Payton and Stephen Thompson, Jr., were held to just 8 combined points.By the end of 20 minutes, the Trojans were in position for a should-be victory, holding a 56-33 advantage.The second half was more of the same for the Men of Troy as the Trojans extended their lead to 23 three times.After 40 minutes of game time had elapsed, the Trojans amassed four double-digit scorers, with McLaughlin’s 17 leading the way.“We’ve got to come out with the same intensity that we do as if it was a home game,”  McLaughlin said of USC’s mentality going into the Pac-12 tournament. “We’ve got to just turn it around,”The Trojans’ final home game of the regular season will take place Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against the No. 9 Oregon Ducks.last_img read more