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Hector Bellerin backs himself to be Arsenal captain amid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exit fears

first_imgAdvertisement Hector Bellerin backs himself to be Arsenal captain amid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exit fears Current skipper Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has thrown his hat in the ring to be the club’s captain in the future, and he may not have to wait long to get the armband if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves the club.The Gunners are currently sweating over the future of their top scorer, who they may have to sell this summer if he does not agree to sign a new contract – though teammate Bernd Leno is confident he will stay at the Emirates.If a position does open up to take on the captaincy, Bellerin – who has been at the north London club for nine years – wants to be in the frame to take on the responsibility. Bellerin has donned the armband in the absence of Aubameyang this season (Picture: Getty)‘For me, I have been speaking to the coach for a few months and he was telling me that I could be one of the people that could represent the team.‘I was really happy with it because I’m someone who’s been here for a long time and I know how the club runs.’MORE: Arsenal deliver Mikel Arteta update and reveal his talks with coaches and players during coronavirus crisisMORE: Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal to trigger extra year in David Luiz’s contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: ‘People may not see me as this massive guy who shouts on the pitch all the time or what people may have as a captain in their heads.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘But there are so many different ways of leading a team.‘Since I was young at Barcelona, I would always be one of the three captains in the team. For me, it was a role I’m used to.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‘Obviously it’s not the same when you’re 14 or 15 as it is now because the responsibility and what you represent is completely different, but it’s always been something that I’ve enjoyed.‘I enjoy positions of responsibility and I enjoy being the first one on that wall. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Mar 2020 11:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link228Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

NBA All-Star game: Lakers’ Kobe Bryant soaks it in for one last time

first_imgBryant set up Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard for an open jumper. Bryant canned a fadeaway jumper as the ball rolled around the rim five times before dropping into the basket. Bryant stopped former Lakers teammate Pau Gasol on a post play. Bryant later threw a lob to Kevin Durant. But Bryant provided some misses.Bryant posted up on Dwyane Wade and threw a right-handed skyhook that airballed. LeBron James slapped the ground before calling for Bryant to play him one-on-one. Bryant responded by shooting a fadeaway that hit off the rim. James also set a record 291 career points in All-Star games, which eclipsed Bryant’s 290.James argued that record “means absolutely nothing.” But his play against Bryant meant absolutely everything.“When you get that opportunity versus a great man, you just have fun with it,” said James, who had 13 points and seven assists in 20 minutes. “I’m happy I’ve been along for a small piece of the ride of his journey.”That journey created plenty of buzz. Canadian rapper Drake wore a sports jacket with the message, “Farewell Mamba,” draped above Bryant’s image. Bryant hugged comedian Kevin Hart before tossing freebies into the stands and playing with his daughter, Gianna. Once lineup introductions started, Bryant talked endlessly with Durant and Westbrook on stage. “It’s a great moment to be able to sit back and chat with a guy like that,” Westbrook said. “You embrace all those moments.”Then, the Air Canada Centre scoreboard played numerous highlights of Bryant’s career. Unlike the Raptors’ video tribute two months ago, the All-Star tribute featured parts of Bryant’s career-high 81-point game against the Toronto franchise nearly 10 years ago. “Kobe Bryant has blessed us with 20 unbelievable years,” Johnson said. “He blessed all of us with five NBA championships in his Lakers career. I was blessed to see all five and be a part of it.”Then another video tribute played that featured messages from James, Wade, Durant and Gasol. “I’m proud to be your friend,” Gasol said, “and be your brother.”Bryant then took the microphone.“It feels good to speak to all these players about the game and share my knowledge about the game to them,” Bryant said. “They can carry the tradition of the NBA and play another 20 years.”Bryant then excused himself and said, “Now I have to go get loose.” After doing that, Bryant delayed his on-court entrance to shake hands with Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson. Bryant then spoke with them for a few minutes. “He’s given me a lot of great advice on leadership and competitiveness,” Bryant said of Russell. “He and I were just catching up and touching base.”Then, Bryant took the court. But perhaps because of the nostalgia permeating the arena, no one appeared intent on going after Bryant. His teammates also appeared initially reluctant to look for their own shot. That marked a stark contrast toward Bryant’s first All-Star appearance in 1998 when he matched with Michael Jordan. Then, Jordan won his third All-Star MVP after posting 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Bryant answered with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting, six rebounds and two steals despite sitting in the fourth quarter.“Michael was still Michael,” Bryant said. “I’m 20 years in and it’s different. These kids are so many generations removed from that. It’s not even about that anymore because they’ve literally grown up watching me.”Hence, Bryant reported several of those players told him this weekend how he shaped them.“That makes me feel good,” Bryant said. “Those aren’t stories you’re ever going to share with somebody that you’re competing against. But at this stage, it feels wonderful.” Bryant appeared feeling wonderful in other moments. Chris Paul’s son playfully stole the ball from Bryant during half-time warmups. Bryant and Gasol shared a laugh before he went to the bench. Once he exited the game with 1:06 remaining, Bryant hugged every teammate, opponent and West coach Gregg Popovich. He then spoke on behalf of the fans that chanted Bryant’s name.“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Popovich said. “It’s like the passing of a generation.” TORONTO >> The glowing words struck Kobe Bryant as he heard Magic Johnson address his greatness.“There will never be another Kobe Bryant,” Johnson boasted.The two tribute videos explained why, showing a loop of plays that brought Bryant five NBA titles and endless memories. “I’ve been extremely fortunate to play the game I love,” Bryant said at center court, “and to be in the game for more than half my life.” Soon enough, Bryant continued playing the game he loves. No one will mistake the Western Conference All-Stars’ 196-173 victory over the East All-Stars on Sunday at Air Canada Centre as quality basketball. Yet, in a season centered on nostalgia and reflection, Bryant added some more memories. As promised, Bryant played unconcerned about adding to his four All-Star MVP awards. That honor went to Thunder guard Russell Westbrook for the second consecutive year after finishing with 31 points on 12-of-23 shooting, eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes. That overshadowed Pacers forward Paul George’s 41 points on 16-of-26 shooting and falling short of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star record of 42 points set in 1962.But Bryant still offered moments, scoring 10 points on only 4-of-11 shooting and adding seven assists and six rebounds in 26 minutes. “I had a blast playing with those guys, laughing and joking with them on the bench,” Bryant said. “I had a great, great time.”Bryant showed that at different times.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more