Jonker and Ljungberg worked closely together at Arsenal before joining Wolfsburg (Picture: Getty)‘But with other guys it was different. Joe Willock, Joe was always on the edge of “is it allowed, or is it not allowed?”‘We had big fights with Joe, I had big fights with Joe, but I also believed in his potential and it was a real fight to keep him in the club even.‘But now he did it. He finally understood what he had to do if he wants to make it to the top, and I’m really glad he did it.’MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Tony Adams’ attack on Arsenal transfer chiefs Edu and Raul SanllehiMORE: William Saliba sends emotional farewell message to Saint-Etienne before joining ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Saka recently signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)However, Jonker claims Arsenal had reservations over exactly how good Saka really was and it was not until Freddie Ljungberg played him at left-back that the club realised the potential superstar they had on their hands.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking to The Mirror, Jonker explained: ‘Bukayo was another story. He was a left winger, always long, tall and strong and could run faster than his team-mates or the opponents, shoot harder than them.‘It was such a physical advantage that we questioned whether he was that good. Because of his physical advantage, it was easy to doubt whether he was really a good player technically.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‘Then Freddie Ljungberg made him a full-back, and he did it and showed how good he really is.’Saka was not the only Arsenal youngster who had to fight to prove he could be an Arsenal first-team player, with Willock and Nketiah both needing to prove doubters wrong – though everything came very naturally to Nelson.Jonker continued: ‘Reiss, his talent was not questioned at all. Everybody could see, and with everybody I mean absolutely everybody, whether it was a coach or the opposition coach or a parent or a grandparent watching. Everybody would recognise the talent of that little boy. Arsenal’s old academy manager reveals club had serious doubts over Bukayo Saka’s ability until Freddie Ljungberg intervened Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jul 2020 8:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Comment Before his breakout, academy coaches questioned Saka’s technical ability (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s former academy manager Andries Jonker has revealed that the Gunners’ coaching staff had significant doubts about Bukayo Saka’s technical ability and weren’t convinced he was ‘that good’.Dutch football coach Jonker was in charge of developing Arsenal’s current batch of youngsters between 2014 and 2017, helping bring through the likes of Saka, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah.All four have been heavily involved in the first-team this season, particularly under Mikel Arteta, though it is 18-year-old Saka – who has racked up 10 assists – that has impressed most. Advertisement
Stuff co.nz 13 July 2017Family First Comment: Some great one-liners in this article…“Once marijuana was a boring illegal drug it was daring to smoke, but today it’s a miracle painkiller, with heaps of previously unknown medicinal properties, so far unproven. What the heck, placebo or not there are fortunes to be made…. “Next week, or sometime soon, we’ll be toking weed for our headaches and head colds, arthritis, and hangovers, though there’s no scientific proof as yet that it really works. And there will be no downside. It will be so cool…. “Underpinning such experiments around the world is a belief that criminal gangs will quietly accept losing their markets, and give up illegal dealing. There’s a fantasy for you…. “It is a well-intentioned fallacy that drug users want “help”. What they want is supply, and they’ll pretend to want help to get it. Others will on-sell their ration, probably to under 18s, to help fund their harder drug use. We live in the real world. I think…Saynopetodope.org.nzOPINION: Time changes lots of things, especially laws. Being drunk in public is no longer an offence, for example, as any night on the town reveals. Once marijuana was a boring illegal drug it was daring to smoke, but today it’s a miracle painkiller, with heaps of previously unknown medicinal properties, so far unproven. What the heck, placebo or not there are fortunes to be made.Money will decide the issue. If we can sacrifice the iconic Mackenzie Country for more cows, and give our water to foreigners to sell, legalising cannabis is another business opportunity. Sick people begging for dope from the doctor have triumphed. Next week, or sometime soon, we’ll be toking weed for our headaches and head colds, arthritis, and hangovers, though there’s no scientific proof as yet that it really works. And there will be no downside. It will be so cool.Not since opium, the Victorians’ drug of choice, has a drug been so innocent. Never have users felt so virtuous. On a more practical level, “We need to stop seeing it as a drug and start seeing it as an industry,” a cannabis club operator from Uruguay tells us. In a few weeks’ time Uruguayans will be able to buy a set monthly amount of cannabis from the chemist for a set price, no questions asked. The true cost will be bureaucracy prescribing the genetic makeup of cannabis plants and the percentage of psychoactive compounds in their flowers. Oh, and keeping track of users to make sure they don’t overdo it. Hopefully.Commercial branding and advertising of the product is banned in Uruguay, unlike the United States. Because the drug can be addictive, public health official Julio Calzada explains, the state wants to control its production, distribution and consumption. Anyone buying their ration from a chemist will have to put their thumb into a scanner, be on a national register, and be over 18. People will also be able to grow enough cannabis for personal use if that option is off-putting. My guess is they’ll do both.Underpinning such experiments around the world is a belief that criminal gangs will quietly accept losing their markets, and give up illegal dealing. There’s a fantasy for you. They’ve already made the smart move into supplying far stronger and more addictive drugs, like methamphetamine, the drug of choice for determined drug users here.Something like the Uruguay experiment has been suggested for this country, with the interesting selling point that officials would keep an eye on registered druggies’ consumption, and step in to offer them “help” if they start exceeding the recommended, random dose.It is a well-intentioned fallacy that drug users want “help”. What they want is supply, and they’ll pretend to want help to get it. Others will on-sell their ration, probably to under 18s, to help fund their harder drug use. We live in the real world. I think. While the new, respectable dope dealers will wear suits and have private school accents, gangs will carry on doing what gangs do.Yet, “It’s a chance to bring in people who have worked in a clandestine environment. That would be a benefit to society,” says Dr Chris Wilkins of Massey University, head researcher of drug research centre SHORE, and I don’t even think he’s joking.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/94615996/rosemary-mcleod-money-will-decide-legal-marijuana-debate
IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,187; 2. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,166; 3. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,139; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,134; 5. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark., 1,124; 6. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 1,121; 7. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,117; 8. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,091; 9. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 1,089; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,087; 11. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,086; 12. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,083; 13. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,074; 14. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 1,073; 15. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich., 1,066; 16. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,064; 17. Rob Slott, New Waverly, Texas, and Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., both 1,056; 19. Matt Szecsodi, Clio, Mich., 1,040; 20. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,035.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 783; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 780; 3. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 779; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 770; 5. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 749; 6. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 748; 7. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 699; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 663; 9. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 623; 10. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 621; 11. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 618; 12. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 615; 13. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 614; 14. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 610; 15. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 594; 16. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, Iowa, 548; 17. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 543; 18. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 511; 19. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 492; 20. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 482.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 791; 2. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 762; 3. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 744; 4. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 739; 5. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 731; 6. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 689; 7. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 685; 8. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 683; 9. Tucker Doughty, Sunnyvale, Texas, 678; 10. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 671; 11. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., and Casey Burkham, Combine, Texas, both 660; 13. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 656; 14. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 632; 15. Kyle A. Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., 627; 16. Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D., 620; 17. Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind., 617; 18. Jeff Wimmenauer, Greenwood, Ind., and Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., both 599; 20. Steve McMackin, Greenville, Texas, 598.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,167; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,153; 4. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,136; 5. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,115; 6. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,089; 7. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,087; 8. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,081; 9. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,078; 10. Bryce Pritchett, Combine, Texas, 1,056; 11. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,020; 12. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,010; 13. Calvin Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 1,000; 14. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 995; 15. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 993; 16. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 991; 17. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 990; 18. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 987; 19. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 985; 20. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 965.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 1,198; 2. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,157; 3. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,156; 4. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,129; 5. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,124; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,115; 7. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,100; 8. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,070; 9. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 1,061; 10. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,049; 11. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1,044; 12. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,042; 13. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 1,008; 14. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,004; 15. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 1,003; 16. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 983; 17. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 980; 18. Brooke Russell, Hays, Kan., 960; 19. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., 949; 20. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 926.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,169; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,149; 3. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,123; 4. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,097; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,093; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,065; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 1,008; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 961; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 820; 10. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 785; 11. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 745; 12. J.P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 744; 13. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 742; 14. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 737; 15. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 721; 16. Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, 718; 17. Edward Grmela Jr., Hewitt, Texas, 708; 18. Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla., 701; 19. Brayden Wyatt, Wichita Falls, Texas, 695; 20. Frank Groves, Shallowater, Texas, 687.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,174; 2. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,166; 3. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,153; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,151; 5. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,145; 6. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,133; 7. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,132; 8. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,127; 9. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 1,123; 10. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 1,121; 11. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 1,110; 12. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 1,106; 13. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,105; 14. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo., 1,095; 15. Brandon Setser, Davenport, Iowa, 1,089; 16. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,085; 17. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, Minn., 1,076; 18. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 1,074; 19. Tyler Watts, Beloit, Kan., 1,054; 20. Rusty Montagne, North Sioux City, S.D., 1,051.Mach-1 Sport Compacts –1. Dustin Virkus, Clarkfield, Minn., 1,143; 2. Bubba Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,132; 3. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,120; 4. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,114; 5. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,109; 6. Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, 1,104; 7. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 1,098; 8. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,073; 9. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 1,051; 10. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 1,050; 11. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,047; 12. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,043; 13. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 1,020; 14. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 1,015; 15. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 914; 16. Ashlee Kelly, Fairmont, Minn., 855; 17. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., 840; 18. Brock Klaith, Marshall, Minn., 829; 19. Austin Friedrich, St. James, Minn., 804; 20. Joshua Young, Beatrice, Neb., 796.
Rob Watts, who coached Darren Clarke when he won The Open, has been appointed as the new lead coach for the England Golf boys’ squad. He will deliver the national boys’ coaching programme and support England boys’ teams at specific events throughout the year. He will take up his position with immediate effect. Watts is based at Castle Royle in Berkshire, where he is the head PGA professional and runs the Rob Watts Performance Academy. He has extensive coaching experience and works with golfers across a wide spectrum, from European Tour players to elite amateurs and county squads as well as beginners and improvers. He has been an England Golf U16 regional squad coach for the past three years and currently works with three England internationals. Watts is an Advanced Fellow of the PGA and also has qualifications in exercise, nutrition and lifestyle coaching. He said: “It is a great honour and I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to work with our national boys’ team. It is a very exciting time, I am very much looking forward to meeting and working with the boys, specialist coaches and management so we can continue to aspire and deliver performances for England Golf on an international level.” Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Performance Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rob to his new role in our team and look forward to working with him to achieve even greater successes for our players.” Caption: Watts (rght) is pictured with Darren Clarke and The Open trophy. 19 Oct 2015 Rob Watts is new England boys’ coach
The Nelson U16 Selects girls picked up where they left off in July and captured gold at the annual Little Bear Tournament in Revelstoke over the weekend.The U16s — who captured the Provincial B Cup Championship in Penticton in early summer — went 3-0-1 in the first tournament since the summer break to secure the top spot.“Our entire line-up played very well, it was enjoyable to watch,” says U16 Selects head coach Paul Burkart.“What made this title particularly impressive is that we were playing in the U18 division so most of the teams were older than us. That didn’t stop our girls as they were in control with their ball movement and played really solid defence all weekend and showed once again that they are champions.”The tournament started on Saturday morning with a contest against the Calgary Villains U16 squad. Two minutes into the game, Nelson midfielder Emily Taylor shot a laser into the top corner for the 1-0 lead. The game was evenly played for the rest of the first half.Twelve minutes into the second half, Maya Ida took a nice through pass from Taylor and deposited it into the Calgary goal for a 2-0 lead. Four minutes after that Nelson mid-fielder Shianne Michalchuk picked up a loose ball in front and dangled her way past a couple of Villain defenders making the score 3-0. Calgary got one back late in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Nelson started the tournament with a 3-1 win.In a hard fought second game against the Airdire FC U17 team produced a 1-1 draw which the Alberta club was lucky to escape with. Lucy Fox scored the lone goal for Nelson. “It’s always a concern after a few weeks off for summer break that the girls would come out flat,” says Burkart.“Although we started a little flat against the Calgary squad, the girls picked it up in the second game against a very strong team from Airdrie. We played very well, controlled the majority of the play and created a lot of scoring opportunities but had a hard time finishing. We were a bit disappointed not picking up a win in this one.”Sunday morning, the Selects faced a much bigger Cochrane Wolves U18 team, but again got off to a quick start when Shane Panko Dool took a nice pass from Fox and gave her team a 1-0 lead just over two minutes in.In a hard fought game, the Wolves came back to tie the game midway through the second, but Nelson quickly responded when Mattea Lorenzo pounced on a Jodi Surina rebound to give the Selects a 2-1 lead.Another fine pass from Fox, this time to Michalchuk gave the Selects a 3-1 advantage. A huge diving save late in the game by Nelson keeper Hanna Quinn preserved the second victory of the tournament.Needing to score three goals and win the final game to lock up the gold, the Selects were matched against rival Kootenay South U17s.In a spirited match, Nelson finally got on the board when Panko Dool scored off a header that was fed through by Surina. Three minutes after that, Ruby Seright was fouled in the box and Grace Dehnel was successful on the penalty kick to give Nelson the 2-0 lead heading into the half.Kootenay South scored early in the second half on a rebound and then tied the score 22 minutes into the half on a penalty kick to tie the score. But one minute after that, Taylor fired another shot over the Kootenay South keeper to regain the lead for Nelson. Michalchuk salted the game away late in the game to make the final 4-2.“Although the girls had two months off and looked a bit rusty at times, they played some real top notch soccer against very good, older girls,” says Burkart.“Their hard working, physical play is what won them the provincials and again won them gold this weekend.”The U16 Selects next action is this coming weekend when they take part in the annual Kootenay South Eye Of The Storm Tournament in Castlegar/Trail.