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Wenger responds to Mourinho complaint

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at old rival Jose Mourinho by saying his team do not get an easy ride over fixtures. “It is depending on objective analysis. A day is 24 hours and you count how many times you have rest between games. “I didn’t make the study, it was made by an independent company. I cannot influence that.” The thorny matter of fixture congestion will raise its head again after Arsenal were drawn against Liverpool in the FA Cup, with the tie likely to be selected for live television coverage. That clash, slated for the weekend of February 15 and 16, will come just days before Arsenal’s Champions League last 16 first-leg clash with Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium and after vital Premier League games against both Liverpool away and Manchester United at home. Such testing periods have broken the Gunners in the past, but Wenger has told his players to absorb the occasion and pressure this time around. “It is an interesting (FA Cup) draw and a difficult one; we have a little advantage by playing at home,” he said. “Overall it’s a great difficulty and we will try and absorb it and come out in a positive way. “(There are) plenty of big games. It means the squad will need to be highly focused, (it is) a massive challenge and we are confident we can do that.” Chelsea boss Mourinho said last week that the Gunners get a certain “influence” when it came to their schedule, something Wenger was eager to refute on Monday morning. “It is simple – look at the fixtures and analyse it. I trust you will give an objective view,” the Arsenal boss said. “You will see Arsenal are behind all the other teams. In the last five years all the objective studies that have been made show Arsenal had less rest than any other team in the top four. “That is fact. It has nothing to do with my opinion. It is an independent company that made (the study) that shows Arsenal had less rest than any other team in the top level.” It is understood the study Wenger was referring to was internal analysis of Arsenal’s fixture programme. Wenger cited his side’s hectic schedule just before Christmas when they played at Manchester City on a Saturday lunchtime following a midweek European trip to Napoli, both of which ended in defeat. Mourinho’s comments about Arsenal fixtures came in response to criticism from Wenger about Chelsea’s decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United. Wenger insisted the war of words was not part of any mind games campaign on his part, with his team one point ahead of Manchester City and two clear of Chelsea going into the midweek Premier League programme. The Gunners travel to Southampton on Tuesday night. “It is not mind games. It is opinions,” Wenger said. “But I don’t live with opinions, I live with facts. and the facts don’t depend on me or Mourinho. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tyler Roberson explodes for 20 points and 16 rebounds against Elon

first_img Published on November 21, 2015 at 10:50 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Malachi Richardson’s fadeaway 3-pointer wasn’t a pass, but it served the same purpose. The looping shot fell right into the hands of Tyler Roberson camped under the basket, and he dropped it in. The ensuing two possessions also ended in the hands of Syracuse’s suddenly aggressive forward.The next play he tipped a missed shot to himself on the defensive glass. On the other end seven seconds later, he cut through defenders and dove to the floor to save an offensive rebound.The trio of plays commenced a 10-0 Syracuse run that put the Orange ahead for good.“I think I was just active and going after rebounds, playing hard,” Roberson said. “I think we need to rebound to win…I think I was putting myself in a little better position.”In Syracuse’s first game, Roberson went scoreless in just 21 minutes. Against St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, he fouled out despite grabbing 12 rebounds. But SU’s (3-0) 66-55 win over Elon (2-2) on Saturday saw Roberson piece together his most complete game of the season. He posted a career-high 20 points and added 16 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe took advantage of open rebounds when his defender went to help with Syracuse attacking the basket more consistently.“People are going to be concerned about Trevor (Cooney), Mike (Gbinije) and Malachi,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “and (Roberson’s) got to be able to find those spots.”Boehiem said when Roberson set screens, it forced defenders to help out, putting Roberson in the best position to score. On Saturday, Roberson connected on nine of his 15 chances and committed just two fouls in 37 minutes.He made his loudest statement of the night when he cut to the basket across the baseline with Syracuse moving in transition. He caught a quick pass from Richardson and immediately went up as he made body-to-body contact with Elon’s Jack Anton. His shot went off the glass and Anton spilled to the floor having given Roberson a chance at a 3-point play.It capped Syracuse’s first 10-0 run of the night and helped propel the Orange to a six-point halftime lead.“It was big. I just ran the floor,” Roberson said. “As soon as Malachi saw me, I finished the play.”After Syracuse defeated Lehigh in its season opener just eight days before, Boehiem’s only comment on the big man was to say that he didn’t see much. No points and five rebounds. He was an afterthought on a team that could afford it on that night, but not in the future.On Friday, he broke his ever-stoic facial expression to smile when asked why his head coach was never happy with him. He said he took it more of a challenge than as a slight. Boeheim may not have seen much from his starting forward a week ago, but he was impossible to miss against Elon.“I think he could do that every single night,” Cooney said. “I really do. And I think everyone else in this room does. When he goes out there and plays his game and dominates, you see the numbers he can put up.” Commentslast_img read more