Comment Cedric Soares breaks silence on Arsenal injury nightmare Pablo Mari has also signed a long-term deal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Posting on Twitter, he wrote: ‘I’m delighted to announce that I have signed a long term deal to stay at Arsenal. ‘I’ve been really frustrated with how injuries have kept me off the pitch so far, but I’m working as hard as I can to return as soon as possible. Thank you to all those who have supported me. Let’s go, Gunners!’Fellow January recruit Pablo Mari, who has also struggled with injury since his arrival from Flamengo, signed a long-term deal on Wednesday and Mikel Arteta insisted it was always the plan for both players to join the club on a permanent basis.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 ArsenalHe said: ‘We’ve been trying to get the [Mari] deal done because we were happy with what Pablo can bring to us. I think the club will announce that as quick as possible when everything is sorted.‘It was the plan from the start [to make Soares’ move permanent]. But he’s been so, so unlucky. ‘He had an injury when he joined, and then he got a fracture of the nose. We think he’s a player who will improve and help the squad depth and hopefully we can do it.’MORE: Former transfer chief Sven Mislintat telling people Arsenal is an ‘absolute mess’MORE: Jamie Vardy made the right decision by rejecting Arsenal, says Phil NevilleFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Cedric Soares is still waiting to make his Arsenal debut following his loan move from Southampton (Picture: Getty)Cedric Soares admits he has been left bitterly frustrated by the injuries which have prevented him from making his Arsenal debut. The experienced Portugal international was brought in on loan from Southampton in January to provide cover for Hector Bellerin who was working his way back to full form and fitness following a year out with a serious knee injury.Soares arrived still nursing a knee injury of his own and was unable to feature prior to the season being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 28-year-old had been working his way back to full fitness before he suffered a facial injury following a training ground accident involving Bukayo Saka earlier this month which has delayed his debut still further.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDespite a difficult spell on the sidelines, Arsenal have opted to make his transfer a permanent one and he is hopeful of making his bow before the end of the current campaign. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jun 2020 9:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.1kShares Advertisement Advertisement
Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] ELLSWORTH — Whether runners were wearing various shades of red, white and blue, camouflage-patterned clothing or anything else of note, Ellsworth had a patriotic feel in the air early Sunday morning.A total of 130 runners gathered at the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center on Sunday for the this year’s edition of the Veterans Remembrance Road Race. The fourth annual running of the race, which took place behind the Wiggins Center on Pond Street, stretched a total of 4 miles and featured runners as young as 9 years old and as old as 79.Prior to the race, a commemorative walk was held in which a number of contestants carried stones the entire length of the course. Those stones were engraved with the names of fallen soldiers.Among the stone carriers were Jason and Kristin Partridge of Bangor, both of whom are veterans themselves. The two hoisted their stones, which they said contained the names of former Air National Guard members, over their shoulders as they crossed the finish line.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“All these runners are very dedicated to their veterans and honoring what they fought so hard for,” DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke said. “They’ve done a lot of research on their soldiers.”One runner proudly held up a Wounded Warrior Project flag in his right hand from start to finish. Two others, James Perry of Eastbrook and Adam Murphy of Bangor, wore American flag-colored body suits that covered everything from their toes to their eyes the length of the race.Despite any possible hindrances that resulted from their festive attire, both Perry and Murphy placed in their respective age groups. Perry finished first among 20-29 men, and Murphy was second in the 40-49 grouping.Spectators applaud Judson Cake as he approaches the finish line at the Veterans Remembrance Road Race on Nov. 12 in Ellsworth. Cake won the race with a time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLElsewhere at the front of the pack, 39-year-old Judson Cake of Bar Harbor was the race’s top finisher with a winning time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds. Ellsworth High School’s Matt Shea finished exactly three minutes behind him to claim second place.Rounding out the top five were Ellsworth’s Rob Shea, Dedham’s Jim Hunt and Tremont’s Stanley Grierson. The top female finisher was Winterport’s Cecilia Dube, whose time of 27 minutes, 31 seconds earned her sixth place overall.Age group winners from Ellsworth were Matt Shea (men, 10-19), Rob Shea (men, 40-49) and Lloyd Harmon (men, 70-99). Second-place award winners from the city were Andrew Kephart (men, 30-39) Jamie Harding (women, 30-39), Tom Kirby (60-69) and Nancy Patterson (women, 60-69).All veterans were allowed to compete in the race for free with valid military identification. A total of 21 veterans competed in the event, and a portion of the proceeds benefited The Summit Project and the Maine Veterans Project.The next scheduled road race in Hancock County will be the Santa Run 5K, which will be held Dec. 3 at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Registration begins 8 a.m. on race day, and the event will begin at 10. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy set a new Premier League record for scoring in consecutive matches, but a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United meant they relinquished top spot in the table to Manchester City on goal difference. Leicester took the lead in the 24th minute as Vardy scored for the 11th consecutive match, taking him past the record previously set by United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.Christian Fuchs played a superb ball down the line and into the box for the onrushing Vardy, who broke the offside trap and fired past David De Gea.United equalised in first-half injury time, Bastian Schweinsteiger heading home a Daley Blind corner.Leicester had the best chance to win the game after the break, but Leonardo Ulloa shot straight a De Gea after he had worked a great opening in the box. Manchester City got back to winning ways as they defeated Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.City, who had recorded one draw and two defeats in their last three games in all competitions, took the lead on nine minutes when Kevin De Bruyne was presented with the simplest of finishes following good work from Raheem Sterling.They doubled their advantage when Fabian Delph, making his first Premier League start, sent a deflected shot past Saints keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.Southampton did not give up the fight, though, and after Virgil van Dijk sent a shot against the woodwork in the first half, Shane Long pulled one back with a header on 50 minutes.Dusan Tadic might have equalised for Saints but his chipped effort was clawed away by Willy Caballero in the City goal, and Long saw his shot blocked from the follow-up. The hosts then restored their two-goal cushion after De Bruyne set up Aleksandar Kolarov for a fine goal on 70 minutes.There was bad news for City as striker Sergio Aguero had to leave the field with an injury, but David Silva made his return as a late substitute.Bournemouth salvaged a point in a 3-3 thriller with Everton at Dean Court.Everton dominated in the early stages from the off and got their reward on 25 minutes when Ramiro Funes Mori powered home a header from a Ross Barkley corner. Gerard Deulofeu then provided a superb pass to set up Romelu Lukaku, who controlled neatly before hammering into the net for 2-0.Bournemouth, though, hit back late on, with Adam Smith smashing a shot into the far corner on 80 minutes before Junior Stanislas smashed home an equaliser.After Charlie Daniels had passed up a golden chance for Bournemouth in injury time, Barkley looked to have snatched it when he was able to turn in the box and squeeze a shot home in the 95th minute.However, the Cherries still had time to level as Stanislas powered home a header to secure a share of the spoils. Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Newcastle United as manager Alan Pardew secured a 5-1 victory over his former club.Papiss Cisse headed home the opener on 10 minutes from Daryl Janmaat, but Palace were soon level when James McArthur’s shot found the net via a deflection from Paul Dummett.Connor Wickham, who played a key role in the equaliser, was heavily involved again when the Eagles took the lead shortly afterwards, setting up Yannick Bolasie to rifle home at the far post.Wilfried Zaha then increased Palace’s lead, volleying home from Wickham’s cross, on 41 minutes.Bolasie added a fourth soon after the restart and McArthur completed his brace in injury time. The defeat leaves Steve McClaren under pressure as Newcastle dropped back into the relegation zone.Sunderland moved out of the drop zone as they scored two late goals to see off 10-man Stoke City 2-0.Jonathan Walters had the best chance of the first half but was denied by Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon, while Sunderland saw striker Jermain Defoe substituted through injury.Stoke saw Ryan Shawcross sent off at the start of the second half when the centre-back collected a second booking, and Sunderland were able to seize the advantage. Patrick van Aanholt broke the deadlock on 81 minutes following a free kick, and Duncan Watmore — who replaced Defoe — made the points certain from DeAndre Yedlin’s throw-in.Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is still searching for his first victory after a 3-2 defeat at home to Watford.Odion Ighalo opened the scoring when he pounced on the loose ball after Ben Watson’s shot had deflected into his path in front of goal.Villa hit back through Micah Richards, who headed home from Jordan Veretout’s free kick just before the break.Watford, who saw goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes stretchered off in the second half, restored their lead on 69 minutes when Alan Hutton diverted the ball into his own net from a Troy Deeney throughball.It seemed to be game over when Deeney made it 3-1 late on, and while Jordan Ayew gave Villa hope when he curled home on 90 minutes, they could not summon a third goal and Garde’s men were booed off after a defeat that leaves them remain firmly rooted to the foot of the table.–This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions.