Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has called on the team’s younger players to seize the opportunity presented to them as the Gunners continue their pre-season.Arsenal’s youth have played a vital role in the club’s opening pre-season matches, as the Gunners have beaten the Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina as part of their U.S. tour.Eddie Nketiah has been the team’s most prolific scorer over the three games, having fired three goals, while youngsters Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka have stepped up with goals as well. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Gabriel Martinelli, the club’s only completed summer signing so far, provided a finish of his own on debut, making a positive start to his Arsenal career to ease some doubts over the club’s lack of transfer movement.Like several of this summer’s goalscorers, Parlour came up through the Gunners academy, having joined the club in 1989 before making his debut three years later.The midfielder ended up making more Premier League appearances for Arsenal than any other player, winning three Premier League titles as part of a 12-trophy haul during his stay with the club.And, having made the rise from academy product to a midfield fixture, Parlour says it’s up to the current group of young players to take the chance presented to them and make their own case for a bigger role as the Premier League season looms.”It’s so important for these young players to get an opportunity,” Parlour told Goal.”The older of the younger generation, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, will get that opportunity to get into the first team. Saka, who played on the left-wing has been very good.”These guys have to put the effort in this pre-season, improve and try and show the manager that we can rely on you to go forward. I came through the ranks. Everybody needs that opportunity to show that you can be as good as you show in the pre-season.”While Martinelli has impressed in his initial minutes, the club is expected to make further signings in the weeks to come with less than three weeks remaining before the club’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.Deals for Dani Ceballos and William Saliba appear to be on the horizon, with the Spanish midfielder nearing a £27 million ($34m) move to the Emirates while the Frenchman is also nearing a transfer that will see him remain with Saint-Etienne on loan next season. Those deals are not yet completed, though, with manager Unai Emery saying the club is determined to sign their primary targets and not settle for the wrong deals.Parlour admitted that he believes further reinforcements are needed if Arsenal are to compete with the best the Premier League has to offer as he hopes the club can take a step forward after what he saw as a frustrating end to the 2018-19 campaign.”I was disappointed with the last season, but you have to move on and be optimistic this season,” he said. “I’m sure they’re working very hard behind the scenes to get transfers done. I don’t know what sort of positions they want to improve. Probably centre-half, full-back has been mentioned, a winger. Hopefully, when it comes to the end of the window, we’ll have a few more players in. He added: “This is a very important time for the team, pre-season. [Emery] would have been as disappointed as anybody last season with the run-in, losing a few games and couldn’t come fourth place.”Obviously, the Europa League final, losing that game, you can’t look back. You have to look forward. Hopefully, they can progress and get better next season.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Reuters ManchesterSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 00:21 IST England vs Australia 4th Test Match (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne put on 116 for the third wicket before the latter was bowledThe afternoon delay did little to disrupt Smith, though he made his eighth straight Ashes half-centuryStuart Broad claimed the wicket of David Warner for the fifth time in this seriesSteve Smith continued his outstanding Ashes form, striking an unbeaten 60 as Australia recovered from another failure by their openers to reach 170-3 at the close of the rain-affected first day of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Rain caused a delay of over two hours after Lunch but plans to extend play to regain that lost time were abandoned after rain came in again during the break for Tea.The afternoon delay did little to disrupt Smith, though, who returning from missing the last Test due to concussion, made his eighth straight Ashes half-century.The series is tied a 1-1 with two Tests remaining and victory for the Australians would ensure they retain the urn.Smith and Marnus Labuschagne put on 116 for the third wicket before the latter was bowled by a beautiful delivery from Craig Overton for 67.It was a much-needed stand after England, on a high after their remarkable comeback win at Headingley, made a great start, bringing their supporters to their feet with just the fourth ball of the day.Stuart Broad claimed the wicket of David Warner for the fifth time in this series with the left-hander caught behind as he made a belated decision to leave the ball but gave a thin outside edge to Jonny Bairstow.Australia found themselves at 28-2 when Broad rapped the pads of Marcus Harris and, after some consideration, umpire Kumar Dharmasena raised his finger and his verdict was upheld by video review.Australia’s openers have averaged 15.14 not since 1888 have their top two contributed less during an Ashes series.advertisementThe departure of Harris brought the returning Smith to the crease after 38 minutes of play, the world’s number one-ranked batsman having missed the previous Test due to concussion as a result of a bouncer from Jofra Archer.To the delight of the crowd, Archer had the ball in hand and it took him three deliveries to attempt another bouncer.But with England sensing a chance to eat into the Aussie middle order before lunch, Smith and Labuschagne quickly settled and set about upping the run-rate.Labuschagne, retained in the side after replacing Smith as a substitute for the second innings at Lord’s and at Headingley, went on to make his fourth straight half century.Ominously for England, Smith, who has two centuries and a 92 to his name in the series, looked as if he had never been away as he calmly dealt with Joe Root’s attack.He brought up his fifty, lavishly driving Ben Stokes for four through cover but the Manchester weather prospect of a third ton in this series will have to wait until Thursday.Travis Head was unbeaten on 18 at the close.Australia captain Tim Paine had won the toss and chose to bat with fast bowler Mitchell Starc given his first appearance in the series after replacing Peter Siddle.Also Read | Steve Smith 1st batsman to score 8 successive 50+ scores in AshesAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Steve Smith Next Ashes 4th Test: Steve Smith in control as Australia end wet first day on 170-3England vs Australia 4th Test: Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne put on 116 for the third wicket before the latter was bowled by a beautiful delivery from Craig Overton for 67 on first day of the fourth Test.advertisement read more