Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos felt angry
at not being able to help former coach Unai Emery, but is determined to
prove himself to new boss Mikel Arteta and pay back fans for their
The playmaker, on loan from Real Madrid, missed over two
months with a hamstring injury and has been on the bench of late but not
yet played under Arteta, who took over in December after leaving his
job as Manchester City’s assistant head coach.
“Mikel will be a
brilliant coach. He has learned from Pep (Guardiola, Manchester City
coach), he has a philosophy of play which I think I fit perfectly. It’s
true he arrived in a difficult situation of the club, but mentally he’s
exactly the kind of coach Arsenal need right now,” Ceballos told Marca
An Italian soccer referee has been banned for
one year after he lost his cool and headbutted a goalkeeper he had sent
off during a minor league game earlier this month, ANSA news agency
reported on Tuesday.
In a match between Borgo Mogliano and
Montottone in Macerata on February 1, the referee Antonio Martiniello
had given Borgo Mogliano’s goalkeeper Matteo Ciccioli his marching
orders as the hosts won 3-1.
But Martiniello was not done meting
out punishment and when the pair faced off outside the changing room
after the game as the goalkeeper sought an explanation, the referee
headbutted Ciccioli, who was taken to hospital to treat his injuries.