Wilshere hits back at critics

first_img Photos of the midfielder holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub were posted on social media and quickly made national headlines. On Thursday evening, Wilshere posted on Instagram a video of himself in training as he recovers from ankle surgery along with the message : “Worry about your character not your reputation, because your character is who you are and your reputation is only what people who don’t know you think about you!” Press Association The Gunners are to seek clarification from Wilshere over the circumstances of the incident, which is understood to have happened during a night out with friends in central London last week. A picture of Wilshere was uploaded to Instagram, before being removed and replaced with an edited version where only the face of the Arsenal player was visible in the background. However, the original image, where the England international held the shisha pipe, was then subsequently reposted on Twitter, sparking much debate across social media over the player’s behaviour ahead of Saturday’s north London derby at Tottenham Arsenal take a dim view on players smoking. In January, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was hit with a £25,000 fine after it emerged he lit up in the showers following the 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, since when the Pole has not started a Barclays Premier League match. Wilshere’s representatives said they had nothing further to add when contacted by the Press Association on Thursday. The latest revelations around Wilshere – the midfielder has been criticised in the past after twice being pictured with a cigarette, the previous occasion while on holiday in Las Vegas last summer with England goalkeeper Joe Hart following the 2014 World Cup – will come as an unwelcome distraction to Wenger as he prepares his squad for Saturday’s lunchtime kick off at White Hart Lane, with the subject now set to dominate the agenda at Friday’s morning media conference. Leading scorer Alexis Sanchez will again be out because of a hamstring injury which saw him miss the 5-0 win over Aston Villa, but England forward Danny Welbeck is in line to make a return after being out since December 28 with a thigh problem. Jack Wilshere appeared to hit back at his critics after becoming embroiled in another smoking controversy. Wenger said on the Arsenal club website: “Alexis is not ready. He is not far away, the Leicester game is a possibility. He is of course very difficult to keep quiet. He is training, but it’s light training.” Wenger added Wilshere was set to be “back in full training next week, hopefully from Sunday”. England forward Theo Walcott, meanwhile, is relishing the prospect of the derby atmosphere as Arsenal look to keep the pressure up on the top four. Walcott has just returned to full fitness after the best part of a year on the sidelines when suffering a serious knee injury in the closing minutes of the FA Cup third-round win over Spurs at the Emirates Stadium in January 2014. The 25-year-old was carried off on a stretcher in front of the away supporters, some of whom threw objects to which the player responded with a 2-0 hand gesture. Walcott, whose injury shattered his World Cup dreams, thrives on the rivalry. “This is a massive game and it is all about the bragging rights,” Walcott said in the London Evening Standard. “Things like that have happened in the past and it won’t be forgotten about, I am sure, but it is one thing I have moved on from. “Every player will get stick I am sure, but it is about just trying to go out there and perform.” Walcott, who has scored in successive appearances since his return from a niggling groin problem, added: “Any criticism won’t affect me at all. It is enjoyable – it is a bit different and is always a great atmosphere at White Hart Lane. “It is probably the fixture I always look forward to playing in the most, to be fair. “It is one of the biggest games for both sets of fans and this year it is going to be tight.” last_img read more

Holder and Dowrich hundreds put Windies on course for series win

first_imgZIMBABWE 1st innings 326West Indies 1st innings(overnight 374 for seven)K Brathwaite c Masakadza b Cremer 32K Powell c Ervine b Mpofu 90D Bishoo c & b Sikandar Raza 23K Hope lbw b Sikandar Raza 1S Hope b Sikandar Raza 40R Chase lbw b Sikandar Raza 32J Blackwood c Cremer b Sikandar Raza 5+S Dowrich lbw b Chisoro 103*J Holder b Chisoro 110K Roach lbw b Chisoro 0S Gabriel not out 5Extras (b3, lb3, nb1) 7TOTAL (all out, 178.2 overs) 448Fall of wickets: 1-76 , 2-131, 3-135, 4-163, 5-219, 6-225, 7-230, 8-442, 9-443, 10-448.Bowling: Mpofu 28-10-55-1, Mire 5-2-5-0, Cremer 52-8-161-1, Raza 48-12-99-5, Chisoro 41.2-9-113-3, Masakadza 4-1-9-0.ZIMBABWE 2nd inningsH Masakadza b Roach 5S Mire lbw b Roach 0C Ervine b Bishoo 22B Taylor lbw Gabriel 10P Moor not out 39S Raza not out 58Extras (b1, lb5) 6TOTAL (4 wkts, 67 overs) 140Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-8, 3-23, 4-46.Bowling: Gabriel 13-6-16-1, Roach 12-7-14-2, Brathwaite 9-1-19-0, Holder 12-2-29-0, Bishoo 13-3-38-1, Chase 2-0-7-0, Blackwood 6-3-11-0. CENTURIES from Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder put West Indies on course for a series win before Sikandar Raza continued his outstanding Test with an unbeaten half-century to give Zimbabwe slight hope on day four.Wicketkeeper batsman Dowrich (103) scored a maiden Test hundred and captain Holder (110) his second in a stand of 212 for the eighth wicket as the Windies were all out for 448 in reply to 326 in Bulawayo.Not since 1908 had both a number eight and nine scored a century in the longest format before the Barbadian duo reached three figures on Wednesday and Zimbabwe were reduced to 46-4 in their second innings, Kemar Roach taking two early wickets.Raza made 80 in the first innings before claiming a maiden five-wicket Test haul, and the all-rounder was 58 not out at stumps in an unbroken stand of 94 with Peter Moor (39) to hold up the Windies, giving Zimbabwe a slender lead of 18 heading into the final day of the two-match series.Shane DowrichDowrich and Holder got the Windies out of the mire on day three after coming together at 230-7 and wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva spurned an early chance to end a frustrating stand when he put Holder down off Graeme Cremer on 78 early on the penultimate day.The skipper capitalised by ending a two-and-a-half year wait for a Test hundred, raising his bat after driving Tendai Chisoro to the boundary, and Dowrich reached three figures for the first time at Test level in style by dispatching Cremer for six over long-off.Chisoro (3-113) finally got the breakthrough when Dowrich was given out leg before and bowled Holder around his legs before removing Roach to end the innings.Zimbabwe were in deep trouble on 8-2 at lunch after paceman Roach (2-14) struck in his first three overs, bowling Hamilton Masakadza when the first-innings centurion offered no shot to one that darted back in and snaring Solomon Mire leg before without scoring.Shannon Gabriel got in on the act by trapping Brendan Taylor in front and Devendra Bishoo cleaned up Craig Ervine in his first over to leave Zimbabwe four down, but Raza and Moor edged Zimbabwe into a slender lead with a much-needed show of defiance.(Omnisport)last_img read more

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire found guilty of aggravated assault

first_imgHarry Maguire has been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery.The England and Manchester United defender, 27, was convicted of all the charges against him by a court on the island of Syros.He was arrested with his brother and a friend after a fight broke out while he was on holiday in Mykonos over claims his sister was injected with a suspected “rape drug”.The court had been asked to postpone proceedings over the incident, which happened last Thursday during a family getaway.But the trial went ahead in the absence of all three defendants – Maguire, his brother Joe and their friend Christopher Sharman. Tags: Harry MaguireManchester United Source: Sky Sportslast_img read more