Press Association “It looks very disappointing from where I’m sat. The fans have shown him great support, they want him to stay and I believe that he should too.” Gerrard, who left Anfield at the end of last season after 710 appearances and 186 goals for the club, fears Sterling’s career could be damaged. He said: “It’s very difficult for me to sit here and support him and the team around him… what they’re trying to do with his career at a young age. “It’ll be a terrible shame if he goes somewhere and doesn’t kick on as a player. “It’s slightly disappointing how far the situation has gone – but the only way I can see for him is out at the moment.” The Sterling saga has overshadowed a lot of other positive news at Liverpool this summer, most notably the signing of six players. The club have also confirmed that midfielder Jordan Henderson will, as expected, succeed Gerrard as captain. The 25-year-old already has experience of the role, having filled in for Gerrard on 19 occasions, and has grown in influence since his £16million signing from Sunderland four years ago. Henderson told the club’s website, www.liverpoolfc.com: “I’m absolutely delighted and proud. It is a great honour and a huge privilege to be named as the captain of this football club. “When Steven wasn’t in the team last season, I tried to do the best I could when I stepped in and took the armband. Now I’ll be looking to carry that on and continue to grow as a captain. “I’ll look to give my best all of the time, put the team firmly first and try to give them – or help them with – whatever they need from me.” Gerrard has also backed the appointment and contrasted Henderson’s attitude with that of Sterling. Gerrard told BBC Sport said: “Jordan’s been loyal to the club by signing a new deal and I wish him well. “I see a lot of my game in Jordan’s game and what I like about him is he’s very humble. “I don’t think there’s a more fitting player to take that armband off me. “Raheem and Jordan are at different ends of the scale. Jordan’s so professional, he’s a winner, a great lad.” Sterling has been the subject of two failed bids, the second of £40million, from Manchester City this summer and it is understood senior figures at the Etihad Stadium are continuing to monitor the situation at Anfield. It has been claimed that City are now poised to make contact with Liverpool again, and are possibly readying a bid of £50million, which would equal the Reds’ valuation, but there has been no comment from the Eastlands club. Liverpool are due to fly to Bangkok on Sunday ahead of their first friendly against a Thai All Stars side next Tuesday. The club would expect Sterling to be present but it remains to be seen how the saga continues to unfold and indeed whether the player does make the trip. Liverpool’s relationship with Sterling has become increasingly strained since the England international rejected a contract offer of £100,000 per week in January. In April he gave an interview, not sanctioned by the club, in which he stressed he was not a “money-grabbing 20-year-old”. His agent Aidy Ward later added fuel to the fire by claiming his client, who has two years remaining on his contract, would not sign a new deal even “for £900,000” per week. Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who is preparing to make his debut for new club LA Galaxy this weekend, has expressed his disappointment over the whole affair and this week’s training-related developments. Gerrard told Sky Sports News: “I’m not happy with all that carry-on. He needs to go in and see the owners. You don’t have to throw in illness, or refuse to go on tour. “There are millions of Liverpool fans waiting to see Raheem pull on a Liverpool shirt. The unsettled winger failed to report to the club’s Melwood base for pre-season work on Wednesday and Thursday, citing illness. That came after the 20-year-old was reported to have asked manager Brendan Rodgers to be allowed not to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia. Raheem Sterling resumed training at Liverpool on Friday, Press Association Sport understands, but that did little to quell the considerable speculation over his future.
https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/fb/d7/pierre-emerick-aubameyang-alexandre-lacazette-arsenal-vs-man-city-fa-cup-2019-20_xkyh1ofwxfg91m4ryb59y001i.jpg?t=1667203331&w=500&quality=80The first came after 19 minutes and was finished by Aubameyang after a move that started with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, featured 18 passes and included 10 of Arsenal’s 11 players.Eight of the passes were made in Arsenal’s own penalty area as the Gunners sucked City in before springing forward on the counterattack. Alexandre Lacazette, who was magnificent throughout, found Nicolas Pepe, who picked out Aubameyang perfectly at the back post to score.It was a wonderful goal and the 25 minutes that followed up to halftime were the best Arsenal has produced under Arteta since he arrived in December. The defense was superb, with Martinez not having to make a single save, and going forward the Gunners produced some excellent combinations, with the final ball all that was lacking.The inevitable onslaught from City came in the second half and in previous meetings Arsenal would have folded. But not on Saturday night. Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos were magnificent in front of a defense marshaled superbly by David Luiz, dropping in and offering real protection.City dominated possession, but only mustered one shot on target — with Martinez saving well down to his left after Riyad Mahrez had cut inside and gotten a shot away.And then on 71 minutes, Arsenal broke away and put the game to bed. Pepe was again involved, chasing down a clearance before finding Kieran Tierney. The Scotland international spotted Aubameyang’s run and there was only one outcome once the Gabon international had sprinted clear. City tried to raise itself but couldn’t. Cross after cross came in, but Luiz dealt with everything that came his way and anything that bypassed the Brazilian was collected by Martinez.City was well beaten in the end. Outfought on the pitch and out-thought off it. This may be Arsenal’s worst league season in 25 years, but for the first time in a long time it looks like it has a plan.The Gunners hit rock bottom during the final weeks of Unai Emery. The long journey back toward the top looks as if it has begun. This was a victory that came straight from the training ground, one in which every single player played their part. Fortune may have favored Arsenal when it saw off Premier League champion Liverpool in midweek, but it deserved everything it got at Wembley on Saturday evening.MORE: Pep claims he would have stayed at City even it club was droppedTactically, Arteta got it spot on. It was a win that highlighted why, after the dark days of the first half of the season, there is real cause for optimism now in north London.Time and time again we’ve seen Arsenal sides capitulate in the face of superior teams. Since beating City here in the 2017 semifinal the Gunners have played them seven times, losing all seven, conceding 20 and scoring just two.But they shrugged that record aside to book their spot in what will be the club’s 21st FA Cup final, where they will meet Chelsea or Manchester United on Aug. 1.This has been a horrible season for Arsenal at times, one of the worst in recent memory. The fact it dropped below Burnley in the Premier League table moments before kickoff said it all.But the past week has shown that, under Arteta, there is light at the end of the tunnel.In terms of quality, the gap between Arsenal, Liverpool and City is vast. Its been clear to see over the two games in the past few days. But the signs of improvement under Arteta are undeniable.And while they were gifted their goals against Liverpool in midweek, at Wembley the Gunners earned them through fabulous moves for which City had no answer. Both were scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his 24th and 25th of the season, but both came from moves that started deep inside their own half. There’s just something about Arsenal and the FA Cup.Mikel Arteta’s side arrived at Wembley with next to no one giving it a chance against Manchester City, yet it’s the Gunners and not Pep Guardiola’s men who will return next month for the final after a fabulous 2-0 win. Getty Images
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