Lee Dixon reveals what Thierry Henry told him about Manchester United star Anthony Martial

first_imgManchester United star Anthony Martial has often been compared to Arsenal great Thierry Henry (Picture: Getty)Lee Dixon has lifted the lid on a recent conversation he had with Thierry Henry in which the legendary Frenchman compared the struggles he experienced at the beginning of his Arsenal career to Anthony Martial’s mixed start at Manchester United.Martial announced himself in England with a goal on his United debut against bitter rivals Liverpool and was immediately likened to fellow countryman Henry but the 24-year-old has flattered to deceive since then until a promising return to form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. The forward was well on course to beat his best ever strike tally (17) in United colours – netting 16 times in all competitions before English football was put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic – and Henry clearly believes his compatriot is capable of finding another gear after that if he fulfils his potential.AdvertisementAdvertisementLike Martial, Henry had an inconstant start to life in the Premier League but the now iconic striker was soon ripping up defences up and down the country after some tough love from an experienced Arsenal squad which included the likes of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Nigel Winterburn and David Seaman.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 26 Mar 2020 11:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link750Shares Advertisement Thierry Henry sees similarities between him and Martial (Picture: Getty)However, Henry feels United’s current dressing room lacks the battle-hardened and imposing characters who would be able to guide Martial through in the same way.Speaking on Arsenal podcast Handbrake Off, club legend Dixon explained: ‘I talked about that with him [Henry] recently. We did some work together with Amazon Prime when they had the two games around Christmas time. I presumed he knew Martial because they’re from the same area in France so I asked him about Martial.‘I said, “What he’s like?” and he looked at me with that look that he does as if to say: “Have I not already spoken to you about this?”‘And he said, “He’s exactly like I was when I came to Arsenal. He needs to go through the process like I did with you lot and I don’t know if the Manchester United dressing room is like that”. He said that was the making of him. ‘To liken himself to Martial or another player to him, it really painted a picture of what Martial was like and what his character was like because he’s super-talented like Thierry was and I think his development would have been similar. ‘I’m not saying he would have been as good as Thierry – but would have been similar if he had been in the old United dressing room with the characters like what we had in our dressing room. He certainly talks about that as a real learning lesson in his curve to get how brilliant he was.’center_img Lee Dixon reveals what Thierry Henry told him about Manchester United star Anthony Martial Thierry Henry was taught right from wrong by players like Dixon (Picture: Getty) Dixon added: ‘No, we didn’t kick the ball and think what he was thinking in his head but we channeled it into the right areas at the right time and we wouldn’t put up with the stuff when he first came. His not training very hard, being a bit sulky… that wasn’t allowed. ‘You’re not allowed to come into our workplace and be like that. It wasn’t a case of allowing him a certain amount of leeway here and there.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was: this is how it’s done, this is The Arsenal, this is how we dress, this is how we train and this is what we behave like. If you’re in, you’re in and you’ll be one of mates. if you’re not, you’re not. ‘I think that was a big thing for him.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reveals the moment he suspected he had contracted coronavirusMORE: Max Allegri’s agent responds directly to Manchester United links Advertisementlast_img read more

Poyet takes blame for heavy defeat

first_img The Uruguayan was swiftly installed as a 1/4 favourite to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job with bookmaker William Hill after a humiliating afternoon at the Stadium of Light, and although he insisted he had not heard from owner Ellis Short in the immediate aftermath of the debacle, he took the criticism on the chin. Poyet said: “I am responsible. I am one of the few in football nowadays, I am honest. When things go right, I tell you I am responsible, and when things go wrong, I tell you I am responsible. I don’t pick and choose. “There’s one thing Gus has got, he’s got a bigger heart than anyone.” Sherwood was thrilled with his side’s display, but was taking nothing for granted despite seeing them ease themselves six points clear of the drop zone. He said: “It’s a fantastic step towards safety, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, we realise that. We have managed to drag Sunderland into it now and push them underneath us, but it’s all about next week now, Swansea at home, and getting the points there. “I’m sure our fans will be very jubilant and welcoming the players to a home fixture. The boys are looking forward now to playing at home in front of an expectant crowd. “Losing becomes a habit, doesn’t it, and winning does also, so we are hoping to continue that, albeit it’s only three games.” Meanwhile, Poyet was less than happy with a comment from former team-mate Chris Sutton in a BBC blog in which he likened Sebastian Larsson’s delayed return for the second half to a pub team player having a cigarette at half-time. Poyet said: “Seb Larsson is one of the biggest and best professionals we have got at the football club. He had a massive cut in his leg, they were trying to stitch it, they couldn’t do it quickly enough. “He didn’t want to come off because he felt responsible for the 4-0 in the first half, and we waited for him. We asked the referee to delay a little bit the second half – there are some rules in football which mean you can do it, but not for long – and he came out. “It’s very disrespectful about one hell of a professional. Seb Larsson doesn’t deserve that.” “I hate people when they pick and choose and they change, they have got too many faces. I am not. I am responsible and as the one who is responsible, you are the one who has to take it.” Asked if he was determined to carry on in his mission to drag the Black Cats out of trouble for the second successive season, Poyet remained defiant. He said: “I do. That’s not even in question. I need to accept the responsibility. I pick the team, we train in a certain way and then Saturday 3pm, that’s the thing.” Sunderland’s hopes of a much-needed victory were dashed inside 44 chaotic minutes as Villa ended a 614-minute wait for an away league goal, and then built upon it in impressive style to race into a decisive 4-0 lead. Christian Benteke set the ball rolling with a neat 16th-minute shot from Leandro Bacuna’s pull-back and after Gabriel Agbonlahor had helped himself to a double, followed suit a minute before the break with a powerful header which gave bemused goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon no chance. The defeat saw Villa leapfrog Sunderland, who are now in 17th place and just four points clear of the relegation zone. However, there was support for Poyet from former Tottenham team-mate and Villa boss Tim Sherwood. He said: “It’s not great, is it, when you are beaten heavily at home, but Gus will bounce back. He’s that type of character who has seen it all and done it all before. Press Association Under-fire head coach Gus Poyet took full responsibility after Sunderland were trounced 4-0 at home by fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. last_img read more

B&H National Team won against Israel, Dragons closer to the 3rd place on the Table

first_img(Source: klix.ba) Edin Višća and Edin Džeko scored and brought victory to the football team of B&H in last night’s qualification match for the European Championship against Israel. Dragons celebrated with 3: 1 at Bilino Polje Stadium, and this victory got them closer to the 3rd place on the standings of Group B.By winning the sixth match of qualifiers for the European Championship, Dragons increased their chances for going to the continental review, which will be held next year in France. Edin Višća scored twice and Edin Džeko one time for our national team.This was the second victory for the National Team of B&H in qualifiers for the European Championship.In the next round in September, B&H football players will play against Belgium, which lost against Wales in last night’s match with the score 0 : 1. With this victory Wales remained on the leading position, while the Belgium is now on the second place, with three points more than team of B&H.last_img read more