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The Arsenal youngster poised to burst into the first team – Young Guns Blog

first_img Chris Willock has been singled out by Arsene Wenger during Arsenal’s pre-season Arsenal blogger Jamie Sanderson looks at the next young star expected to make the step up from the Gunners’ academy to the first team…It seems like every year there’s a top talent ready to burst out of Arsenal’s glittering academy – and this year is no different.During the friendly with Boreham Wood at the weekend, Arsene Wenger gave a run out to the next exciting prospect to emerge in the form of 16-year-old Chris Willock.This was no reserve run out, as he lined up alongside the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Wojciech Szczesny in a strong team. It’s a sign of just how highly he is regarded.Wenger admitted he was interested and intrigued by the winger after hearing plenty about him.Rightly so – Willock has been sparkling for the youth team and despite his young age, has been impossible to ignore.A technical wide man who can play as a number 10, he boasts great skill and speed, and is working hard to add power and physicality to his game in order to become a complete package.Ability must be mixed with attitude for Willock to reach the top, and all the reports are that he’s a good kid, has a great attitude and is hungry to listen and improve.We’ve only just started to get a glimpse of Willock but all the signs are that we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in future.From Jack Wilshere to Serge Gnabry, plenty of talents have used the pre-season to force their way into the first-team setup, and while Willock has time on his side, he’s good enough to make waves this summer and put himself in contention with the senior boys.Arsenal fans, have you seen Willock in action? If so, what do you think? Let us know below… 1last_img read more

Yankees Squeak By Bosox, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — For the second time in his young career, Eduardo Rodriguez showed an impressive amount of poise while facing Boston’s biggest rival.Certainly, that’s something positive the last-place Red Sox can take out of this season.Rodriguez made one big mistake in seven sharp innings, a homer to Jacoby Ellsbury, but the Red Sox failed to break through against CC Sabathia and lost to the New York Yankees 2-1 on Aug. 6.“I know it’s the Yankees, but like I said, they have the bat, I have the ball, so I just try to make good pitches,” Rodriguez said.The 22-year-old lefty beat New York at Fenway Park on July 11, tossing 6 2-3 solid innings. He was just as good this time at an unfriendly — and packed — Yankee Stadium.Rodriguez (6-4) allowed six hits and two runs. He walked two — one an intentional pass to Alex Rodriguez that loaded the bases in the fifth — and struck out five.A-Rod had an RBI double in the third, but Eduardo Rodriguez was cool on the mound.He gave up a pair of singles to start the fifth and, when a sacrifice put runners on second and third for Alex Rodriguez, who already had two hits, Eduardo Rodriguez walked him to face Mark Teixeira.The slugger popped out foul to the catcher, and Chris Young popped up to shortstop to end the threat.“A good young arm,” Ellsbury said. “He definitely has a bright future ahead of him.”Justin Wilson (4-0) struck out three batters in the seventh to help the Yankees take two of three from the Red Sox, who are 48-61.Dellin Betances gave up a hit in the eighth. Andrew Miller put two on in the ninth but struck out Rusney Castillo to remain perfect in 24 save chances.Ellsbury connected with two outs in the seventh.The former Red Sox center fielder was in a 3-for-23 slump entering the game. His average had dipped from .322, when he came off the disabled list on July 8, to .277 coming in.Sabathia left his previous start with dehydration, wilted by the Texas heat. He was ornery in this outing, yelling at plate umpire Rob Drake over a called ball early on and giving a fist-pumping shimmy after using a 94 mph fastball to strike out David Ortiz with the bases loaded to end the fifth.“He threw me some good pitches,” Ortiz said. “Tonight was the best I have seen him in a while. He was locating his pitches well.”The big left-hander had just walked Xander Bogaerts following Castillo’s run-scoring single that ticked off the glove of diving shortstop Didi Gregorius to tie it 1-all. Castillo’s hit came right after Sabathia walked .100 hitter Jackie Bradley Jr.Pitching on an extra day of rest, Sabathia stalked around the mound and used pinpoint control to strike out eight. He yielded three hits and three walks after allowing five runs in each of his previous two starts.“I was fired up,” Sabathia said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more