Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Nov 2019 2:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link156Shares Gabriel Martinelli has made a sensational start to his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has confirmed both Mesut Ozil and Gabriel Martinelli are in line to feature against Wolves on Saturday.Ozil made an eye-catching return to action during the epic midweek defeat against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, while Martinelli enhanced his burgeoning reputation with two more goals to take his tally to seven in all competitions this season.‘It is very important to use lots of players because we are playing lots of matches, and it’s a challenge for them to show how they can help us,’ said Emery.‘The performance was positive at Liverpool and I am thinking how they can help us tomorrow.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are already four points adrift in the race for a top four place and Emery acknowledges Wolves, who took five points of the Gunners last season, represent formidable opposition.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They won at Man City’s stadium and it is an amazing result, it is very difficult to win there,’ said Emery.‘They lost to Everton and drew in the last minute against Crystal Palace. It depends on each match. Who would have thought they would win at Manchester City? Normally they won’t. We have to respect that result at Man City, how they played at Palace and also how they played at Newcastle. Comment Advertisement Wolves hammered Arsenal 3-1 at Molineux last season (Picture: Getty)‘Now we want to play and prepare our match with respect for them in 50 per cent and imposing our idea in 70 per cent.‘This is my idea in each match and tomorrow is the same. We are thinking and respecting them but above all we need to create our strongest way with the ball, with possession, with our game plan and we defensively we know we need to stop them.’Will Mesut Ozil start against Wolves?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Granit Xhaka was frustrated with Unai Emery over how long he took to award Arsenal captaincyMORE: Jurgen Klopp hails Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli as a ‘talent of the century’ Unai Emery confirms Mesut Ozil and Gabriel Martinelli set to feature against Wolves Advertisement
Banned England all-rounder Ben Stokes’s return to cricket for New Zealand domestic side Canterbury was predictably rusty as he lasted just seven balls while batting and conceded more than five runs an over while bowling on Sunday.The 26-year-old New Zealand-born Stokes was omitted from the England touring party to Australia for the Ashes and remains suspended pending the outcome of a police investigation into an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.He returned to his former hometown of Christchurch last Wednesday and said he was just back in New Zealand to visit family, but signed a short-term contract with Canterbury to play in the domestic limited-overs competition.Batting at number four against Otago in Rangiora, north of Christchurch, he lasted seven balls before he was bowled by left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchin for two.He spent six minutes at the crease and his dismissal reduced Canterbury to 8/3 in the fourth over. They eventually made 221 for nine in their 50 overs with New Zealand leg-spinner Todd Astle top scoring with 51.Stokes then opened the bowling but was unable to impose himself against former New Zealand batsmen Rob Nichol (78) and Hamish Rutherford (100), who combined for a 175-run opening partnership.Stokes, whose last game was for England against West Indies on September 24, finished with figures of 0/49 from nine overs, which included being belted for a six by fast-medium bowler Jacob Duffy that virtually sealed the game for Otago.The visitors, who struggled after their openers were dismissed, reached 222/7 with 15 balls remaining.Stokes has been mostly silent since his arrival in New Zealand but his short-term contract has attracted criticism across the Tasman Sea.advertisementPundits in Australia have accused the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) of a cover-up of a plot to parachute Stokes back into the England team midway through the Ashes.