Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg: Gunners win Emirates Cup

first_img1 Theo Walcott scored the only goal as Arsenal beat Wolfsburg to win the Emirates Cup for the first time in five years.The 26-year-old England international hit the winner in the second half of a low-key 1-0 victory.Arsenal were favourites to win their own friendly competition, but Villarreal’s 2-0 victory over Lyon meant the Gunners had to beat last season’s Bundesliga runners-up to lift the trophy.Mesut Ozil was the only player retained from Saturday’s 6-0 hammering over Lyon as Arsene Wenger rotated his starting line-upPetr Cech – making his first appearance at the Emirates following a summer move from Chelsea – should have been tested early on but former Gunners striker Nicklas Bendtner failed to control Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.Wolfsburg continued to press in the early exchanges and came close when Christian Trasch’s low shot was deflected behind by Nacho Monreal.Walcott, deployed in his preferred central striker position, had Arsenal’s best chance of the first half when he was played in by Ozil and forced a good stop from Diego Benaglio.The former Southampton graduate did have the ball in the net after 33 minutes, but his lofted effort was correctly chalked off for offside.World Cup winner Ozil was having a much quieter afternoon but almost steered Monreal’s low cross past Benaglio as the first half drew to a close, with neither side having crafted a clear-cut chance to break the deadlock.Chuba Akpom replaced Ozil at the break, which saw Walcott move to the right flank.Despite his shift, the Englishman was the man to open the scoring five minutes into the second half as he picked up Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s pass and finished coolly to put Arsenal ahead.De Bruyne – a reported £60m target for Manchester City – fired high and wide as the visitors looked to respond, with Ricardo Rodriguez stinging the palms of Cech on the hour mark.Cech was again on hand to push Josuha Guilavogui’s drilled effort behind for a corner as every touch for the Czech Republic international was met with cheers from the home fans.Wenger introduced Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the bench late on but Walcott’s goal proved to be enough for the Gunners.Next up for Arsenal is next Sunday’s Community Shield showdown with Chelsea. Then-Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta lifts the Emirates Cup last_img read more


Steve Wilks joined a short list of coaches who wer

first_img Steve Wilks joined a short list of coaches who were fired after one season.Wilks was the first coach in franchise history since 1952 to last just one season with the Cardinals.Before Wilks, the most recent NFL coach to not make it to year two was Chip Kelly, who was fired by the San Francisco 49ers after finishing 2-14 in 2016.Other notable one-and-done coaches include Hue Jackson (Oakland Raiders, 2011), Jim Mora (Seattle Seahawks, 2009) and Pete Carroll (New York Jets, 1994). Related LinksArizona Cardinals fire head coach Steve Wilks after one yearNFL head coaching job tracker: Cards hire Kingsbury as next head coachStandout quotes during Steve Wilks’ season as Cardinals head coachWilks is the fifth one-and-done coach this decade.Some coaches were fired for worse records than Wilks’ 3-13 season — Cam Cameron’s 2007 Miami Dolphins went 1-15.Here’s the list of NFL coaches fired after their first season since the year 2000:2018 – Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals2016 – Chip Kelly, San Francisco 49ers2015 – Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers2013 – Rob Chudzinski, Clevland Browns2012 – Mike Mularkey, Jacksonville Jaguars2011 – Hue Jackson, Oakland Raiders2009 – Jim Mora, Seattle Seahawks2007 – Cam Cameron, Miami Dolphins2006 – Art Shell, Oakland Raiders2001 – Marty Schottenheimer, Washington Redskins2000 – Al Groh, New York Jets – / 18 Top Stories 5 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 27-24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more