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Arteta backs Arsenal keeper Raya after criticism




Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta defended under-fire goalkeeper David Raya ahead of his team’s Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday.

The Spanish coach has selected his compatriot in goal over the past few weeks and benched Aaron Ramsdale, to the chagrin of some Arsenal fans.


Raya was caught out by Mykhailo Mudryk’s looping cross which flew into the net during the 2-2 Premier League draw with Chelsea on Saturday, later making another mistake which the Blues did not capitalise on.

“Errors are part of football, mistakes happen from defenders, strikers and goalkeepers,” Arteta told a news conference Monday in Seville.

The coach said he did not think Raya was suffering in the spotlight, with some Arsenal fans chanting Ramsdale’s name during the draw which saw champions Manchester City move level on points with the Gunners at the top of the Premier League.

“I haven’t seen that (he’s suffering), I haven’t seen that at all,” said Arteta, who previously suggested he might rotate the two goalkeepers but has only used Raya since handing him his debut in September.

“That’s the pressure of playing for big clubs where you have to win and you have to be at your best and you have someone next to you that is pushing you every single day.


“That’s the debate and the beauty of the game as well and the fact that you have other options are going to make all that talk more frequent.”

Arteta confirmed Ramsdale was available and in the squad to face Sevilla after he missed the Chelsea match for the birth of his son.

After a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Lens, second-placed Arsenal are looking to get back on track in Group B.

Sevilla have proven a force at home in European competition, beating Manchester United and Juventus at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on their way to a record-extending seventh Europa League title last season.

Arsenal midfielder Jorginho said the team would need to keep their emotions in check on what was sure to be a fiery night.


“For sure they’re gonna be ready for us, and the atmosphere here is going to be hot,” the Italian told reporters.

“I think it’s going to be a great game and a good test for us as well, about emotional control.”

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PCB reveals schedule of National T20 Super 8




The schedule for the National T20 Super 8 has been revealed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following the advancement of the top two teams from each group to the Super Eight stage. This stage is set to take place in a round-robin format spanning from December 1 to December 8. 


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Following the Super Eight stage, the top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals. Both semi-finals are scheduled to be played on 9 December at National Bank Stadium, at 1500 PKT and 2000 PKT respectively.

The final is scheduled to be played at the same venue on 10 December. The toss will take place at 1930 PKT and the first ball will be bowled at 2000 PKT.

The winning team of the tournament will pocket a prize money of PKR 5 million. 
Meanwhile, the tournament runners-up will be awarded PKR 2.5 million. The player of the tournament will be rewarded with PKR 250,000. The same amount has been allotted to three other awards; best batter, best bowler and best wicket-keeper of the tournament. The player of the final will receive PKR 50,000 while player of the match in each of the 
Super Eight games and the semi-finals will be given PKR 25,000.

This is the first edition of the tournament played since the PCB 2014 Constitution was reinstated. The previous edition of National T20, which featured six sides, was won by Sindh who clinched their maiden title after defeating defending champions Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by eight wickets. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lost out on securing a hat-trick of titles after winning both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 editions.