FA Cup: Arsenal edge past Leeds into fourth round

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Leeds, Everton battle for €40m Dennis FA Cup replays scrapped in 2020-21 to ease fixture pressure Breaking: Arsenal win FA Cup, qualify for Europa League Reiss Nelson hit the only goal of the game as Arsenal took advantage of profligate finishing from Leeds to secure their place in FA Cup fourth round. The Gunners will travel to Bournemouth at the end of the month after England Under-21 winger Nelson finished from close-range to settle a tie which saw Sky Bet Championship leaders Leeds more than match their top-flight opponents. A decade on from a memorable FA Cup shock at rivals Manchester United, Leeds looked set to once again ruffle the feathers of the established order, only to fall agonisingly short after a fine display in front of a vast away following at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta, taking charge of just his fourth match, must have displayed the half-time attributes of someone like his opposite number Marcelo Bielsa – whose first foray into management came when his counterpart was just eight years old – as Arsenal were a different prospect after a dismal first-half. Leeds wasted a glut of chances to take the lead and make it a jittery night for Arteta and the home fans, Patrick Bamford coming closest when he rattled the frame of the goal. But, after the break, Arsenal responded to whatever Arteta demanded of them and Nelson’s tap-in on 55 minutes was enough to seal a hard-fought victory. Nicolas Pepe, having already enjoyed an early run at the Leeds defence, was the first to draw a save out of debutant Illan Meslier in the visitors’ goal. But it was the second-tier side who were using the ball better in the opening stages, working it into dangerous positions without finding an end product. They eventually tested Emiliano Martinez as Jack Harrison stung the palms of the stand-in Gunners goalkeeper, who was then helpless as Patrick Bamford’s strike cannoned back off the crossbar moments later. Arsenal – as they have been so often this season – were creating their own problems as a number of misplaced passes out of defence from the likes of David Luiz and fit-again Rob Holding saw them caught out by a Leeds side full of pressing players. Arteta’s surprise decision to deploy Sokratis Papastathopoulos at right-back was also looking questionable as the Greece international was easily beaten for pace by Ezgjan Alioski, who then angled a shot wide. Despite all of Leeds’ attacking play, they should have been behind on the half-hour mark but Luiz could only head Mesut Ozil’s corner wide having been picked out free in the box. At the other end, Martinez had to spring across his goal to keep out Alioski’s close-range header after the winger once again got the better of Sokratis. Yet another opportunity went begging for the away side as Robbie Gotts, another man making his Leeds debut, miscued a strike as the Arsenal fans began to grow restless. That unrest continued as the half drew to a close and concluded with Sokratis appearing to gesture to a section of supporters to calm down. Arsenal responded by starting the second-half with an urgency that was lacking for the opening 45 minutes, Nelson bursting into the box and then Alexandre Lacazette clipping the crossbar from a free-kick. Lacazette, wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, then drew a low save out of Meslier before Matteo Guendouzi’s curling shot bent wide of the post. Leeds were now the side playing on the counter-attack and Bamford tested Martinez as a frenetic opening to the second period continued. Arsenal broke the deadlock from the very next attack as Pepe burst forward and fed Lacazette, who crossed in for Nelson to bundle home despite close attention from Meslier. Lacazette was lucky to escape a red card after aiming a kick at Gaetano Berardi, with both referee Anthony Taylor and the video assistant referee happy that it was not a matter of violent conduct. But there would be no late salvo from a Leeds side who have made something of a trademark from scoring late goals and they will return to their promotion push as Arsenal prepare for a trip to the Vitality Stadium in round four.Tags: FA CupLeedsReiss Nelsonlast_img read more

Women missing from USG ballot

first_imgThe eight candidates running for Undergraduate Student Government executive office come from diverse backgrounds, but there is one thing they all have in common: They’re all male.All the president’s men · A student casts his vote for Undergraduate Student Government president, vice president and senator at a voting station on Trousdale Parkway. Voting began Tuesday and ends Thursday. – Youli Zheng | Daily Trojan For the fifth year in a row, there are no female candidates on the ballot for USG president. In fact, this year, no women are in the running for either of USG’s top two positions.The gender imbalance is more striking than in the past — last year there were two female candidates for vice president, including current vice president Ashlie Chan. But it is not entirely out of the ordinary. Although women make up more than half of the current USG executive and program boards, female candidates for the top position are rare.Since spring 2006, none of the 18 candidates for USG president and only a third of the vice presidential candidates have been female. The last female candidate to run for president was Jessica Lall, who was elected in 2005.“Personally, I was very surprised to go to the first candidates’ meeting and see that there were no women running for president or vice president,” said presidential candidate Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, a junior majoring in theatre.Berit Elam,  executive director of the Women’s Student Assembly, said that, although women are well-represented in student government and other organizations, they tend to shy away from the top position.“I’m a little let down by some of the strong female leaders on campus that I know exist because I know they would be great,” Elam said. “Maybe ‘let down’ is too harsh, but it would be nice to see some of the amazing female leaders we have on campus step into that role.”It’s not that women aren’t involved in USG. Five of the eight members of this year’s executive cabinet are female. But for some reason, they are not pursuing the presidential position.“Women tend to be more involved in student government, so it’s kind of ironic,” said presidential candidate Dylan Dann, a junior majoring in international relations (global business).Both women and men involved in USG were quick to say they believed the lack of female executive candidates this year was coincidental and not the result of any sort of bias.“All you have to do is look at the legislative field and every residential senator that’s running is female, so I do think it’s really a coincidence,” said Andrew Matson, a junior presidential candidate majoring in political science and international relations. “I don’t think there’s any institutional bias.”Some said the barriers keeping female candidates from running for office might be more individual than institutional.Presidential candidate Chris Cheng, a junior majoring in international relations, said he had “no insight” into the disparity, adding that he considered female running mates when planning his ticket.“I could believe there’s a subconscious trend, just because it hasn’t been done [recently],” he said.The underrepresentation of women in student government is not limited to USC.In 2006, a study at American University in Washington, D.C. found that women made up 62 percent of the student body but less than a third of the student government.American University’s Women & Politics Institute created Campaign College, a program designed to encourage and train female college students to run for student government office.The institute also examined the reasons women don’t seek high political office. Some of those reasons, such as family responsibilities, don’t usually apply to college students, but Ava Lubell, the political director of the institute, said women of all ages are less likely to see themselves as good candidates.A study by the institute found that men are almost two-thirds more likely than women to see themselves as qualified to run, and a third more likely to consider entering politics.Lubell said women, unlike men,  often need to be encouraged to participate in the political process.“Women need to be asked to run,” she said. “They’re less likely to perceive themselves as being recruited, so you need to say explicitly, ‘We think you should run.’”Students involved with USG seemed wary of specifically recruiting women to run for top positions.“I’m not sure what USG could really do in terms of recruiting people. If someone wants to run, it’s their prerogative to run,” Matson said.Elam worried such efforts could do more harm than good.“I think it would have negative results if a female candidate won because she was recruited by USC,” she said.Some student voters said they were surprised there were no female candidates.“I think a girl should go for it,” said Rachel Porter, a sophomore majoring in piano performance.Branche Foston, a junior majoring in communication, hypothesized that women might be choosing not to run because they have other commitments.“Girls are involved with way more things than guys are,” Foston said.Some voters, however, did not notice that women were missing from the presidential ballot.“It didn’t even really occur to me,” said Julien Kacou, a junior majoring in political science and history.Elam said she is not sure why there isn’t at least one female candidate on any of this year’s tickets.“As far as running a smart campaign, I don’t know why more candidates didn’t pick women,” Bertram said. “I think it was really intelligent how the [Holden Slusher-Ashlie Chan] campaign was run because it appealed to a broader group of students.”Matson said the lack of women was “not for lack of trying.”“Without disclosing names, I can assure you that females were contacted,” he said.Munoz-Proulx said he thought part of the reason for the gender disparity might be that men choose other men as their running mates.“Most men, in our society, they’re closer friends with other men,” he said. “So it’s not too surprising that a lot of guys have chosen other guys to run with.”Matson said he thinks the composition of next year’s USG candidates will be more balanced.“Next year, it could be all female candidates,” he said. “I’d be willing to wager money that there will be at least one.”Though there is nothing stopping women from running, Maya Babla, a junior majoring in communication and public diplomacy who ran for vice president last year, said it could be a while before women are consistently running for president.“I don’t think there’s any barrier to pursuing whatever we want, but I do think it will take time to reach equality in numbers,” Babla said. “I would love to see more female candidates. I think that there is a difference in male and female candidates, in that a woman brings something different to the table.”last_img read more

Pac-10 matchup on tap

first_imgAs the USC women’s basketball team prepares to host rival UCLA on Sunday, one statistic has the team’s attention.The winner will take over sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 Conference.Ready · Senior guard Heather Oliver anticipates a tough game. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “This is more than just a rivalry game,” sophomore guard Ashley Corral said. “Whoever wins this game moves ahead of the other [in the conference standings].”That doesn’t mean the Women of Troy (9-6, 3-1) are discounting the importance of beating their crosstown rival. Even newcomers like first-year coach Michael Cooper are well aware of how heated the rivalry can be.“We almost don’t need to win another game if we beat UCLA,” Cooper quipped. “It’s going to be a big game.”Corral, a Washington native, said she learned what the rivalry truly meant once she stepped foot on campus.“As soon as you get to USC you realize the rivalry,” Corral said. “I’ve never been a Bruins fans. I don’t ever plan on being one.”Beating UCLA will be no easy task for the Women of Troy. UCLA (10-5, 3-1) took No. 2 Stanford to the wire last weekend before losing 65-61. By comparison, USC lost to the Cardinal earlier this season by 20 points.“It’s going to be a tough game,” senior guard Heather Oliver said. “They came really close to Stanford last weekend.”Cooper said one of his challenges over the past week has been keeping his team on an even keel.“We don’t want to get too hyped up for [the game],” he said. “But we also don’t want to be too low.”Another challenge for the Women of Troy will be the physicality of UCLA. Cooper said that the Bruins, while not a particularly tall team, have a lot of girth down low. Still, he expects his players to hold their own in the paint.“We’ve been undersized against everyone and we’ve overcome that all season long,” he said.One area where USC should have an advantage is at the end of the game. If the score is close late, count on the Women of Troy coming out on top. USC has won all three of its conference games this season by four points or less.“We’re starting to realize what it takes to win games,” Oliver said. “We learned a lot from last year when we lost a lot of close games. Now we’re relaxed.”The Women of Troy will need to bottle up some of that experience for what should be a tightly contested game.Tip off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.last_img read more