The former Arsenal trialist who could come back to haunt Gunners in Europa League

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Niang has been linked with a move to the Gunners before huge blow REPLY RANKED no dice Now the forward gearing up to lead the line for Rennes against Arsenal in Thursday’s knockout clash.He has scored four goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this term, and, although those aren’t the most intimidating stats, the Gunners will be wary of a player who could have been turning out for Unai Emery’s side this evening if certain events had proceeded in a slightly different manner than they did in reality. Arsenal face Stade Rennais on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie, with talkSPORT 2 bringing you full live commentary of the clash.One player who will feature for Rennes is their striker M’Baye Niang – and he has a closer connection to the Gunners than you might think. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE Full commentary of the Europa League showdown will be live on talkSPORT2, with our coverage getting underway at 6pm. Click HERE to listen live MONEY The Senegalese went onto score two goals in 16 appearances at Vicarage Road before moving to his next loan club Torino.After a solid season in Turin he signed permanently for the Serie A outfit in 2018 before being loaned again to Rennes.In the summer, Niang once again emerged as a surprise target for the Gunners after a string of good performances for Senegal at the World Cup in Russia.He netted once for his national side before they were cruelly eliminated from the competition due to their inferior disciplinary record to Japan.However, as before, the interest from the Emirates never materialised into a move. Back in 2017, the Frenchman said: “I know Niang well because he played for Caen and we had him here [on trial].“He’s a very talented striker individually, and he can create chances.“He’s very strong as well physically, and very quick. I think he will be a major asset for them.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Niang had a trial at Arsenal while with Caen Then a highly-rated youngster at Caen, Niang had a trial with the north London club in 2012 and was reportedly very highly-rated by Arsene Wenger.The former Arsenal chief made his move for the then 17-year-old, but a deal never materialised between the two parties, with Niang instead signing for Milan of Italy.Since then, Niang has played in France, returned to Italy and even had a brief spell in the Premier League with Watford on loan – during which time Wenger was wary of the threat he posed to his side. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF We bring you six more live football commentaries across the talkSPORT network throughout the remainder of the week. Find out what they are below… shining Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LIVE on talkSPORT REVEALED 2 Rennes vs Arsenal Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Rennes vs Arsenal (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Rotherham (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Brighton (Saturday) – talkSPORTManchester City vs Watford (Saturday) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Burnley (Sunday) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs Aston Villa (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more

World Boxing Championship: Amit Panghal creates history to become first Indian male to reach…

first_imgImage Courtesy: India TodayAdvertisementIndian boxer Amit Panghal created history after becoming the first Indian male boxer to reach the finals at the World Boxing Championships.Image Courtesy: India TodayThe Asian Games gold medallist went through to the finals after beating Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov in a closely fought semi finals. Panghal won the bout by the scoreline of 3-2.He will now play Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov in the finals on Saturday. Zoirov, on the other hand defeated Frenchman Billal Bennama to set up the finals clash with Panghal.Panghal rise in Indian boxing has only been an upward curve since his bronze in the 2017 Asian Championships.He then ended up as a quarterfinalist at the world championship on debut in the same year, before going on to win consecutive gold medals at the prestigious Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria.Panghal then topped the year by becoming the Asian Games champion in 2018.The current year has already seen him secure the gold at the Asian Championships, following his move to 52 kg category. His next aim would be to put up a good showing at the 2020 Olympics.Advertisementlast_img read more