Sokratis was moaning about playing right-back in Arsenal win over Portsmouth, admits Mikel Arteta

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Mar 2020 7:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored in Arsenal’s win over Portsmouth on Monday (Picture: Getty Images)Sokratis Papastathopoulos helped book Arsenal’s place in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday night, but he was also whinging about having to play right-back in the 2-0 win over Portsmouth.The Greek defender was filling in on the right of defence with Hector Bellerin rested for the cup tie and the likes of Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers out injured.The 31-year-old made the most of it, scoring an impressive opener, his third goal of the season, before Eddie Nketiah doubled the Gunners’ lead.It was a good performance from Sokratis as Arsenal bounced back to winning ways after their disappointing Europa League exit to Olympiakos, but Mikel Arteta admits he was playing on the right against his will.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He moans a little bit because it is not his position,’ Arteta said in the post-match press conference.‘But for certain games, he is very helpful and he always has the right attitude and he has the qualities to play there in essential moments when we need him.’ More accustomed to playing in the middle of defence, Sokratis was slightly uncomfortable with some aspects of playing at full-back, which led to his manager shouting a lot of instructions at him from the sidelines.The Spaniard was more than happy to do this, and felt the defender took to the task well, with a little help.‘Yes, sometimes you need to interpret that when we have the ball it is a little bit different for him to use the spaces like he should do in relation to what the opponents are doing, but in general I think he is doing really well,’ said Arteta.Arsenal now await the FA Cup quarter-final draw which will be made on Wednesday evening, before they host West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.MORE: Lee Dixon claims Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ are NOT the best team in Premier League historyMORE: Lucas Torreira provides injury update after being stretchered off against PortsmouthAFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Sokratis was moaning about playing right-back in Arsenal win over Portsmouth, admits Mikel Arteta A striker’s finish!Sokratis’ crisp volley has Arsenal ahead at Fratton Park 🍌— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 2, 2020center_img Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Wavell Heights home reno a creative mix of old and new

first_imgJohn Jordan and Sarah Crundall with their renovated 1950s house. Picture: Annette DewJOHN Jordan has played out his own end game, staying the bulldozers to bring an old dame of the 1950s back to life. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES “Wavell Heights is an up and coming suburb, a different market. “We put a lot of effort into understanding the compromises needed in design, and where to spend money and where not to spend money,” he said.“Putting french doors from the lounge to the side of the house would have compromised the furniture placement in that sort of room, so we decided against that,” he said.Conversely, extra money has been spent on landscaping, flooring and benchtops.“We’ve bought quite established trees and put a lot of attention into the gardens,” he said.“They’re great now and in two years’ time it’s going to be fantastic.” Rebranding an inner city farmhouse Timber flooring was chosen over tiles in the extension. Picture: supplied.The garage was saved from demolition by Ms Crundall who saw potential when she opened the green garage door.It has been converted into guest accommodation or an office with exposed brick walls paying homage to the original build. AREC 2019: How to survive the property market downturn Transforming the lounge room. Picture: John Jordan.The house has grown from three to five bedrooms, and has been extended at the back to include a new kitchen and dining area. The converted garage is now one of Mr Jordan’s favourite parts of the house. Picture: supplied.“You set yourself up for success in the design stage,” he said.“I’ve done this in Hendra and Hamilton and they are different markets. It’s easy to have a confidence about what you can do without overcapitalising. Lots of surprises behind this green door with a little vision and effort. Picture: John Jordan.center_img SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN WAVELL HEIGHTS BEFORE: 15 Benecia St, Wavell Heights prior to the 2016 renovation. Picture: supplied“The neighbours were curious, two houses across the road had been bulldozed,” he said. “One option was to bulldoze but these old homes have great bones, high ceilings and come up fantastically and there’s a charm you get in these buildings that’s fantastic,” he said. The extension begins. Picture: John Jordan.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoWith interior design contributions from Mr Jordan’s partner Sarah Crundall, the 12 month, $400,000 transformation began in March 2018.“We converted it from a 1951 house with original carpet, a little old kitchen and everything else, to something that should keep a family happy for years to come,” Mr Jordan said. AFTER: A 12 month renovation has transformed 15 Benecia St, Wavell Heights. Picture: supplied. AFTER: The back of the house as it looks today. Picture: supplied.His aim, in buying 15 Benecia St at Wavell Heights on impulse at auction in 2016, was to modernise while staying in touch with the history of the home and setting a strict budget to stick to. The 683sq m block with new landscaping. Picture: supplied.The hardwood flooring for the extension cost $10,000 and there is $7000-$8000 worth of Caesarstone benchtops in the new kitchen.“It’s been fun to unlock the potential of this property,” Mr Jordan said.Damon Lewis of Ray White New Farm will take the property to auction on June 15 at 11am. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more