24. Manuel Almunia (wore Arsenal’s No.24 between 2004 and 2008) – It was also worn by Mark Flatts (1993-1994 and 1995-1996), Paul Dickov (1994-1995), John Lukic (1996-2001), Richard Wright (2001-2002), Rami Shaaban (2002-2004), Vito Mannone (2008-2013), Abou Diaby (2013-2015) and Hector Bellerin (2015-present). 28 17. Emmanuel Petit (wore Arsenal’s No.17 between 1997 and 2000) – It was also worn by John Jensen (1993-1995), David Hillier (1995-1996), Edu (2000-2005), Alexandre Song (2005-2012), Nacho Monreal (2012-2014) and Alexis Sanchez (2014-present). getty images – getty 4. Patrick Vieira (wore Arsenal’s No.4 between 1996 and 2005) – It was also worn by Paul Davis (1994-1995), Stefan Schwarz (1995/96), Cesc Fabregas (2006-2011) and Per Mertesacker (2011- present). 28 21. Lukasz Fabianski (wore Arsenal’s No.21 between 2007 and 2014) – It was also worn by Steve Morrow (1993-1995), Eddie McGoldrick (1995-1996), Luis Boa Morte (1997-1999), Tomas Danilevicius (2000-2001), Jermaine Pennant (2001-2004), Mart Poom (2005-2007) and Calum Chambers (2014-present). 28 28 28 28 28 28 15. Ray Parlour (wore Arsenal’s No.15 between 1995 and 2004) – It was also worn by Anders Limpar (1993-1994), Stefan Schwarz (1994-1995), Cesc Fabregas (2004-2006), Denilson (2006-2011) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (2011-present). 28 10. Dennis Bergkamp (wore Arsenal’s No.10 between 1995 and 2006) – It was also worn by Paul Merson (1993-1995), William Gallas (2006-2010), Robin van Persie (2010-2012) and Jack Wilshere (2012- present). 28 28 13. Alexander Hleb (wore Arsenal’s No.13 between 2005 and 2008) – It was also worn by Alan Miller (1993-1994), Vince Bartram (1994-1997), Alex Manninger (1997-2001), Stuart Taylor (2001-2005), Wojciech Szczesny (2011-2012) and David Ospina (2014- present). 9. Nicolas Anelka (wore Arsenal’s No.9 between 1997 and 1999) – It was also worn by Alan Smith (1993-1995), Paul Merson (1995-1997), Davor Suker (1999-2000), Francis Jeffers (2001-2003), Jose Antonio Reyes (2003-2006), Julio Baptista (2006/07), Eduardo (2007-2010), Park Chu-Young (2011-2012) and Lukas Podolski (2012-2015). 28 GETTY 19. Gilberto Silva (wore Arsenal’s No.19 between 2002-2008) – It was also worn by Jimmy Carter (1993-1995), John Jensen (1995-1996), Remi Garde (1996-1999), Stefan Malz (1999-2001), Junichi Inamoto (2001-2002), Jack Wilshere (2008-2012) and Santi Cazorla (2012-present). 27. Emmanuel Eboue (wore Arsenal’s No.27 between 2004 and 2011) – It was also worn by Paul Dickov (1993-1994), Scott Marshall (1994-1995), Paul Shaw (1995-1997), Kaba Diawara (1998-1999), Stathis Tavlaridis (2001-2004), Gervinho (2011-2013) and Serge Gnabry (2014-present). 28 28 8. Ian Wright (wore Arsenal’s No.8 between 1993 and 1998) – It was also worn by Freddie Ljungberg (1998-2007), Samir Nasri (2008-2011) and Mikel Arteta (2011- present). 14. Thierry Henry (wore Arsenal’s No.14 between 1999 and 2007) – It was also worn by Martin Keown (1993-1999) and Theo Walcott (2008-present). 7. Robert Pires (wore Arsenal’s No.7 between 2000 and 2006) – It was also worn by Kevin Campbell (1993-1995), David Platt (1995-1998), Nelson Vivas (1998-2000) and Tomas Rosicky (2006- present). 20. Mathieu Flamini (has worn Arsenal’s No.20 since 2013) – It was also worn by Pal Lydersen (1993-1994), Chris Kiwomya (1995-1997), Matthew Upson (1997-2002), Guillame Warmuz (2002-2003), Philippe Senderos (2003-2006) and Johan Djourou (2006-2013). 28 28 28 25. Nwankwo Kanu (wore Arsenal’s No.25 between 1998 and 2004) – It was also worn by Neil Heaney (1993-1994), Mark Flatts (1994-1995), Scott Marshall (1995-1998), Emmanuel Adebayor (2005-2009) and Carl Jenkinson (2011-2014). 12. Lauren (wore Arsenal’s No.12 between 2000 and 2006) – Lauren was an Arsenal player for seven years from 2000 28 22. Gael Clichy (wore Arsenal’s No.22 between 2003 and 2011) – It was also worn by Ian Selley (1993-1997), Oleg Luzhny (1998-2003), Francis Coquelin (2012-2013) and Yaya Sanogo (2013-2015). The best player to wear no.1 for Arsenal since squad numbers were introduced in 1993 is David Seaman. To find out the rest of Arsenal’s best ever players by squad number, click the arrow above! – Seaman had Arsenal’s number one shirt between 1993 and 2003. It’s also been worn by Jens Lehmann (2003-2008), Manuel Almunia (2008-2012), Wojciech Szczesny (2012-present). 18. Gilles Grimandi (wore Arsenal’s No.18 between 1997 and 2002) – It was also worn by David Hillier (1993-1995), Steve Morrow (1995-1996), Pascal Cygan (2002-2006), Mikael Silvestre (2008-2010), Sebastien Squillaci (2010-2013) and Nacho Monreal (2013-present). 28 11. Marc Overmars (wore Arsenal’s No.11 between 1997 and 2000) – It was also worn by Eddie McGoldrick (1993-1995), Glenn Helder (1995-1996), Nicolas Anelka (1996-1997), Sylvain Wiltord (2000-2004), Robin van Persie (2004-2010), Carlos Vela (2010-2011), Andre Santos (2011-2013) and Mesut Ozil (2013- present). 5. Martin Keown (wore Arsenal’s No.5 between 1999 and 2004) – It was also worn by Andy Linighan (1993-1995), Steve Bould (1995-1999), Kolo Toure (2006-2009), Thomas Vermaelen (2009-2014) and Gabriel (2015- present). 23. Sol Campbell (wore Arsenal’s No.23 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Ray Parlour (1993-1995), Paul Dickov (1995-1996), Alberto Mendez (1997-1999), Nelson Vivas (2000-2001), Andrey Arshavin (2008-2013) and Danny Welbeck (2013-present). 2. Lee Dixon (wore Arsenal’s No.2 between 1993 and 2002) – It was also worn by Abou Diaby (2005-2013) and Mathieu Debuchy (2014- present). 28 Squad numbers were first introduced to the Premier League in 1993.Prior to that, teams numbered 1-11 in each game (with two substitutes as numbers 12 and 14), meaning players could change number each game.Since the introduction of squad numbers, however, certain players have become synonymous with the number on their back.At Arsenal, Tony Adams wore the number 6 until he retired, while Thierry Henry will always be no.14, despite his brief time as no.12.Some numbers at Arsenal have been worn by a succession of star, while other digits have been assigned to lesser lights.So, who are the best players to wear 1-28 for Arsenal in the era of squad numbers?Take a look at the slideshow above to find out!Disagree with our selection? Comment below. 28 28 16. Aaron Ramsey (wears Arsenal’s No.16 after being handed it in 2008) – It was also worn by John Hartson (1994-1996), Stephen Hughes (1998-1999), Sylvinho (1999-2001), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (2001-2004) and Mathieu Flamini (2004-2008). 28 28 28 28 6. Tony Adams (wore Arsenal’s No.6 between 1993 and 2002) – It was also worn by Philippe Senderos (2006-2008) and Laurent Koscielny (2010-present). 26. Nicklas Bendtner (wore Arsenal’s No.26 between 2007 and 2009) – It was also worn by Jimmy Will (1993-1994), Lee Harper (1994-1997), Fabian Caballero (1998-1999), Moritz Volz (1999-2000), Igors Stepanovs (2001-2004), Emmanuel Frimpong (2011-2014) and Emiliano Martinez (2014-present). 3. Ashley Cole (wore Arsenal’s No.3 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Nigel Winterburn (1993-2000), Igors Stepanovs (2000/01), Bacary Sagna (2007-2014) and Kieran Gibbs (2014- present). 28 28 28. Kolo Toure (wore Arsenal’s No.28 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Paul Shaw (1994-1995), Stephen Hughes (1995-1998), Michael Black (1998-1999), Graham Barrett (2000-2001), Amaury Bischoff (2008-2009), Kieran Gibbs (2009-2014) and Joel Campbell (2014-present).
NEW YORK — The scenario for the New York Islanders heading into their season finale was simple: Win and face the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs, or lose and get the Atlantic Division champion Florida Panthers.However, coach Jack Capuano was more concerned with giving the stars on his banged-up team some rest.“We have some guys that are dinged up and we have to do what’s best for our team,” Capuano said after the Islanders lost 5-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on April 10.“(The different playoff scenarios) wouldn’t have changed one thought process of our decision-making as a staff. Not at all.”Michael Raffl scored the tie-breaking goal early in the second period and added two assists to lead the Flyers to the win and pushing New York to the top Eastern Conference wild-card spot and a match-up against the Panthers, beginning April 14 at Florida.“We move forward, but there’s some things in our game we need to revisit and talk about,” Capuano said. “Now we’re going up against a team that we really haven’t had too much success this year and it’s going to be a battle for us.”Both the Flyers and Islanders had already secured postseason berths and sat their stars. The Islanders were without a multitude of players, including their top line of John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen.The Flyers, who will face Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington in the first round, sat forwards Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux, and defenseman Mark Streit.Nikolay Kulemin and Matt Martin scored for the Islanders. Thomas Greiss started in goal for the Islanders and stopped seven of nine shots he faced in the first period. Christopher Gibson replaced him to start the second period and finished with 15 saves.Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck, who returned after missing the last three games with an injury, downplayed the notion the Islanders preferred to play the Panthers.“You can’t really choose,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope when you start choosing opponents and looking ahead. I think it’s important to stay in today and do what’s best for the team. (Resting players) was what was best for us today. Now we’ve got Florida and tomorrow morning we’ll start thinking about that.”The Islanders’ loss gave the crosstown-rival Rangers third place in the Metropolitan Division and a first-round match-up with the Pittsburgh Penguins.Evgeny Medvedev, Shayne Gostisbehere, Scott Laughton and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Flyers, who trailed 2-0 midway through the first period. Michal Neuvirth stopped 15 shots in the teams’ season finale that was a game rescheduled from Jan. 23 due to a blizzard.“I think we played a pretty good game,” said the Flyers’ Jakub Voracek, who had an assist. “I would say it’s a good win for us, for confidence, and now we have to get prepared for Washington.”Raffl gave the Flyers the 3-2 lead as he took a centering pass from Laughton and wristed it past Gibson for his 13th at 6:38 of the second period.The Islanders had a 5-on-3 for 17 seconds later in the second period, but couldn’t take advantage.Laughton scored on a snap shot from the left slot at 5:50 of the third to give Philadelphia a two-goal lead. Umberger capped the scoring with a power-play goal as he converted a rebound of Raffl’s shot with 8:50 to go for his second of the season.The Flyers finished 3 for 4 on the power play and the Islanders were 0 for 4.“We’re a little gun-shy with all the injuries we’ve have,” Capuano said. “We didn’t penalty-kill all the guys that we normally penalty-kill. Those are the decisions I made as a coach or we make as a staff.”Trailing 2-0 midway through the opening period, Gostisbehere got the Flyers on the board with a power-play goal with 8:45 left as he took a pass from Voracek and fired a shot through the five-hole on a screened Greiss for his 17th.Just 7 seconds after a slashing penalty on Ross Johnston gave the Flyers a 5-on-3 advantage, they tied it as Medvedev fired a one-timer through traffic for his fourth with 8 seconds left in the period.Kulemin got the Islanders on the scoreboard first, taking a pass from Calvin de Haan, getting around two defenders and poking a backhand past Neuvirth for his ninth at 5:58.Martin doubled the lead 3:21 later as he redirected a pass from Ryan Pulock past Neuvirth for his career-high 10th of the season.(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Star All-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to get knighted for his heroics in the Cricket World Cup 2019 final on Sunday which helped England clinch their maiden title in ICC’s 50-over showpiece event.Stokes’s unbeaten 84 off 98 balls helped England level New Zealand’s score of 241 and then he scored 8 in the Super Over which also ended in a tie. England were then declared winners of the World Cup as they had scored more boundaries in the 50 overs and in the Super Over as compared to New Zealand.The victorious English cricket team was hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May at her 10 Downing Street residence on Monday. While the outgoing PM congratulated Eoin Morgan and his players, the next two contenders for the PM’s post have assured of a knighthood for Stokes.Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, one of whom will replace outgoing PM May later this month, both pledged to honour the World Cup man-of-the-match with Johnson even adding that he would make Stokes a Duke if he becomes the next British Prime Minister.”I will give dukedoms, whatever – I will go to the maximum, to, what, the Garter King of Arms. Yes is the answer, absolutely,” Boris Johnson said as he answered a rapid-fire series of ‘yes or no’ questions at the end of the leadership debate, hosted by The Sun and talkRADIO.An incredible day of sport! @LewisHamilton wins the British Grand Prix, @EnglandCricket win the #CWC19Final – and well done @DjokerNole at Wimbledon! I still treasure the tennis racket you gave me after our last matchadvertisementBoris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 14, 2019Hunt also replied in the affirmative when the question was asked to him: “Of course”.Won’t make any trite comparisons about other contests where the seemingly impossible really can happen…but so proud to see the England cricket team lift the World Cup trophy for the first time on home soil! #cwc2019 #britishgp #winnersJeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 14, 2019Chasing 242 to win after New Zealand won the toss and posted 241-8, England had slumped to 86 for 4 before a partnership of 110 between Buttler (59) and New Zealand-born Ben Stokes (84) ensured the match would go down to Super Over.The duo once again came out to bat in the Super Over and smashed 15 runs with Stokes scoring 8 of them including a boundary. Jofra Archer then restricted New Zealand to 15 with England emerging victorious on a superior boundary count.England captain Eoin Morgan later lauded Stokes for his “superhuman” effort in the match.”To come through it is extraordinary. He’s almost superhuman. He really carried the team and our batting line-up. I know Jos [Buttler] and his partnership was extraordinary, but to bat with the lower order the way he did, I thought, was incredible,” Morgan said after the game.”Ben on numerous occasions has stood up individually and in a unit for us. He leads the way in training, in any team meetings we have, and he’s an incredible cricketer. And today he’s had a huge day out and obviously we are thankful for that,” Morgan said.Also Read | As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersAlso Read | Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherAlso Read | Prime Minister Theresa May hosts victorious England team at 10 Downing StreetAlso Read | As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern