Great Scot! Terrific Tierney stars as Arsenal fire five past Forest

first_imgIt took just 30 seconds for Kieran Tierney to give Arsenal fans their first glimpse of what they had been waiting for.Dropping his shoulder, he gave himself a yard of space before speeding past Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash and firing a dangerous cross into the penalty area.It was the type of exciting play that had convinced Arsenal to splash out £25 million ($31m) to bring the left-back in from Celtic in the summer and an example of why his return from injury has been so eagerly anticipated. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Arsenal fans have been desperate to see the 22-year-old in action and on Tuesday night, just under two months after his arrival, they finally got their wish in the Carabao Cup.Tierney lined up on the left of a back four which also featured Rob Holding, who was making his first appearance since rupturing the cruciate ligament in his left knee against Manchester United last December.And the Scotland international delivered the type of performance that suggests he will go on to become a huge hit at the Emirates as Unai Emery’s much-changed side thumped Forest 5-0 to book their spot in the fourth round.From that first minute when he sped past Cash and delivered a ball into the danger area, Tierney was superb.This was his first senior appearance since playing for Celtic against Aberdeen in May, but he showed few signs of rustiness as he raced up and down the left flank all night long.Sead Kolasinac has been Arsenal’s regular left-back since Nacho Monreal left for Real Sociedad, but it will be no surprise to see Tierney soon establish himself in Emery’s back four.Unai Emery Arsenal 2019-20He will have far tougher examinations defensively than the one he was given by Forest, but what he had to do he did well. It was going forward, however, where he excelled.His delivery was excellent throughout and he was unlucky not to get at least one assist, with Mesut Ozil one of many players to go close from one of the eight crosses he whipped in before being replaced 13 minutes from time.But it wasn’t just about Tierney at the Emirates. This was a game full of potentially big moments for Arsenal’s campaign – not least the return of Holding, who marked his first appearance in 10 months with a goal.The 24-year-old was arguably Arsenal’s best defender at the time of his injury last season and Emery will have been delighted with the centre-back’s performance alongside Shkodran Mustafi in the heart of the defence.With the struggles David Luiz and Sokratis are currently experiencing, Holding could even have played himself into contention for a starting spot at Manchester United on Monday night.The same could also be said of Calum Chambers, who backed up his impressive performance against Aston Villa at the weekend with another against Forest.Playing at right-back, Chambers set up the impressive Gabriel Martinelli to open the scoring just after the half-hour mark, whipping in an excellent cross on the volley which the Brazilian teenager headed home.It was a wonderful goal, one that made 18-year-old Martinelli the youngest player to score on his first Arsenal start since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted against Shrewsbury in 2011.Emery’s side then ran riot after the break, with Holding, who had taken the captain’s armband from Ozil seconds earlier, heading home the second from a corner.Hector Bellerin then chipped in with his own good news story, setting up Joe Willock for the third less than two minutes after he had come on for his first appearance in nine months.That goal ended the game as any sort of contest, with Reiss Nelson and Martinelli netting in the closing stages to wrap up a five-star performance from the Gunners.The Carabao Cup may not be Arsenal’s biggest priority this season but this was a big night for Arsenal. It’s been a long wait to see Bellerin, Holding and Tierney back in action and they all showed exactly why they have been missed.last_img read more

What Its Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car and Where You

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Previous A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 1 of 7 Andy Warhol Painted a BMW M1 Race Car, and It’s Gorgeous The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Next NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy If you can’t make it to Daytona Beach, you can enjoy an on-track stock car racing experience at any of 16 speedways around the country that offer the official NASCAR Racing Experience. But I strongly urge you to make the trip to this veritable holy land of racing. The sheer size of the Daytona International Speedway alone is staggering, and the history and gravitas that comes with it make driving on the track a surprisingly powerful experience beyond the raw power of the vehicles themselves.Before you get into a NASCAR race car, you get a long safety briefing, you put on a burn-resistant suit, and you get fitted for a helmet. If not before, it’s by this point that you are realizing this is not going to be a go-kart style of experience. To get into a NASCAR car, you have to climb through the driver side window. Then you are secured with a five-point harness and safety net is strapped into place. You are told about the fire suppression system and taught how to remove the steering wheel and take down the safety net should you need to exit the car after an unfortunate incident.So again, all pretty serious stuff. But I was still calm albeit excited as the speakers built into my helmet crackled with my spotter’s voice. He was telling me it was my turn to head out onto the track.I have no idea how fast I was going as I approached that first turn. NASCAR vehicles feature a massive tachometer but have no speedometer — drivers measure their speed based on RPMs and experience. In fact, when speedometers were briefly installed in some race cars, drivers drove an average of 10 miles per hour slower, stupefied by how fast they were actually going.Steven John/The ManualMy heart was racing as I entered the steeply banked curve, but all at once something amazing happened: I realized that physics really does work. Driving at high speed around a curve set at a steep angle feels as natural as taking a flat turn at lower speeds. Despite the fact that I would later be told I was driving at around 140 mph (OK, my top speed that day was 139.89 miles per hour), once comfortable in the car, I felt like I was going not much above a fast highway pace for most of the eight laps I completed on the Daytona International Speedway.My heart was racing as I entered the steeply banked curve, but all at once something amazing happened: I realized that physics really does work.It was not until the drive was over, my knuckles returned to their usual flush, and I was having a drink and talking with some other writers who had also completed the course, that it occurred to me just how hard real racing must be. At 140 MPH on an empty track, I still had to give 100% of my focus to keep the car in control. Professional drivers are often going 200 miles per hour and are contending with dozens of other vehicles as they race.Even if you’re not a NASCAR fan, I can tell you now from personal experience that’s it wrong to not call this a sport. The cars do a lot of the work, sure, but there is an intense physicality involved. I was sweaty and strained after eight laps. These guys? They do 200 mph.Where You Can Try the NASCAR Racing Experience:Talladega Superspeedway, AlabamaISM Raceway, ArizonaAuto Club Speedway, CaliforniaDover International Speedway, DelawareDaytona International Speedway, FloridaHomestead Miami Speedway, FloridaAtlanta Motor Speedway, GeorgiaChicagoland Speedway, IllinoisKansas Speedway, KansasKentucky Speedway, KentuckyMichigan International Raceway, MichiganNew Hampshire Motor Speedway, New HampshireLas Vegas Motor Speedway, NevadaCharlotte Motor Speedway, North CarolinaMyrtle Beach Speedway, South CarolinaTexas Motor Speedway, TexasRichmond Raceway, Virginia 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Steven John/The ManualI’ve driven a lot of fast cars in the past few years. Earlier this year, I had a Corvette up above 120 miles per hour on the track. I’ve been behind the wheel of Ferraris, Maseratis, BMWs, and the list goes on. So I figured I could handle a race car just fine, and my heartbeat didn’t so much as quicken as I climbed through the window of a NASCAR stock car on the track of the Daytona International Speedway.But as I sped toward the first turn and saw the 31-degree bank looming in front of me, I did have one brief heart flutter and a moment of doubt. As I recall, my thoughts were something like this: “Holy shit.”NASCAR racing proper was born out of need (more or less), with the early drivers having cut their teeth running illicit liquor during prohibition. Today, there are 23 NASCAR race tracks, with the oldest still in operation being the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Daytona International Speedway is broadly considered to be the best racing experience in the sport, and the races themselves are but one of the reasons to visit the area. Driving a race car yourself is a pretty good draw if you ask me. We’ll get into that in a moment.As I sped toward the first turn and saw the 31-degree bank looming in front of me, I did have one brief heart flutter and a moment of doubt. As I recall, my thoughts were something like this: “Holy s***.”If you’re going to visit Daytona Beach, you’re doing it wrong if you don’t stay at the brand-new hotel, The Daytona, opened just this year and literally a stone’s throw (assuming you are an Olympic javelin thrower, anyway) from the Speedway itself. The hotel is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, a line of elevated resort-style destinations always carefully curated to fit into their environment. The lobby of The Daytona features rotating installations of race cars and memorabilia from famous drivers. Its rooms feature drawer pulls and doorknobs made to look like parts of an automobile and there are carbon fiber details within the furnishings. Even the little notepad by the phone fits in, designed to look like a speeding ticket.last_img read more