LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 22 September 2009 39 OUR VAN BASTENBREAKING NEWS... Briatore is distraught over life ban FLAVIO BRIATORE is distraught after receiving a life ban from Formula One for his role in the Crashgate scandal -- and he could now take legal action against motor sports governing body. The flamboyant former Renault team boss was handed his sentence by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) yesterday for fixing last years Singapore Grand Prix, when Nelson Piquet was ordered to crash, helping team- mate Fernando Alonso to win. I am distraught, the 59-year-old Italian is quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport. Italian media also reported he was planning to bring legal action against the FIA and some suggested he may attempt to set up a rival motor-racing competition. Briatore left Renault last week along with engineering head Pat Symonds, who was banned for five years. Renault did not contest the accusations and were handed a suspended permanent ban that will last until the end of the 2011 season. Carlos Gracia, head of the Spanish motor sport federation, said: Briatores penalty seems to me excessive, there was no clear proof against him and he was not able to defend himself either. He has been left without his means of earning a living. Englandneed liftinJoburg ENGLANDS Champions Trophy campaign got off to a sticky start in Johannesburg this morning when a lift failed, according to James Andersons twitter.com entry. Under his usual tweet address, JimmyAnderson9, the seamer said: Now in Johannesburg. Very warm. An eventful start to the trip -- 12 lads trying to fit in one lift and getting stuck for an hour!! Graeme Swann (Swannyg66), is obviously optimistic about reaching the semi-finals. He said: Forgot to pack enough undies, can I make two pairs last two weeks? DONT WAIT FOR KP: PAGE 36 WEST HAM manager Gianfranco Zola believes new signing Guillermo Franco will complete his attacking blueprint. Zola is hoping to unleash the 32-year-old Mexican in tonights Carling Cup tie at Bolton. England international Carlton Cole was West Hams only real attacking outlet last season and Zola spent the summer bolstering his strikeforce. Alessandro Diamanti and Luis Jiminez joined from Serie A before Zola snapped up Franco, who was a free agent after his contract expired at Villarreal. Zola said: If there is a possibility I will try to see him. He is a main striker, he is very good at holding the ball and very good with his feet. He can make a difference for us. Both Diamanti and Cole scored against Liverpool on Saturday while Franco, Zavon Hines, Junior Stanislas and Kieron Dyer now provide Zola with a spread of offensive options. I normally like to play with one striker and two small ones behind him, said Zola. From now on, I know who I am working with. I can start shaping the team and am looking forward to that a little bit more. Zola insists the Carling Cup will be taken seriously despite the clubs worst Premier League start in seven years. He added: It is very important to us. We take it very seriously and we want to go ahead in this competition so we are going to try and win the game. ARSENAL v WEST BROM CARLING CUP THIRD ROUND. EMIRATES STADIUM (KICK-OFF: 7.45PM) REFEREE LEE MASON (BOLTON) ARSENAL 4-1-2-3 WEST BROM 4-4-2 Szczesny Traore Gibbs SilvestreSenderos Coquelin Szczesny CoxBednar MeiteBarnett Mulumbu Jara Zuiverloon Teixeira VelaVela Watt Kiely Mulumbu KorenKoren POSSIBLE LINE-UPS BOLTON VWEST HAM CARLING CUP THIRD RND, KO: 8PM TONIGHTS FIXTURES (7.45pm kick-offsunless stated) CARLING CUP THIRD ROUND ARSENAL v West Brom, Barnsley v Burnley, Bolton v WEST HAM (8.00), Carlisle v Portsmouth, Leeds v Liverpool (Sky Sports 2), Nottm Forest v Blackburn, Peterborough v Newcastle, Scunthorpe v Port Vale, Stoke v Blackpool, Sunderland v Birmingham. ARSENALS KEY KIDS WOJCIECH SZCZESNY (GK) AGE: 19 THE Pole would already be the clubs third choice, ahead of the jittery looking Vito Mannone, had he not slipped in the gym last season wearing the wrong footwear and contrived to break both of his arms. FRANCIS COQUELIN (DM) AGE:18 THEFrenchman joinedfromLaval lastsummerand isbeinggroomed asalong-term replacementfor GilbertoSilva,only withmoreaggressionandthe abilitytoshootfromdistance. SANCHEZ WATT (FWD) AGE: 18 THELondon-born forwardstarredin Arsenalsyouth cupsuccesslast season,impressed againduringthe EmiratesCupwin againstRangersandwas rewardedwithaplaceonthe benchinLiegeaweekago. FRAN MERIDA (FWD) AGE: 19 THE young Spaniard followed the same path as Cesc Fabregas to Arsenal having been nurtured by Barcelona. He spent last season back on loan to Sociedad, but such has been his improvement that Arsene Wenger insisted he remained at Arsenal this year. GILLES SUNU (ST) AGE: 18 THE FRANCE striker impressed for the Under-18s last season and scored a fourth- round hat-trick, plus goals in the semi-final and final as Arsenal won the FA Youth Cup. WOJCIECH SZCZESNY (GK) had he not slipped (DM)COQUELINFRANCIS onlySilva,Gilberto theandaggressionmorewith SANCHEZ WATT (FWD) impressedseason, wasandRangersagainst FRAN MERIDA (FWD) Spaniard followed spent last season back on loan nal as Arsenalnal and fisemi-fi 3RDRNDLASTSEASON 23 SEPTEMBER 2009 ARSENAL6SHEFFUTD0 KEVIN BLACKWELLS rugged Championship side were expected to give Arsenals young pups a clip round the ear, but the reality turned out to be very different. Carlos Vela scored a hat-trick on full debut, with his second strike making a total fool out of Paddy Kenny. Nicklas Bendtner hit a brace and Jack Wilshere provided another highlight with the fifth goal. LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Arsenal 2-5, West Brom 13-2, Draw 10-3. FIRST GOALSCORER Bendtner 5-1, Vela 5-1, Watt 11-2, Murphy 6-1, Sunu 7-1, Wilshere 8-1, Moore 10-1, Wood 10-1. MATCH FACT BURNLEY ended Arsenals run in the Carling Cup last season at the quarter final stage -- they are the only team from outside the Premier League to have beaten an Arsene Wenger side in cup competition. Merida Wilshire Ramsey Reid Zola coaster: Guillermo Franco Franco, I do give a damn, says Hammers boss Zola Ramsey finally feels part of the furniture AARON RAMSEY admits he is frustrated at still being regarded as a bit-part member of Arsene Wengers first team set-up. The Wales international has figured in all but one of Arsenals matches this season, but is yet to start. The usually frugal Wenger spent 5m on the former Cardiff midfielder and flew back from the European Championships last summer in order to pip Manchester United to his signature. Wenger obviously saw, and continues to see, something special in the 18-year-old who starred in last seasons Carling Cup campaign. Strangely for a player who had already appeared in an FA Cup final, Ramsey revealed he found it hard to settle in at first, but now feels he is capable of challenging for a regular starting place. Ramsey, who will hope to advance his cause with another eye-catching display against West Brom tonight, said: I feel more of an Arsenal player now. I came from Cardiff and it was a big step up in terms of everything really. I had to get used to all of those things but I have settled in and feel like one of the lads. I want to play every game and put pressure on the manager. I am like any other player, I want to start every game. 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