City’s ‘terror tax’ is a price we may all have to pay

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Arsenal to submit improved bid for FC Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice

first_imgUnai Emery is keen on signing Alexis Claude-Maurice from FC Lorient this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will make a second bid worth €13m for FC Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice after having an initial offer of €7m rebuffed by the Ligue 2 side, according to Get French Football News.However, the report states that Lorient are holding out for a fee closer to €20m (including add-ons) for their prized asset and are reluctant to do business for anything lower than €15m.The 21-year-old has been regularly linked with a move to the Gunners since the end of the season and he was spotted with former teammate Matteo Guendouzi in London last month.Unai Emery is keen to reinforce his attacking options following the departure of Danny Welbeck and Claude-Maurice has been earmarked as a replacement as he can play out wide or centrally.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTClaude-Maurice has played internationally at youth level for France and has alerted a host of clubs to his potential after scoring 14 goals in 35 matches in Ligue 2 last season. Arsenal to submit improved bid for FC Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Jun 2019 6:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Claude-Maurice in action for France U18s against Germany in 2016 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to face plenty of competition for Claude-Maurice with Monaco, Lille, Rennes, Frankfurt, Mainz, Borussia Monchengladbach and Norwich City all rumoured to be tracking him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWest Ham are also keen on signing the youngster and have reportedly tabled a £10m bid for him in an attempt to beat Arsenal to his signature.In addition to Claude-Maurice, Emery is on the hunt for reinforcements in defence and midfield as he seeks to improve his squad ahead of next season.Sampdoria pair Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet have been linked this week as have River Plate winger Exequiel Palacios and CSKA Moscow forward Fedor Chalov.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Arsenal hero Gilberto Silva confused by ‘nervous’ Matteo Guendouzi

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Jun 2020 1:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link539Shares Arsenal hero Gilberto Silva confused by ‘nervous’ Matteo Guendouzi Matteo Guendouzi is splitting opinions at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva can’t quite work out current Gunners star Matteo Guendouzi, confused about his best position and why the Frenchman shows nerves on the pitch.Guendouzi has been through a tumultuous few days in his Arsenal career, reportedly taunting Brighton players about their salaries during the 2-1 defeat to the Seagulls, and grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat at the Amex.The 21-year-old has since been left out of the side by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, not even on the substitutes’ bench for the Premier League clash with Southampton or Sunday’s FA Cup meeting with Sheffield United, after requesting a transfer.AdvertisementAdvertisementGilberto is a fan of the combative midfielder and wants him to stay at the club, but feels he needs to find his best position and be braver on the ball.ADVERTISEMENT‘I like him. He seems a very interesting player. He has ability, he has pace to go forward,’ Gilberto said at the Collision From Home conference.‘But sometimes I just feel a little bit confused about which position he plays. Does he want to be like a No.6, to protect the back four, or a No.8 to go box to box.‘If he wants to be a No.6 he has to play simple and he has to mind his temper. Sometimes I see him a little bit nervous, sometimes that’s unnecessary.‘He needs to just play his game – he has quality. Don’t pay attention to other things. When I see him play he suddenly starts to get nervous in some situations and he loses his focus.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGilberto, who was a key part of the Arsenal team that went unbeaten in the 2003-04 Premier League season, feels the current Arsenal team is lacking leadership throughout, leaving them hard to watch.‘In our time, we had many leaders in the team, on the pitch and off the pitch,’ said the Brazilian. ‘Everyone spoke through their body language out on the field and, honestly, in the last few years this is something I have really missed seeing at Arsenal.‘It’s hard to say it’s about leadership because from what I understand they do have some guys who are leaders. But it is hard to see exactly how this leadership works out.‘It’s very hard to see the situation Arsenal are in and you can say that about the last few years. But I hope they can find a way to get back to the glory days.‘It’s going to be very hard work for everyone at the club – the board, the staff and the players – and they all must work together if they are to change the situation.’MORE: Arsenal must take a gamble and back Mikel Arteta in the transfer market, says Ray ParlourMORE: Chelsea handed Ben Chilwell boost as Ajax confirm Arsenal transfer target can goAdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

These old Queenslanders have a modern twist

first_img29 Ennever Street, BardonMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe four bedroom house has been beautifully preserved without making too many changes.A spacious living and kitchen area opens up onto a large alfresco deck – perfect for dining in the warmer months – and overlooks a spacious backyard with pool.The stunning four bedroom home at 74 Swan Terrace, Windsor, has a more modern style with a contemporary kitchen and glass bi-fold doors that open to the outdoor entertaining area. 74 Swan Terrace, WindsorBut its classic exterior and an original fireplace are a reminder of its heritage. 29 Ennever Street, BardonOLD Queenslanders that have fallen into disrepair often need more than a fresh lick of paint to fix them up.But some of the best renovations are often the ones where the home’s character has been retained.The leadlight windows and French doors are standout features at 29 Ennever St, Bardon. 74 Swan Terrace, WindsorElegant is the best way to describe the four bedroom home at 33 Hilda St, Corinda.center_img 33 Hilda Street, CorindaIts French doors, intricate woodwork and white and beige colour scheme soften the modernised features, including the kitchen and bathrooms, making it feel new but cosy. 33 Hilda Street, Corindalast_img read more

Fernandinho tweets City wish

first_img Press Association Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has confirmed he wants to join Manchester City. Having helped Shakhtar to another title, it is clear the player wants to leave in order to boost his chances of making Brazil’s World Cup squad. He has been left out of Confederations Cup plans by current boss Luis Felipe Scolari and, in responding to a question on Twitter from a City fan, has confirmed he wants to join the deposed Barclays Premier League champions. When asked: “Do you want to join City? Please answer! Really hope you join”, Fernandinho replied: “yes my friend!!!” City are currently unavailable for comment as they are flying to the United States for their two post-season encounters with Chelsea. center_img The 28-year-old has been a long-standing target for City, who are looking to bolster their squad ahead of the reported impending arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as coach. Fernandinho has already claimed that current club Shakhtar Donetsk are pricing him out of the market as they hold out for a fee close to the £42.5million escape clause inserted into his most recent contract, which is not due to expire until 2016. last_img read more

Van Gaal: Sunderland victory vital

first_img Despite a run of two defeats in 16 Barclays Premier League matches, Manchester United’s place in the top four does not look as solid as it did at the turn of the year. Although Southampton have dropped to fifth they remain just one point behind United while Liverpool’s upturn in form has pushed them to within two points of their rivals. Liverpool’s exit from the Europa League should aid their pursuit of a top-four finish and the same applies for Tottenham, who are just three points shy of Van Gaal’s side. Van Gaal believes all four teams and third-place Arsenal are involved in an almighty scrap for the final two Champions League places and that is why he thinks victory over Sunderland on Saturday is vital. ”It is because of the rat race between five clubs that we have to win, we have to be there,” the United manager said. ”You have to win your matches because the other clubs are winning their matches.” The bad news for Van Gaal is that he looks likely to be without Robin van Persie for at least two weeks because of an ankle injury he suffered in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea last weekend. Van Persie left the Liberty Stadium on crutches and scans have shown he is likely to be unavailable for some time. ”He has an ankle problem,” Van Gaal said. “But I don’t think it’s very heavy but an ankle problem takes a long time. It’s not one week or two weeks but we have to wait and see.” Press Association Louis van Gaal cannot bear to think about failing to escape from the frantic “rat race” he is currently involved in. It is hard to imagine Van Persie will be fit to face his old club Arsenal a week on Monday in the FA Cup and even the fixture against Tottenham six days later could be a problem for the Dutchman. Although he has scored only 10 goals this year, Van Persie’s experience is vital to the team’s success. The Dutchman, who reached the Champions League final with Arsenal in 2006, no doubt watched with envy this week as his former club and Manchester City took on Monaco and Barcelona respectively in the competition. Van Gaal admits it would be a huge let down if United did not make the top four – and took issue with the media for even contemplating the possibility of his team failing to qualify for the biggest cup competition in club football. ”[It would be a] big disappointment [not to qualify],” said Van Gaal, who won the Champions League with Ajax 20 years ago. ”When you start the season with the objective of finishing in the first four of the league it is your objective and you are occupied with doing that. ”But we are still there, I don’t know why are we talking about it when it is not like that, because we are still there. What is the problem?” Van Persie’s absence increases the chances of Radamel Falcao being brought back into the starting XI. Elsewhere, Michael Carrick is back in training after a five-week calf injury lay-off but the midfielder is unlikely to be risked on Saturday. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is determined to give his star men the freedom to fashion another famous victory over United at Old Trafford. Poyet limps into the game on the back of a dismal goalless draw with West Brom last week and an FA Cup defeat at Bradford which raised some speculation over his future at the Stadium of Light. But the Uruguayan has been buoyed by the memory of Sebastian Larsson’s winner in last season’s corresponding fixture as part of a four-game winning streak which sealed their unlikely survival bid. Poyet said: “You cannot make (Jermain) Defoe, (Ricky) Alvarez or (Adam) Johnson become robots and do what you want all the time. They have to have the freedom to go forward and express themselves. “I think the mix has to be right – it is not perfect at the moment but we are still working on it.” Sunderland’s win at Old Trafford last year was their first since 1968 and Poyet believes that factor could work to the Black Cats’ advantage as they seek to find the momentum to escape their latest relegation battle. Poyet added: “”It is true that there is something different when you don’t win for years and years in a place and you go there and it looks like it is going to be more difficult than ever, and we did change that. “I think that is going to bring something different to the players – at least those who have been here a while. “But I think it is going to be a totally different game – nothing compared to last year when Ryan Giggs was their caretaker and we were playing for our lives. “Now they are in the process of changing their style of play – for a team that has been playing for 20-plus years in the same way it is going to be a difficult process. “I think people are being a little bit harsh on Manchester United at the moment. They are not as bad as people think because they are in a good position.“ Poyet suffered a blow this week with the news that Italian striker Emanuele Giaccherini is almost certain to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing ankle surgery. But his squad is otherwise nearing full fitness with only Billy Jones and Jack Rodwell struggling for the Old Trafford trip, and more likely to be rested with a view to returning for Tuesday night’s crucial trip to Hull. last_img read more

England thrash Bulgaria after game halted over racist abuse

first_imgBy Angel KrasimirovSOFIA (Reuters) – England bounced back from their first tournament qualifying defeat for 10 years with a 6-0 thrashing of toothless Bulgaria on Monday in a Euro 2020 Group A clash marred by racist incidents in the first half that stopped the gameThe match at the Vasil Levski stadium was temporarily halted by the referee in the first half under a three-step UEFA protocol to tackle racist abuse from the crowd.Racist chanting was heard from the stands and reported by England players to manager Gareth Southgate, with the referee informed and a public announcement made on two occasions.“The officials were onto everything very quickly,” said Southgate. “We reported everything very quickly when we heard things.“I explained to the players that if anything else did happen in the second half we would be coming off. We all saw the second half was calmer and that allowed our players to do their talking with the football.”Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling both scored twice after Marcus Rashford opened the scoring and captain Harry Kane finished off the rout, Bulgaria’s heaviest home defeat, as the visitors recovered from a 2-1 loss to Czech Republic on Friday.England, who moved closer to a place at Euro 2020, are top with 15 points from six games, three ahead of the Czech Republic and four in front of Kosovo who beat Montenegro 2-0.EARLY VICTIM England debutant Tyrone Mings was an early victim of racist abuse, turning towards the fans when chants were aimed in his direction. Croatian referee Ivan Bebek stopped the game in the 28th minute after Raheem Sterling was a target for abuse.A group of black-clad Bulgarian fans, some of whom were making right-wing salutes, were moved from an area behind the dugout with home team captain Ivelin Popov trying to appeal to the supporters in a heated discussion at halftime.Popov did not even go to the dressing room, attempting to explain to fans that their behaviour was unacceptable.European soccer governing body UEFA had ordered the Bulgarian Football Union to partially close the Vasil Levski national stadium for England’s visit after supporters were found guilty of racist behaviour in matches earlier this year.On the pitch, Barkley struck twice after Rashford score in the seventh minute as Southgate’s side highlighted the gap in quality with the hosts before Sterling netted before halftime.England’s victory was rounded off by Sterling’s second goal midway through the second half and a cool finish from Kane five minutes from the end against bottom side Bulgaria.“We have no class,” coach Krasimir Balakov said of his side. “I understand all the people who have bought tickets and wanted something different, but against this England team, with this dynamic, and with these players that cost millions…”last_img read more

Syracuse football to restore No. 44 after retiring it nearly 10 years ago

first_imgThe No. 44 will be back on a Syracuse football jersey after almost 10 years, interim director of athletics Pete Sala announced at the Plaza 44 Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.“With the blessing of Jim Brown and Floyd Little, the No. 44 is back,” Sala said.Brown and Little, along with the late Ernie Davis, are the three most notable Syracuse players to wear the number. The last member of the Orange to wear it was fullback Rob Konrad in 1998. In all, 25 players have donned No. 44.Sala added that there will be a committee assembled to decide which player gets to wear the number, and that group will include Little, a special assistant to the athletics director at SU. The committee will consist of four or five people, Little said, while adding that it could be given to a true freshman.“We know it was the right thing to do,” Sala said of bringing back the number.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe number was retired on Nov. 12, 2005 but after 3,475 days, a campaign many have been pushing for as of late came to fruition. Comments Published on May 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Students to host interdisciplinary conference

first_imgThe School of Pharmacy and the School of Social Work will hold their first annual interdisciplinary conference, Medication Use & Society, which focuses on how pharmacists and social workers can provide patients with the best medical care, on Tuesday.Tenie Khachikian, a graduate student studying social work, created the concept of the conference because a social worker is often responsible for helping a patient understand the health care system and recovery treatments when he leaves the hospital.“This conference will give an opportunity for students of a respective profession to better understand the other and bridge any gaps that may exist,” Khachikian said.Khachikian paired up with Tadeh Vartanian, a doctoral student in the School of Pharmacy, and together they set in motion plans for the conference.Bruce Jansson, a professor of social policy and administration at the School of Social Work, and Dr. Kathleen Johnson, a professor in Dept. of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, will speak at the conference.Johnson said she is enthusiastic about the conference because it brings together a wide range of speakers and students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to interact.“When students get into clinical training they can understand how to interact with a person in a different profession to help the client get better,” Johnson said.Khachikian said social workers and pharmacists aim to enhance the lives of their patients.“Though the professions of social work and pharmacy may be different in name and meaning, there are similarities,” Khachikian said. “We are all professionals working together to improve the life of our patients.”last_img read more

Wisconsin holds off Florida at home

first_imgWhat a difference a year makes.A year after getting stomped in the swamp, the 20th-ranked Wisconsin men’s basketball team returned the favor taking down the 11th-ranked Florida Gators 59-53 in the Kohl Center Tuesday.The result was still in doubt with Wisconsin (2-0) up by three with less than 10 seconds left on the clock when junior point guard Traevon Jackson effectively iced the game with a 17-footer to give the Badgers a two possession lead over Florida (1-1).“He’s been in so many tough situations, I wasn’t trading [Jackson] in those last five minutes,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said.Though he hit the biggest shot of the game, Jackson was part of the reason the Gators were able to claw back into the game down the stretch, committing three turnovers with less than 10 minutes left in the game.Florida began to run a trap and full court press in the second half that caused problems for Wisconsin’s ball handlers.“I thought it changed momentum for us and gave us a chance,” Florida head coach Billy Donavon said of his team’s press.Jackson had trouble dealing with Florida’s press that forced all five of his turnovers in the final 13 minutes.“Obviously it was up and down,” Jackson said of his second half performance. “Five turnovers is terrible, but get it out of the way now … I have to take better care of the ball, especially when a team’s coming to trap.”A game-icing shot by Jackson seemed like wishful thinking in the first 10 minutes of the game when Wisconsin started 2-9 from the field, spotting Florida a 16-4 lead.“When you shoot an airball as your first possession as a team, I don’t know if that’s a good omen,” Ryan said.Michael Frazier II did his part to put Florida in front early, hitting three shots from downtown in the first seven minutes, but Wisconsin’s sharpshooter would have an answer.“Sam Dekker,” senior guard Ben Brust answered when asked how the Badgers dug themselves out of their early hole.After starting 0-2 with two turnovers to begin the game, sophomore forward Sam Dekker hit two straight threes followed later by an emphatic dunk to bring the deficit to 24-18.Dekker’s burst sparked a 25-10 run by Wisconsin to end the first half, giving the Badgers a 29-26 lead that they never gave back.“We started getting some stops defensively and settled in,” Brust said “We got out and running which had them scrambling on defense. We just settled down and started playing basketball.”Wisconsin went to the locker room with a three-point lead at halftime despite taking zero free throws in the first half.“I thought we could have done a better job of attacking and getting some things going to the rim where you do get people to use their hands more and that’s what we did in the second half,” Ryan said.The Badgers continued their momentum in the second half, reaching their largest lead of 11 with 11:57 left before mistakes allowed the Gators — finishing with 20 points off turnovers — back in the game.Though Wisconsin struggled to close out from the free throw line, going 8-14 from the stripe, and Florida’s Frazier doing his best to keep the Gators alive with a game-high 20 points the Badgers were able to fend off Florida’s late-game surge.Dekker led all Wisconsin scorers with 16 points and earned the praise of Donovan who coached the Sheboygan native on the U-18 USA team in the summer of 2012.“He’s reckless with body, he has no regard for his body and I really respect that,” Donovan said. “He plays really hard. I think his offensive game has really blossomed over the last year.”Freshman forward Nigel Hayes and junior forward Frank Kaminsky gave Wisconsin a presence in the paint but it was the 6-foot-1 Brust that led the team in rebounds with nine.“They’re not afraid of contact, they’re not afraid of size. Those things don’t even enter their mind,” Ryan said of his guards. “They’re not afraid to stick their faces in because they know they don’t have a Hollywood career later.”With the win over Florida, Wisconsin improves its home-opener winning streak to 16 games.17,249 fans filled the Kohl Center to watch the matchup of top-25 teams and helped fuel Wisconsin’s comeback win.“They sure got fired up tonight,” Ryan said. “We needed it.”last_img read more