Why Unai Emery will consider shock deal to sell Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette

first_imgWhy Unai Emery will consider shock deal to sell Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 Feb 2019 10:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Comment Advertisement Emery favours Aubameyang in a central role (Picture: Getty)The Spaniard favours Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a central role and, though he admires Lacazette, Football.London claim the Frenchman is expendable and could be sold this summer if the right offer arrives.AdvertisementAdvertisementAt 27 years of age, Arsenal could likely command an increase on the fee they paid for Lacazette two years ago and could use the funds to reinvest in more urgent areas of the squad.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 ArsenalThe Gunners are desperate to sign a centre-back this summer, while replacing Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey is another priority.The club’s transfer budget is yet to be determined and is highly dependent on the club’s chances of reaching the top four or winning the Europa League.Should Emery reinstate the Gunners into the Champions League, he could be handed a budget of around £80m and given any profits from player sales to invest in the squad.MORE: Alastair Cook explains why England are ‘absolutely’ favourites to win World Cup Advertisement Arsenal could cash in on Alexandre Lacazette this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will consider cashing in on Alexandre Lacazette this summer in order to reinvest in other areas of the squad, according to reports.The Frenchman, who joined Arsenal from Lyon in 2017 for a fee of around £52million, is a popular figure at the Emirates and has 12 goals in 33 appearances this term for the Gunners.Nevertheless, Unai Emery is working on a tight budget at the Emirates and is keen to offload Mesut Ozil in a bid to free up significant space on the club’s wage bill.Lacazette has started 18 league matches this term but is often substituted and has done little to disguise his anger at the consistency with which Emery takes him off.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham reveals the truth over Unai Emery’s transfer budget

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 27 Jul 2019 7:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Unai Emery’s budget is not restricted to £40m (Picture: Getty Images)Unai Emery’s summer transfer budget is not restricted to just £40million, according the Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham.It’s been a relatively slow summer for the Gunners, with Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, 18-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba – who is being loaned straight back to Saint-Etienne – the only arrivals at the Emirates, and not many more expected through the door.The transfer budget was thought to be limited after Emery’s failure to guide the Gunners back to the promised land of the Champions League, with a figure of £40m bandied around.However, Venkatesham insists that is not the case and that transfer chief Raul Sanllehi has not been set fixed parameters in terms of a summer budget.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t recognise this £40m figure, I have read it a lot, Venkatesham said. ‘That doesn’t come from us, that doesn’t come from the club. Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham reveals the truth over Unai Emery’s transfer budget Vinai Venkatesham discussed Arsenal’s summer budget (Picture: Getty Images)‘The numbers never come from us. We never ever, ever, ever talk about how much money we have to spend because that’s the least helpful thing you can do.‘Raul’s job is hard enough, if you go into a negotiation and everyone knows how much money you’ve got, it doesn’t really help.‘It is true that our funds are more limited after three years in the Europa League, but the budget isn’t £40m. We have the budget to make a difference, but as Raul says, this is a particularly tough window and we’re in the middle of it. I sense and understand the frustration, but there is a huge amount of misinformation out there in the market.‘I read and am sent articles about players we’re supposed to have missed out on and they’re players we’ve never even talked about. I get why sometimes it’s hard for fans to understand what we’re doing, but I’d say that’s because about 85% of what you read just isn’t true.’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 Arsenallast_img read more

Layvin Kurzawa agrees deal to join Arsenal from Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgLayvin Kurzawa agrees deal to join Arsenal from Paris Saint-Germain Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jan 2020 10:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link16.4kShares Layvin Kurzawa is set to join Arsenal on a free transfer (Getty Images)Layvin Kurzawa has reached an agreement to join Arsenal this summer, according to reports in France.The Paris Saint-Germain left-back is out of contract at the end of the season and would be available on a free transfer.The French champions are open to selling the 27-year-old during the January transfer window and Arsenal have held talks over a potential deal this month.But according to France Football, Kurzawa has now agreed a five-year contract with the Gunners and will join them in the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Layvin Kurzawa is out of contract at the end of the season (Getty Images)The report also claims that Mikel Arteta is a huge admirer of Kurzawa and has ‘repeatedly’ told Arsenal’s hierarchy to step up their efforts to sign him.AdvertisementAdvertisementInter were also interested in a deal for Kurzawa but the defender refused their approach and has opted to join Arsenal.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 CityKurzawa was signed by PSG from Monaco for around £20 million in 2015 but the French defender has fallen down the pecking order and has started just six games in Ligue 1 this season.As he is out of contract at the end of the campaign, PSG have been demanding a fee between €5m and €7m (£4.2m – £6m) from Arsenal to complete a deal this month.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 Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders PA Flags To Be Lowered to Half-Staff at Capitol Complex and Dauphin County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders PA Flags To Be Lowered to Half-Staff at Capitol Complex and Dauphin County November 06, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Flag Order Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all Pennsylvania flags at the Capitol Complex and at Commonwealth facilities in Dauphin County lowered to half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Monday, November 9, 2015.  This is in honor of U.S. Army Corporal Martin King, a soldier from Tower City who went missing 65 years ago during the Korean War.  His remains were recently identified and are being returned home on Saturday, November 7.  Burial will be with full military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on Monday, November 9.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img

Gold Coast couple builds three-level Burleigh Heads masterpiece

first_img14 Tawarri Crescent, Burleigh Heads. The outdoor area is an entertainer’s dream.Paul Harms and wife Nicki Galway are the brains behind the residence – it is the pair’s fourth house they’ve either renovated or built together and the finished product shows off their expertise. “We actually bounce ideas off each other,” Mr Harms said. “If we don’t agree with something we come up with another solution.”Mr Harms, a builder who owns Gold Coast-based business PJH Constructions, said the pair subdivided the corner block after buying it last year. “The plan was to demolish the house that was on there,” Mr Harms said. “We came up with a design that met the height restrictions and we’ve got another design for the other half of the block.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe pair, who have two young daughters, spent five months building the house before they moved in earlier this year. Industrial influence is on show.From the outside the house stands out with a mix of clean lines, timber and concrete.The concrete and timber panelling combination continues inside while high ceilings and luxury finishes complement the style. “We’ve gone for earthy materials and tried to get a feature in every room,” Mr Harms said. “One of the biggest features is the concrete formed wall – it goes 6m up into the void. “The cantilevered oak stairs with the perforated steel balustrade also stand out.” The ground level houses the stylish kitchen with butler’s pantry, lounge, dining and living areas and the laundry. Stacker doors open out to the alfresco area and pool which creates an entertainer’s haven. Moroccan limestone tiles gives this space a high-end finish. There are three bedrooms on the second level as well as a rumpus room and balcony. A freestanding concrete bath? Yes please. From the front- what a sight! Luxury at every turn.IT’S ultra-modern, has an industrial vibe and is in one of the best neighbourhoods on the Gold Coast. Welcome to 14 Tawarri Cres, Burleigh Heads – a newly built three-level masterpiece. Attention to detail is evident throughout the home.A parent’s retreat is on the third level with its own balcony, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. Mr Harms said it was hard to narrow down his favourite part of the house. “We actually hang out in the outdoor area and pool area in summer while in winter it is cosy in the middle level,” he said. Tawarri Cres is in popular Koala Park. “You’re a two-minute walk to the creek, a 10-minute walk to James St and a 10-minute walk to the beach,” he said.Sean Smith of Professionals Black & Young Burleigh Gold Coast Real Estate is taking the property to auction on January 27.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Girls Golf Results At Union County & Richmond

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs Participated in The Union County and Richmond Tourneys.2017 UC Invite Girls Golf Results2017 Girls Joe Moehring Golf Invitational @ RichmondCourtesy of Bulldogs AD Bryan Helvie.last_img

Wenger relief at ‘huge’ derby win

first_img “I think it was difficult anyway,” Sherwood said of reaching the top four. “We’re just going to try and accumulate as many points as we can. “Obviously we have a tough game away at Benfica on Thursday and then we play here and we need the same performance against Southampton. If we do, we will win the game. “We will win probably more than we lose between now and the end of the season. “This was always going to be a tough period for us but there is no crisis here. “We lost to Chelsea, who are a lot of people’s favourites to win the league, and in the first half of that game I thought we were really, really good. “The capitulation I spoke about I wasn’t happy with and Benfica was obviously going to be a tough game and it went against us. “Then we were playing Arsenal in a derby and we wanted to win the game and I think we deserved to. “I have learned more in this last week about being a manager than I learned over the easy period when we were winning games every week.” Tomas Rosicky’s wonderful early strike was the difference at White Hart Lane, as the Gunners held off a second-half Spurs onslaught to triumph 1-0. The win was Arsenal’s first at the home of their bitter rivals since September 2007 and narrowed the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea to four points. Wenger leads his men to Stamford Bridge next weekend for a pivotal encounter with renewed confidence brought by victory in the north London derby. “It is a huge result,” the Arsenal boss said. “We were under pressure to win before the game because of course it was a very important game. “Our early goal maybe influenced too much how we played because we missed a second goal and after that we wanted to protect the lead and sometimes we were under pressure. “Tottenham played well, we must say. For me, they were absolutely up for it and we needed some special resilience to get away with it. “As long as we didn’t score the second goal, of course it was a very tight game, but in the end, for us, it is three massive points.” The result kept Arsenal’s title ambitions alive but effectively ended Spurs’ top-four ambitions. Tim Sherwood, animated on the touchline throughout, conceded the seven-point gap to fourth-placed Manchester City is likely to be too big to breach – something that may well see the head coach lose his job in the summer. The 3-1 home loss to Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie also means this will likely be another trophyless season for Spurs, but Sherwood vowed to give fans something to smile about before the season’s end. Arsenal remained in the hunt for the league title after what Arsene Wenger called a “huge result” at north London rivals Tottenham. Press Associationlast_img read more

Heritage Sports 2016 kicks off

first_imgTWO more days of sporting action among Guyana’s finest Amerindian regions will take place at the Everest Cricket Club ground in Georgetown. Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Valarie Garrido-Lowe, blocks a delivery from Director of Sport Christopher Jones during yesterday’s opening ceremony of the Indigenous Heritage Sports 2016. (Samuel Maughn photo)Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Valarie Garrido-Lowe, blocks a delivery from Director of Sport Christopher Jones during yesterday’s opening ceremony of the Indigenous Heritage Sports 2016. (Samuel Maughn photo)The Indigenous Heritage Sports 2016, a feature of the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs commenced yesterday with a brief opening ceremony at the venue, followed by the ceremonial bowl-off by Director of Sport Christopher Jones to Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Valarie Garrido-Lowe.With over 600 athletes expected in competition over the weekend, the ceremony was fittingly addressed by the minister, who called for a weekend of competitive activities.According to Minister Garrido-Lowe, her vision is for the regions to have a ‘Playoff before the games in order to give them as much games preparation as possible through a knockout competition.She added, “Let’s see some of the talent that you have that we will know exactly where to focus our attention … whether it is archery, whether it’s football, track and field, football or swimming.”Meanwhile, Director of Sport Jones reminded those in attendance of the recently concluded Rio Olympics and the amount of talent the world had on display there.He likened the games as the spotting ground for future Olympians, saying “We’re looking at the heritage games to be a step upwards, to have more competition and to have many more teams come out, those who have not had a chance to showcase their skills.”The event kicked off yesterday with football action while today will feature archery, cricket and volleyball.The event is being held under the theme: ‘Our Culture, Earth’s Future – Save the Environment, Live the Indigenous Way’.last_img read more

Syracuse’s interior presence, Battle’s 2nd-half charge and more takeaways

first_imgWhen Elijah Hughes threw a lob to Tyus Battle midway through Saturday’s second half, the pass was slightly off, but Battle still scored. Boston College used its second timeout in as many minutes. It was one of the final moments as Syracuse (17-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast) didn’t get off to a roaring start against Boston College (11-11, 2-8), but pulled away and held off a late rally to win, 67-56.Here are some takeaways from the game.Blistering BuddySince ACC play began, Buddy Boeheim has been a different shooter from 3-point range. He entered Saturday as a 17-for-39 shooter from deep against conference opposition, and that carried over into the first half against BC. Three times, Buddy was open, and three times, he knocked it down.His first shot of the second half was from the top of the key and fell as well. It contributed to Syracuse taking a double-digit lead and pulling away. That shot gave him 14 points, a new career-high. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textClipped wingsThe Eagles couldn’t make any shots in the first half. Syracuse closed out perimeter shooters and held BC to 1-of-9 from deep. There wasn’t much more success inside, as Paschal Chukwu blocked two shots and Hughes soared to send another shot away. SU’s defense prevented the type of start that BC had on the road against the Orange, when Boston College broke out to an early 15-6 lead. Part of it on Saturday was simply Jordan Chatman missing 3s: He scored 21 points in the first meeting, but made only one of his first eight shots in the rematch.It didn’t get better for the Eagles in the second half. As Buddy kept hitting shots, the Eagles kept missing. But then a late run: 14-0 for BC late in the second half made it a close game. But it came too late. Interior presenceSU head coach Jim Boeheim has complained that Syracuse needs more from its centers. Oshae Brissett keeps trying inside. He double-doubled for a third-straight game on Saturday. Save for one or two outside jumpers, he attacked the rim and crashed the glass at both ends. Brissett got to his right hand whenever he wanted, getting himself to the foul line multiple times by gaining an edge to his strong side.Brissett finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.Second-half BattleWhen Syracuse played at Boston College on Jan. 30, Battle scored 21 points in the second half to finish with 31. Saturday, Battle scored 15 points in the second half to finish with 21 for the game.He contributed his own 6-0 run midway through the second half. It started with a breakaway righty slam, which drew a BC timeout. Then, he went coast-to-coast again for a reverse layup. Finally, Hughes threw that lob to Battle to draw another Eagles timeout. Battle showed, again, that when Syracuse needs a run, he’s got it in him. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on February 9, 2019 at 4:26 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Top 4 emerge as champions bow out.

first_imgRelated2017 CAF Champions League: Holders Mamelodi Sundowns Booted OutSeptember 24, 2017In “Africa”CAF Champions League Curse Strikes Again As Al Ahly, Zamalek, Raja And Wydad Make Last FourMarch 8, 2020In “Africa”CAF Champions League: Etoile Setup Huge Semifinal Clash With Al AhlySeptember 25, 2017In “Africa” USM Alger progressed to the semi-final thanks to Darfalou first leg goal against Ferroviário Beira in Mozambique which ended (1-1) after both teams uncharacteristically settled for a goalless score in Algiers.Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns failed in their quest to join the few teams who have as part of their history the tag of successfully defending the CAF Champions League after losing 3-2 on penalties to Moroccan team Wydad Casablanca in tade Prince Moulay Abdallah. The South Africans lost 1-0, which made the aggregate score locked at 1-1, but penalty misses from Percy Tau, Yannick Zakri and Bangaly Soumahoro sealed their fate and brightened Wydad’s hope for continental success.Semi Final Fixtures:Étoile du Sahel Tunisia vs Egypt Al-AhlyAl-Ahly Egypt  vs Tunisia Étoile du Sahel The winners of the 2017 CAF Champions League will qualify as the CAF representative at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup in the 2018 CAF Super Cup.center_img Tunisia’s Étoile du Sahel set up a combustible semi-final tie against eight-time winners Al-Ahly, as champions Mamelodi Sundowns crashed out of the 2017 CAF Champions League.Review of the quarter-final matches:In Sousse, two well taken goals from Egyptian striker Amr Marey in the 16th & 46th minute was all Étoile du Sahel needed to see off Libya’s Al-Ahli (2-0) on aggregate.At the Stade Olympique de Radès, the tie of the round produced the expected spectacle. Espérance with the slight advantage after holding off (2-2) in the first leg got off to a flying start when Taha Yassine Khenissi converted a 40th minute penalty which sent fans present into a frenzy. Unfortunately for the locals, Tunisian Ali Maâloul defender of Al-Ahly made it 1-1 in the 50th minute, before Nigeria’s Oluwafemi Ajayi ensured a (4-3) aggregate score for the Egyptians with a 62nd minute strike.last_img read more