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 Arsenal
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The losses have begun to pile up, but nonetheless, USC has been competitive with some of the best teams in the country.Each of the Trojans’ eight losses have come against perennially strong college baseball programs, including weekend sweeps by No. 6 Cal State Fullerton and No. 18 Rice.Time for change · Junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa, pictured here during Sunday’s home 2-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton, will move from his traditional position to the outfield for Tuesday’s contest at UC Santa Barbara. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan Only one loss was by more than four runs and USC (3-8) has lost four games by a single run.But barely losing to nationally ranked teams isn’t good enough for the Trojans and interim coach Frank Cruz.“When you play or coach at USC, you plan on playing the best competition,” Cruz said. “But you don’t come to USC just to compete, you come to win.”Against Fullerton, the Trojans struggled offensively, managing only eight hits in the series.When the team heads to UC Santa Barbara (5-4) to take on the Gauchos at 2 p.m. today, Cruz plans to inject more offense into the lineup.Preseason All-American first baseman Ricky Oropesa will move to the outfield, where the Trojans have been offensively challenged, outside of Alex Sherrod (.275, 2 HR, 7 RBI), through the first 11 games.Outfielders sophomore Alex Glenn, senior Matt Hart and freshman Omar Cotto Lozada, who have combined for 21 starts, are each hitting below .200 creating a void in the lineup.“It’s wide open right now,” Cruz said about the left field and centerfield positions. “We’re hoping someone steps in and can take over.”With Oropesa in the outfield, junior Matt Foat will play first base with sophomore Adam Landecker manning the hot corner at third base.Another change from USC’s first two weekday games will be on the mound.Cruz said he is leaning toward starting Brandon Garcia (0-1, 12.00 ERA in three innings pitched) over junior Ben Mount (0-0, 1.08 ERA in eight and one-third innings pitched), who has started both of the Trojans’ Tuesday games this season.Garcia, who has the third highest batting average (.280) among regular starters, will also serve as the team’s designated hitter, allowing him to stay in the lineup even after a relief pitcher takes his place on the mound.Garcia, Mount and the rest of the pitching staff will be tasked with shutting down a UC Santa Barbara offense batting .295 and averaging six runs per game.Leading the Gauchos is the outfield duo of seniors Ben Edelstein and Mark Haddow.Edelstein bats leadoff and led the team with a .344 batting average last season. This season, he is batting .343 as he sets the table for the middle of the lineup, including Haddow batting cleanup. Haddow has a team best .375 average and .462 on base percentage. He also is second on the team in home runs and RBIs.UC Santa Barbara will likely send right-hander Nick Loredo to the mound. Loredo leads the Gauchos’ starting pitchers with a 3.09 ERA. He has a 1-0 record and has struck out 14 batters in 11 and two-thirds innings pitched.The Trojans’ hitters will have to make adjustments each time through the lineup as the Gauchos are expected to throw a number of relief pitchers today.“I know the players have turned a lot around in terms of their work ethic and whole approach to the game,” Cruz said. “Now it’s about winning games.”Cruz doesn’t want his team to just compete. He wants them to have fun.“Any time you’re not winning games, it’s not fun,” Cruz said. “Winning is a lot of fun.”
Emirates has announced it will add upgrade aircraft on services from Perth, adding an extra 88 seats per day on the route.From 1 June 2013, the airline will replace the Boeing 777-200LR currently operating on the EK24 and EK25 routes to the Boeing 777-300ER.Emirates vice president Australasia Barry Brown said the change will allow more travellers to “secure a seat” on services from Perth.Meanwhile, earlier this month Emirates and its new alliance partner, Qantas unveiled new frequent flyer benefits.Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Aircraft changes from Perth.