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Martin Keown explains the mistake Arsenal made with William Saliba

first_imgDavid Luiz could be on his way back to Benfica after just one season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I could’t quite work that out because now I’m being told he’s world-class. Never mind if he’s world-class, if he was Premier League class it would have been good enough because that was an area of concern.’Arteta, meanwhile, is reportedly ready to listen to offers for Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi when the window reopens, while Luiz’s future is currently the subject of intense speculation.The Brazil international, who openly admits he wants to finish his career at Benfica, is yet to begin talks over a contract extension with his present deal set to expire imminently.Speaking about Luiz’s future, Keown added: ‘David Luiz concerns me because if you’re going to pay £7m for him and give him £5m wages and he’s only going to be there for one season, I’m not sure about the wisdom of that.‘Is he a proper defender? Can he play in a back four? His best defending came when he was in a back three at Chelsea when they won the Premier League [in 2016/17].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‘It’s the most crucial area which he [Mikel Arteta] has to get right. Holding’s been injured, it’s hard to judge him, probably deserves another opportunity. I think that Sokratis could be a useful defender but I can understand the uncertainty of giving David Luiz a new deal.‘Do they now start to be harsh and make those key decisions? If David Luiz isn’t the answer, then he has to go now. He doesn’t enjoy being in wide positions in the back four, he tends to bring people down and Mustafi, although Arteta has got a bit of a tune out of him but we know Mustafi isn’t quite at the level as well.‘You go to a football club, you have to make your mark and if it doesn’t happen you have to hold your hands up. I think both players will have to do that… I can’t see that being a long-term partnership in the Arsenal defence.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Arsenal star Lucas Torreira discusses his future and reveals ‘dream’ to play for Boca JuniorsMORE: Arsenal complete the signing of free agent George LewisFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Martin Keown explains the mistake Arsenal made with William Saliba Advertisement William Saliba is due to return to Arsenal imminently following his loan spell at Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes Arsenal made a mistake in allowing William Saliba to return to Saint-Etienne on loan after completing his £27million transfer last summer. The teenage defender returned to the Ligue 1 club shortly after Arsenal beat north London rivals Tottenham to his signature, but Saint-Etienne insisted the deal was dependent on him returning to France to continue his development. In his absence, Arsenal’s defence continued to ship goals under the management of Unai Emery with David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos struggling to offer goalkeeper Bernd Leno any sort of meaningful protection. Emery’s successor, Mikel Arteta, has presided over a significant improvement but Keown believes Arsenal should have driven a harder bargain during their initial negotiation for Saliba.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told talkSPORT: ‘There’s an awful lot of work to be done in there [defence]. There was the defender from Saint-Etienne William Saliba who they paid £27million for but was loaned back again. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 30 May 2020 12:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.7kShareslast_img read more

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How to spring clean your home and boost your selling price

first_imgDon’t underestimate the power of a good spring clean on your property price.PULLING on a pair of rubber gloves may be all that’s standing between you and a better price for your home this selling season. According to Justin Ferguson of Ferguson Property Agents, a good spring clean can boost the price your property fetches.With Spring traditionally the peak season for new listings, he said “differentiating your property has never been more important.”His plan is simple, just a few steps that can be ticked off for a more presentable property. Step 1: De-clutter “De-cluttering your home cannot only make the space look bigger, but help potential buyers picture themselves living in your home.” And, unlike when you’re having friends over, “the less personal items, the better” when it comes to knick-knacks in your home. Step 2: Refresh the outside More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see when coming to open houses,” Mr Ferguson said. “It’s important to focus on the front entry for first impressions.” Step 3: Sweat the small stuff “Focus on fixing up all the small potential issues in your home before putting it on the market, it will make a huge difference.” Step 4: Light, light, light “Buyers are always looking for plenty of good lighting when looking for a home.” His suggestions include taking down heavy winter curtains, cleaning windows and removing obstructions from outside to maximise the light. Step 5: Expertise Mr Ferguson said a real estate agent could make or break your bid for a strong price “especially at such a competitive time of year”.An agent with “exceptional local area knowledge including recent sales and the market of surrounding suburbs” was crucial.last_img read more

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Police operation prevents drug related harm

first_imgNZ  Police 30 June 2014Police believe the true success of this year’s national cannabis operation is not the drugs destroyed, the guns seized or the suspects arrested but rather the harm that has been prevented from occurring in the community.Detective Senior Sgt. Scott McGill said that during Operation Lucy 105,000 cannabis plants were destroyed, 112 firearms seized and 640 suspects arrested.“The cannabis trade is a destructive force in New Zealand society,” Mr McGill said. “By destroying over 100,000 plants before they were harvested police have prevented significant social damage from occurring in our community.”Mr McGill said the arrest of 64 patched gang members or associates during Operation Lucy shows the strong connection between organised crime and the cannabis trade.“We are very pleased with the results from this year’s operation which show our commitment to restrict the influence of these organised criminal groups.”http://m.police.govt.nz/mobile-news-article/33655last_img read more

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Hennessey heads for Palace

first_imgWales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has joined Crystal Palace from Wolves for an undisclosed fee. “I have met some of the lads and the staff already, so I am just looking forward to getting out onto the training pitch now,” Hennessey said on Palace Player. “We have got Arsenal on the weekend which is going to be a tough game but hopefully we can get something out of it. “I know (defender) Danny Gabbidon well and he has been telling me what the place is all about. He said it’s a fantastic club and that I should get down here so I am over the moon it’s happened. “Going out to Yeovil (on loan) was good for me as I managed to get match experience again, but then that came to an end and I went back to Wolves and was sadly on the bench. Hopefully the tables will turn for me now.” Palace also confirmed on Friday afternoon that midfielder Jason Puncheon’s loan move from Southampton had been made permanent, with the player agreeing a four-and-a-half-year deal. The 27-year-old, who was at the Selhurst Park club as a youngster, said: “It is great to sign a permanent deal, it’s something I dreamt about when I was a kid so I’m pleased to get it done. “The massive factor in this was the chairman and the manager, the gaffer has shown great faith in me since he has been here and that’s been unbelievable for me. “It is a boost for me mentally – I thought it might happen at the end of the season, but it has come quicker and obviously that is good for both me and the football club.” Summer signing Jose Campana has swapped Palace for Nurnberg, penning a loan deal with the Bundesliga club with a view to a permanent move. The 20-year-old midfielder arrived at Selhurst Park from Sevilla in the summer, but has not appeared since the 4-1 home defeat to Fulham on October 21. A statement on the official Nurnberg website, www.fcn.de, said: “Jose Campana switches on loan until the end of the season from English Premier League club Crystal Palace. “At the same time the two clubs agreed a purchase option for the midfielder, whose contract at Crystal Palace is until June 30, 2017.” The 27-year-old becomes the first signing for new Eagles manager Tony Pulis, who is expected to further bolster his squad ahead of the deadline with reports of a deal for Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince being talked over. Hennessey – who came through the ranks as a youngster at Manchester City before joining Wolves’ academy in 2003 – will go straight into the squad for Sunday’s trip to Barclays Premier League title-chasers Arsenal after agreeing a three-and-a-half-year deal at Selhurst Park to provide competition for current Palace number one Julian Speroni. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mom, Guard to Blame for Shooting of Children During Miami Robbery

first_imgAdditionally, Hialeah Police detectives arrested and questioned Morales and Pupo on Tuesday.They asked Morales why he decided to fire his weapon, and obtained a surveillance video of the shooting that corroborated his statement.Detectives reported Morales “charged the firearm while in pursuit” of the alleged thief and “discharged one round into the vehicle as it fled eastbound on West 17th Street.”They reported that Pupo knew about the plan to steal seafood from the market, and was supposed to earn about $30 after selling it.Her criminal record in Miami-Dade County, which goes back to 2006, includes burglaries, robberies, and theft cases.Pupo admitted to waiting in the car with the girls and “placing the victims in danger during the commission of a crime,” police added.Detectives identified the man accused of stealing the lobster as Steadman Amaya. He is a convicted felon with a long criminal record in Miami-Dade County.Miami-Dade corrections officers booked Morales and Pupo on Wednesday at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Detectives are now searching for 39-year-old Amaya, whose convictions include uttering forged bills, grand theft of a motor vehicle and burglary.Meanwhile, Morales faces two counts of attempted manslaughter with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting a deadly missile, while Pupo is charged with two counts of child neglect and petit theft. Authorities have made a break in the case of two children who were shot in Hialeah on Tuesday.After a 6-year-old girl was shot, detectives said that three adults were responsible. They arrested a 50-year-old security guard and the girl’s 32-year-old mother, and are still searching for another man.Leonardo Morales was working as a security guard on Tuesday at the Rey Chavez Distributor in Hialeah, when he suddenly saw a man running with about $200 in lobster tails.Morales fired his weapon as the man got into a car and drove away.Two girls were also in the getaway car.A 6-year-old girl was shot in her right knee, while her 8-year-old sister suffered a cut in her right thigh after a window shattered, according to police.Their mother, Angela, Pupo, arrived at a local hospital with both children still in their blood-stained clothes.She told Miami-Dade Police Department officers they had been the victims of a drive-by shooting in Brownsville.Officers said that Pupo blamed two Black men for the incident.When officers were unable to find shell casings or witnesses of the alleged shooting, Pupo told them the shooting took place in Hialeah.Detectives later discovered that the car which 32-year-old Pupo drove to the hospital had been involved in the theft at the market, which is located at 780 W 17th St.Police have taken the Toyota Corolla as evidence.Sadly, we are once again investigating a shooting that has left two innocent children wounded. This is unacceptable, we need the tips to come in so we can arrest those responsible and get the gun(s) used off our streets. Call 305-471-TIPS now, you can remain anonymous.— Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III (@MDPD_Director) July 28, 2020last_img read more

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NBC Excites Fans at 2018 Lagos Yacht Club Boat Racing

first_imgAccording to him, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited values its stakeholders includingcompany staff and customers hence the decision to sponsor the Yacht Club annual boating Competition on a yearly basis.“We have been doing this for the past seven years and would continue to give support to this kind of initiative. As you are aware, we are also fully involved in other areas of sports particularly football. Just recently, NBC brought the World Cup trophy to Nigeria and we are also giving opportunities to consumers to enjoy the World Cup in Russia. This only demonstrates our commitment to our valued customers, staff and communities that they are crucial to the growth that we have enjoyed. We remain determined to contribute in our little ways to sports development in Nigeria”He further stated that the focus has always been on other sports but this time we want to motivate people to develop interest in boat racing such that it becomes more of a lifestyle than a game as we have witnessed in other sports. “This NBC Regatta Cup is one sure way to promote the sport and we will do our best to give consumers and boat lovers exciting experience” he stated”.No fewer than 59 sailors and 24 boats (11 lightning and 13 Hobie) participated in this year’s edition of the competition which lasted several rounds after which prizes were awarded to the winners.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was fun and excitement for boat race lovers in Lagos as Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, manufacturers of Coca-Cola products hosted the 2018 edition of the Lagos Yacht Club Annual Boat Racing Competition held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Lagos Yacht Club, Onikan, Lagos.At the end of the competition which was witnessed by a huge crowd of boat race loversincluding the company staff, consumers and foreigners from different parts of the world, winners emerged in two different categories- Hobie Class and Lightning Class and were rewarded with several awards.Speaking shortly after the closing ceremony of the competition, the National Sales Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Mr. Dan Fratila disclosed that the Nigerian Bottling Company’s sponsorship of the Lagos Yacht Club Regatta Cup is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that is aimed at contributing its quota to the development of sports in the communities where it operates.last_img read more

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Gallery: No. 6 Syracuse beats No. 12 Albany, 10-9

first_imgNo. 6 Syracuse (2-0) beat No. 12 Albany (0-1), 10-9, on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Here are the best photos from the game. Comments Published on February 18, 2017 at 10:49 pm Contact Evan: ecjenkin@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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Winners and Losers

first_imgCurt Phillips was outplayed by Joel Stave in the QB battle Saturday[/media-credit]OffenseWinner: Joel StaveAfter finding himself stuck in what seemed like second place behind sixth-year senior Curt Phillips for the starting job next fall, Joel Stave was the third quarterback to see the field Saturday at the annual Spring Game.After struggling on his first pass play – underthrowing his receiver – Stave recovered quickly, completing his next five passes and working the team down the field for an easy touchdown.“I felt like I was able to throw the ball pretty well today,” Stave said. “The first throw came out really, really poorly, so it was nice to recover really quickly on the drive and finish it.”Storming down the field 71 yards on 5-6 passing, Stave threw for first down after first down, before the drive was finally capped off by an 11-yard Melvin Gordon touchdown.In his second drive under center, Stave led the way once again – this time capping the drive off with a 5-yard touchdown pass to sophomore fullback Derek Watt.By the end of the game, Stave had accumulated 161 passing yards, completing 15 of his 20 passes.Even head coach Gary Andersen said he was impressed by how polished Stave looked as the spring season came to a close, crediting Stave for his poise.While Stave has certainly not locked up the job for the upcoming season – junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy will certainly have a shot when he arrives this summer – he has solidified his place as the frontrunner coming out of the spring.Loser: Curt PhillipsWith Stave surging to the front of the pack on an impressive performance in front of over 12,000 faithful fans that showed up for the Spring Game, sixth-year senior Phillips fell by the wayside.Entering the game, Phillips seemed to have gained Andersen’s trust as a capable veteran candidate for the job, starting with the first team on offense for much of the practices throughout the spring.So it came as no surprise when Phillips got the nod at quarterback to start the game Saturday.On the first possession of the game, Phillips orchestrated a 10-play, 50-yard drive resulting in junior kicker Kyle French scoring a field goal.Despite finishing 8-13 and 82 yards, Phillips threw a number of risky passes, including one that was nearly picked off.More importantly, Phillips was trusted much less when it came to throwing the ball.Besides being given seven fewer attempts than his redshirt sophomore counterpart, Phillips was also given much simpler passing plays as Andersen reserved the two long-range efforts to receivers down field for Stave.Still, Andersen wouldn’t rule out Phillips for the starting job next fall, despite Stave’s Spring Game success.“I think Curt had good demeanor,” Andersen said. “The turnovers were down. He was poised. He had composure, like he’s had and you would expect from a cagey veteran, which he is. … He probably had a couple he’d like to get back, but so does Joel.”DefenseWinner: Sojourn SheltonDespite being one of the youngest players on the team’s roster – he enrolled early after graduating high school a semester early – Wisconsin freshman defensive back Sojourn Shelton played beyond his years in Wisconsin’s spring game. Nearly making an interception on one play and playing physical press coverage, Shelton, one of the prize recruits of the 2013 recruiting class, was impressive. He doesn’t have a choice, either. With a thin secondary that is trying to replace three starters from 2012’s team, Shelton already looks poised to be a key contributor for next year’s squad.“I think I’ve grown a lot,” Shelton said. “Once I started to see myself progress[ing] in the weight room, putting on weight, getting on the field and making plays here and there [that] made my confidence level go back up and I think as a cornerback you have to have it.” He doesn’t care what way it is either, whether the minutes come in the secondary or on special teams too.“He shows what we want out of everybody, that’s to go out and play hard and then be excited when you do something the right way,” redshirt senior Dezmen Southward said of his young teammate. “That’s the kind of feeling coach Andersen wants to get across the team, and I think everybody’s embraced it for the most part.”Loser: Beau AllenDue to the entire defense as a group excelling in Spring Game, it was tough to find someone to call a “loser.” So it may come as a shock that senior Beau Allen takes this award. How can Allen be recognized negatively when he didn’t even play Saturday? It’s for one reason and one reason only.Chris Borland called him a manatee.When the “Ask The Badgers” interactive event occurred Saturday on the video board, the question the selected fan had to answer was “Who does Chris Borland think is harder to tackle: Beau Allen or Melvin Gordon?”It seemed the natural answer that Borland would select Allen, a 6-foot-3 ultra-athletic defensive tackle and fan favorite. But, Borland pulled the shocker of the century by selecting Gordon, the Badgers’ running back, citing that Allen was top-heavy or in some way like a “manatee.” This is a startling turn of events for what seemed to be such a beautiful friendship between teammates. Allen once cited at Disneyland prior to the Rose Bowl that he was the “beauty” to Borland’s “beast.” Borland once compared their relationship to that of Kim and Khloe Kardashian.How have things gone sour in such a short amount of time? No one can be sure, but hopefully the two have things patched up before fall camp starts.last_img read more

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Volleyball: Wisconsin faces challenging home and home against Washington

first_imgNumber 9 ranked Wisconsin (4-2) boasts one of the greatest home environments in NCAA volleyball. The Badger faithful pack the Wisconsin Field House every night with the second-highest attendance in the NCAA in 2018.But due to a relentless early schedule, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (4-2) is in danger of entering Big Ten play without a home victory. Wisconsin has managed to win at least one non-conference home game every year for more than three decades, so a loss in their final home game against Washington would break that streak.The Badgers come off of a tournament win at the Clemson Classic where they swept both the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.Volleyball: Badgers rebound from tough weekend with pair of sweepsThe No. 9 University of Wisconsin volleyball team (4-2) looked the part with a dominant performance this weekend in Clemson, Read…The No. 10 Washington Huskies provide a much tougher task for the Badgers. The Huskies are 7-1 with impressive wins against No. 15 Creighton and No. 19 Illinois. Their lone loss came on the road against No. 13 Hawai’i — a raucous environment similar to the Wisconsin Field House.Washington possesses a balanced attack with five hitters averaging more than 2.5 kills/set. The Badgers only have three such hitters in Dana Rettke, Grace Loberg and Molly Haggerty.For Washington, 10 of their players competed in 17 or more sets proving their depth amidst a tough non-conference schedule.Senior outside hitter Kara Bajema leads the Huskies with 4.63 kills/set and notched a spot on the 2018 AVCA All-American Third Team.Women’s Volleyball: Wisconsin looks to take a step forward after Elite Eight exit last seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team just got their season underway following the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Florida State Read…Wisconsin’s size-based attack will be tested against a Washington team that has some size of their own with 6-foot-4 Lauren Sanders likely facing Rettke at middle blocker. Rettke continued to dazzle this weekend, recording team-high kills in both matches.Perhaps a return to their serving prowess could be critical in the two match-ups with Washington. The Huskies have allowed 1.03 service aces/set, and freshman Izzy Ashburn has led the Badgers with a stunning 0.62 service aces/set on her own — the best mark in the Big Ten.Head Coach Kelly Sheffield spoke of Ashburn and her serving efforts in a press conference Monday.“[Ashburn] can hit it anywhere on the court,” Sheffield said. “You say, ‘Here, I want it to the left of the passer,’ and she’s gonna put it to the left of the passer with a lot of pace and a lot of movement on it.”Women’s Volleyball: Kelly Sheffield shines light on team depth for upcoming seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team recently began their regular season schedule. Hopefully, this season will be one of Read…An Ashburn serving spree could be the difference in a set where the Badgers pull away or mount a comeback.The Badgers face Washington in the Wisconsin Field House Thursday at 8 p.m. and travel to Seattle to complete their non-conference schedule against the Huskies 8 p.m. Saturday. Thursday’s match will be on Fox Sports 1, and Saturday’s contest will be on the Pac 12 Network with both games broadcasted live on 100.9 FM.last_img read more

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SHOCKING! Powers and Banku demand GHC50,000 each for May 15 bout

first_imgMichael Ayitey Powers and Braimah”Bukom Banku” Kamoko have told box Office promotions to cough up GHC 50,000 each for the Thursday, May 15 date or they will walk out of the bout.The fighters,in a surprising show of unity told Allsports.com.gh exclusively that they felt undervalued by the promoter who had failed to live up to his promises.According to Banku,they had no intention of pulling out but their demands were irrevocable.”We are prepared to fight on the 15th of May but the money the promoter is paying is not fine. If he can pay us GHS 50,000 each,the fight is on if not we will walk away because this is the biggest fight in Africa and it is pay per view.Powers supporting Banku’s demands said Box Office Promotions was yet to fulfill some of it’s promises.”What Banku is saying is true.This promoter told me that after he got sponsors he would increase the purse but till now he has not done so and wants to sign a contract with his mouth.I cannot do that because it’s my job.He has to pay us the GHS 50,000 each.I wanted GHS 60,000 but Banku asked us to reduce.” “If he won’t pay he should forget the fight and give it to somebody who has money to promote it.”This new development comes barely a day after the promoter was able to resolve a dispute over a date for the fight after the Ga Traditional Council asked for a postponement over the performance of rites for the Homowo festival.last_img read more

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