Why Mikel Arteta was unhappy after Arsenal’s friendly defeat to Brentford

first_imgThe Gunners get back under way in the Premier League on Wednesday night (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta was far from happy with Arsenal’s performance in their final friendly before the Premier League restart despite publicly saying the game was primarily a fitness exercise.After comfortably brushing aside Charlton in a 6-0 win in their first behind-closed-doors friendly at the Emirates nearly two weeks ago, the Gunners were stunned by Championship side Brentford in a 3-2 defeat last Wednesday.Arsenal took the lead twice but the visitors capitalised on some calamitous defending in the second half as goals from Halil Dervisoglu and Shandon Baptiste secured the win. Advertisement Advertisement Comment Why Mikel Arteta was unhappy after Arsenal’s friendly defeat to Brentfordcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 8:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link274Shares Arsenal are currently ninth but still have their eye on a Champions League berth (Picture: Getty)‘We’re trying to give minutes in their legs to all of the players, obviously you have to change a lot of players through the games. Getting adapted to playing in an empty stadium as well, not having that energy from the fans.‘It was good, we played two friendlies, we’re getting a bit of rhythm, we haven’t played for a while, we tried to make is as close as possible to a real game.’Arteta has a fully fit squad to choose from for Wednesday night’s trip to the Etihad to take on his old club Manchester City, with the north London club looking to maintain their strong pre-lockdown form and move up the table.MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Arsenal’s link with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas ParteyMORE: Pep Guardiola reveals message he sent to Mikel Arteta ahead of Man City vs ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal suffered defeat in their final warm-up match before facing Man City (Picture: Getty)Although Arteta stressed that the purpose of the game was to help the players find their rhythm before facing Manchester City, The Athletic report that he was ‘angry’ with his players afterwards.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Spanish coach was unhappy with the nature of certain performances and let those players know in no uncertain terms why he was so disappointed.David Luiz in particular was guilty of playing particularly badly, trying to dribble out from the back but losing possession and not getting back in position quickly enough to prevent Brentford from scoring.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 ArsenalArteta is keen to ensure that Arsenal’s players maintain the highest possible standards, even in friendly games, and those expectations were not met against Brentford.Speaking about the match against Brentford the day after, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘We’re trying different things.last_img read more

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Revamped British Steel scheme reports £2.2bn accounting surplus

first_imgThe restructured British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) has reported a £2.2bn (€2.5bn) “non-cash accounting surplus” following its restructure, which completed at the end of March.Tata Steel, the Indian conglomerate and ultimate sponsor of BSPS, banked a £1.6bn “exceptional gain” on the back of the improved funding position, it said in its financial results on Wednesday.Tata said the surplus would allow the company to “continue to support the pension scheme, allowing it to run its required low-risk investment strategy protecting its members.” “This is an optimal and sustainable outcome for pensioners, current employees and the UK business. The entire process for the UK pension restructuring is now complete,” Tata added. In May 2016, the UK government launched a consultation on the future of BSPS following an admission by Tata Steel UK (TSUK) that the company had lost £2bn over the past five years. Tata threatened to pull out of the UK if it was unable to reduce its pension costs.Following negotiations with the Pensions Regulator, Tata Steel Group agreed to pay BSPS £550m in addition to transferring a 33% equity stake in TSUK into the pension fund.Late last year, members were given a choice of moving across to the revamped BSPS or face being transferred into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the UK’s pension lifeboat fund. More than 83,000 members opted to transfer into the new BSPS with reduced benefits – albeit higher payments than those that transferred to the PPF.Questions have now been raised, however, as to whether Tata should move to restore those benefits.On its website, BSPS was clear about the distinction between Tata’s corporate responsibilities and those of the trustees of the scheme.“The way Tata Steel treats its pension arrangements in its own accounts is irrelevant to the way that the trustee looks at the financial health of the BSPS,” it said.However, the National Trade Union Steel Coordinating Committee (NTUSCC) said that it had campaigned for the new scheme on the basis that the alternative was the “inevitable insolvency of Tata Steel UK and the PPF for all members”. NTUSCC added: “The trade unions have always said that if scheme funding allows then Tata and the trustees can and should improve benefits in the future. The surplus for the new BSPS that Tata has reported today is higher than we expected, which we welcome as it strengthens to case for benefits to be restored.” Tata Steel’s Port Talbot plant in Waleslast_img read more

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New Discovery for Eni in Mexico

first_imgEni has made a new oil discovery on the Saasken Exploration Prospect in Block 10, located in the mid-deep water of the Cuenca Salina in the Sureste Basin, offshore Mexico.According to preliminary estimates, the new discovery may contain between 200 and 300 million barrels of oil in place.Saasken-1 NFW well, which has led to the discovery, is the sixth consecutive well drilled by Eni offshore Mexico in the Sureste Basin. It is located approximately 65 kilometers off the coast, and was drilled by the Valaris 8505 semisub in a water depth of 340 meters and reached a total depth of 3,830 meters.Saasken-1 discovered 80 meters of net pay of good quality oil in the Lower Pliocene and Upper Miocene sequences. The reservoirs show excellent petrophysical properties. An intensive data collection has been carried out on the well and the data acquired indicate a production capacity for the well of more than 10,000 barrels of oil per day.The discovery is opening a potential commercial outcome of Block 10 since several other prospects located nearby may be clustered in a synergic development.The Block 10 joint venture, composed by Eni (operator with a 65% stake), Lukoil (20%) and Capricorn (15%), will work to appraise the discovery and to exploit nearby synergies in order to start the studies for a commercial development.last_img read more

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2 arrested after altercation

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man and woman were arrested after an altercation. According to police, Wade V Markland was arrested on charges of domestic battery, strangulation, criminal confinement, and interference with the reporting of a crime, while Tanya Bannon was arrested on charges of neglect of a dependent and interference with the reporting of a crime.An investigation began when a teenager went to the Greensburg Police Department and said that she had been hit by Markland several times. She also told police that he put her in a choke hold, and sat on top of her while choking her. The young girl tried multiple times to leave the home, but couldn’t. She fled to a bathroom and tried to call 911, but Bannon forced her way into the room and broke the teen’s cellphone. The young girl also told police that Bannon told the girl to wear make-up to mask the bruising and cuts on her face.Police later met with Bannon who told them that an argument began between the girl and Markland and ended in violence with the teen clawing Markland and Markland slapping her in the face. Bannon also told police the teen broke her own phone, and nobody prevented her from calling 911. Bannon denied telling the teen to wear makeup.Police later met with Markland who denied intentionally striking the teenager. He told police that her injuries were self-inflicted.last_img read more

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IMCA competition director elected to Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – IMCA Competition Director Tom Gutowski is about to add to his racing resume.He’ll be a Hall of Famer.Gutowski, from Omaha, is one of seven new members of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will be Friday, Oct. 14 in Lincoln.“I was pleasantly surprised. I figured it wouldn’t happen the first time around,” Gutowski said of his hall of fame nomination. “I was voted in as a racing official. It certainly wasn’t for my skill as a participant.”Driver of the first IMCA Modified registered in Nebraska, Gutowski promoted at Crawford County Speedway, Shelby County Speedway, Buena Vista Raceway in Iowa and I-80 Speedway before taking the post with IMCA in November of 2006.Gutowski estimates that he’s made an average of 50 track visits a year, for weekly or multi-day specials in more than 20 states. He’s overseen pre- and post-race tech inspection at two of the biggest events in all of dirt track racing, the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and the Duel In The Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.“My time at IMCA was certainly a big part of their (hall of fame voters) consideration,” Gutowski said. “My tenure as competition director probably pushed it to the top. We influence the industry and trends and I get to be part of that.”The Ohio native stays on the road after final races of the season, attending trade shows, swap meets and similar functions around the country.“Racing is different in different parts of the country. IMCA rules certainly tie them together,” he said. “Working for IMCA has been unique and it’s been fun. I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve gotten to meet and the friends I’ve made over the years.”last_img read more

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James E. “Jim” Fannin

first_imgJames E. “Jim” Fannin 70, of Aurora, Indiana, formerly of Portsmouth, OH, passed away Thursday July 23, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born April 23, 1950 in Portsmouth, OH, son of the late Asa Fannin and Juanita (Monk) Fannin.James was a proud veteran and very patriotic. He served his country for 20 years in the Navy. He served on the USS Holland and was a Chief Petty Officer E7. He enjoyed working outside, messing around clearing brush on his John Deere Tractor. He loved to fish, surf the internet, (especially, You Tube). James was a simple man, he loved to spend time at home with a cup of coffee, with family and his dog Otis. He will be sadly missed.James is survived by his loving spouse of almost 10 years Amanda Fannin (Mullins), children, Michelle ” Shelly” (James) Gunnell, Christopher Fannin, Scott (Holly) Morgan, Nicole Morgan (Frank Wagner), Stephanie (Justin) Rister, Cathy Fannin (Mark McCorkle) , Victoria Fannin (Dalton Kritzwiser) , Michelle Mullins, Michael (Jessica) Watson, Jonathon (Kayla) Tabar; siblings, Margaret (Dick) Dulaney, Ramona Jerrell, Steve (Debbie) Fannin, Danny (Liza) Fannin, Marvin (Lan) Fannin Bill (Carol) Fannin; sister-in-law, Crystal Brashears (husband, Daniel nRaggard); many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Father, Asa Fannin, Mother, Juanita (Monk) Fannin, Brothers, Jamie & John Fannin, Sisters, Susie & Bonnie Fannin.Friends will be received, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road, Madison, Indiana.Services will be held at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Thursday at 1:00 pm, following visitation.Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Honor Flights. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority. We are asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times, and the wearing of masks is highly recommended.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Dangote to refurbish MKO Stadium

first_imgRelatedPosts Dangote commits $1m to Moshood Abiola Stadium Dangote’s armed bandits kill Nigerian Special Forces in Katsina attack Bag of Goodies Promo: Past star prize winners eagerly await Season 2 kick-off Business mogul and industrialist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has offered to refurbish the pitch and scoreboard of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.The Minister of Youth and Sports development, Sunday Akin Dare, disclosed this via a tweet on Thursday.Dare tweeted: “Many thanks to Dangote Industries and indeed Alhaji Aliko Dangote for partnering with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to restore the football pitch and score board of the Moshood Abiola National stadium.“Our Adopt-A-Pitch Campaign program is on course.”Dare also assured that the Ministry would learned their support to other sports federations in the country.He wrote on Twitter: “We will work with not just the NFF but other federations to embrace best standards and practices in sports administration.  We must exert greater responsibility from those charged with our sports administration. Govt is working on leveraging private funding for sports development.”Since assuming office, the Minister has embarked on inspection of stadiums and have opened discussion with frontline business men such as Dangote and the Premier Lotto Chairman, Sir Keshinton Adebutu, also known as Baba Ijebu.Tags: Aliko DangoteMKO Stadiumlast_img read more

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Samp hopeful despite Eto’o hold-up

first_img “I haven’t been working in football for long and can say this is a strange working environment,” Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero told Sky Italia. “People say one thing and then do another. “We went to London and then there was a turn of events because nobody can figure out who is in charge at Everton. “But we are getting to a breakthrough. Eto’o is very eager to come and play at Sampdoria. “We are down to the last details. What are the chances of the move being completed? Let’s be cautious and say 50 per cent.” Eto’o joined the Toffees just five months ago after being released by Chelsea and has scored four goals in 20 appearances. The four-time African Footballer of the Year spent two seasons at Inter Milan and was a member of the 2010 treble-winning side that won the Serie A title, Coppa Italia and Champions League under Jose Mourinho. Sampdoria are looking to strengthen their attacking line after selling their top scorer Manolo Gabbiadini to Napoli earlier this month. The Genoa outfit, coached by Sinisa Mihajlovic, is fourth in Serie A, level on 33 points with third-placed Napoli at the halfway stage of the season. Eto’o is reported to have agreed an 18-month contract with the Serie A side and to be willing to reduce his wages by 40 per cent in order to return to Italy, but the 33-year-old has yet to reach an agreement to leave Goodison Park. Samp had hoped to complete Eto’o’s transfer earlier this month but now face competition after the New York Cosmos joined the race to sign the Cameroon forward, who is contracted at Everton until June 2016. Press Association Sampdoria have not given up hope of signing Samuel Eto’o but negotiations with Everton are proving more complicated than the Italian club first expected. Meanwhile, Sampdoria have completed the signings of Colombian striker Luis Muriel and Italian defender Andrea Coda from Udinese on initial loan deals. A statement from Sampdoria read: “President Massimo Ferrero and U.C. Sampdoria officially welcome Luis Fernando Muriel and Andrea Coda who are finally Blucerchiati players. “The striker and defender have arrived to Genoa from Udinese on a temporary basis. Sampdoria can exercise the right to acquire both players permanently at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. “Muriel has signed a contract with Samp until 2019 and Coda until 2017.” The deal to bring the two players to Samp was delayed last week after Muriel failed a medical at Samp due to a muscular problem, which will keep him sidelined until next month. However, both clubs resumed conversations on Monday and the transfer was finally completed on Thursday. “Thank you to all the people that made this dream possible,” Muriel tweeted. “Thanks a million to the Sampdoria president and my agent who fought when all seemed lost and were able to make this negotiation possible.” last_img read more

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Cameroon Knocks out Nigeria from U-17 Women’s World Cup Â

first_imgNigeria will not feature for the first time in the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup after the Flamingos lost on the away goals rule to Cameroon in Yaounde yesterday.Cameroonian Cubs forced Flamingos to a 1-1 draw in the return leg after the first game ended in a 2-2.Nigeria featured in all previous five FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cups since the inaugural edition in 2008.Alice Kameni gave the home team a 16th minute lead, before substitute Martha Vincent drew the Flamingos level eight minutes from time. This year’s tournament is to be staged in Uruguay in November.Elsewhere on the continent, Ghana demolished Djibouti 19-0 on aggregate to book Africa’s third and final spot at Uruguay 2018. Ghana had all but secured their qualification heading into the second leg after a 9-0 first-leg victory, and they were able to better that performance by one goal and stroll to qualification for Uruguay 2018.Cameroon and Ghana are joined by South Africa, who secured their berth after a 6-1 aggregate win over Morocco on Saturday, as the three African teams at Uruguay 2018.The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 will be held from 13 November to 1 December across three host cities: Colonia del Sacramento, Maldonado and Montevideo. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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