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Arsenal director Josh Kroenke makes bleak trophy admission after fans question the club’s direction

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jul 2019 5:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link431Shares Comment Arsenal director Josh Kroenke makes bleak trophy admission after fans question the club’s direction Josh Kroenke met up with Unai Emery on Arsenal’s tour of the United States (Picture: Getty)Arsenal director and son of the club’s owner Stan Kroenke, Josh has admitted that the club are not in a position to challenge for ‘top trophies’ following recent criticism from supporters.On Monday, various Arsenal supporter groups and influential bloggers penned a statement outlining their frustrations and concerns about the current regime following what has been a difficult start to the summer.Unai Emery has been given a prohibitive transfer budget of £45m to improve his squad and aside from 18-year-old striker Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal are yet to make a significant signing.Besides Liverpool, who won the Champions League and achieved 97 points in the Premier League, all of Arsenal’s top-six rivals have improved their squads with new players.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIn their statement, Arsenal fans said that they felt ‘marginalised’, stated that the club is at a ‘crossroads’ and questioned what plan was in place to help Arsenal compete for major trophies. Unai Emery has only signed Gabriel Martinelli for Arsenal so far this summer (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Arsenal’s website, Josh Kroenke said: ‘It’s a daily approach. There are no shortcuts. As much as we would love to say that we’ll be competing for the top trophies tomorrow, we know that that’s not the case and that we have to get to work on that.‘That’s a daily approach to the little things from the top down. We understand that there’s a daily approach and a daily requirement of detail that goes into the overall approach of building the club back to where it needs to be.‘You can’t miss any of those details and you can’t skip any days of work.’Although Arsenal have been linked with a host of players including Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, time is running out to get deals done.center_img Advertisement Kroenke oversaw an Arsenal training session alongside Edu and Raul Sanllehi in Los Angeles (Picture: Getty)The English transfer window will close in just over three weeks time on Thursday 8 August meaning Emery and Arsenal’s new Technical Director Edu will have to secure targets quickly.Despite that, Kroenke hinted that there will be incomings at Arsenal, saying that fans should be ‘excited’ at what is to come.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 CityWhen asked what he would say to fans concerned about Arsenal’s transfer activity, he said: ‘I would say ‘be excited’. There are a few things that I know our group are working on, and a few things we hopefully have on the doorstep.‘Nothing is ever a done deal until it’s a done deal, obviously, but we know we have key areas we want to address in our squad, both now and in the future.‘Our entire football operations staff have a great grasp on that and I’ve encouraged them to be as aggressive as possible.’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 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan sends message to Mikel Arteta over Arsenal return

first_img Comment Henrikh Mkhitaryan sends message to Mikel Arteta over Arsenal return Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 8 Jun 2020 2:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kShares Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored six goals and registered four assists for Roma this season (Getty)But when asked about his future, Mkhitaryan says he would be prepared to challenge for a place in Arteta’s side next term. ‘Of course I would like to be at Roma next season, not only next season [but] for another few years,’ Mkhitaryan said in an interview on Futbol with Grant Wahl.‘But I still have a contract with Arsenal and it’s not up to me. It’s up to Arsenal and Roma if they will agree terms of the transfer fee.‘So my thinking is to train hard, to play hard, to look forward to what’s going to happen.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 City‘Of course, if I’m not going to stay at Roma I have to go back to Arsenal.‘I’m not complaining, football life changes so quickly so you have to be ready to play wherever you are.‘If not in Rome, I’m going to go back and play for Arsenal, if not, I’m going to stay here and play for Rome.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Henrikh Mkhitaryan says he will ‘not complain’ if he returns to Arsenal next season (Getty Images)Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits his preference is to stay at Roma but says he will ‘not complain’ if Mikel Arteta decides to keep him at Arsenal.The 31-year-old has spent the season on loan in Serie A and reports have claimed that Roma are already in talks with the Gunners over extending the midfielder’s deal.However, Arteta has suggested that Mkhitaryan could have a future at Arsenal by claiming in March that he had ‘always liked’ the Armenia international.‘He is the kind of player who can fit in any team when he is at his best,’ said the Arsenal manager.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He needs to do it consistently and here he had moments and that’s what we need to assess. ‘Miki is doing really well in recent games. We know the player he’s been, we know his past, and we need to have all the information to make the right decision.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Home sales on the rise

first_img RELATED: >>FOR MORE VISIT FACEBOOK<< Auction event hailed a success “It had 26 inspections and 20 of those were straight after the flood event,” Mr Forster said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“There were several offers, and it ended in a great result.”According to CoreLogic the home at 1 Hammond St, Mysterton, sold for $932,000 which was the highest house sale price achieved in the suburb since August 2016.Mr Forster said it was hard to predict how the market would perform after the flooding, but this was a sign that in the areas that were unaffected people were still keen to buy.He said some parts of the Townsville property market were still doing it tough, but on a whole the market appeared to have stabilised to a new “normal”. Health care a top priority for home buyers Looking for a sea-change with the lot? The sale at 1 Hammond St was the highest sale price achieved in the suburb since 2016.The fastest selling suburb in the house market was Mundingburra with an average 30 days on market and for the unit market it was Hermit Park with an average days on market of 41 days.While bad weather and flooding has had an impact on the Townsville property market in recent weeks, there were still deals being done.Andrew Forster of Knight Frank Residential Sales secured a sale within four weeks of a home which hit the market in Townsville just two days before the weather turned bad. This home at 1 Hammond St, Mysterton sold for $932,000.Properties are starting to sell faster in Townsville with new figures revealing a drop in the average number of days home and units are on the market before they sell. New figures from CoreLogic reveal the average days on market of a house in Townsville was now 56 days and for a unit it was 59 days.Just six months ago the average time on market in Townsville for a house was 65 days and for a unit was 62 days.Individual suburbs have recorded much stronger results with houses selling for less time than the average in 21 suburbs and units selling faster than the 59 days in four suburbs. The Mysterton home was well presented with three bathrooms, six bedrooms and an open plan living area.Mr Forster said the home at 1 Hammond St, had the benefit of being well presented and was in a suburb which had been in demand.The six-bedroom house had three bathrooms open-plan living areas.It retained many of its traditional features including VJ walls, polished timber floors, high ceilings. MORE: All bedrooms were on the upper level and the home had a gourmet kitchen which overlooked the outdoor dining area.The lower level of the home was fully self-contained and had a garage with plenty of storage space.last_img read more

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Flex LNG closes sale and charter-back of tanker pair

first_imgFlex LNG, a company controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen and an emerging player in the LNG shipping business, closed and completion of the sale and charter-back transaction for an LNG carrier pair with Hyundai Glovis.Under the transaction, the vessels Flex Endeavour and Flex Enterprise have been sold for a gross consideration of $420m, with a net consideration of $300m to  the company adjusted for a non-amortizing and non-interest bearing seller’s credit of $120m in total.Both vessels will be chartered back on a time-charter basis to units of Flex LNG for a period of ten years, and the Company will have options to acquire the vessels during the term of the time-charters.Flex Endeavour and Flex Enterprise were, together with Flex Ranger, financed under a $315m term loan facility due 2023, Flex LNG said.In addition to the Glovis SCB, the company has also closed and refinanced the remaining tranche for Flex Ranger, and the total outstanding of $294 million under the $315 million facility has been prepaid in full. The Flex Ranger has been refinanced with a new $100 million bank loan divided into a $50 million term loan and a $50 million revolving facility.last_img read more

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Decatur County REMC names new CEO

first_imgDECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — Decatur County REMC has named Brett Abplanalp the new Chief Executive Officer of the locally owned electric cooperative.Abplanalp will take the helm upon the retirement of long- time President/General Manager Don Schilling in March.Abplanalp holds Engineering degrees from Purdue and Ball State Universities and has built a successful career in the corporate world leading and managing multi-million-dollar margin improvement engineering projects for a Fortune 500 company.A dedicated family man and native of Greensburg, Abplanalp brings an honest and optimistic approach to leadership and an appreciation for the cooperative principles.“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization in the community that helped shape my childhood and early career,” said Abplanalp. “The cooperative principles align with my personal principles [which include fairness, honesty, and responsibility,] and I look forward to working together by utilizing my experience while listening and leveraging the board, employees and members to create an even stronger cooperative for our members and communities.”last_img read more

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Three and easy for Spurs

first_imgTim Sherwood tasted victory at White Hart Lane for the first time as Tottenham put on a vintage display to crush Stoke. Tottenham’s first real opening came when Lennon got behind the Stoke defence following a cutting pass from Kyle Naughton, but neither Christian Eriksen nor Emmanuel Adebayor could finish. Sherwood spun around on the touchline and yelled angrily as Soldado dragged a volley wide. Although they were wasteful in front of goal, Tottenham dominated possession in the first quarter. Stoke did venture forward on one occasion, though, and they should have had a penalty from the attack. Assaidi cut inside from the left channel and was too quick for Dawson, who cut the Moroccan down in the box. Stoke’s players – and Hughes – complained en masse, but Friend gave nothing. Tottenham were back on the attack moments later through Lennon, who turned Erik Pieters inside out, but Ryan Shawcross diverted the ball away from the three Spurs players who were lurking in the box. Sherwood jumped up and down in angst, but he finally had a smile on his face after 36 minutes when Soldado gave Spurs the lead. Friend pointed to the spot when Adebayor’s acrobatic volley struck Shawcross’ outstretched arm and Soldado converted to maintain his flawless record from the spot. Tottenham continued to dominate after the break. Walters earned a booking for pulling Dembele back, but the Belgian and Shawcross saw yellow for clashing after the challenge. Dembele got the goal his performance deserved just after the hour. The midfielder looked to have run out of options when he checked inside from the right but, after dropping the shoulder, he escaped Steven N’zonzi and drove a left-foot strike into the bottom corner past a sprawling Thomas Sorensen. Sherwood leapt up into the air and clenched his fists in celebration – and a third goal came soon after. Soldado’s cross found its way to Lennon at the back post via Adebayor’s boot and the England winger despatched a dipping volley past Sorensen from the tightest of angles. White Hart Lane was rocking for the first time under Sherwood’s stewardship. Lennon received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Erik Lamela with 15 minutes left. The Argentinian would have had his first Premier League goal soon after had Geoff Cameron not put in a fine block after a lay-off from the selfless Adebayor. Crouch had a chance to pull a goal back for Stoke, but he wasted it and Tottenham achieved their first league win at home since October 27. Press Association Dembele and the returning Paulinho bossed the midfield against a physical Stoke side while Lennon’s performance on the right flank gave Tottenham the cutting edge they lacked against the Baggies. Sherwood promised to bring attacking football back to the blue-and-white half of north London and he certainly has lived up to that vow. His team have averaged two goals a game in the four matches he has been in the Tottenham dugout. More welcome to the Tottenham manager will be the fact that his team managed to keep a clean sheet in the league for the first time since November 3. With his first win as permanent head coach now under his belt, Sherwood will be confident of achieving victory at Manchester United on New Year’s Day. Stoke never looked like threatening the Spurs goal, although manager Mark Hughes was rightly aggrieved that Michael Dawson was not penalised for hacking down Oussama Assaidi in the box when the game was goalless. Hughes was on his feet complaining after four minuteswhen Jon Walters was barged over by Zeki Fryers after latching onto a long ball over the top, but referee Kevin Friend waved play on. Both teams took their time to get going. Dawson buried a volley deep into the away fans and Sherwood was annoyed at his team for not creating enough chances. Roberto Soldado converted his fifth penalty of the campaign while Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele also scored fine goals to give Spurs a comfortable 3-0 win. Tottenham were flat and wasteful in Sherwood’s first full game in charge on Boxing Day, but on Sunday they were far better. last_img read more

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PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’

first_img Related Articles ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share PokerStars has refreshed its marketing profile under the new ownership of FTSE100 Flutter Entertainment Plc by launching its new global advertising campaign – ‘I’M IN’. Promoting PokerStars full product range of online poker, casino and sportsbook, I’M IN, is the first advertising campaign launched by the operator under the creative guidance of new marketing agency Anomaly.Last summer, the Stars Group announced that it had awarded PokerStars €/$ global multi-million advertising account to New York-based Anomaly following its post Sky Bet merger review of group marketing agency structures. A specialist in developing high concept and high engagement campaigns for mass market brands, Anomaly marketing clients include YouTube, Unilever and IKEA.   Taking on the PokerStars account, the agency has been tasked with refreshing the operators brand appeal for global audiences.The I’M IN campaign series sees PokerStars move away from its legacy marketing strategy of utilising global sports stars, poker pros and entertainers as ambassadors promoting its brand.  PokerStars confirmed that it will release a further I’M IN campaign series, promoting safer gambling.The restructuring of Stars Group marketing saw PokerStars appoint Martin Nieri as Global Director of Creative Communications last year Nieri commented on CampaignLive on the launch of I’M IN: “Our new brand positioning was inspired by the community PokerStars serves, an incredible collection of individuals who seek out fun in the everyday. “This campaign holds a mirror up to that while calling out to like-minded individuals to join us on a journey that will both excite and entertain.”last_img read more

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Former NFL star Hernandez bags life in prison

first_imgFormer NFL star Aaron Hernandez faces life in prison after a jury convicted him Wednesday of first-degree murder in the late-night shooting death of a semi-pro football player in 2013.The murder and four-month trial in a Massachusetts court cements a spectacular fall from grace for the 25-year-old Hernandez, who once had a $40 million, five-year contract with the New England Patriots.The victim, Odin Lloyd, was a 27-year-old semi-pro football player whose bloodied body was found in North Attleboro, Massachusetts on June 17, 2013, less than a mile from Hernandez’s luxury home. Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. The 12-person jury took seven days to reach the unanimous verdict, which carries a mandatory life sentence.Hernandez glanced to the side and pursed his lips after the jury pronounced the first-degree murder conviction, and as his mother and fiancee sobbed in the gallery. Dressed in a sharp suit and tie, he sat down as the jury convicted him on two separate gun and ammunition charges. Judge Susan Garsh was expected to begin the sentencing phase of the trial after a short break.Analysts said the evidence against Hernandez was overwhelming. He was arrested nine days after Lloyd’s body was discovered and has been in custody ever since. The former tight end was dropped by the Patriots hours after his arrest. The murder weapon has never been found. Prosecutors called more than 130 witnesses in an effort to prove Hernandez pulled the trigger on the handgun that killed Lloyd.He and friends Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz drove with Lloyd to an industrial park in North Attleboro, where Lloyd was shot multiple times and left for dead. In his closing statement, defense attorney James Sultan acknowledged for the first time that Hernandez witnessed the killing, but claimed either Wallace or Ortiz pulled the trigger. Wallace and Ortiz are to be tried separately on murder charges. “He was a 23-year-old kid who witnessed something,” Sultan told the court last week. “A shocking killing. Committed by someone he knew. He didn’t know what to do.”  Prosecutor William McCauley had implored the jury members to pore over the evidence, saying it pointed to Hernandez’s guilt on the first-degree murder charge.The judge told the jury it was up to them whether they were willing to talk to the media after reaching their verdict.last_img read more

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Deputy communications Director of Kotoko labels Duncan’s actions as disgraceful

first_imgDeputy Communications Director for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Solomon Ofosu Ware, is of the view  that Coach David Duncan has brought disgrace to the club by going to Adako Jachie to  supervise no training session.This comes on the back of management’s decision to let the coach step aside for the next five matches of the club.“The management were specific by telling Coach David Duncan to step aside for now but we were surprised when we heard that Coach Duncan was at Adako Jachie to train with the players while he has been served a letter to step aside.”“With this character of Coach Duncan, he has disgraced the club by going to the training grounds when he was not supposed to be there.”“After six matches we have only win 1 match, drawing 2 and losing three matches which is unprecedented in the history of the club.”“With no doubt Coach Duncan is a good coach with high quality human relationship. But when it comes to the affairs of Kotoko, it is all about winning matches and getting the desired results for the club but he has failed to deliver so we have asked assistant Coach Michael Osei to take over as the head coach for now.” Kotoko take on Liberty in week 7 of the Ghana Premier League. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Lakers GM Rob Pelinka eyes upgrade, but keeping young core

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packerscoach Luke Walton said he spent “99 percent of the time coaching (the past few months),” but he will now shift gears to spending time with Pelinka and Johnson. After spending Thursday conducting exit meetings with players, Walton already has a sense for the front office leaders’ leanings.“They both believe in the young core we have. They believe with time we’ll be able to get it done,” Walton said, “But at the same time, they’ll be looking for different ways to make the team more successful sooner rather than later. It’s kind of a fine line in balancing all of that.”What the Lakers do partly hinges on how they fare in the NBA draft lottery on May 16. Having finished with the NBA’s third-worst record (26-56), the Lakers have a 46.9 percent chance of keeping their top three-protected draft pick. If not, the selection transfers to Philadelphia as part of the 2011 Steve Nash trade. If the Lakers hold on to it, the pick could become another elite young player, an asset that could be packaged in a trade or it could make an existing player(s) more expendable.Pelinka downplayed those components.“We’re prepared if we have it,” Pelinka said. “We also have a plan if we don’t.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Still, the Lakers face added challenges if they don’t. On one hand, the Lakers still have a late first-round pick and salary cap space to sign one max-contract player. On the other hand, late first-round players rarely blossom into stars and the Lakers might not have the infrastructure to attract a marquee free agent.“I anticipate there are many stars that understand how unique this Los Angeles Lakers platform is, and I’m fully convinced we will have one or more than one come,” Pelinka said. “To put a timetable on it, I can’t do that. But I do think as we engage in conversations with voices of influence, it seems like the current of the river has shifted.”Pelinka indirectly alluded to former UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball, saying he would like the Lakers to draft him. After the Lakers failed to secure a free agency meeting with Kevin Durant last season, Pelinka said he has heard “rumblings” of unnamed free agents expressing interest.Meanwhile, Lakers president Jeanie Buss recently said on a Forbes podcast it would “break her heart” if the Lakers did not have a player participating in the All-Star Game when it returns to Staples Center next season.“I think Jeanie’s call and what we’re working on is to bring a championship to the Lakers,” Pelinka said. “I think her point about having an All-Star, we all know to get to a championship, you’re probably going to need multiple All-Stars on your roster. That’s a step toward the ultimate destination.”Pelinka is focused on that.While the Lakers informed 37-year-old forward Metta World Peace they do not plan to re-sign him, they lack clarity elsewhere. The Lakers expressed interest in Nick Young, though the veteran guard suggested he will opt out of his $5.67 million player option and hopes to play for a playoff team. The Lakers offered no assurances to their players who will become unrestricted free agents (Tyler Ennis, Thomas Robinson), those with a team option (David Nwaba) or a non-guaranteed contract (Tarik Black).Meanwhile, Pelinka said he has installed a wellness program that provides more clarity on each players’ weight-training regimen, dietary habits and sleeping patterns. He plans to invite outside speakers next season. And Pelinka said “guys that aren’t committed to excellence won’t be here,” including players and members of the front office.All of which explains why Pelinka said he will be aggressive this offseason.“I’d rather have 100 opportunities to look at and say no 99 times and one yes than not look at those 100 things and get zero yeses,” Pelinka said. “You have to be out there aggressively pursuing options. You’ve got to put things in motion.”Just like a Rubik’s Cube.center_img EL SEGUNDO>> With all the unanswered questions and scenarios surrounding the Lakers going into the offseason, general manager Rob Pelinka likened the process to trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. “There’s a thousand different ways to turn the cube to get it and it all lines up,” Pelinka said. “You’ll eventually do it.”The Lakers eventually want to rejoin the league’s title contenders, but no matter how Pelinka and Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson try to assemble a roster capable of that, Pelinka sounds certain of one thing. He does not believe he will have to choose between keeping the Lakers’ young core intact or making trades.“I think it’s both. You never want to just make a trade to say we need to go make a splash,” Pelinka said. “Everything we want to do is be really, really thoughtful, deliberate and intelligent.”last_img read more

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