Mikel Arteta admits Mohamed Elneny ‘had doubts’ and lacked self-belief at Arsenal

first_img Comment Mikel Arteta admits Mohamed Elneny ‘had doubts’ over his future at Arsenal (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta believes Mohamed Elneny’s lack of self-belief hindered his chances of making an impact at Arsenal.The Egypt international was signed during Arsene Wenger’s reign in January 2016 but after an encouraging start his appearances dwindled.In Unai Emery’s first season at the club, Elneny started just five Premier League games before the Spaniard allowed the midfielder to join Besiktas on loan last year.However, Elneny returned to Arsenal this summer and has impressed Arteta with his attitude.ADVERTISEMENTThe 28-year-old started alongside Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s midfield on Saturday as the Gunners sealed a 3-0 victory over Fulham in their opening Premier League game of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd when asked if Elneny is a big part of his plans for the upcoming campaign, Arteta told Arsenal’s official website: ‘Well I really like Mo and what he bring to the squad in terms of his personality as well. Mohamed Elneny impressed as Arsenal sealed a 3-0 win over Fulham (AFP via Getty Images)‘And then at a football level, I think he needed a little bit of belief.‘He had some doubts whether we could trust him or not. I had a lot of conversations with him.‘He fully deserves his chance. He trains every day with the best spirit, he wants to learn, and he’s performing really well.’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 has also suggested that Elneny could ‘make it difficult’ for other midfielders to win a place in Arsenal’s side.‘My job is to get everybody at his highest level and doing their best,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘We have some other examples with Mo and Rob [Holding], Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] as well, they are at their best at the moment and that’s going to make it difficult for the rest.‘They have to step up and fight for their places. When they are playing, perform, and when they are not, support their teammates.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta admits Mohamed Elneny ‘had doubts’ and lacked self-belief at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 13 Sep 2020 10:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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IOPS warns supervisors against too much early pensions access

first_imgHelen Rowell, IOPS president, said: “As pension supervisors, we need to make sure private pension arrangements will continue to deliver retirement outcomes for members and beneficiaries.”Rowell, who is also deputy chair of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), said supervisors needed to facilitate the resilience of supervised entities by offering appropriate supervisory and regulatory flexibility, while backing measures that may address the short-term financial hardship needs of beneficiaries. Helen Rowell, IOPS president“However, we also need to protect the longer-term interests of beneficiaries, preserve pension market sustainability and strike an appropriate balance between short-term and long-term priorities,” she said.Australia is one jurisdiction that has taken measures to allow early access to retirement savings in response to the crisis, up to a certain amount. APRA this week reported data showing that between 20 April and 17 May nearly 1.6 million applications had been made for early release of part of individuals’ superannuation savings under the scheme.IOPS said it supported and promoted the need for early and clear communication and guidance to be provided by supervisors and supervised entities to respective stakeholders.It also said it acknowledged the relevance – in these specific circumstances – of easing some regulatory constraints and providing temporary relief from certain requirements for trustees, employers or service providers, in order to allow them to continue operations sustainably.The organisation said it recognised that in specific cases, measures had to be taken to ease requirements for temporary access to pension accounts to address financial hardship, “subject to the unique circumstances of each pension jurisdiction”.“Early access to pension savings should be limited, temporary, and proportionate to actual needs, especially for most vulnerable groups, and withdrawn in a considered manner”But supervisory authorities also needed to consider beneficiaries’ longer-term interests, and should therefore limit early access to pension savings, making it ”temporary and proportionate to actual needs”.This was especially the case for the most vulnerable groups, IOPS said.IOPS stressed it was important to require supervised entities to prudently address risks emerging from the COVID-19 crisis, including implementing adequate contingency plans and taking steps to mitigate losses in order to reduce the impact on beneficiaries as much as possible.It also emphasised the importance of:sticking with strong supervision of private pension arrangements;considering countercyclical policies with the aim of helping to stabilise economies;coordinating private and public pension policies;and supervisors and pension entities acting to protect stakeholders against financial consumer abuses and to bolster financial education.In the UK, a fresh-COVID-19 related measure was announced today, with the Pensions Protection Fund announcing that it, the Pensions Regulator and five other bodies with responsibility for protecting pension savers’ pots had joined forces to produce a guide outlining the protections that are in place for savers’ benefit, the hope being this will reassure scheme members amid concern about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on financial wellbeing in the country.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. With pensions regulators around the world scrambling to adapt rules in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic damage, the authorities’ Paris-based umbrella organisation has warned national supervisors not to make things worse for beneficiaries in the long-term.The International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS) cautioned against giving unlimited early access to pensions, one of several messages included in a longer statement designed to make its position clear on the various types of crisis changes that national supervisory agencies have been putting in place.IOPS said it “supports the flexible and pragmatic supervisory approach taken by its members, but warns against actions that may lead to material worsening of the retirement outcomes of beneficiaries.”The standard-setting body noted that in order to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, pension supervisory authorities had taken a number of measures aimed at protecting the interests of members and beneficiaries of private pension schemes and funds, maintaining operations and business continuity of pension schemes and funds, as well as to ensure the financial health of private pension arrangements in current circumstances.last_img read more

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Trump to Congress: ban late term abortion, every child is a miracle of life

first_imgPresident Donald Trump reiterated his call for a ban on late-term abortion during his annual State of the Union address Tuesday evening, while drawing the country’s attention to a living, smiling example of the children who could have been be legally killed had their mothers made a different “choice.”“As we pray for all who are sick, we know that America is constantly achieving new medical breakthroughs. In 2017, doctors at St. Luke’s hospital in Kansas City delivered one of the earliest premature babies ever to survive,” the president said, referencing two of his special guests in attendance.“Born at just 21 weeks and six days and weighing less than a pound, Ellie Schneider was a born fighter. Through the skill of her doctors and the prayers of her parents, little Ellie kept on winning the battle of life. Today Ellie is a strong, healthy two-year-old girl, sitting with her amazing mother Robin in the gallery. Ellie and Robin, we are glad to have you with us tonight.”“Ellie reminds us that every child is a miracle of life, and thanks to modern medical wonders, 50 percent of very premature babies delivered at the hospital where Ellie was born now survive,” Trump continued. “Our goal should be to ensure that every baby has the best chance to thrive and grow just like Ellie. That is why I’m asking Congress to provide an additional $50 million to fund neonatal research for America’s youngest patients.”“That is why I’m also calling upon members of Congress here tonight to pass legislation finally banning the late-term abortion of babies,” Trump declared. “Whether we are Republican, Democrat or independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God.”Read full report on LifeSiteNews:https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/tru…last_img read more

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PH Army’s 3ID gets 254 new soldiers

first_img“You have proven yourselves worthy of wearing the uniform of the ArmedForces of the Philippines, always adhere to the highest standard ofexcellence and professionalism as you perform your duty to the people andcountry,” Vinoya said, reminding the new soldiers to avoid activities thatcould discredit or taint the military organization.  Private Reydan Durante – an undergraduate of BS in MarineTransportation from Barangay Katipunan, Sagbayan, Bohol – bagged the same awardafter emerging as the top student of Class 606-2019.    Private Generoso Decipolo – a BS Criminology graduate from BarangayPoblacion, Mabinay, Negros Oriental – bagged the Commander’s PhysicalProficiency Awards for obtaining the highest rating in Physical Fitness Test inClass 607. The recipients of the Commandant, 3rd Division Training School Awards werePrivate Abe Gape of Barangay San Nicolas, Tapaz, Capiz and Private FrancisNorbe of Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental for graduating No.3 in Class 606 and 607, respectively. Durante was also a recipient of Commander’s Physical Proficiency Awardsfor obtaining the highest rating in Physical Fitness Test in Class 606. Brigadier General Eric Vinoya said the soldiers were enlisted to therank of Private First Class after completing three months of rigid candidatesoldier course and jungle warfare mountain operation course facilitated by the3rd Division Training School.  center_img Vinoya was optimistic that the soldiers will boost the government’speace efforts to end decades-long local communist armed conflict in Central andWestern Visayas./PN The Chief of Staff, 3ID Awards were given to Private Eraldex Alfornonof Barangay Tomonoy Moalboac, Cebu and Private Gilbert Zonio of BarangayGanson, Jamindan, Capiz for graduating No. 2 in Class 607 and 606,respectively.  ILOILO City – The Philippines Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID)welcomed 254 additional soldiers during the graduation ceremony of theCandidate Soldier (CS) Classes 606 and 607-2019 on Nov. 15.    Private Melven Zausa – a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Home Technologygraduate from Barangay Ogsip, Libacao, Aklan – received the Commander, 3ID Awardfor topping the 127 CS Class 607-2019 with a General Point Average of 89.43 percentin all evaluated subjects.   last_img read more

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Gerrard lauds Aribo’s outstanding outing against Coventry

first_imgNigeria’s Joe Aribo continued to impress Rangers technical crew with his great performance after he found the back of the net against Coventry City. Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, is pleased with the club’s midfield and singled out Aribo for praise, after he scored in the club a 2-0 friendly win over Coventry on Saturday. The 24-year-old Nigerian netted the opening goal at Ibrox in the 50th minute before Conor Goldman doubled the lead 17 minutes later. It was the second game in a row Aribo had scored in after netting in their 4-0 win over Motherwell last time out. It marks a 100% end to Rangers’ pre-season games, keeping clean sheets in all of them. The Scottish Premiership is set to commence for the 2020-21 season on August 1 with the Gers travelling to Aberdeen. “The midfield we are okay, we’re looking strong. Joe Aribo’s jumped out of the pack and being really really strong in his performances and we’re creating and scoring goals in the final third,” Gerrard told Rangers TV after the match. “Well, I think a lot of individuals look ready, both keepers have been fantastic, I think from a defensive unit point of view we’re keeping clean sheets. I think Connor’s showing real good leadership skills and really driving that backline to keep clean sheets “I think we are looking strong in the full-back areas if you look at over the course of the pre-season. I thought they could have been a little bit better in terms of how they were playing when the ball came to them. “The only thing I’m slightly concerned about is obviously our options in the number nine position and it’s something we’re trying to address and it’s the reason why I had to be trying to be wise with Alfredo [Morelos] and get him off the pitch as soon as I could.” Rangers recently signed Nigeria defender Leon Balogun from Wigan Athletic on a one-year deal with the option of extending it for another year. read also:2020/21 Season: Aribo to know opening games opponents Monday Gerrard believes Balogun’s arrival will create competition for places at the back, something the Liverpool legend is keen to see. “I’m delighted to get Balogun in because it’s another real strong option for us and he’ll challenge the people for the shirt and that’s what I want,” the 40-year-old said. “I want real competition for places because hopefully, that will bring the best and consistency out in individual players.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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Rose sets early pace in Bermuda

first_img At four under par, the Englishman was two shots clear of America’s Jason Dufner in the battle between this year’s major winners. At one stage Rose, USPGA champion Dufner and Masters winner Adam Scott were all tied on four under, but the latter two fell away over the closing holes. US Open champion Justin Rose led the way after the first round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. Dufner bogeyed the 14th and the 16th at Port Royal to drop to two under while Australian Scott made a double bogey at the 16th to drop three off the lead. Rose had also dropped a shot at the 14th but he birdied the 17th to pull away from his rivals. Open champion Phil Mickelson is not in Bermuda and his place has been taken by Padraig Harrington, who replaced Ernie Els last year and won the tournament. His title defence did not get off to a good start, though, the Irishman carding four bogeys and a double bogey to finish his round three over par. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Benitez rules out Reina swoop

first_img “We don’t seek a goalkeeper,” Benitez said on his official website, www.rafabenitez.com. “Rafael, with whom I keep in touch often to monitor his progress first hand, (Mariano) Andujar and (Roberto) Colombo are a sufficient guarantee for our goal.” Rafael is expected to start for Napoli next season. The Brazilian sustained a serious right knee injury in February but will be fit for the start of the 2014-15 season. Argentinian goalkeeper Andujar has returned to Napoli this month after spending last season on loan at Catania, while v eteran goalkeeper Colombo is also available to Benitez. Press Association Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has ruled out making an attempt to bring Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina back to the club.center_img The Spain international, who has two years left on his contract with the Reds, spent last season on loan at Napoli. Reina said last week he was open to the possibility of playing for Napoli again, but the Italians already have three shot-stoppers on their books for next season. last_img read more

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Real Madrid face formidable PSG test when Champions League resumes in February

first_imgBy Martyn HermanREUTERS) – Holders Real Madrid will have to overcome a sizeable obstacle when the Champions League resumes in February after yesterday’s draw pitted the 12-time winners against Paris St Germain.Bidding for a third successive title in Europe’s elite club competition, Real paid a heavy price for not winning their group as they were drawn with the big-spending Parisians who were tipped as many people’s favourites ahead of the draw in Nyon.Five-time champions Barcelona will face English champions Chelsea, one of five Premier league clubs in the draw.Tottenham Hotspur, who topped their group ahead of Real Madrid thanks to a 3-1 victory at Wembley, will face Serie A champions and last seasons’ runners-up Juventus.Manchester City, who clocked up a record 14th successive Premier League victory on Sunday, are now listed as favourites after being handed a last-16 clash with Swiss club Basel.Five-time winners Bayern Munich, who finished below PSG in the group, will be happy with a two-leg clash with Turkish outsiders Besiktas.Europa League champions Manchester United take on Sevilla, Liverpool will meet Porto and AS Roma’s reward for winning their group ahead of Chelsea is a tricky tie against Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk.The Champions League has proved beyond even the vast riches available to PSG and last season they were stunned in the last 16 by Barcelona, losing the second leg 6-1 after beating the Spanish side 4-0 in the French capital.A clash with Real is hardly what they would have desired at such an early stage but with Neymar and Edinson Cavani having scored six goals apiece in the group, they will be hopeful – if they can keep Real’s nine-goal Cristiano Ronaldo quiet.“This could have been the final, given the power of the two clubs. The last 16 is a bit early, we could say. Logically, we are both challengers for the trophy,” Emilio Butragueno, Real’s director of institutional relations, said.“I don’t think it’s a good draw for them either. It will be a thrilling tie.”PSG and Real have played six times in Europe, most recently in the 2015-16 group stage when the sides drew 0-0 in Paris and the Spanish side edging the return match 1-0.ONLY TROPHYChelsea and Barcelona will renew a regular Champions league rivalry that last surfaced in the 2012 semi-final when Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate before going on to claim the trophy for the only time in their history.Barcelona won the 2009 semi-final on away goals, Andres Iniesta breaking Chelsea’s hearts with a 93rd-minute decider.“We’ve had some great times at Stamford Bridge, haven’t we?” Barcelona said on Twitter.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said past events were of no consequence.“Our reaction must be positive. The past is the past, the present is another story,” he said.The other English qualifiers fared better, especially Manchester City. While Basel are a formidable side at home and have taken big English scalps in the Champions League before, Pep Guardiola’s side will be firm favourites to progress.“We have to be careful, they deserve to be here,” City’s technical director Txiki Begiristain said.Tottenham will face Juventus for the first time while Manchester United and Sevilla have also never met before.Bayern Munich will face Besiktas for the first time since winning 2-0 home and away in the 1997-98 group stage.“Bayern are a powerful team but we are not a piece of cake either,” Besiktas president Fikret Orman said.The first legs, with group winners PSG, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Roma, Manchester City, Barcelona and Besiktas away first, take place on February 13-14 and February 20-21 with the returns on March 6-7 and March 13-14.last_img read more

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Showdown: Mustache vs. Hair

first_imgEric says:It’s hard to imagine where baseball would be without Rollie Fingers’ handlebars, where the Broncos would be this season if Jake Plummer’s facial monstrosity weren’t leading them or what sports would be at all without the concept of not cutting facial hair during the playoffs.Luckily, we don’t have to imagine these things because they exist in live and photograph form.I really shouldn’t even write anything here, I could just post a plethora of photos to make my case for me, but I figured I’d write something so that Ziemer at least had a fighting chance.The biggest reason regular hair loses this battle is that it can be a negative aspect. I mean, anybody can grow their hair out and ‘fro it up … I did it my freshman year and it was fantastic. But hair can also look terrible — just picture Scot Pollard’s goofy ponytail or Gene Keady’s comb-over.A mustache can never look bad. If you have a nice mustache like Robin Yount’s blond one or Wade Boggs’ classic, then that’s fine and good. But you could have crazy mutton chops — which Pollard also sported — Dave Wannstedt’s uneven upper lip or the dirty ‘stache that I sported a couple weeks ago, and the thinking is “the worse, the better.”Take the mullet (undoubtedly the worst haircut ever), for instance. No matter how “good” or bad a mullet is, it’s hideous. But if you can grow the worst-looking mustache, you’re the envy of the town.Besides, it’s a status symbol. If you have the capabilities of growing a Fu Manchu or the handlebars, then you are amazing. If you can pull off the dirtball look — and, boy, can I (though I’m back to being clean-shaven at the request of my female fan base) — all the more power to you. But while everyone can grow hair in whatever fashion they want, not everyone can grow a mustache.Just ask Tom Ziemer.Tom says:Gorgeous. Beautiful. Breathtaking. These are words used to describe hair.Dirty. Porno. Gross. These are words reserved for the realm of the mustache.Even Schmoldt knows this. Yet still, he couldn’t resist the urge to join his distant relative Brandon Gullicksrud in stepping foot in the Herald office rocking a Burt Reynolds imitation ‘stache.There’s simply no way hair on the face can even be compared to hair on the head. One is supposed to be there; hair on someone’s head is a unifying factor for humans. The presence of a mustache is shunned by society, reserved for the Dan Gladdens of the baseball world and the Dave Wannstedts of football.So there’s no question what is better on athletes — it’s crazy hair. Would anyone really have noticed Dennis Rodman had he joined the San Antonio Spurs with a beard or mustache? — NO. Rodman’s blond, green, pink or (insert color here) hair made waves. A beard certainly wouldn’t have done that.Crazy hair in sports is a sign of greatness — just ask Julius Erving. Can you really even debate what was responsible for his success? Of course not. That ‘fro would beat down his mustache in a heartbeat.Extravagant hair looks good on any field — just take a look at the pitch (have to give props to Point-Counterpoint reader and UW left back Zack Lambo here). People don’t care about David Beckham’s facial hair … but his locks always get plenty of attention.And take a look at the cream of the college basketball crop — namely Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison.Morrison has always had the long hair. He added the ‘stache this year. So, by using the hair as a control and the mustache as a variable, it’s possible to determine the value of each. Morrison is averaging 28.5 points per game this year, compared to 19.0 a year ago. So this means the mustache has a probable value of 9.5 points per game … leaving those 19.0 from a year ago to be attributed to the hair.So, go ahead, Schmoldt. State your case. Because with that mustache you had, you might have to in a court of law.last_img read more

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Center backs Cross, Willis join Syracuse

first_img Published on July 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Louis Cross and Brad Willis have joined the Syracuse men’s soccer team and will be eligible for the 2014 season.  Syracuse men’s soccer head coach Ian McIntyre announced the two defensive additions Tuesday morning in an SU Athletics release.Cross, a transfer from the University of Akron, will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Willis will be a freshman in the fall, according to the release.The center back made 13 starts for the Zips in 2013. He was part of a defense that led the Mid-American Conference (MAC) with nine shutouts. Prior to his college career, Cross captained Blackpool FC’s youth team  and was named England’s U-16 Independent Soccer Player of the Year. He is currently a member of the Portland Timbers Premier Development League (PDL) squad.“Louis is an experienced, cultured central defender who has already enjoyed success at the college level here in the U.S. and has played in big college matches,” McIntyre said. “Louis will fit in well with our style of play and allow us to build from the back with his composure and his range of passing.”Willis, also a center back, played for IMG Academy’s U-18 team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system. Before attending IMG, Willis played three seasons for The Hotchkiss School (Conn.).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Brad can play a variety of different positions and he possesses the passion, skill and commitment to help our team,” McIntyre said. “He has both the physical tools and the drive to develop into a very good college player.”Syracuse opens its season with an exhibition match Aug. 16 against Hartwick at the SU Soccer Stadium. The regular season opener is Aug. 29 at SU Soccer Stadium  against Niagara. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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