Mikel Arteta rates William Saliba’s start at Arsenal after first appearance against MK Dons

first_imgMikel Arteta rates William Saliba’s start at Arsenal after first appearance against MK Dons Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Aug 2020 3:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Advertisement Saliba has impressed Arteta since arriving in north London (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Elneny, Eddie Nketiah, Mark McGuinness and Reiss Nelson all found the net for the visitors, while Holding scored at the wrong end of the pitch in Milton Keynes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about Saliba’s first few weeks in north London, Arteta explained: ‘He’s been training really hard. ‘He stayed here in London to do a better preparation and you can tell that he looks ready.‘Obviously there are a lot of things that are new for him and he will need to adapt. ‘But certainly he has the right qualities for this football club as well the right attitude to keep improving and showing the player he can be for our future.’ Advertisement Arteta is unsure on Elneny’s future (Picture: Getty)Elneny’s superb strike against MK Dons was arguably the standout moment of Arsenal’s pre-season friendly on Tuesday but Arteta admits he’s unsure whether the midfielder has a future at the club.‘I know Mo really well,’ the Arsenal head coach said.‘He’s a really positive character to have around and he will be given all of our support. ‘We don’t know if he’ll stay.’ William Saliba looked the part as Arsenal beat MK Dons (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta believes William Saliba has all the ‘right qualities’ to be a success at Arsenal but has warned the young defender he will need to ‘adapt’ to make it in English football.Saliba joined up with Arsenal’s first-team squad for training last month and was given a run-out against MK Dons earlier this week, with Arteta keen to assess his fitness ahead of the side’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool. The 19-year-old – who returned to Saint-Etienne on loan last season after joining Arsenal in a £27million deal – produced an assured performance alongside Rob Holding at the back as the Gunners beat their League One opposition 4-1. Arsenal take on Liverpool in the Community Shield this weekend (Picture: Getty)Arteta hopes Arsenal’s impressive 2-1 win over Liverpool last month will give his side extra confidence heading into the Community Shield this weekend.‘I think it gives us a big platform of confidence that we can beat the top teams and after we did it against Man City and Chelsea,’ the Spaniard said.‘The team clicked and went into a belief mode.’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 ArsenalOn Arsenal’s top-four chances for the new season, Arteta replied: ‘Let’s see how we look at the end of the transfer window. ‘A lot of things will happen but we will challenge for the top 100 per cent.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta ‘pretty confident’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign new Arsenal contractMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta provides major Gabriel Magalhaes transfer updatelast_img read more

Danish pensions body counters political pressure to invest for growth

first_imgDanish pension funds have already invested DKK220bn (€29.5bn) in Danish business and are keen to help create more growth in the domestic economy, according to industry association Forsikring & Pension (F&P).But the risk of such investments has to match the return, it insisted. The association’s chairman Christian Salgild told F&P’s annual meeting: “All my warning lights start to flash when the political side proposes that pension funds invest in companies and sectors considered risky by banks and the FSA, while at the same time those businesses are making big investments in production and jobs abroad.”However, his main message should not be misunderstood, he said. He said the pensions and insurance industry already contributed very significantly to investment and growth in Denmark and wanted to step up efforts, as long as the return matched the risk.New figures from F&P show the pension funds have DKK220bn invested in Danish business.Of this, DKK125bn was in property, DKK85bn in shares, corporate bonds and loans, and DKK10bn in infrastructure, wind energy and public-private partnerships (PPPs), according to the association’s data, covering 85% of the pensions market. “I understand politicians’ desire for more pensions money to go into Danish companies,” said Salgild. But politicians also have to understand the world in which pension funds operate, he said.“We are obliged – legally, too – to safeguard pension savers’ interests first and foremost,” he said.Sagild said the problem facing investment and growth in Denmark was not that Danish companies were caught in a credit crunch.The main problem was rather that the Danish economy was growing too slowly and that Denmark was not nearly as attractive an investment location as other countries.“In a globalised world, it is first and foremost the cost level that determines where companies place their production,” he said.“And this, therefore, also determines which countries and regions will experience growth and increased employment.”last_img read more

Voter registration ends Monday

first_imgStatewide—Are you registered to vote? If you want to have your say in the November 5th municipal election, you need to register today. Voters registering in the county clerk’s office must do so by the close of business Monday, October 7th, and voters registering online have until midnight Monday night.Hoosiers can register to vote online by using the Indiana Voters app (available on iPhone and Android) or by visiting www.IndianaVoters.com. Citizens can also submit an application to register in person at their local county clerk’s office.In addition to registration, the Indianavoters.com and the app allow Hoosiers to look up their polling place, get directions to their polling location, find out who’s on their ballot, track their absentee ballot application or provisional ballot information and contact local election officials.In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:be a citizen of the United States,be at least 18 years old by Election Day,have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the election; andnot currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.“I urge all eligible Hoosiers to exercise their right to vote,” said Secretary Lawson. “It only takes a few minutes to register and can be done online at any time.”Voters with questions can call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE.last_img read more

Hearts of Oak secures lucrative sponsorship deal with FERO Mobile

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak have secured a lucrative sponsorship deal with FERO Mobile Phones.The Accra-based electronic company will be awarding their products to the club’s man of the match and player of the month winners.The club in a statement said ” Accra Hearts of Oak is delighted to announce FERO MOBILE PHONES as the club’s official Man-of-the-Match and Player-of-the-Month (POTM) sponsors.””Electracom Limited, distributors of FERO MOBILE PHONES in Ghana, reached successful agreement with Hearts to sponsor the club’s MOTM and POTM awards for the second round of the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League season.”As part of the deal, Hearts Man-of-the-Match and Player-of-the-Month winners will take home a sleek FERO MOBILE PHONE, a cash prize, and a polo shirt, after every single match and month. The club have announced their second sponsorship of the month after a contract with GOIL was extended.last_img read more

WC stars more protected, but the magic of the fans endures

first_img0Shares0000A boy tries to see over the fence of the England team’s hotel in Repino outside Saint Petersburg © AFP / Paul ELLISSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Almost 10,000 miles separate Yekaterinburg and their school in Montevideo but for a group of Uruguayan children, Jose Gimenez’s 89th-minute winner felt within touching distance.As they bolted out of the classroom door and sprawled around the playground outside, some leapt, others soared with their arms outstretched, and the rest just ran. In physical terms, teams and players at this World Cup have never been further away or more hidden from their fans.And yet, the fans still have a huge influence on football’s global showpiece.In the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran on Friday, a traffic warden was being scooped up by cheering supporters, hoisted onto a pair of shoulders after his country had just beaten Morocco for their first World Cup win in 20 years.Before kick-off, one fan held a banner oustide the Saint Petersburg Stadium demanding Iran’s women be allowed to support inside, while just over 2,000 miles away in the country’s capital, they were blowing into vuvuzelas, perched on the edge of their cars, as fireworks filled the sky.“I got goosebumps,” Iran midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh said after the victory, after seeing the reaction back home.“We are not in Iran but I have spoken with my family and friends and they say people are going crazy in the streets and that’s all that matters.“With the things happening all around the world right now, football is one of the biggest things that can make people happy.”– Behind walls –All the leading contenders in Russia are billeted in carefully chosen locations, screened by trees, walls or bolted gates.Neymar is mobbed by fans at a rare Brazil training session opened up to the public © AFP / Nelson ALMEIDAGermany are staying behind a thick concrete wall in the midst of forest in Vatuinki, 45 minutes away from Moscow, Brazil are in a luxury hotel complex in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, 20 minutes out of the city, and England are based in Repino, an hour’s drive from Saint Petersburg.The Germans’ choice of base has raised eyebrows because in last year’s Confederations Cup — the World Cup dry run — they had seemed delighted at being based in SochiMidfielder Toni Kroos batted away such concerns.“A sports complex fits very well because we are here to play sport,” Kroos said laconically.“Our base is totally okay. Perhaps it just heightens the anticipation of going on holiday afterwards.”Open training sessions were well-received by local children but meticulously choreographed, with those attending needing to present tickets, empty their bags and pass through scanners.When Neymar, Brazil’s star striker, took a moment to sign autographs and pose for photos, he was quickly hurried away by an anxious press officer.Keeping players and fans apart in football is nothing new.– Lack of spontaneity –German journalists are given a rare chance to get up close with midfielder Sami Khedira at their team hotel © AFP / Christof STACHESecurity in Russia is tighter than at any previous tournament and spontaneity so squeezed that any hint of it is greeted with a combination of surprise and celebration.England’s Kieran Trippier and Jesse Lingard tossed a few balls down the bowling lanes at the hotel where journalists covering the team are based, and within seconds the pictures and videos had been posted online.It is perhaps why the ecstasy that spilled out in Tehran and Montevideo is so cherished, with World Cups owning a unique power to bring people together and make them feel a more tangible part of the story.Before their hard-earned draw with Argentina on Saturday, Iceland supporters gathered in Moscow’s Zaryadye Park to perform the Viking Clap, a ritual now so established it has its own emoji.Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson still maintains the habit of meeting supporters in a bar before games, a throwback to an era before fans, miles away, were left connecting only with each other.“There’s this unusual closeness and trust between Iceland’s players and coaches and the fans that makes it possible to go to the pub and visit them,” Hallgrimsson said.“It just shows the unity with the fans and the respect that we get from them. It’s more than a football match with the Iceland fans, you can see it in their eyes, it means a little bit more for them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Incredibly, this has happened since Arsenal last won a league title

first_img Most Popular In Football Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED REVEALED 5 La Liga titles x3Bundesliga titles x3Premier League titles x1Champions Leagues x2Spanish Cups x2German Cups x2League Cups x1 REVEALED They’ve come a long way in a short space of time and appear destined to finally win the Champions League trophy that has eluded them for so long 5 It was May 2004 when Arsenal made history.The Gunners rounded off their campaign in style to become the first side to go through an entire league season unbeaten since Preston achieved the feat in 1888/89.It was the last time they won the Premier League and they have rarely threatened to do so since, focusing instead on just finishing in the top four.Some weird and wonderful stuff has happened since Arsenal’s last title win…1. Katie Price has become a thing Spurs beat Chelsea in extra-time to win the 2008 League Cup – their last piece of silverware Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2. Pep Guardiola retired from playing football (2006), then became a manager who has won 14 major trophies and counting Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Unveiled in January 2007 and on sale from June, the iPhone was revolutionary (just like Arsenal were at one stage) shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 5 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Guardiola as a manager (major honours) MONEY center_img getty images – getty 6. Tottenham have even won a trophy! Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Look at that hair. Chelsea signed Robben in 2004 when he was just 20, but he left in 2004 and went on to play for Real Madrid and now Bayern Munich. That’s Katie Price. She’s famous. And she’s actually had more success in her life recently than Arsenal have on the pitch. BEST OF 5 ADVICE 5 REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow 4. Arjen Robben had hair in 2004 no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3. Juventus were relegated from Serie A, earned promotion back to the top and have now won seven consecutive titles and reached TWO Champions League finals 5. The iPhone has been invented since Arsenal’s last title triumph Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more