Arsenal boss Unai Emery wanted Steven Nzonzi instead of Lucas Torreira

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 31 Aug 2019 7:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Nzonzi worked with Emery at Sevilla (Picture: Getty)However, Nzonzi is seven years Torreira’s senior and the Frenchman would have had little sell-on value.AdvertisementAdvertisementInstead, Arsenal’s recruitment team pitched a persuasive argument to Emery to convince him to sign Torreira and he conceded that it was the correct decision.Torreira is expected to start this weekend as Arsenal take on fierce rivals Tottenham at the Emirates.The midfielder’s standout performance last term came in the Gunners’ 4-2 win against Spurs last December.MORE: Novak Djokovic through despite injury and US Open fan row Comment Advertisement Advertisement Lucas Torreira has proved a popular figure with Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty)Lucas Torreira was not Unai Emery’s first choice to strengthen in central midfield last summer with the Spaniard keen on France star Steven Nzonzi instead.The Uruguayan joined the club from Sampdoria in a deal worth around £22million and he became a popular figure during an impressive debut campaign at the Emirates last term.Torreira’s tenacity has won over the bulk of Arsenal’s support but Emery had concerns about his height, frame and physical capabilities.Instead, claim the Athletic, Emery wanted to sign Nzonzi as he’d worked with him at Sevilla and was positive that the Frenchman’s previous experience in the Premier League would help him settle quicker.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal boss Unai Emery wanted Steven Nzonzi instead of Lucas Torreiralast_img read more

Jamie Carragher slams ‘shocking’ Granit Xhaka after West Ham opener against Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Dec 2019 9:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link137Shares Jamie Carragher slams ‘shocking’ Granit Xhaka after West Ham opener against Arsenal Advertisement Comment Xhaka was criticised by Carragher (Picture: AP)Jamie Carragher did not hold back in his assessment of Granit Xhaka, branding the midfielder as ‘shocking’ for his role in West Ham’s opener against Arsenal.The Swiss midfielder did little to get in the way of centre-back Angelo Ogbonna, who charged in to head Manuel Pellegrini’s side ahead.It capped the end of a miserable half for Arsenal, who failed to muster a shot on target, and gave interim coach Freddie Ljungberg another tough team talk to dish out at half-time. West Ham celebrated getting their noses in front (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)Ljungberg had left some of the biggest culprits for defensive errors out of the side, with David Luiz dropping out of the starting XI and Shkodran Mustafi not even making the bench, but Xhaka came into Carragher’s line of fire once more for his lack of effort to stop his team falling behind.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When we cover Arsenal there are always two or three fall guys we seem to attack,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.‘People may actually think it’s bullying in some ways when we do our analysis. We always mention David Luiz…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‘Xhaka here is shocking. The ball comes across there and he’s going for the ball and he just ducks out of it.‘He may not have got there but do more. Put him off, hit his shoulder, put him off the header… do something!’Should Granit Xhaka be dropped?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal view Thomas Tuchel as strong candidate to become new managerMORE: Freddie Ljungberg reveals why Martinelli, Pepe and Chambers start with Lacazette & David Luiz dropped Advertisementlast_img read more

Resort-style Castle Hill home to be sold at auction

first_img37 Yarrawonga Drv, Castle Hill.A CASTLE Hill home reminiscent of a Polynesian resort will be sold under the hammer on March 24.The five-bedroom, three bathroom home at 37 Yarrawonga Drivewas designed by Tippet Schrock Architects and won the 1997 Royal Australian Institute of Architects regional commendation.37 Yarrawonga Drv, Castle Hill.It has been expertly built on the hillside site, wrapping around the hill.The huge home has 500sq m of under-roof space and is entered through a boardwalk surrounded by lush gardens.It’s expected to attract buyers at the high end of the market due to the home’s location on one of Townsville’s most prestigious streets and its position, which provides stunning ocean views.Smith and Elliott principal and selling agent Sally Elliott said the home was already attracting plenty of interest with 30 groups inspecting the property.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 202037 Yarrawonga Drv, Castle Hill.“This house is very unique and every room has an amazing outlook,” she said.“Even from the kitchen you can see Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay from one side and tropical rainforest on the other side. It would be like going home to a south sea island every day.”The resort-style swimming pool has amazing views, while there is also an aviary outside and citrus, papaya and banana trees.Inside, the vaulted ceilings are paired with timber floors and surrounded by lush green gardens, giving the home a tropical ambience.The kitchen is made from New Guinea rosewood and there is a Belling gas stove and Miele appliances, while downstairs there is a bar area, pool table and media room fitted with a projector and surround sound.Ms Elliott said homes on Yarrawonga Drive with such amazing views that are also suitable for family living rarely came up for sale.“These good big family homes in this area are difficult to come by and the best thing about this home is the separation of living areas so it’s got four multipurpose separate living areas,” she said.“It’s one of those properties that is unique and deserving of an on-site auction.”37 Yarrawonga Drv, Castle Hill.The home will be open for inspection on Sunday from 1.30pm-2.15pm and Thursday from 5.15pm-6pm.For more information call Ms Elliott on 0409 550 454.last_img read more

Gregory Wayne Parks

first_imgGregory Wayne “Greg” Parks, 58, of Aurora, IN, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 in Indianpolis, IN.He was born Sunday, May 25, 1958 in Madison, IN, Son of Diana and Floyd Parks.Greg was owner and operator of JMP Construction Company. He was an avid sports fan. His favorites were IU, the Colts and Nascar Racing. He enjoyed camping by the river and listeng to music. He also sang and was a DJ. Greg loved life. He loved to spend time with his friends and family, especially daughter Jessica and grandaughter, Jaelyn. He will be greatly missed.Surviving are daughter, Jessica Parks of Indianapolis, IN; parents, Diana and Floyd Parks of Milan, IN; granddaughter, Jaelyn Amour Fontenot; Siblings, Lisa Needham of Lawrenceburg, IN, Teresa Lacey of Milan, IN, Niece and Nephews,Crystal Parks, Jason Parks and Travis Needham; Best Friends, Tom Chalk and Dennis McCabe. He was preceded in death by Grandmother Laura Jean Long.Friends will be received 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Thursday, at 11:00 am.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, IN.Contributions may be made towards funeral expenses.. If unable to attend, please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Chelsea hammer QPR in friendly

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour netted braces with Mason Mount, Willian and Olivier Giroud also on target against the Championship club at Stamford Bridge.N’Golo Kante started in midfield for Frank Lampard’s side after recently returning to full contact training despite his coronavirus fears. Chelsea secured a 1-0 win over Reading thanks to Pedro’s goal in another friendly on Wednesday.The Blues’ Premier League campaign restarts when they travel to relegation-threatened Aston Villa next Sunday.Fourth-placed Chelsea hold a three-point advantage over Manchester United with nine games remaining in their quest for Champions League football.Loftus-Cheek will hope to play a key role in the run-in with the England midfielder yet to make an appearance this season due to an Achille injury.Meanwhile, Gilmour, 19, impressed for the senior team in wins over Liverpool and Everton before the coronavirus pandemic suspended football in March. Blues boss Lampard is looking forward to the Premier League’s comeback.Tags: Billy GilmourChelseaOlivier GiroudQPRQueen’s Park RangersReading FClast_img read more

Monaco Grand Prix takes place today

first_imgOne of the flagship events on the Formula One calendar – the Monaco Grand Prix, gets underway at lunchtime.Ferrari’s Kim Raikkonen starts in pole position, with his teammate and championship leader Sebastian Vettel in second place and Lewis Hamilton back in 13th.The race begins at 1pm.last_img

Quality Striker Search: Milan Meet ‘Super Agent’ Mendes

first_imgRelated The search for a quality striker continues for Italian giants AC Milan and that prompted a meeting with ‘Super Agent’ Jorge Mendes on Tuesday eveningMilan officials and Mendes met to discuss potential transfers for the trio of Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Renato Sanches.Sky Sport Italia photographed directors Massimiliano Mirabelli and Marco Fassone in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, which was where they met.The Italian club’s interest in Portuguese youngster Renato Sanches is an open secret with the midfielder confirming that AC Milan was “an interesting option.” but they are yet to agree any deal with his German Club (Bayern Munich).AC Milan’s search for a leading marksman continue to gather pace with Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao possible target. Jorge Mendes represents both players.Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa is on his way out of Chelsea due to his poor relationship with manager Antonio Conte. His preferred destination is Atletico Madrid but he might have to wait till January to secure a move as a result of the Spanish club’s transfer ban.Costa could move to another club, AC Milan inclusive, this summer before joining Atletico in 2018.Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is another striking option but he only signed a new deal with his French club AS Monaco last month. The 31-year old recovered from injury and loss of form to lead his club to the Ligue 1 title and Champions League semi-finals.Torino star Andrea Belotti and Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also remain targets but they will have to pay a lot of money to secure any transfer.last_img read more

Heisler: Jim Buss sticks head up, gets pie to face

first_imgMoving Jim out — as Jeanie has promised to do if they’re not in the Western Conference Finals in two seasons — won’t help.Whether Jeanie means it or not — and she has publicly stated that she does — pigs are as likely to fly as the Lakers are to make the Western finals by next season.So for those who want to count down, that would leave 535 days in Jim’s executive career.Jim has, sensibly, holed up but, being Jim, sticks his head out now and then to take a pie in the face.Before his father involved him with the team, Jim told Sports Illustrated, “If you grabbed 10 fans out of a bar … their opinions would be pretty much identical to those of pro scouts.”Jim has tried to prove the point ever since. The Lakers won five titles with him in the loop, if never in charge.Unfortunately, his father passed away in 2013 with the glory days over and bad about to go to worse.Jim popped his head up again last week in a sit-down with USA Today’s Sam Amick that showed Jimbo hasn’t lost his touch for inviting mayhem.Musing about the mystery of his bad image was OK. Trying to stick it to Magic Johnson, a constant critic, was pure entitlement a la Jimbo.“Magic Johnson going nuts on me?” says Jim. “It’s like, ‘Really, dude? My Dad made you a billionaire almost. Really? Where are you coming from?’ ”Actually, it’s more like Magic almost made a billionaire out of Jim’s dad.As for where Magic is coming from, it’s the same place that Lakers fans are.Johnson applied the coup de grace in a statement to USA Today, replying, “It’s about winning, Jim.”Happily for Lakers fans, the bottom line is that the team is still professionally run in the kind of transition that even great franchises must endure (except the Spurs), despite being beset by an amazing run of bad luck as if making up for decades of good fortune.Jerry Buss didn’t interfere with his basketball people except for a few celebrated instances, like making Jerry West take Dennis Rodman in 1999.In those days, it was Jerry, Jim and Mitch in the room. Now it’s just Jim and Mitch. Insiders say Jim has never ordered Kupchak to do something, or put his judgement ahead of Mitch’s.With the Lakers at a historic nadir, you hear a lot about what’s wrong, almost all of it wrong like Jimbo’s presence, or Kobe Bryant’s, or their skepticism about analytics.Talk about dumb. The Lakers dream would be to get West, the best GM since Red Auerbach’s day, to return. West has no use for analytics, either.Last week LaMarcus Aldrdige went out of his way to note that he regarded Kobe’s presence as one of the most positive things when he met with the Lakers.Kupchak ritually defends Jim, but who listens?If Jeanie sticks to her guns, only one thing will bail out Jimbo: Good luck.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. I’ve been talking to Lakers people who were involved since that went down the night of Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. As one said unequivocally: “Dr. Buss was the decision-maker.”Jim is hardly the only son or daughter running Dad’s team (see: Jim Dolan, Knicks; Michael Reinsdorf, Bulls; Josh Kroenke, Nuggets; Gail Miller, Jazz). Of course, some, like Kroenke, who played at Missouri, had actual credentials and/or worked their way up in the office, putting in eight hours a day in the office, which Jim didn’t.Nevertheless, Jimbo invited scorn by saying dumb things. Worse, he was the Buss left holding the bag, appearing to take over — although he hadn’t — when the Lakers started into their nosedive.In the bad news for Lakers fans, dumping Jim won’t matter.With Jeanie asserting her role as No. 1 Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak free to run the team as he always has, Jim doesn’t hurt, aside from PR blunders. They were in the right place but it must have been the wrong time. …If more heads may have to roll before the Lakers return to greatness, none is as eagerly awaited as the one under Jim Buss’s baseball cap.Jim doesn’t deserve the flak he gets from Lakers fans but neither did Mike D’Antoni, who was run out on a rail from the day he was hired instead of Phil Jackson.No, Jim didn’t do that. Jerry Buss did, despite the “stab in the back” charge that Jeanie levelled at her brother.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Paul Trombino tapped as interim director of Iowa’s HR agency

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed Paul Trombino to temporarily lead Iowa’s human resources agency after its previous director failed to win Senate confirmation.Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett said Tuesday that the governor has installed Trombino as interim director of the Department of Administrative Services while she recruits a permanent replacement.The move comes after the Iowa Senate adjourned last month without confirming Janet Phipps Burkhead to another term as the agency’s director. Minority Democrats had blocked the appointment due to concerns about her handling of sexual harassment allegations in state government, among other things.Trombino has been serving as the state’s chief operations officer since leaving the private sector to return to government in January. Previously, he was director of the Iowa Department of Transportation before resigning in 2016. Trombino was also President Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Highway Administration, but withdrew from consideration in 2017.As interim director, Trombino doesn’t need Senate confirmation.last_img read more

Tuivasa-Sheck staying at Warriors for another four years

first_imgTuivasa-Sheck, who joined the club from the Roosters in 2016, will remain at Mount Smart Stadium until the end of the 2022 season.Warriors chief executive Cameron George said the 24-year-old “embodies all the qualities we want to see in our players”.”As one of the game’s most exceptional athletes, Roger understandably attracted lots of interest, so we couldn’t be more delighted to have him onboard for another four years,” he said.”This is hugely significant for both Roger and the Warriors, not only critical for our future but also for Roger in paving the way for him to truly establish himself as a leader for the club on and off the field. He’s the type of person we can build our club around.”Tuivasa-Sheck is entering his third season since joining the Warriors. His first campaign in 2016 was limited to seven appearances after a season-ending knee injury before he returned to feature in all but one game in 2017.”I’m excited knowing my future will be with the Vodafone Warriors for another four years after this season,” said Tuivasa-Sheck.”I’m also glad to be able to sort it out now before the season starts.”We’ve had some challenging times but all of us are working really hard to turn things around this season and in the years ahead.”Wanting to be part of that with everyone at the club was a huge factor in my decision to stay with the Warriors.”Tuivasa-Sheck was named the club’s 2017 NRL Player of the Year and also the New Zealand Rugby League’s Player of the Year following the Rugby League World Cup.”Roger’s a wonderful player and also a wonderful person,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.”He sets an example in all he does as a player on the field and in all aspects of training as well as looking after himself off the field.”He’s a tremendous asset for the Vodafone Warriors and has a huge appetite to improve each and every day.”Tuivasa-Sheck warmed up for his seventh NRL campaign with a quality performance in the Vodafone Warriors’ 20-14 trial win over the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday.With 11 tries and 30 appearances for the Vodafone Warriors, he has a career tally of 39 tries in 114 first-grade games.last_img read more