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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reveals what Hector Bellerin told him after Barcelona and PSG transfer talks

first_imgAdvertisement Nicolas Pepe helped Arsenal beat Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)‘We had the right patience. We need to improve to score the third one but it was good.‘The team is evolving in the right way in possession. We increased our ball speed, attacked with more purpose.’Arsenal goalscorer Saka, meanwhile, added: ‘All the things that have happened to me. I feel blessed. I’m a happy man.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I don’t get a lot of headers but it fell perfectly for me. I told Hector what a cross it was. It is the kind of patterns we work on.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am trying to do my best when the boss picks me. I try to repay the trust.‘We gave so much credit to Sheffield United as they are a good side. We are happy to get the points.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Patrice Evra hails ‘amazing’ Arsenal star after Sheffield United victoryMORE: Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka reveals why he rejected Nigeria for England Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin with manager Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta admits he was ‘worried’ Hector Bellerin would leave Arsenal and has revealed what the defender told him after being linked with Barcelona and PSG.Bellerin has spent almost a decade at the Emirates since joining the Premier League club from Barcelona at the age of 16.Despite his influence in north London and reputation among Arsenal fans, Bellerin was heavily linked with a move away from the club earlier in the summer, with Barcelona and PSG both interested in securing his signature.Bellerin was even said to have been in talks with the European giants over a move, but Arteta has revealed how he then committed his future to Arsenal in a conversation with the Gunners boss.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking after Arsenal’s victory over Sheffield United in the Premier League, Arteta said: ‘Yes [I feared he may leave] because I understand that after such a long time at the club, and a lot of things that happened in that trajectory of his development, that he doubted whether he was still OK to continue here, what ambitions he had here, how he can evolve here.‘But what I liked is that he came to me and said, “I can see what we are trying to do here and I’m convinced it’s the right place for me”. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Oct 2020 4:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.2kShares Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reveals what Hector Bellerin told him after Barcelona and PSG transfer talks ‘Then when you close that window, you can open the next one. He was a completely different player that I could see in training with his energy level as well, and his willingness to work a little bit more all of the time.‘We need to keep him fit as well, that’s one of the issues he’s had in the last few years because he’s been really unlucky with injuries.‘You want to have that consistency and at this level of performance, you have to be fit. There’s no other way.’Arteta added: ‘I think I have to tell him, first of all that I was very honest with what I said about him. And then I let him think.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‘I wanted him to talk to his family, his people, and he came straight back to me to tell me that he was 100 per cent committed and happy to be here.‘This is the kind of player we need here. There is no 50:50 or 80:20, we want to do what we want to do and that requires 100 per cent commitment.’On Arsenal’s victory over Sheffield United – which was inspired by goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe – Arteta added: ‘What I liked is we adapted to a very different scenario. Our guy ❤️— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 4, 2020 Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Trump’s pick for attorney general: ‘Good people don’t smoke marijuana’

first_imgWashington Post 18 November 2016Family First Comment:  “At a Senate drug hearing in April, Sessions said that “we need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger.”  Correct! #saynopetodope President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general of the United States, The Washington Post and other news outlets reported Friday. Sessions is a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization whose elevation to attorney general could deal a blow to state-level marijuana legalization efforts across the country.At a Senate drug hearing in April, Sessions said that “we need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger.” He voiced concern over statistics showing more drivers were testing positive for THC, the active component in marijuana, in certain states. [Senators held a hearing to remind you that ‘good people don’t smoke marijuana’ (yes, really)] Sessions further argued that a lack of leadership from President Obama had been one of the drivers of the trend toward marijuana legalization in recent years. “I think one of [Obama’s] great failures, it’s obvious to me, is his lax treatment in comments on marijuana,” Sessions said at the hearing. “It reverses 20 years almost of hostility to drugs that began really when Nancy Reagan started ‘Just Say No.’ ”He added that lawmakers and leaders in government needed to foster “knowledge that this drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about . . . and to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”Opponents of legalization say the Sessions nomination could be a game-changer in legalization debates around the country. Sessions “is by far the single most outspoken opponent of marijuana legalization in the U.S. Senate,” Kevin Sabet, of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said in an email. “If I were betting on the prospects for marijuana legalization, I’d be shorting.”[What the future of marijuana legalization could look like under President Trump] Advocates for legalization are, conversely, sounding the alarm. “Jeff Sessions is a drug war dinosaur, which is the last thing the nation needs now,” Ethan Nadelmann, of the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement. “Those who counted on Donald Trump’s reassurance that marijuana reforms ‘should be a state issue’ will be sorely disappointed.”READ MORE: read more

$3.6 million water project commissioned in Warner

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 24 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Tweet LocalNews $3.6 million water project commissioned in Warner by: – September 27, 2011 Image via: etftrends.comWarner residents have been told that the commissioning of a $3.6 million water supply in their community will significantly improve their lives.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told an address to officially commission the Warner Water Supply Project on Monday that they will also see improvements in agriculture and infrastructure the area.“One can appreciate the social and economic impact that it will have on you the people of Warner. We will see a continued expansion of the village, we will see improvement to agriculture and we will see more businesses wanting to establish there,” he said.Prime Minister Skerrit said government is seeking to revamp and improve the water supply around the country.“It’s costing government several millions of dollars but we appreciate and understand the importance of water to our people this is why we are continuing to invest in it,” he said.The Prime Minister also called upon Warner residents to pay their water rates on time.“You hear DOWASCO from time to time talk about its financial challenges and they have a right to say that. It is incumbent on us as citizens that when we are provided with a service that we ensure that we keep to our side of the bargain and pay water rates. We cannot buy a settee for $3000 ad not pay our simple water bills after using several hundreds of gallons of water,” he said.Meantime Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management Reginald Austrie says the people of Warner are very fortunate to have this water system and should not waste it to wash vehicles.“Everybody in Warner should become a water police. You should not vandalize the water. Our bus drivers should find a way of cleaning our waters. I don’t think you should have chlorinated water and using it to wash busses and bikes and vehicles. In some communities we have to remove stand pipes. It’s cheaper to give someone a water system that has a standpipe,” he said.The commissioning of the Warner Water Supply yesterday marked the third within the month of September; the first was in Delices on the 9th of September and the second in North End, Marigot on 24th September.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Manslaughter trial traversed due to ill health of Defendant

first_img Tweet Share Share 16 Views   one comment LocalNews Manslaughter trial traversed due to ill health of Defendant by: – February 28, 2012center_img Sharing is caring! Share Justice Bernice Stevenson-Brooks on Monday traversed the manslaughter trial involving Stebin Valentine to the May Criminal Assizes due to his ill health.Stebin Valentine was charged with manslaughter of Charlesworth Christopher Junior of Portsmouth on the 30th of August, 2009. The trial commenced last week Wednesday when a nine member jury was impaneled; two males and seven females. However on Thursday last week the trial was adjourned to Monday 27th February as the Defendant appeared visibly ill in the witness box.His attorney Dawn Yearwood-Stewart made an application in the Judge’s Chambers yesterday morning after which Justice Stevenson-Brooks explained that the Court had received a medical report and that the trial would be traversed.The facts presented in Court last week at the opening of the trail indicates that the deceased was at his home in Portsmouth when the Defendant approached him with something asking him to “watch that” after which a sound similar to that of a gunshot went off and the deceased fell down. His bail amount has been increased from $150, 000.00 to $300, 000.00 by Justice Stevenson-Brooks with two sureties.She also imposed strict bail conditions which include;1. He is to report to the Roseau Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 7am and 7pm,2. His travelling documents including his passport are to remain in the custody of the High Court of Justice,3. He should not attempt to or leave the Commonwealth of Dominica,4. He is to continue residing in Roseau until the hearing of the matter,5. He is to remain within the confines of his residence within the hours of 8pm and 6:30am save and except when he is at work or travelling to and from the same. For the avoidance of doubt the Defendant is to ensure that he has written proof of his work shift/schedule on him at all times,6. He shall lead an honest and industrious life and shall be of good behavior and keep the peace. These bail conditions will take effect no later than 3pm on Wednesday 29th February, 2012 during which time his sureties are expected to sign the bail documents.Valentine thanked Inspector Williams who was present in Court for assisting him in securing his job as well as the Court for understanding and accommodating him.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Hayden Matthew Powers, 19

first_imgHayden Matthew Powers, 19, of Greensburg passed away on April 15, 2020 at Methodist Hospital. His last heroic act was donating the gift of life through organ donation. Hayden was born on November 27, 2000, the son of Chastity Powers and David Heath. He went to Greensburg Community High School and later worked with family at Fagen, Inc. out of Michigan as a scaffold builder, working his way towards a journeyman.Hayden was a child of God and was baptized on September 16, 2001 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He had the most contagious laugh, a smile that would melt your heart, he was the most loyal friend and loved his family beyond measure. Hayden also had a love for music and above all his Granny.Survivors include: Mother, Chastity Powers (Jason Reid); Father, David Heath; Grandmother Angela Miller; Brother, Liam Powers; Aunts, Amanda (Stephen) Vires, Brandi Miller, and Lisa (Brian Stanley) Black; Uncles, David (Kayla) Miller and Bill (Amber) Dyer. He had several cousins and was preceded in death by his grandfather David Miller, Sr.Due to the current health restrictions there will be a private graveside service at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with Father John Meyer officiating. The family appreciates your prayers and all the request for helping them during this tragic time. In lieu of flowers you can send monetary donations to the “Hayden Powers Memorial” at First Financial Bank, 201 N. Broadway Street, or you can donate online using the Venmo App and searching @inmemoryofhaydenpowersAdditionally you can help the family through their grief by taking the time to visit Hayden’s website at and leave them a condolence or share your favorite memory of Hayden.last_img read more

Light leads the way

first_img Press Association Leading Light looked appropriately named in winning the Curragh’s Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien. Given a positive ride from the front, it looked like the Montjeu colt might be swamped by Little White Cloud at the two-furlong pole. But O’Brien had saved plenty and the heavily-backed 4-6 favourite picked up again, in the end running out a cosy two and a quarter length winner from the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial third Little White Cloud. center_img The winning trainer said: “He’s a lazy horse. He doesn’t mind going along in front and there’s always plenty there when you want it. “He has plenty of pace and he’s able to get a position. He’s a very straight-forward Montjeu – he can get a position early, travel along and he can be tough at the end. “He’s lazy that’s why he wears the cheek-pieces. It helps him from being too lazy early on. “He’s a possible for Ascot or the Irish Derby. He wouldn’t mind 10 furlongs, a mile and a half or even two miles – I don’t think it matters to him.” last_img read more

AFN Shocked by Coach Adu Uruemu’s Death

first_imgAthletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has expressed shock and sadness at the untimely death of veteran athletics coach, Adu Uruemu.Uruemu, head coach at Arena Athletics Academy, died on Sunday evening in Lagos aged 54 years.In a condolence message yesterday, President of the AFN, Olamide George, said that the passage of Uruemu has devastated the athletics family in Nigeria. “This is a very sad moment for track and field in Nigeria. We are still struggling to get over the passing of coaches Tobias ‘Toblow’ Igwe and John Obeya, now death has dealt us in the athletics family another blow.“Coach Uruemu was more than a coach to his athletes. He was a father and a mentor and very helpful to all athletes.“He was an optimist and championed the cause of development of athletics in Nigeria,” mourned George.Until his death, Uruemu was the Secretary General of Nigerian Athletics Masters.Sprinter cum jumper, Ruth Usoro is one of the athletes Uruemu produced for Nigeria.Ruth is fourth in the Nigerian all-time indoor list for long jump after leaping to a new 6.57m personal best last February.She is also one of the track and field athletes adopted in the ‘Adopt-a-talent’ programme initiated by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in Team Nigeria’s preparation for the 2020 Olympics.Uruemu also coached long jumper, Omoshola Omolayo who is also on a track and field scholarship in the USA.Uruemu, a former sprinter cum quarter miler, also trained sprinters Bamidele Taiwo, David Sule and Okey Ezuika to national stardom and was behind the success story of Nkem Ezealah, the young athlete who died from a car crash a few years ago.The AFN president has promised that the federation will send a condolence message to the family of the late coach Uruemu and prays that God grants the family the fortitude to bear this great and irreparable loss.Amongst some of the early condolence messages received by the federation yesterday was that of the Youth and Sports Development, Minister Mr. Sunday Dare.He expressed deep shock over the death of Uruemu, describing it as a huge loss to Nigeria and the athletics family.“I received the news of the death of Adu with great shock and pain. He was so committed to the development of notable athletes and his death has left a big vacuum that would be difficult to fill.“My condolences goes to his family and daughter. May his soul rest in peace”In her tribute, former AFN Secretary General, Mrs. Maria Wophil, said the death of Coach Uruemu was a huge loss to athletics.Former African sprint Queen, Mary Onyali, described the late Uruemu as a grassroots coach who was responsible for the discovery of so many talents.“His death is a big setback for athletics because he was such a loyal and trust-worthy person. I am personally saddened by his death because he was so dedicated to athletics.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Chelsea Strengthen Top Four Race with 3-2 Defeat of Crystal Palace

first_imgChelsea further strengthened their position in the Premier League’s top four last night with a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace in an entertaining encounter at Selhurst Park, that included a stunning long-range strike from Wilfried Zaha and a rare goal from Christian Benteke.There was an element of fortune about the game’s opening goal, with Palace defender Gary Cahill pulling up with a match-ending injury to allow Willian to charge into the box unimpeded and set up Olivier Giroud to finish.But the rest of the match was a testament to the kind of competitive, high-octane, see-saw football that draws so many viewers to the English top-flight, even when the grounds are empty of fans. Twice Chelsea looked to have put the game beyond the home side, first through Christian Pulisic’s rising shot to make it 2-0 in the first half and then via Tammy Abraham’s neat finish with 19 minutes to go to put the Blues 3-1 up.But this reckoned without the input of Zaha and Benteke.Zaha’s goal was a superb strike, fiercely fired into the net via the crossbar from an unlikely distance. Benteke’s was more routine, tapped in from point-blank range following a neat move, but almost as surprising, it being his first goal at Selhurst Park since April 2018.And Palace came within a whisker of snatching a point when Scott Dann’s back-post header struck the inside of the post before Chelsea hacked the ball clear.Chelsea’s win means they move above Leicester into third place in the table, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.With 42 to their name, Palace have too many points to worry about being dragged into a relegation fight, but manager Roy Hodgson and his side will be eager to end a losing streak that has now stretched to four games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Men’s basketball: No. 9 Badgers face first test on the road against No. 22 Creighton

first_imgThe No. 9 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will travel to Omaha, Nebraska for their first top 25 matchup of the year against No. 22 Creighton University Tuesday for a non-conference matchup that should provide some clarity into how deserving the Badgers are of their top 10 preseason ranking.UW is coming off of a balanced display in their season opening win over Central Arkansas University Friday, a game in which the Badgers took 29 threes and didn’t separate from the Bears until late in the first half.Wisconsin returns 99.8 percent of its production from a squad that fell just one bucket short of a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA tournament a year ago, a feat that earned them their preseason ranking and makes them clear favorites over the young Blue Jays.Men’s basketball: Why you need to get over Wisconsin’s heartbreaking defeatIt goes without saying that Badger fans were heartbroken following the team’s heartbreaking 61-56 loss Friday in the Sweet 16 Read…Despite their depth in the key positions, the Badgers’ youth will be a big headline to watch as they enter their first hostile environment in Omaha. True freshman point guard D’Mitrik Trice decided late last week that he would play his freshman season. He turned a few heads against Central Arkansas with two back-to-back threes in the slim six minutes that he played in the first half.Head coach Greg Gard was pleased in his post game press conference and said he believes Trice will be a valuable contribution to the team. Trice should remain behind senior point guard Bronson Koenig, who came out as expected against CAU and put up 16 points in a very clean performance next to his fellow senior standout, Nigel Hayes, who posted 14.Even with the strong play in the opener, the Badgers will face their first true test this week in one of the more underrated environments in college basketball. After losing 2014’s player-of-the-year Doug McDermott before last season, the Blue Jays remained a consistent member of the top 25 and finished the year in the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament.Creighton is also coming off a win in their season opener, pulling out a nail-bitter against University of Missouri-Kansas City 89-82 Friday. For a team with more freshmen than any other class, however, there is a significant learning curve they will have to overcome.Men’s basketball: Badgers win emotional duel of the Gards in exhibition match with UW-PlattevilleHead coach Greg Gard and the No. 10 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team opened up their 2016-17 season against Read…While the Badgers are favored on paper, no early game between two top 25 teams is ever easy to predict, and Wisconsin will have to impose their experience to come out of Omaha with a win. The Blue Jays will be looking for a solid resume builder for the NCAA tournament, and the Badgers will hope to uphold their ranking and keep pace behind No. 6 Indiana University in the Big Ten.The game tips at 7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday as part of the Gavitt Tip-off Games series and will air on Fox Sports 1 in Omaha.last_img read more