Arsenal legends Michael Thomas, Liam Brady, Lee Dixon and Alan Smith pick between Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar

first_imgAouar is also on the wishlist at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)If Arsenal had to choose just one of their midfield targets, though, several club heroes, including Michael Thomas, Liam Brady, Lee Dixon and Alan Smith, suggested Partey may be the better option to suit their needs.‘It is the area of the team they have to sort out,’ Thomas told The Athletic.‘Having someone to sit just in front of the defence and run the show. A Patrick Vieira or Emmanuel Petit, who can dominate and then move the ball forward towards those who can do the damage.‘A midfield player like Fernandinho who can sense danger quickly, pass the ball and pass on information.’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 ArsenalArsenal’s former midfield genius Liam Brady also agreed with 1989 league title hero Thomas in choosing Partey over Aouar.‘Of the two touted around this summer, I would say Partey’s profile is a more important fit,’ Brady added.‘Arsenal need to strengthen that defensive area in front of the back four. Xhaka has done very well under Arteta’s management and has knuckled down and is making fewer mistakes but if we are going to challenge for the top four a more imposing and reliable player is needed.‘Further forward we can improvise with what we’ve got. Bukayo Saka could move inside, Alexandre Lacazette can drop deep and Willian has played in behind the striker before. Arteta’s formula is working for us so I would go for the more defensive player.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Sep 2020 8:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Arsenal legends Michael Thomas, Liam Brady, Lee Dixon and Alan Smith pick between Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar Liverpool v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:41FullscreenLiverpool v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2257034/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Four-time league winner with Arsenal, Lee Dixon, acknowledged his former side’s need for creativity in midfield, but prioritised defence by also picking Partey.‘This is such a difficult one,’ Dixon said. ‘I could quite easily go either way. Arsenal are short of creativity in midfield and the hardest thing in football is to create. If Aubameyang doesn’t do his stuff it is limited in terms of forward play. Part of me wonders if we can just patch things up at the back and have someone to open up doors.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘However… because of what I represent I can’t get ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ out my head. I will go defensive and go Partey. Arsenal have not fixed the back four. I do like Gabriel but he needs time.’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 ArsenalFormer Arsenal striker Smith also admitted that Partey is the more ‘practical choice’ for the Gunners, despite Aouar’s ability to open up defences.‘I covered Lyon in the Champions League and saw Aouar,’ Smith said. ‘Without Ozil, Arsenal do lack that kind of player, someone who runs from deep. They don’t really have a lock opener.‘Oh God, I don’t know! On an average day, Arsenal might struggle to score goals but they do have enough players who can pop up, so maybe Partey is the more practical choice to really give them that solidity as a screening player.‘Arsenal are on the way to becoming more solid but there is a way to go still. If he came over and did a good job that would go down a treat.’MORE: Ray Parlour explains why Arsenal should attempt to sign Dele Alli over JorginhoMORE: Laurent Koscielny finally apologises to Arsenal fans following controversial exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagecenter_img Advertisement Partey has been consistently linked with a move to the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)Multiple Arsenal legends have given their take on who the Gunners should sign out of their two main midfield transfer targets, Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.Mikel Arteta is in the market for a central midfielder this summer, and the north London club have seemingly whittled down their search to two primary options, who both offer completely different skillsets.Partey is a combative player, who can boss games from the middle of the park with his athleticism and smart passing from a deep position.Atletico Madrid want no less than his £45 million release clause paid out in full if he is to be prized away from the Wanda Metropolitano, while the Ghana international is reportedly keen on a move to north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAouar, meanwhile, is a tricky technician who introduced himself on the biggest stage in last season’s Champions League as Lyon reached the semi-finals of Europe’s premier competition.Recent reports in France claim the midfielder has ‘agreed’ to join Arsenal and an official bid has been launched for the 22-year-old. 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Ilmarinen sees long-term increase in equity weighting

first_imgFinnish mutual pension insurer Ilmarinen saw the value of its investments grow to €34.1bn by the end of September, and indicated it would gradually raise its equity weighting as a result of new freedom granted in the country’s recently agreed pensions reform.Deputy chief executive and chief investment officer Timo Ritakallio said: “The pension agreement will improve the financial markets’ confidence in Finland’s public finances, even though its credit rating fell.”The reform, agreed by government, and employers’ and workers’ representatives in September, would also improve the long-term outlook for the Finnish economy, he said.Changes to solvency regulations for pension companies that were included in the reform would make it possible to increase an investment portfolio’s equity weight to 60%, Ilmarinen said. Ritakallio, who is to become the company’s chief executive next May, said these changes would affect Ilmarinen’s long-term strategy.“We do not expect sudden changes to the equity weight, however,” he said.In its interim report, Ilmarinen said equities and shares made up 41.1% of total investments at the end of September, while fixed income accounted for 43.1% and property has a 10.8% weight.The total return on the company’s investment portfolio for January to September 2014 was 5.7% or €1.8bn, down from 6.5% or €1.9bn in the same period last year, according to the report.The market value of investment assets rose to €34.1bn from €31.5bn. “Equities and shares did particularly well but as a result of declining interest rates, we also brought home good returns from our fixed income investments,” Ritakallio commented.The return on listed equity investments slipped to 8.8% from 14.1% in the same period a year earlier, while fixed income returns were little changed at 3.1% after 3.2% and direct real estate produced 4.0%, up from 3.3%, according to the unaudited figures.Ritakallio said the consequences of the Ukraine crisis had started to have an obvious effect on the economic situation in Russia and Europe, with the economic outlook for both areas having weakened.Though Ilmarinen had few Russian investments, the indirect impact of the Ukraine situation could also be felt in Ilmarinen’s investment portfolio, the insurer said.“The drawing out of the crisis and the economic sanctions are further weakening Russia’s economy and also indirectly affecting the profit outlook of many of the listed companies owned by Ilmarinen,” Ritakallio said.The third quarter figures show Ilmarinen’s asset allocation shift within equities towards European shares and away from the domestic market has continued.At the end of September, European assets made up around 41% of the listed equities portfolio and Finnish assets accounted for around 25%, compared to around 26% and 40% respectively at the end of 2011.Ritakallio said the Finnish economy was not expected to improve for the time being, but he predicted that the weakening of the euro would make Finnish exporters more competitive in the long term.last_img read more

Palm Beach’s cutest cottage sold in 24 hours

first_img Natural light and lush gardens are all part of the appeal. Timber floors and fresh, white walls add to the coastal vibe.Property records show the house last changed hands in 2013 for $445,000 and has since undergone a significant makeover. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoAs well as being within walking distance to the beach, the house also offers easy access to the popular Palm Beach dining strip. “Start packing and don’t forget the surfboards as this is the ultimate beach house that Palm Beach has to offer,” reads the listing. MORE: The Gold Coast’s newest million-dollar suburb Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31A charming 1960s cottage located one block back from the beach in the city’s hottest suburb has been snapped up within 24 hours of hitting the market.The three-bedroom house at 15 Twelfth Ave, Palm Beach sold for $890,000 in a super speedy deal done earlier this month. Is this mega mansion built in the wrong suburb? The split-level home is one block from the beach.Freshly painted inside and out, there’s an outside terrace surrounded by tropical gardens and an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand. 15 Twelfth Ave, Palm Beach was snapped up within 24 hours.The property was marketed by Harcourts Coastal as “one of Palm Beach’s cutest 1960s beach homes located in a beautiful avenue with the beach just one block away!”The renovated cottage features yellow and white striped awnings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the lounge area, a new kitchen and two new bathrooms. Broadbeach Waters new build with star appeal The renovated kitchen is ready to go.last_img read more

Waraka Sewinal Festival 2011: Another Huge Success.

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Waraka Sewinal Festival 2011: Another Huge Success. by: – December 21, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share 23 Views   no discussions Chairman of the Atkinson Village Council Anton LavilleThe organizers the recently concluded 2nd Edition of the Waraka Sewinal Festival held in Atkinson last weekend (Dec 16-17, 2011) are very satisfied with the outcome. Chairman of the Atkinson Village Council Anton Laville, in commenting on the festival, indicated that all events went according to plan, the participation of the people of the area was tremendous and performances were of a high standard. Mr. Laville noted that the Festival continues to grow and is set to become a major feature of Christmas celebrations in Dominica.Mr. Laville expressed thanks to the various sponsors of the festival and singled out in particular, the Office of the Prime Minister, which made the most significant financial contribution to the festival.Section of crowd at Waraka Sewinal Festival. Photo credit: Gregory RabessHe thanked Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for his personal interest and commitment to the festival and other development initiatives of the Atkinson Village Council. He also thanked the performers, the many volunteers and people of the community for making this year’s festival a huge success.The festival events included a Miss Noel Show on Friday December 16 and a Grand Sewinal Concert and Street Party on Saturday December 17, featuring the Swinging Stars and other performers from around the island.Miss Jercyl Merrifield captured the Miss Noel Title while Mr. Emmanuel ‘Bo’ Durand was awarded a plaque of recognition for his contribution to the preservation and development of the séwinal tradition.By: Gregory Rabesslast_img read more

Guv orders Iloilo-wide home quarantine

first_img“This is a new style, ang reverse quarantine, to protectvulnerable persons,” said Defensor. Defensor issued Executive Order (EO) No.080, Series of 2020 yesterday placing Iloilo under an “enhanced communityquarantine” until April 14. ILOILO – In yet another tough measure tokeep the province free from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and/or stopits transmission, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. ordered the following yesterday: “Astrict home quarantine shall be observed in all households whereby the movementof people shall be limited to accessing basic necessities and health needs.” * restaurants, fast food chains and foodstalls (but only for “take out” orders; “dine-in” service shall not be allowed) “In all such open establishments, andlikewise in the local government units, there shall be a reduction ofpersonnel, rationalization of work hours and/or implementation ofwork-from-home arrangements, provided that the same not affect the levels ofproduct / work / services output,” read part of Defensor’s EO. “Likewise, the above-mentioned vulnerablepersons shall be given priority in the reduction of personnel, rationalizationof works hours and/or implementation of work-from-home arrangements in all suchopen establishments and in the LGUs,” stressed Defensor. * water-refilling stations He appealed to residents: “Pahimuyong kita. Paumod kita kagmagpasensya. Magwa lang kita kon we will access basic necessities like pagkaon, bulong and other necessaryneeds.” A woman wearing a facemask passes by the Iloilo provincial capitol on Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * media establishments * medical/dental clinics, medicalfacilities, diagnostic centers and laboratories * supermarkets, sari-sari stores, grocery stores, convenience stores and bakeshops In this “enhanced community quarantine”,all private establishments shall be closed, except the following: * hospitals * funeral homes (but viewing  and wakes is prohibited) * establishments providing such otherbasic necessities and services (agricultural supply stores, gasoline stations,liquefied petroleum gas stores/outlets; According to Defensor, the travel restriction aimed to “furtherstrengthen the imposition of quarantine procedures and disease prevention andcontrol measures.”/PN * establishments providing financialservices (banks, pawnshops, money transfer services, and payment and remittancecenters) * business process outsourcing (BPO) andknowledge process outsourcing (KPO) establishments The EO also laid out reversequarantine/isolation procedures. The provincial government is alsoimposing a liquor ban for the whole duration of the enhanced communityquarantine. * pharmacies * public utilities providingtransportation, power, energy, water, telecommunications and cargo handling Persons considered more vulnerable toinfection and the severity of COVID-19, such as the elderly, those withunderlying medical problems, including, among others, cardiovascular disease,diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease and immunosuppression, shall bequarantined, or accorded special attention for isolation/social distancingmeasures at the household level. On March 16, he started imposing bordertravel restrictions as part of a “general community quarantine.” He encouraged“rationalized/flexible work arrangements in the private sector” and ordered thesuspension of classes in all levels until April 14. * municipal public markets (provided thatwhile the same shall be open everyday, scheduled market days shall be suspendedin all local government units) * establishments / factories / plantsengaged in the manufacturing / processing / storage of basic food products andhealth needslast_img read more

Decatur County man sentenced for domestic violence-related charges

first_imgGreensburg, In. — A Decatur County resident was sentenced to five years in prison for domestic violence crimes this week. Michael Wayne Clark was convicted of aggravated battery, interfering with reporting a crime and invasion of privacy. The violations were also violations of his probation.Prosecutor Nate Harter says, “Taking into account the wishes of the victim, we believe the sentence is appropriate and we are grateful that justice was served in this case. The subject of domestic abuse cannot be taken lightly, and remains a constant threat to the peace and dignity of Decatur County. We hope that Mr. Clark understands the gravity of his actions, and that his sentencing serves as a reminder of the consequences of such behavior.”last_img

FIFA,WHO,football stakeholders draft medical considerations

first_imgFIFA is sharing a football risk assessment tool with its 211 member associations, the six continental confederations, and other stakeholders in order to facilitate the planning of the resumption of football activities by competition and match organisers, as soon as health authorities and governments consider it safe. Loading… The aim of this joint effort is to consider the health of all participants in footballing activities, the risk assessments and the factors that need to be in place in order for football, both at a professional and at an amateur level, to resume safely. The recommendations of the group are meant to be implemented in conjunction with international and national guidance on public health and mass gatherings. Football governing bodies are encouraged to liaise with the relevant public health authorities and to undertake a comprehensive risk assessment to determine whether it is safe to proceed. read also:FIFA launches Safe Home campaign to support domestic violence victims The important guiding principle is that the resumption of footballing activities should not compromise the health of individuals or the community. Furthermore, the return to play should be based on objective health information to ensure that activities are conducted safely and do not risk increased local COVID-19 transmission rates. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img It has been developed in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), UEFA, the European Club Association (ECA), FIFPRO, the World Leagues Forum and European Leagues, includes a list of mitigation measures that aim to reduce the overall risk of mass gatherings contributing to the spread of COVID-19, as well as indications for individual and group training by football teams. The risk assessment tool is being shared together with the FIFA medical recommendations document (see below), which is a first result of the FIFA COVID-19 Medical Working Group that was established on 16 April 2020 and which comprises the two FIFA medical leads, a medical/scientific representative of each of the six confederations, and external consultants. The WHO and the FIFA Medical Committee also contributed to the document.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights checkers are Minnesota first, Beckendorf is Fairmont winner

first_imgThe Danube driver started outside the front row and took charge from the get-go, with 2012 tour champion Jay Noteboom, Berry, tour point leader Richie Gustin and Kollin Hibdon his closest pur­suit. Other winners Wednesday at Fairmont were Luke Sathoff in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Cory Probst in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Troy Gochanour in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Terry Blowers in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.  Brandon Beckendorf won the first Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour feature held in Minne­sota, leading all 25 laps of the Wednesday night IMCA Modified main event at Fairmont Raceway. (Photo by Bill Keech) Final dates of the 10th annual Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour are Sept. 21 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, and Sept. 28 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa. “To win the first race held in Minnesota was pretty cool. It means a lot to me to be able to do it here,” said Beckendorf, the defending track champion and current point leader at Fairmont.  Forty-nine Modified drivers from 10 states and Canada vied in the Bob Shryock Memorial mid­week show. His advantage was more than a half a straightaway before Beckendorf caught up with the back of the field. Noteboom had reeled in the leader before the only caution of the race came out on lap 17, but pulled into the infield before the race restarted.center_img Berry headed the chase from that point but had to settle for second. Gustin, Mike Mullen and Hibdon completed the top five. Benji LaCrosse was sixth while hard charger Kelly Shryock went from 19th starting to seventh. FAIRMONT, Minn. (Aug. 7) – The first Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour event in Minnesota ended with a home state driver getting his career first IMCA Modified tour victory. Brandon Beckendorf led all 25 laps of the Wednesday night feature at Fairmont Raceway, earn­ing $1,500 along with a place on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot for his efforts.  Beckendorf’s best finish in three previous tour outings, all of them at Hancock County Speedway, was 12th, in 2015. Feature results – 1. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube; 2. Tom Berry Jr., Newburg, N.D.; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman, Iowa; 4. Mike Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 5. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 6. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.;  7. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 8. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 9. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 10. Jerad Thelen, Minot, N.D.; 11. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; 12. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 13. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, Iowa; 14. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 15. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 16. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa; 17. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa; 18. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 19. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; 20. Aaron Krohn, Slay­ton, Minn.; 21. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 22. Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; 23. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; 24. Jacob Bleess, Chatfield.last_img read more

Sandra A. Carpenter

first_imgSandra A. Carpenter, age 64 of Dillsboro, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Ripley Crossing.  Born June 2, 1954 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Mary (Nee: Schath) and Earl Schutter Jr.  She married Wade Carpenter Sr. May 18, 2002 in Dillsboro.  Sandy worked 38 years at the Hill-Rom Company as a material handler before retiring in 2016.Sandy was an animal lover and especially loved her dogs.  She also liked to embroider and quilt.  She’s made numerous baby quilts and embroidered pieces for family and friends over the years.  A Bengals fan who liked listening to oldies rock and roll, she was also an incredible cook whose lasagna is tough to beat.  Wade explained that Sandy was content being a homebody and possessed a green thumb.  Saturday’s mornings, however, were reserved for grocery shopping!She is survived by her husband Wade; son Jason Paine of Palm Bay, Florida and nine grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Cheryl Bottorff.Sandy’s wishes were to be cremated.  There will be no services, but the family will receive friends Wednesday, June 5th, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the Ripley County Humane Society.last_img read more

Keane free to face England

first_img Keane said: “I would like to thank LA Galaxy for reconsidering their decision, after further conversations between us, which really means a lot to me. “We have reached an agreement that will enable me to make it to the games and I look forward to playing my part.” The two games will be used by manager Giovanni Trapattoni to finalise his preparations for the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands on June 7, which is followed by a trip to New York for a friendly against World and European champions Spain. Keane is Ireland’s most-capped outfield player, having amassed 123 caps and is the nation’s record international goalscorer with 54. Skipper Robbie Keane will be able to face England next week after the Los Angeles Galaxy granted him permission to join up with the Ireland squad. The 32-year-old striker was ruled out of the friendly clashes with Roy Hodgson’s men at Wembley next Wednesday evening and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin the following Sunday after the MLS club initially declined to release him for the fixtures, which fall outside the FIFA international window. However, after further discussions, the Football Association of Ireland has confirmed that Keane will now be able to meet up with his team-mates in London. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more