Arsenal to offer Granit Xhaka counselling after ‘devastating’ clash with fans against Crystal Palace

first_img Phil HaighWednesday 30 Oct 2019 7:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link91Shares Comment Advertisement Granit Xhaka is getting help from the club after his public spat with fans (Picture: Rex Features)Granit Xhaka will be offered counselling by Arsenal as they are concerned for his mental well-being after his outburst against fans on Sunday.The Swiss midfielder was booed off the field by Arsenal fans as he was substituted during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League and responded angrily to the supporters’ taunts.The Gunners captain threw his hands in the air, cupped his ear, was seen saying ‘f**k off’ before removing his shirt and storming down the tunnel.Arsenal manager Unai Emery described the 27-year-old as ‘devastated’ by the situation and reports have emerged that the club will offer him counselling to help him through the tough time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He trained normally with the group but he is devastated,’ said Emery on Tuesday. ‘He is sad about that situation,‘His commitment is great every time. He wants to help.‘His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and club. Really he knows he was wrong.‘He feels inside, very deep. It’s normal as a human. Every player needs the supporters’ support.’ Advertisement Xhaka has not commented since the substitution (Picture Rex)Emery had called for Xhaka to apologise for his actions immediately after the game at the Emirates, saying: ‘Yes [he should apologise]. We make mistakes, we need to apologise and we suggested for him to do that.‘Really, he knows he was wrong and he feels inside very deep.’However, there has been no public apology forthcoming as yet, but the Spaniard is remaining patient with his player, insisting that he is focussed on Xhaka’s mental health before needing to hear him say sorry.‘I don’t need his apology,’ continued Emery. ‘Because I know he is devastated, we can speak about all the situation but first it’s him.‘He is now very down and we need to support him.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‘My ideal future is to watch again Xhaka playing and every supporter supporting him. I don’t know if I can or will achieve it but this is my ideal.‘Also for him it’s the same but also I think we need now to be calm step by step so we can progress.’Xhaka will not play on Wednesday night in the EFL Cup clash with Liverpool at Anfield, although a number of first team players were always going to be rested for that match.MORE: Every word Unai Emery said about Granit Xhaka, the Arsenal captaincy & Mesut Ozil before Liverpool clashMORE: Unai Emery reveals how Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke reacted to shocking Granit Xhaka outburst Arsenal to offer Granit Xhaka counselling after ‘devastating’ clash with fans against Crystal Palacelast_img read more

Top 7 sexiest staircases on the Gold Coast

first_imgBe sure to bring a treat to get past the pooch guarding this beautiful Broadbeach Waters staircase. 734 Pacific Pde, Currumbin The exterior view of 88 Gibraltar Dr, Isle of Capri.Oozing effortless style, this staircase creates a classy transition between floors.The warm timber tread continues into the upper-level living area where the floorboards create a cosy and inviting space. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenAutumn National Market Update02:12WHILE stairs perform a practical function in any multistorey home, they have also become a design feature in their own right.People are splurging more on staircases and using them as a focal point of a modern home. The stairs make a statement inside Villas 1&2 48 Burra Street, Chevron Island.When positioned in a way that makes them visible from numerous vantage points in a home, stairs can be downright sexy.Materials that create a transparency effect are right on trend, including open timber treads and clear which both enhance the sense of space in a home. Even a little Feng Shui comes into play when deciding the best position of the staircase in a home. Check out our top 7 staircases inside these Gold Coast properties, all currently on the market: The stairs look great from the living space at Villas 1&2 48 Burra Street, Chevron Island. 38 Paradise Island, Surfers Paradise The stairs have curve appeal inside 38 Paradise Island, Surfers Paradise.The shape draws the eye visually from one level to the next.Warm timber treads help to break up the white palette dominating the space. Sleek, see-through stairs make a statement in this contemporary masterpiece on Isle of Capri. Stairs with a view.Care has been taken with every detail, including the engineered oak stairway connecting the two levels.A tall glass window affords a view over the landscaped gardens and allows natural light to flood the stairs. The entry showcases the stairs.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThis stairway is immediately visible as you enter the home, providing a sure statement and easy access to the upper levels.The timber treads offer a warm contrast to the cooler stone tones found throughout the home. 67 TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters Looking sharp from any angle.They catch your eye from the living areas, the kitchen and everywhere in between.The warm timber treads and glass with black accents complement the overall design of the property. In a home kitted out with all the bells and whistles, the stairs may not be the main attraction but they’re worth a look nonetheless. 9 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands The stairs are visible from the kitchen in Villas 1&2 48 Burra Street, Chevron Island. The wooden staircase inside this beach-ready abode was inspired by the stairs leading down to Currumbin Alley. Much like the stairs, this stunning Broadbeach Waters house takes sophistication to the next level. External stairs at 67 TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters.Transparency between the treads combined with the glass adds to the sense of space in this open-plan design.A second outdoor staircase takes on a different twist as we’re led in spectacular style to the rooftop terrace. Stairs with shape inside 9 Kensington Mews, Sovereign Islands. There’s no denying the stairs in this Surfers Paradise stunner have some serious curve. Access is by tummy scratch at 67 TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters. These stairs are super sexy and the photographer knows it.These stylish Chevron Island villas offer a prime example of stairs that can be appreciated from any angle. 140 Rio Vista Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters This sturdy staircase is made for sandy feet at 734 Pacific Pde, Currumbin.The owners wanted to replicate the experience of walking out of the house and directly onto the beach. Constructed from 35mm thick hardwood, these stairs are purpose-built for wet, sandy feet. 88 Gibraltar Dr, Isle of Capri Villas 1&2/48 Burra Street, Chevron Island Sleek and see-through stairs inside 88 Gibraltar Dr, Isle of Capri.last_img read more

More drive-thru testing sites available, just not in Southeastern IN

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has opened four drive-thru testing clinics for healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers who have symptoms of COVID-19 in the state.  Those locations are in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, and Sellersburg.  No word if or when a site would open in the Southeastern Indiana region. Data for the state show that the highest age group of people testing positive for COVID-19 is 50-59 years-old at 20.2%.  The 30-39 years-old category is second for positive cases at 13.6%.  Data shows that the largest age group experiencing death from the virus is the 80 and older age group with 38.2% and 70-79 years-old category with 29.7% is second.  To see daily updates at noon, click here.last_img read more

Nadal aiming to fight for big-three’s record in US Open semi-finals

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Rafael Nadal faces Matteo Berrettini in the US Open semi-finals, aiming to stay alive in his quest for a fourth title. But the three-time champion will also be defending the honour of the big-three in men’s tennis. Nadal is the favourite on paper as an upset-filled US Open reaches the semi-final stage where the honour of the big three in men’s tennis is also at stake. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Nadal are the trio which has dominated the game ever since Federer won his maiden Wimbledon title 16 years ago. So stark has been their dominance that there have been only five of the 65 Grand Slam finals since that 2003 match in which none of the three has featured. The last was in the 2016 Wimbledon final in which Andy Murray beat Milos Raonic. With Djokovic retiring injured in the last 16 and Federer ousted in the quarter-finals, Nadal is the last one standing as he heads into Friday’s semi-final against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini. In-form Daniil Medvedev and Grigor Dimitrov are contesting the other match. The second-seeded Nadal advanced into his 33rd semi-final at the majors and eighth at Flushing Meadows against Diego Schwartzman. He did waste big leads in the first (4-0) and second (5-1) sets before succeeding in straight sets. “I need to play my best, and today I think I make a step forward, even if I lost my serve a couple of times,” Nadal said afterwards. The winner of 18 Grand Slams will not underestimate the 23-year-old Berrettini who is in his first major semi-final after enjoying a splendid year with titles in Budapest and Stuttgart. He was also in two further finals and was the 24th seed in New York. “Berrettini is having a great year. He’s in semi-finals winning a lot of good matches. You can’t expect an easy opponent. You can’t expect an easy match,” Nadal said.Tags: Matteo BerrettiniNovak DjokovicRafael NadalRoger FedererUS Openlast_img read more

Opportunity Knox for Murtagh

first_imgJohnny Murtagh is aiming for a dream start to his training career with Fort Knox in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. The multiple Group One-winning jockey has been assisting Tommy Carmody for the past couple of seasons, with a string for prominent owner Andrew Tinkler at Murtagh’s Curragh yard. Murtagh has now taken over the reins, but Fort Knox no longer runs in Tinker’s colours as, after an impressive win in a Guineas trial at Leopardstown, he was bought by Sheikh Mohammed and will run in the famous maroon and white silks at the weekend. “It’s a big weekend and we’ve got a few entries. Fort Knox has come out of his last race well and he’s been doing everything nicely. Crucially he’s had no hiccups since then. He’s going nicely at home and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Murtagh. “Sheikh Mohammed’s team were obviously impressed with Fort Knox and I think a lot of it is to do with him being by Dubawi, who is the stallion of the moment. It’s a big confidence boost that they left him with us. “They saw he was being aimed at the Guineas and we train just down the road so they probably thought it was for the best. “It was a tough race at Leopardstown, the ground was soft and there was a real headwind into your face so he showed a good attitude to win as he did. I don’t think better ground will be an issue. It should be beautiful this weekend anyway, as it’s good at the moment with a few showers about. “It will be some start if he can win, nobody can accuse us of not aiming high, anyway!” Tinkler will still be represented in the Classicafter he paid the supplementary entry fee for Ask Dad. Murtagh added: “Andrew was keen to have a runner in the race which is why he’s supplemented Ask Dad. It’s a race that’s been lucky for him in the past and he’s been placed in it before so he said we may as well try to pick up some placed money.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Clarets to release Wallace

first_img Press Association The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and the club have announced his departure as they look to rebuild following relegation from the Barclays Premier League. The Scotland international will follow Steven Reid out of Turf Moor after the defender announced his retirement earlier this week. Relegated Burnley are to release winger Ross Wallace at the end of the season.center_img But long-serving midfielder Michael Duff could stay on after the Clarets confirmed they will begin discussions with the 37-year-old over a new deal. Wallace, a former Celtic trainee signed from Preston five years ago, has made 165 appearances and scored 13 times for the club. He has played 15 times in the Premier League this season, finding the net twice. Wallace said: “It’s a sad day for me to be leaving Burnley. I have thoroughly enjoyed five terrific years at the club and made many friends.” Duff, who is in his testimonial season, joined Burnley for £30,000 from Cheltenham in 2004. He has played in each of the top eight tiers of English football across his career. Manager Sean Dyche said: “With the outcome of the season now clear we have met with the players to put them in the picture. “Ross will be leaving and, of course, we thank him for his contribution to the club and we wish him well in the future.” Burnley travel to Aston Villa for their final game of the season on Sunday. last_img read more

Serena to play fewer tournaments to aid grand slam quest

first_imgBy Simon cambersMELBOURNE,(Reuters)-Serena Williams plans to play fewer tournaments in the future to aid her quest to win more grand slam titles, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.The 35-year-old American won her 23rd grand slam title on Saturday at the Australian Open, breaking the open-era record she held jointly with Germany’s Steffi Graf.Serena will now manage her schedule as she chases down the all-time leader Margaret Court, the Australian whose record of 24 grand slam titles straddled the amateur and professional eras.“Mentally she has to stay fresh and mentally excited when the grand slams start, because they are the goal,” Mouratoglou told a group of reporters after Serena’s 6-4, 6-4 victory over her sister Venus Williams gave her a seventh Australian Open title.“So we have a lighter schedule – not lighter than last year, which would be difficult (when she played just eight events and did not play after September) – but lighter than the year before (11 events).”At one stage in 2016, Serena held the world number one ranking based only on seven events over a 52-week period.Germany’s Angelique Kerber overtook her when she won the U.S. Open last September but Serena will return to top spot when the rankings are updated today.Serena has traditionally played fewer tournaments than most top players, but since she usually reaches the final, she is able to pick and choose.From the start of 2012 to the end of 2016, Serena won 288 matches, second only to Poland’s Agnieska Radwanska, who won 289.But while Radwanska lost 107 matches in that period, Serena lost just 29.Mouratoglou said Indian Wells, in March, would be Serena’s next stop but didn’t expect to see her at too many events before the next grand slam, the French Open, which begins on May 29.“We’ve already done the schedule for the whole year,” Mouratoglou said. “It doesn’t mean that the schedule is not going to change, it’s meant to adapt to situations. But generally speaking it’s already set for the whole season.”Mouratoglou said numbers alone were not the main factor behind Serena’s continuing hunger, even in her 20th year on tour.“She was not motivated by 22, she was motivated to win grand slams,” he said.That’s her motivation. This won’t change until she maybe one day wakes up and is not motivated to win grand slams, but for now she is. That’s enough. The record is not the thing that makes her play.”And Mouratoglou said Serena would not obsess over the record of 24 held by Court.“With all the respect for Margaret Court, it was another era, the draws were like 16 players and they were not professionals,” he said.“Of course the record is here and we definitely want to beat it, but there was a professional era and the record was Steffi Graf.”last_img read more

Toronto Raptors aim to top Bucks tonight for NBA Finals berth

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Raptors will be looking to move on and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks will be hoping to stay alive tonight in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.The host Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 after winning Game 5 in Milwaukee 105-99 on Thursday night. Another win will put them into the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.The Bucks have an immediate goal of forcing a Game 7 Monday night on their home court. The Raptors are approaching Game 6 warily, not trying to get ahead of themselves.“Listen, this is a great team we’re playing,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “They are really good and deep and athletic and long and all kinds of stuff. This was a super hard win (Thursday), super hard.And we have to play with a tremendous amount of effort. Again, I think our keys are this: We’ve got to play good offence, not turn it over and score the basketball, because if you don’t, they’re getting what they want, which is downhill basketball in a hurry. “If we can score it, if we can take care of it, we can get our defence set up, for the most part we get down and guard them and make the shots a lot tougher. We have to rebound the basketball. They’re a great rebounding team.”Bucks centre Brook Lopez is aware of the task at hand. “We’re just on to the next game,” Lopez said. “We’re not thinking about winning two right now, obviously. We just want to go out there and get Game 6.” Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo was emphatic.“I’m (ticked), I’m not going to lie to you,” Antetokounmpo said. “We’ve got two more games to go and we can do this. … We’re the best team in the league, man.“We’re not going to fold. We’re going to go and give everything we’ve got. We’re not going to go there and even (if) they set a great tone and come out and hit us in the mouth first – we can’t fold. We’re going to come back to Milwaukee being (ticked), like, you cannot fold. You’ve got to go out there and give everything you’ve got. If we lose, we lose. OK, cool. But we’re not going to fold as a team. That’s not what we do.”As usual, Kawhi Leonard led Toronto’s scoring Thursday with 15 of his 35 points coming in the fourth quarter. He also added seven rebounds and a career-best nine assists.“Just got to give credit to my teammates,” Leonard said. “They knocked down shots (Thursday) when I gave it to them, and I’m not a guy that really controls the ball the whole game.”The Raptors have an advantage in playoff experience over the Bucks, and that could have been a factor already in this series and could be again in Game 6. “Experience helps a lot,” Leonard said. “You know, just from my input, I’ve been here before. I’ve been to the finals, and it’s pretty much nothing new that I’m seeing out there. You just have to have fun with it and enjoy it. Like I told them (Thursday), we were down 10, I told them to enjoy the moment and embrace it, and let’s have fun and love it. This is why we’re here.”Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova said it’s a mental game.“I think it’s going to be about us showing our strength – not just physically,” Ilyasova said, “(but) mentally, because we have to be ready. They will come out full force, and not just them – the fans and everything. We have to stick together and play our best game.”last_img read more

MSOC : Syracuse defense remains strong until final minute in loss to Villanova

first_img Published on October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Nick Bibbs sat on the turf about 35 yards away from the goal with his arms folded across his knees, staring toward the net where his team had just been dealt another crushing loss. After helping to lead a defense that held Villanova scoreless for more than 109 minutes, he couldn’t comprehend how it ended in another fruitless result.And it didn’t make it easier that the team that delivered the blow was his hometown team. The one the Syracuse defender would’ve loved to have beaten.‘It kind of hurts,’ Bibbs said. ‘You play so well for a full however long, and you let up a goal with 40 seconds left, it hurts. It really does. Especially with a team from my hometown, I live five minutes away, it just doesn’t feel good.’Syracuse (3-11-1, 1-6-1 Big East) knew Villanova was going to come in and try to beat the Orange with its physicality, calling for SU to increase its intensity. And it did that for almost the entire game before falling 1-0 in double overtime to the Wildcats (6-7-4, 3-4-1 Big East) Wednesday night. As a result, SU’s hopes for the postseason are complicated, and Saturday’s game against DePaul becomes essentially a play-in game for the Big East tournament.The goal that spelled disaster for Syracuse could have been avoided. But with all of its scorers pushed up in its offensive end of the field in the final minute of the second overtime, Villanova had a perfect chance for a fast break goal. Orange goalkeeper Phil Boerger ran out of the cage to try to cut off Matt Margiotta’s angle during the counterattack, but it was to no avail. Margiotta cut left and had a wide open net to put home the only goal of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd until Villanova’s game-winning goal, which came with the Orange going full throttle for a win instead of playing for what would be a useless tie, SU’s defense shined. It shoved the Wildcats’ scorers, it slid all over the field to knock the ball away and had no hesitation taking down Villanova attackers to halt possible scoring opportunities.The Orange’s defensive unit wreaked havoc on the Wildcats from the start, just as the game plan dictated.‘Coming in, (Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre) told us they’re a physical team, so we need to match their intensity,’ Bibbs said. ‘We did. Our backline is feisty, real physical back four. Teams struggle when they’re up top. Their strikers struggle. That’s what we want to do, be physical.’In the 71st minute, Bibbs chased Villanova forward Dylan Renna down the right sideline in what looked like a perfect scoring opportunity. But as Renna approached the box, Bibbs went to slide down and knock the ball out from in front of him. In his attempt to make the stop, he managed to get Renna to try and fight him off, inducing a tripping foul and earning a free kick for the Orange.Syracuse goalkeeper Phil Boerger said it was an overall willingness from the entire team to defend at its best. And what made the defensive stops even more impressive from previous games was that Villanova had nearly no open scoring chances in its set plays. Boerger said that aspect of Syracuse’s defense had been lacking, forcing an increase in attention to defending to those plays and specific players last week in practice.As the season has progressed, the communication between the young back four improved with seemingly every game, and that was no different Wednesday night.Still, Boerger couldn’t shake the frustration. After such a strong performance from the defense, it was just another unlucky loss.‘The communication, we were spot on tonight,’ Boerger said. ‘Whatever it is, we did well with it. We defended very well in set pieces. In the past few games, we had given up goals in set pieces, so we worked on that in training.’McIntyre stood outside his team’s locker room after the game, looking and sounding less frustrated than he had been after some of Syracuse’s previous losses. He said he wasn’t fazed that a team managed to score with just 44 seconds left.His defense had been simply too good for him to take the loss as a complete failure.‘Yes, we like to keep clean sheets, but I’ll take that as a clean sheet for the guys,’ McIntyre said. ‘We were very good, and a team catching us with however many seconds there were left doesn’t detract away from the 109 minutes where we were very solid tonight.’‘ … It would’ve been good value for some points tonight. But it’s not to be.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more