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

Arsenal legend Ian Wright ‘very disappointed’ by Unai Emery decision during Wolves draw

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal conceded shortly after Emery brought off Lucas Torreira (Picture: Getty)Boos rang out inside the Emirates after the Wolves draw and Arsenal legend Wright has revealed his disappointment at one of Emery’s substitutions.ADVERTISEMENTMidfielder Torreira was surprisingly replaced by talented winger Bukayo Saka on Saturday and Arsenal conceded just three minutes later.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Arsenal at home, for me, it’s like a basketball match,’ the former Gunners and England striker told BBC Radio 5 Live.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‘Whoever is playing at Arsenal, it doesn’t matter what the score is, they should have belief they have a chance of getting back into the game.‘I was very disappointed to see Lucas Torreira taken off because he is that defensive midfielder and you just want to see those players staying on the pitch.‘But you have to credit to Wolves, they kept going.’ Comment Emery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homeTo 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 7:06FullscreenEmery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homehttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-speaks-press-arsenal-draw-1-1-wolves-home-2040884/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.Emery, meanwhile, insists he feels the ‘responsibility’ to improve after Wolves fought back to earn a deserved point against his struggling Arsenal side.‘I am very demanding of myself,’ Emery said. ‘We are not proud of our result today. The result is not good. I feel every time my responsibility to work and come back with better results.’Arsenal face Europa League rivals Vitoria de Guimaraes on Wednesday evening before visiting in-form Leicester next weekend.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 movescenter_img Arsenal legend Ian Wright ‘very disappointed’ by Unai Emery decision during Wolves draw Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Nov 2019 11:11 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Ian Wright was ‘very disappointed’ by one of Unai Emery’s substitutions (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright admits he was ‘very disappointed’ with Unai Emery’s decision to substitute Lucas Torreira during Arsenal’s draw with Wolves.The Gunners suffered another disappointing result at home to Wolves on Saturday after Raul Jimenez cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.Emery is under huge pressure at the Emirates, with Arsenal now winning just one of their last five league fixtures and slipping three points behind fourth-placed Leicester City.last_img read more

Mayweather mocks McGregor

first_imgRelatedPosts Sexual assault: McGregor awaits physical test, video evidence Sexual assault charge: UFC superstar denies allegation, released without charge Spain legend, Casillas, retires at 39 Floyd Mayweather has questioned Conor McGregor’s latest retirement announcement, insisting he will be “waiting” should the UFC star change his mind.McGregor announced he is retiring from MMA for the third time in four years on Sunday, despite making his long-awaited comeback just in January. “Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting,” he wrote across his social media platforms.“Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been! Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my world title wins! Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you! Whatever you desire it’s yours.”Mayweather – who claimed a stoppage win against McGregor in a hugely lucrative boxing match in 2017 – also took to social media to mock the Irishman’s latest claim.“If I’m not mistaken, didn’t you tell Mike Tyson you could beat me if we fought a second time?” the retired 50-0 fighter said.“Now you’re quitting! I thought you wanted to beat the best? Well, if you decide to come back, I will be waiting to punish you again.” McGregor has fought twice following his loss to Mayweather, bouncing back with a 40-second knockout win against Donald Cerrone after suffering a devastating loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.The 31-year-old has also spoken of a rematch with Mayweather on numerous occasions, describing the American as “far from retired” and insisting the rematch “will happen at some stage”.Mayweather – who recently offered to cover the costs of the funeral of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis late in May – has not fought professionally since the pair’s bout.The undefeated 43-year-old has since started training lightweight Devin Haney, however.Tags: Conor McGregorFloyd Mayweather JrMockeryRetirementUFClast_img read more

CAF boss Hayatou facing challenge

first_imgHayatou faces new challengeLibreville, Gabon | AFP | CAF executive committee member Ahmad Ahmad said Friday he will challenge long-serving Issa Hayatou in March for the presidency of the African football body.Cameroonian Hayatou, 70, has run CAF since succeeding Sudanese Abdel Halim Muhammad in 1988 and is seeking an eighth four-year term.The CAF confirmed in Libreville meanwhile that Hayatou was standing for a new term through to 2021.Ahmad, the Madagascar Football Association president, told reporters in Libreville that his candidacy had been accepted.“My candidacy for the position of Confederation of African Football president has been approved,” he said.Ahmad is in the Gabonese capital ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, which kicks off Saturday. Ahmad faces a huge task to unseat Hayatou as two previous challengers — Angolan Armando Machado and Botswana’s Ismael Bhamjee — suffered humiliating defeats.The presidential election will be held in Addis Ababa during the 60th birthday celebrations of CAF.Officials wanting to become president of the Cairo-based body must be part of the executive committee.Following a lead set by world governing body FIFA, CAF last year agreed that future presidents of the confederation will be restricted to a maximum of three four-year terms.This creates the possibility of former international middle-distance runner Hayatou remaining in power until he is 83.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Little Silver Seeks To Replace Cellphone Tower

first_imgBy John Burton |The Borough Council will be asking wireless providers, “Can you hear me now?” as it looks to partner for a new communications tower that would also provide additional cell service.The council will be seeking requests for proposals from communications companies in an effort to partner with one of the companies to erect a new 90foot structure in the area of the existing outdated communications tower, located behind borough hall, 480 Prospect Ave., according to borough officials.“At the end of the day, this is something we’ve needed for some time,” Mayor Robert Neff Jr. said about replacing the existing tower to ensure public safety and provide needed additional cellphone coverage for the community.Borough Councilman Donald Galante said the existing 50-foot aging tower, which dates back to circa-1966, provides inadequate coverage for local police, fire, emergency management services, State Police and county hotline services, which rely on it for communications.There are cellphone coverage dead spots in some areas of the borough, creating a possible public safety concern and could “prevent as rapid a response as possible,” in the case of an emergency, Neff noted.The thought, officials said, would be to have a private carrier construct the tower on borough-owned property, for which it would receive a rent abatement for a yet to be determined period of time for the use of the property and save taxpayer money. The cost to construct a new 90-foot tower could be anywhere from $150,000-$200,000, according to officials.In addition, the site could be used by other wireless providers, increasing those companies’ coverage for area users and earning the municipality some revenue, they said.“Doing this makes financial sense and it certainly makes good safety response sense,” Neff said.“This is the perfect opportunity to bring everything together,” Galante said.State Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), is a borough resident (and former borough councilman) who has headed up FSD Enterprises for about 20 years. The Red Bank-based firm works with municipalities to negotiate with wireless communications providers for the placement of towers and other equipment. O’Scanlon is volunteering his services, working with local officials as they explore their options.These installations are a fact of life today and “We all have a voracious appetite for bandwidth,” O’Scanlon noted. “And if that is going to function the way we all want it to we’re going to need the infrastructure.”This discussion came about when the telecommunication company Verizon appeared before the borough planning board about three months ago seeking a variance to place a number of antennas on top of downtown commercial buildings to improve service. The borough has an ordinance that makes this equipment a permitted use only on municipal property, thus requiring a use variance to place it outside of the permitted zones.“I wasn’t really excited, aesthetically, about buildings down-town having these antennas,” Galante acknowledged. But that opened the door for discussions for a new tower, he said.The council voted on June 8 to authorize borough administrator Kimberly Jungfer to work with O’Scanlon to address specifications and advertise to begin the bidding process. No time frame has been established for a decision.– By John Burtonlast_img read more