The two reasons Laurent Koscielny is annoyed with Arsenal and Unai Emery

first_imgLaurent Koscielny suffered a career threatening Achilles injury in May 2018 (Picture: Getty)According to Ornstein, however, Koscielny’s ire dates back to last season, believing he was overworked and his schedule mismanaged upon his return from a career threatening Achilles injury suffered in May 2018.The former Lorient centre-half made his return to first team action on December 13 against FK Qarabag and was forced to play again three days later at Southampton, a game in which he made several costly errors during a 3-2 defeat.Koscielny was subsequently asked on five other occasions to play twice within three days and put his body on the line in an attempt to help secure Champions League qualification.Talks were held before the end of last season over a contract extension as it appeared almost certain that Arsenal would return to Europe’s elite club competition, but a dismal end to the campaign, culminating in a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in Baku, has dramatically changed the landscape for club and player alike.Ornstein claims Koscielny is dismayed at the direction the club is headed in with only one signing having been made during the close season.Arsenal announced the arrival of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli last week, but hopes of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace remain remote, while a deal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney appears to have stalled.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 Arsenal Advertisement Laurent Koscielny has refused to take part in Arsenal’s pre-season tour of America (Picture: Getty)Laurent Koscielny’s dissatisfaction with Arsenal extends beyond his desire to return to France after nine years in north London.The 33-year-old has 12 months remaining on his current contract but is said to believe an agreement was in place that would allow him to leave this summer following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.Koscielny believes Arsenal have reneged on that promise and is reportedly considering the option of buying out the remainder of his current £90,000-a-week deal and engineer a return to his homeland where the likes of Lyon and Bordeaux are interested in his services.AdvertisementAdvertisementAn ugly situation came to a head on Wednesday morning when, according to BBC reporter David Ornstein, via the Arseblog podcast, Koscielny informed Unai Emery he would not travel with the rest of the squad to America for the club’s pre-season tour.ADVERTISEMENT The two reasons Laurent Koscielny is annoyed with Arsenal and Unai Emery Advertisement 1 min. story 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 CityEmery was said to be furious with the club captain’s conduct and immediately informed head of football Raul Sanllehi, who took the decision to issue a statement condemning the player’s actions.It read: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour. We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’ Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jul 2019 8:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link580Shares Video Settings About Connatix V67539 PLAY Commentlast_img read more

ESG roundup: French award, AXA exits tobacco, German trends

first_imgThe French government has launched an award to promote and recognise best practice in climate-related disclosure by investors under new mandatory reporting requirements.The ministry of the environment is partnering with the 2° Investing Initiative (2°ii), a French multi-stakeholder think tank, on the award initiative.Its main purpose, according to a statement, is “to foster the emergence of best practices on climate change reporting, consequently providing food for thought for existing international initiatives on climate-related disclosures for investors, and setting the bar for French investors”.The criteria for the award have yet to be decided, but they will be based around the reporting requirements introduced by Article 173 of France’s “loi sur la transition énergétique pour la croissance verte” (LTE), the law on the energy transition for green growth. The law is believed to be the first to introduce mandatory disclosure on climate change by institutional investors, and the launch of the award seems in keeping with the French government’s apparent efforts to maintain, if not intensify, the momentum behind the COP21 climate agreement reached in Paris in December.The award will be presented at a ceremony in November, to be hosted by Ségolène Royal, the environment minister.In other news, French insurer AXA Group has announced that it will no longer invest in tobacco and will be selling all of its “tobacco industry assets”, currently valued at some €1.8bn.The insurer will offload immediately all of its equity holdings in tobacco companies, worth around €200m, and refrain from making any new investments in bonds issued by tobacco industry companies.It will hold on to the bonds, valued at around €1.6bn, it is already invested in until they mature.In a statement, Thomas Buberl, who will become chief executive at AXA in September, said the decision to divest “has a cost for us, but the case for divestment is clear. The human cost of tobacco is tragic – its economic cost is huge.” In divesting from tobacco, AXA follows in the footsteps of other institutional investors that have to one degree or another turned their back on the industry – large ones such as the Norwegian oil fund and smaller ones such as the pension fund of the London Borough of Croydon.In a contrasting move, however, CalPERS, one of the world’s largest pension funds, is reconsidering whether it should invest in tobacco again after research estimated it missed out on up to $3bn (€2.6bn) of returns. In Germany, meanwhile, 42% of institutional investors surveyed by asset manager Union Investment do not expect the global climate agreement reached at the December UN conference in Paris (COP21) to have notable consequences on the capital markets. Alexander Schindler, responsible for institutional business at Union, said “this result is surprising” given that tougher climate change mitigation requirements have valuation and risk-management implications for investors that “cannot be underestimated”. However, the majority of surveyed investors – 203, with around €3.5bn in assets under management – expect the political drive to reduce greenhouse gases to influence the capital markets. The sustainable investment survey, carried out between February and April, found that 21% of German institutional investors take climate change into account in their investment policies.Of those that don’t, 24% said they planned to do so over the next five years.last_img read more

Waidamu River Dredging Begins

first_imgImage source: Fijian GovernmentFijian Government has just announced that the dredging works on the 18 kilometer long Waidamu River are expected to start in the following days.According to their latest release, the Minister for Waterways and Environment, Dr. Mahendra Reddy, and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Ashneel Sudhakar, commissioned the works in Waicoka Village, Tailevu, yesterday.Commenting the latest news, Minister Reddy said that communities affected by the impacts of climate change will not be ignored and the Fijian Government will assist in full force by coming up with smart solutions.There are more than 200 residents in Waicoka Village and the commissioning has brought the villagers a great sense of relief, Fijian Government said in its release.Lands and Mineral Resources Minister, Ashneel Sudhakar, added that thorough consultations have been carried out in order to undertake this project.Image source: Fijian Governmentlast_img read more

Emotional farewell for Carragher

first_img Press Association He added: “It was a special send-off for me and a day I’ll never forget. I’ve been playing here a long time and it’s sad to think I’ll never play at this stadium again in a competitive game. “But it has to come to an end at some stage and I’ve got some great memories.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will miss having Carragher around for a variety of reasons and he knows he is impossible to replace. “I don’t think there are many about like that, I’ve got to be honest,” he said. “What he’s got at this football club is unique. You have to find different ways. All great players, their time comes to an end. “We’ve seen it here through the years. You look at Ian Rush when he went away and they brought in John Barnes and Peter Beardsley – and they bought something else. “We need to find a good one now to come in and support the group – and it certainly won’t be easy. “He’s an incredible player and a real gentleman. You saw his performance – his ambition was to go out at the top and he’s going out as a top performer.” Philippe Coutinho’s 23rd-minute goal settled the encounter against relegated QPR but all the attention was on the veteran centre-back on his 737th and final appearance. He almost capped it with a superb goal – he scored on his full debut in front of the Kop – but his sweetly-struck 25-yard shot cannoned back off the post. “I’ll have to watch it again – I thought it was in,” the 35-year-old told LFC TV. “I’m not the type to get too emotional but it is emotional. I’ve got my friends and family in the stands but I just wanted to concentrate on the game. We got the win that we wanted and I can go and enjoy myself now.” center_img Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admitted he had an emotional afternoon after playing his last match for the club at Anfield before retirement.last_img read more

Allardyce angry after Spurs draw

first_img Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino argued that his side did enough to win the game and praised the spirit his players showed to keep chasing a result. “We are always confident because we trust our players, and we never give up,” he said. “This is important, we showed big character and big personality today, and good energy. Then in the last 20 minutes it was important for us, it was a big point. It was difficult to play today, it is good to show character. For that we are proud. “I think we deserved more than point. We had 21 or 22 shots. We created many chances. We had possession of ball. But after they scored they created chances on counter-attack, they have very fast players up front. But in general, if we analyse, we are better than them.” The visitors, looking for a third straight win at Tottenham but just a second Premier League victory since Christmas, were deservedly leading 2-0 with just 10 minutes remaining thanks to goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho. But Danny Rose struck to reduce the arrears before Kane was brought down in the box by Alex Song in the last moments of five minutes of stoppage time. The England Under-21 international dusted himself down to take the resulting penalty, only to see it saved by Adrian. Kane, though, was on hand to sweep home the rebound. That proved to be the last meaningful kick of the game but Allardyce was left fuming at referee Moss, as well as the Spurs players, who he accused of going to ground too easily. Asked if Moss should have blown for full-time immediately after Adrian had saved the penalty, Allardyce replied: “The answer to that is yes, but he wouldn’t be brave enough to do that at home would he? “He’ll say there was still two seconds to go. He will say when the penalty was taken, there were five seconds left, when the rebound came off there were three second left. So we’re doing NFL now aren’t we? I’d like a time-keeper to be perfectly honest with you. “From our point of view, Alex has to keep his hands off him because he’s going to feel that contact and take to the floor. He’s got to. N o-one is in doubt that when you’re losing at that stage of the game and you know you’re not going to score because he’s kicked it too far. “You’re going to take the chance (by going to ground) and the referee gives him the opportunity to take the penalty – he wasn’t good enough to score that but lucky enough to get the rebound.” Allardyce had previously berated Tottenham on BT Sport, saying: “You can argue whether it’s enough contact from Alex’s arm or whether it’s not, but when you’re desperate like Tottenham are and you get touched, a player’s going to fall over and ask the referee to make a decision. “Whether it’s the right decision or not, it’s the way football is today. If we’re to learn anything by it, we have to do the same as what Tottenham do more often, because we stay on our feet and don’t get fouls and they get touched and go down and they do get fouls. In the end it’s make a difference.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hit out at both the Tottenham players and referee Jon Moss after a late Harry Kane equaliser cost the Hammers another win at White Hart Lane. Press Associationlast_img read more

Aqua Pur Water partners with GFF to keep players hydrated for CNL final clash

first_imgAQUA Pur Water, distributed by Sureia Manufacturing Inc., located at Eccles Industrial Site, East Bank Demerara yesterday committed to partnering with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) to keep the Golden Jaguars hydrated during this week and on game day this Saturday in what will be the most historic day in Guyana’sfootball history.Guyana is set to face Belize in their final CONCACAF Nations League at the Leonora Track and Field Facility from 18:30hrs and a win for the home team would see them qualifying for the first time in the nation’s history for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the highest level in the Confederation.National captain Sam Cox yesterday reiterated the importance of being hydrated not only for this all- important clash but always as he accepted the donation on behalf of the GFF and his colleagues.“We all know the importance and how vital it is to hydrate properly and the partnership with Aqua Pur is fantastic not only for the programme but it’s going to steer us in the right direction for this match. Everybody’s thrilled and we look forward to Saturday’s game against Belize.”Chief Executive Officer of Sureia Manufacturing, Frank Sanicharra in his remarks said he was extremely proud to be a part of the initiative to partner and support the Golden Jaguars on their journey to creating history.“Contributing to sports is always part of our corporate responsibility and more so, I am very proud to see the Guyanese boys are here and ready for action. I feel encouraged and would have to be there on Saturday to support you guys on behalf of the Aqua Pur team; good luck to you and I encourage all of Guyana to come out and support your team.”Technical Director Ian Greenwood was also on hand and expressed thanks to Sanicharra and the Aqua Pur team on behalf of the GFF.“The Guyana Football Federation is very excited about this partnership with Aqua Pur, we know it’s vitally important that the players are correctly hydrated during the week. We are ninety minutes away from creating history on Saturday, so this partnership will definitely help the recovery and performance of the players.”last_img read more

Ostapenko, Halep Seek First Grand Slam  Â

first_imgFrench Open French Open… French Open French Open…   After a birthday win for Jelena Ostapenko and a victory against the world No. 3 for Simona Halep, the French Open 2017 women’s final has been set. In an unlikely finale, world No. 47 Ostapenko, who had never won a match at Roland Garros prior to this year, has set up a meeting with a woman who almost missed the event with an ankle ligament problem. Had Halep been fully fit, she would’ve been most people’s favourite but for her to make such a swift recovery has been remarkable.But even with injury, people gave Halep a chance. No one would’ve had Ostapenko down to reach the final.we take a look at the unlikely meeting and offer a prediction as to who will come out on top.What’s on the line?So, so much!Obviously, both are chasing their first Grand Slam titles but there are also significant rankings changes on offer.Halep can become world No. 1 for the first time with a win – Angelique Kerber will remain top of the rankings if she loses – while Ostapenko will rise as high as 12th.The 20-year-old can also become the first Grand Slam winner from Latvia, while Halep can become the third Romanian to win a major after Ilie Nastase and Virginia Ruzici.Both Nastase and Ruzici were French Open champions but Halep would be the first Romanian Slam winner since 1978 – almost 40 years ago.How did they reach this stage?Halep cruised through her opening matches but has faced an incredibly tough run from the quarter-finals onwards.She took out second favourite Elina Svitolina, having been a set and 5-1 down, before knocking out second seed Karolina Pliskova.Ostapenko has also enjoyed an impressive run herself, beating former US Open champion Sam Stosur, ex-World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and Timea Bacsinszky on her way to the final.This will undoubtedly be her biggest test, though.What’s their head-to-head like?Incredibly, this will be the pair’s first meeting, which only adds to the intrigue surrounding the contestWhat we can compare, though is their career stats and it’s clear that Halep certainly has more experience of the big occasion.The Romanian has won an impressive 15 WTA Tour titles and been to the last-eight of every Grand Slam.Ostapenko is yet to win a singles title and this is her first time beyond the third round of a major.What have they both said?Ostapenko: When I came here, of course I didn’t expect I would be in the final.But then, like, first match was a tough match, as well, and I won it. I think it kind of gave me confidence.Then every match I was playing better and better and I got my confidence, and I think it works pretty well.Halep: I never played against her, I think. I don’t know what to expect from her. I saw a little bit of her match today.In my opinion is similar to what I had today, so maybe’s gonna be the same plan.You never know with this kind of player, so I have just to stay there for every ball. Every ball is important against them. So I will be there and ready to fight.Prediction?This is certainly a tough one to call – Ostapenko has looked largely unfazed by the challenges lying ahead of her and appears to be able to hit through anybody with her powerful groundstrokes.Halep, though, is a fighter and relentless on clay, although perhaps her near miss in 2014 could play on her mind.Ostapenko may be blessed by youth in terms of the removal of nerves but it’s still difficult to bet against Halep at this stage.It’ll be close but the Romanian is the more consistent player and should be able to grind her opponent down.Grand Slam record:  HalepAustralian Open: Quarter-finals (2014, 2015)French Open: Final (2014, 2017)Wimbledon: Semi-finals (2014)US Open: Semi-finals (2014)OstapenkoAustralian Open: Round three (2017)French Open: Final (2017)Wimbledon: Round two (2015)US Open: Round two (2015)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trojans pivot focus to undefeated Bears

first_imgJo Danielle Esteban | Daily TrojanFollowing their thrilling double-overtime victory over Texas, the Trojans don’t have much time to relax as they prepare to go up to Northern California and play Cal on Saturday. After opening the season with three straight home wins, the Trojans will be tested with their first road game of the 2017 season. Coming in Clutch Although its national ranking has slipped from No. 4 to No. 5, USC survived the upset in a nail-biting game.Head coach Clay Helton praised some underclassmen for their clutch performances that helped the Trojans leave the Coliseum with the win. With a steep learning curve, Helton acknowledged that everyone adjusts to the college game differently. “You can always tell when you look at them in the huddle,” Helton said. “You look at their eyes and you can tell, ‘That guy’s ready, that guy’s ready and there’s the big deer in the headlights.’” With preparation and constant repetition, Helton received production out of younger players when it mattered the most. After being stopped on the ground for most of the game, freshman running back Stephen Carr made a crucial 21-yard catch in the final seconds of the fourth quarter off a jump throw by redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold. Freshman walk-on kicker Chase McGrath, who missed his first field goal attempt, hit the tying and winning field goals later in the game. Helton also praised redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Vaughns for his performance on Saturday. After being quiet in the first two games, Vaughns had four catches for 25 yards and played crucial snaps in the fourth quarter and overtime. Scouting the Bears Cal, which has also started the season 3-0, is coming off a 27-16 win against Ole Miss. The Trojans will see a familiar face on the opposite sideline of California Memorial Stadium. Justin Wilcox, a former USC defensive coordinator, has exceeded expectations after being hired as Cal’s head coach this year. “We’re very impressed with their team,” Helton said. “A lot of credit goes to Justin Wilcox and his staff. They’ve got their team playing with a lot of confidence and a lot of effort right now.” On offense, the Bears are led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Ross Bowers. Bowers has completed 60 percent of his passes so far this season while throwing for five touchdowns. “I think the kid does a really nice job in their run/pass option game, which is a big part of their system, and he also has some accuracy vertically,” Helton said. Cal lost their starting running back, senior Tre Watson, early in the season after an unspecified right leg injury. Junior Patrick Laird has stepped up for the Bears in his place, averaging 7.5 yards per carry. On the other side of the ball, the Bears are led by a tough front seven. It appears that Wilcox’s hire has helped shore up the Bears’ defense, which has only given up 22 points a game. Their defense is led by senior Devante Downs, who recorded 14 tackles in the Bears’ win over the Rebels. Given Cal’s much-improved defensive unit, the Trojans will be tested in their first road game. After struggling running the ball, the Trojans leaned on the right arm of Darnold to pull out the win. But on Saturday, the Trojans will try to return to their identity of balance on offense by establishing the run game. Injuries The Trojans came out of the double-overtime battle on Saturday with a win, but got banged up in the process. Junior linebacker Porter Gustin (shoulder), redshirt junior cornerback Ajene Harris (knee), senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (knee), junior defensive tackle Rasheem Green (ankle), redshirt senior receiver Steven Mitchell (groin) and freshman receiver Joseph Lewis IV all missed practice on Tuesday. Junior running back Ronald Jones II, redshirt sophomore linebacker John Houston Jr. and junior offensive tackle Chuma Edoga were all limited. Despite the lengthy injury list, Helton says he’s not too concerned, citing depth all over the field that can fill in until starters get healthy. The Trojans’ injury situation is something to monitor closely, especially because their bye week doesn’t come until the end of the regular season schedule.last_img read more

Win for Martin at Italian Classic

first_imgThe Garmin Sharp rider made up for a disappointing season by finishing clear of his nearest challengers in Italy with a perfectly timed attack inside the last kilometre.Sean Kelly was a three time winner of the event in 1983, ’85 and ’91.last_img

Tipp hoping to claim camogie crown second time round

first_imgBill Mullane is the Tipp manager hoping to claim the Premier County’s first title at this grade for five years.He says his side showed enough first time out to suggest they have every chance of claiming the title this afternoon.Tipp FM will have regular updates on the match during the course of the afternoon.last_img