Unai Emery explains why he’s left Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at home for Eintracht Frankfurt clash

first_imgUnai Emery explains why he’s left Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at home for Eintracht Frankfurt clash Unai Emery has rested Mesut Ozil for Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed that he decided to leave Mesut Ozil at home for Arsenal’s clash with Eintracht Frankfurt so the midfielder will be well rested and ‘ready’ to face Aston Villa at the weekend.Ozil, 30, made his first appearance of the season away to Watford at the weekend, managing 71 minutes of the 2-2 draw before being replaced by Reiss Nelson at Vicarage Road.The German joined the rest of his team-mates in training ahead of Thursday’s Europa League opener, but did not fly to Frankfurt on Wednesday afternoon.Emery has also given Sokratis Papastathopoulos a rest, with the Greek defender playing every minute of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign so far this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CitySpeaking ahead of Arsenal’s match with Frankfurt, Emery explained: ‘We are playing now a lot of matches and I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first 11 and in the 19 players in the squad.‘Sokratis and Mesut they rest this match.‘I prefer after Sunday’s match [for Ozil] to rest and train and to be ready for Sunday [against Aston Villa].’ Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery and Sead Kolasinac preview Frankfurt matchTo 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 12:47FullscreenUnai Emery and Sead Kolasinac preview Frankfurt matchhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-sead-kolasinac-preview-frankfurt-match-2008692/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 was impressed with Ozil’s performance against Watford and believes the playmaker is ready to play a bigger role for Arsenal.‘We are going to play another match on Sunday,’ Emery added.‘My decision is because he played [at Watford] and also I’m thinking about Thursday, with the focus on the first 11, and after that I decided who are the players who can be the best for Thursday. The players [who are] not is Sokratis and Mesut.’‘The first match he [Ozil] played on Sunday he played good physically, also giving us his capacity and skills.‘His first minutes for us were good and now he is ready to help us, not on Thursday, but Sunday. On Thursday we are thinking to do some rotation.’MORE: Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan teammate Marcelo Brozovic square up in dressing room bust-up Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Sep 2019 9:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link386Shares Commentlast_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala on Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson: ‘Nobody’s going to the Knicks’

first_img Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Star has met twice with Kyrie Irving about signing with same team Andre Iguodala’s prediction for NBA free agency pic.twitter.com/xhJtaZmYTk— Power Lunch (@PowerLunch) June 24, 2019″I think they’ll both be back with the Golden State Warriors,” Iguodala said Monday. “We’re like brothers. We keep in contact. But regardless of any of that, if both decide to leave, then they would both still be my brother(s). I’ll still keep in contact with them as much as possible. I just wish the best for both of those guys. They come back full strength.””Nobody’s going to the Knicks, sorry.” Related News Jimmer Fredette will play with Warriors in summer league, report says Andre Iguodala doesn’t think the Knicks will sign any of Golden State’s top talent.Warriors stars Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Klay Thompson (ACL) suffered serious injuries in the 2019 NBA Finals and could both hit the open market this offseason, but Iguodala is certain neither will call Madison Square Garden home anytime soon. Will Kevin Durant re-sign with Warriors? Steve Kerr, Bob Myers have ‘no idea’ Golden State entered 2018-19 as the two-time defending champions but fell to the Raptors in six games in this year’s Finals.Durant and Thompson combined to average 47.5 points per game in 2018-19 and will miss a substantial portion of 2019-20. The Warriors averaged 117.7 points per contest throughout that season, so they’ll have to replace some vital firepower. Golden State is reportedly prepared to make Durant and Thompson max offers this summer, but Durant is the wild card in this situation, as he’s been linked to the Knicks and Nets as of late. When asked if the Warriors were confident about retaining the pair on Monday, general manager Bob Myers responded: “We’ll see.”That’s not exactly a vote of confidence, but Golden State coach Steve Kerr doesn’t think there will be any “recruiting” of Durant and Thompson.”We’re not doing any videos and tours of the city,” Kerr told ESPN recently. “Basically it’s a ‘We want you back and we hope you decide to come back and see what happens,’ but we’re at a different place now.”last_img read more

RURAL POST OFFICES FACING NEW THREAT AS SORTING SERVICES SET TO BE CLOSED DOWN

first_imgAs another four rural post offices in north Donegal face the loss of their postmen to the Letterkenny sorting office, the move has been described as another disaster for rural areas.Brid Gallagher has said the latest proposals by the Government are a kick in the teeth for rural post offices.Ten postmen are affected as the local mail sorting services are being lost in Creeslough, Kerrykeel, Milford and Carrigart in August.Local offices already hit by the changes include Ramelton, Kilmacrennan and Rathmullan. And a union official has said that this is further evidence of the downgrading of rural post offices and the loss of status poses a big risk for their future viability.It is also believed the removal of sorting will also see a substantial reduction in the income of postmasters.The postmen are to have their mail sorting duties transferred to Letterkenny as An Post moves to ‘consolidate services’.This is part of a cost cutting measure that is coming under increasing criticism from postal workers and the general public. The move which is well underway across the country will see rural postmasters taking substantial cuts in their income.And it is claimed the loss of status will further endanger local post offices across rural Ireland.At the same An Post has stunned the postmasters by asking them to inform their customers they should have social welfare and pensions paid directly into financial institutions.“This change is a direct contradiction of what government Ministers and TD’s here in Donegal have been saying in the Dail in the past year and we fail to understand how they can support the downgrading of our small rural offices,” said Brid Gallagher of the postal union.And in another twist the postmasters have been asked to hand out data to pensioners and social welfare recipients asking them to use a financial institution. The information states, “The Department recommends direct payment to your current, deposit or saving account in a financial institution.“This is the best payment option for you as you can receive your payment at a time and place that suits you.“The postmasters were shocked when asked to circulate this document to their own customers.A number of areas have already seen their sorting services taken out of the local post office to the nearest main office. And most of the county is now set to go down the same route. The Inishowen peninsula will shortly see similar changes, said a union representative.This is the result of ‘unintended consequences’ arising from an agreement between An Post and the Unions, according to post office spokespersons.The deal is part of the company’s consolidation programme and Donegal is among the last areas to have the deal implemented.Brid Gallagher of the Irish Postmasters Union told the Tirconaill Tribune, “Unions agreed the deal in good faith and were not aware of the latest consequences.“It was never intended that post offices would lost status and that the postmasters will see a big decrease in their incomes as a result of losing their sorting duties.“We fail to see how the Government is allowing this downgrading to go ahead when one the other hand they are claiming their objective was to protect rural offices and services.“The opposite is the reality.“This move has been seen as a kick in the teeth for postal workers at a time when many post offices are facing closure.”She added, “It is a bit of a slap in the face when rural post offices are going through so much turmoil.”Postal workers say this move and others go against the spirit of comments made by Junior Minister Joe McHugh in the Dail last year on the retention of post offices and their role in rural and community life.DeputyMcHugh told a Dail debate on postal services last year, “The Government has made a decision to work proactively across Departments to examine how all Departments can work together, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Social Protection, to lend their weight to the sustainability and viability of post offices.“I sit on the working group and I take this very seriously. I am concerned every Department must be on the same wavelength as the interdepartmental decision to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of post offices.“The Government is taking this seriously and it is important we continue in this vein.”Now representatives of the postal union say they’ve not had any response from Minister McHugh in relation to the downgrading in his own home territory.Meanwhile questions are also being raised about the Department of Social Protection’s policy regarding post offices.It wants the majority of its transactions, bar 3%, done by electronic payment by the end of this year.The real issue, says the postmasters is that the Department wants to have most of its business done by electronic means by 2015.Correspondence has been issued from the Department of Social Protection to pensioners advising them or encouraging those who have been receiving payments for a long number of years to have their money paid by direct debit into the bank rather than through the post office.Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has been keeping a watching brief on the transfer of postal services says the move is a disaster and a further threat to the future of rural services.He said, “The transfer of sorting to Letterkenny is a clear indication of the Government’s policy of urbanisation and the total silence of all our Oireachtas Members is a scandal.With every passing year more services are being removed from rural areas into the larger towns like Letterkenny and nobody is asking why this is being allowed to happen.RURAL POST OFFICES FACING NEW THREAT AS SORTING SERVICES SET TO BE CLOSED DOWN was last modified: June 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:attackBusinessFeaturesGovernmentnewspost officesrurallast_img read more

AT LAST! RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME GIVEN GREEN LIGHT

first_imgDonegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte that people who successfully applied to the Rural Broadband Scheme will be provided with broadband access this summer.Deputy McConalogue said: “The Rural Broadband Scheme is an important way of providing broadband to homes and businesses in rural and remote areas can secure access to broadband.  Of the 3,700 people that qualified under the scheme, 309 of these are in Donegal.“Minister Rabbitte has confirmed that the verification process of the scheme is now underway and that the Internet Service Providers have informed the Department the areas that they can access.  People who have applied to the scheme were contacted by the Department in February seeking their consent to allow the broadband providers to contact them.  The applicants who have given their consent should now expect to be contacted again in April with offers.  Subject to agreement between the applicant and the provider, services should be provided between May and July this year. “The Minister has indicated that virtually all premises in the country are capable of obtaining a level broadband from a supplier.  I certainly hope that this will be the case in Co Donegal.  A reliable internet connection is a necessity not just for businesses, but also for day to day life for every household, from school work to completing online registrations and making bookings.  I look forward to the time when all homes in this region have access to reliable broadband services.” AT LAST! RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME GIVEN GREEN LIGHT was last modified: March 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AT LAST! RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME GIVEN GREEN LIGHTlast_img read more