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

Swiss consultant tenders EM bond mandate using IPE Quest

first_imgIn carrying out the mandate, asset managers should either use hard currency only, local currency only, or a blended product, the search stipulates.While the mandate is for government bonds, the consultant said a limited allocation to corporates or quasi-sovereigns would be allowed.The final closing date for the search is 8 April at 5pm UK time, and a short-list will be selected on 29 May. After that, the deadline for RFPs will be 30 July, with the board making its final selection on 23 September.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. A consultant based in Switzerland is looking for an asset manager to take on a $30m (€27m) mandate for global emerging market government bonds, according to a search on IPE Quest.The mandate is for core investment using an active process, with the preferred benchmark being the JPMorgan Government Bond Index-Emerging Markets.The search does not name the consultant or provide information about any investor client.Firms responding to the search should have a track record of at least one year, although three years’ history would be preferred.last_img read more

Pochettino praises Spurs character

first_img “The character is very important, to show and fight in every action,” Tottenham manager Pochettino said after Sunday’s game. “We are playing the right way and when you arrive in a different club with different players you always need time to try and put your philosophy on the squad. “I am happy with the players, we are showing the character we want and we got the reaction we want. “We have a lot of good players and young talent and players like Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane are very important to us.” Kane’s header had given Spurs a fourth-minute lead but Swansea created plenty of chances either side of Wilfried Bony’s 48th-minute equaliser – the Ivorian’s 20th Premier League goal in 2014 – without managing to make them count. However, even though Swansea had the opportunities to get something out of the match, Pochettino felt Spurs were good value for the three points which takes them above their opponents in the table. “In football you need to score and we deserved to win because we scored. In the last few games we deserve more and didn’t score,” he said. “We deserved more in the first half but then we conceded a goal and Swansea pushed us. “We defended deep and maybe Swansea played better in this period, but in the last 10 minutes we were always alive.” Swansea manager Garry Monk pinned the blame for a second consecutive defeat on individual errors. Poor marking gave Kane the chance to profit from a corner before substitute Jazz Richards’ careless clearance allowed former Swansea defender Ben Davies to set up Eriksen’s low drive from 20 yards. “It is sickening, two individual errors have cost us and we were not clinical enough,” Monk said. “We could have scored a number of goals and didn’t. The second half was one-way traffic and if it had been a boxing match it would have been called off. “We lost it more than they won it and I do not know how we did not win it. It is very hard to take. “It is an injustice, but football can be cruel at times and we have to learn from that.” Monk was unhappy that Spurs forward Erik Lamela went unpunished for what he saw as several poor challenges, including a swinging arm which left Swansea’s Jefferson Montero prostrate on the floor in the first half. “Lamela had six or seven fouls and was not punished for any of them, which is strange,” Monk said. “I asked the fourth official did their player touch the ball at any time? “I don’t think he did but that is not the reason we lost.” Spurs had to defend for long periods at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday but Christian Eriksen’s 89th-minute winner secured a 2-1 victory which took Pochettino’s men into seventh place in the Barclays Premier League. Danish midfielder Eriksen also claimed a 90th-minute winner at Hull last month, which came just weeks after Spurs had struck twice in the final six minutes to win 2-1 at Aston Villa. Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham’s fighting spirit evident in their backs-to-the-wall win at Swansea is proof that Spurs players are buying into his philosophy. Press Associationlast_img read more