Mikel Arteta plans on playing Willian in new position after move from Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 1:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10kShares Advertisement Willian was primarily used on the right under Lampard (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)While the length of Arsenal’s offer is believed to have been the key driver of Willian’s move to the Emirates, Arteta’s plans for him have clearly influenced his thinking and he’ll at long last get to star in a central role that he has craved. AdvertisementAdvertisementWillian is set to sign a three-year deal with the club, though he’ll take a slightly salary cut from his £120,000-a-week deal with Chelsea to earn around £100,000-a-week at the Emirates.The winger was reportedly in north London on Monday to complete his medical with the Gunners and the club are likely to announce his arrival later this week.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 CityWillian will become Arteta’s first signing of the summer but the Spaniard may have to sell before spending any money.The likes of Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all been put up for sale.Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the fourth season running and they announced in February – before the coronavirus pandemic hit sport – a loss in operating profit.MORE: Alexis Sanchez’s dream Manchester United reunion under threat after injury against Bayer Leverkusen Advertisement Willian is set to play centrally at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta plans on using Willian in a central position next season after the Brazilian completes his move to the club from Chelsea.The 32-year-old departed Stamford Bridge this week after seven years in west London.The Brazilian was predominantly used as a right winger at Chelsea, despite playing under five different managers during his time at the club. However, Willian’s always felt that he was used incorrectly at Chelsea and that his best position is in a more central role behind a centre forward.ADVERTISEMENTArteta clearly agrees and the Spaniard plans on using Willian in a no.10 role next term, according to the Mirror. Comment
At every major international tournament, fans revel in the chance to see the best players on the biggest stage at the same time. Euro 2016 will be no different, with Europe’s stars gearing up for what promises to be a competitive game, packed with elite players at the peak of their careers. But, there some denied such privilege. Here are few of the stars who will not be in France for Euro 2016Goalkeeper: Jack Butland The injured goalkeeper has real strength in depth, with both England and Italy missing one of their back-ups – Jack Butland and Mattia Perin – while the Republic of Ireland will be without Rob Elliott.Butland, who suffered a broken ankle while playing for England in March, gets the nod. He might not have started for England in France, but as one of the top-rated young keepers in Europe, he was ready to step in should anything happen to Joe Hart. A big miss for England.Right back: Kurt ZoumaSo much has been made of France’s incredible squad ahead of their home tournament, that those likely to miss out have been somewhat overlooked.Zouma is one of Europe’s best young defenders, as he has shown since arriving at Chelsea, and would certainly have been in the hosts’ squad were it not for a nasty cruciate ligament injury sustained in February.Centre back and captain: Vincent KompanyManchester City’s captain is one of the best defenders in the world when he’s fit – The muscle injury he picked up against Real Madrid is his fifth of the season, and he has managed just 15 Premier League games this term. The Belgium captain is a huge loss for a side tipped to challenge for a first major title.Centre back: Aymeric LaporteAnother young French star who will be missing out because of a nasty injury. Laporte is widely tipped to be one of Europe’s leading defenders in the years to come, and is a target for Pep Guardiola when he arrives at Manchester City.But the 21-year-old broke his ankle playing for his country’s Under 21 side earlier this season.Left back: Fabio CoentraoThe left back position is another one of real strength, with Luke Shaw also likely to miss out due to his season-long absence through injury. But Coentrao gets the nod thanks to his greater international experience – 51 Portugal caps to Shaw’s six for England – and the fact that this injury is likely to end his major tournament chances, while Shaw will surely be back.The Real Madrid defender – on loan at Monaco this season – is out for three to six months with a thigh injury that required surgery.Right wing: Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainHis poor form before picking up a knee injury against Barcelona meant that some were doubting the Arsenal winger’s place in Roy Hodgson’s squad – but as one of the manager’s favourites, he would certainly have gone had he recovered.As it is, a second knee injury, sustained in training, has ruled the winger out for certain. At his best a direct runner and incisive passer, Oxlade-Chamberlain is still only 22, and will be back for more tournaments once he returns to fitness.Central midfield: Marco VerrattiIn an Italian side that is struggling to live up to its traditional standing in world football, PSG star Veratti is the one stand-out star. The all-action midfielder should have been the man at the centre of whatever Euro 2016 chances Antonio Conte’s side have, but instead he will be at home after an operation on a groin injury. Italy will be without Marco Verratti, arguably their best player.Central midfield: Ilkay GundoganAnother Manchester City target missing out on a trip to France, Gundogan has demonstrated his ability for Dortmund again this season after returning from long-term injury problems.But just when his place, not just in Joachim Low’s squad but also the national team, looked assured, he suffered another set-back. A knee injury, sustained in training has ended his season and his hopes of playing for the world champions in France.Central midfield: Claudio MarchisioAnother huge loss for Italy, the national team will be without the Juventus star Claudio, who should command their midfield in Verrati’s absence. A torn cruciate ligament means that the 30-year-old, who has 54 caps for his country and is a veteran of three major tournaments, will not be part of Conte’s squad.Left wing: Bastian Schweinsteiger It’s probably not right to have an ageing Schweinsteiger out on the wing, but the talent (un)available in central midfielder makes it necessary. The Manchester United man has not been at his best since moving to Old Trafford – but Germany boss Low said he would do everything possible to get his captain in the squad for the Euros. But that prospect looks unlikely, with the German still to return to action for his club, and Low with so many midfield options.Striker: Danny WelbeckJust when the Arsenal striker looked like he was putting an injury-hit season behind him, he limped off again last weekend in the draw with Manchester City.It is a bitter blow for the former Manchester United striker, who scored six times during qualification and is a firm favourite of Hodgson.But with so many attacking options available for England, there is next to no chance that Hodgson will gamble on a half-fit Welbeck – his Euro dreams look over.Franck RiberyDespite hanging up his international boots after missing the 2014 World Cup, Ribery – now fit and firing again – has declared himself ready to return to the France fold. With the likes of Anthony Martial, Dimitri Payet, Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman having progressed in the last two years, though, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see him left out.Mario BalotelliDespite his undoubted talent, the controversial Italian has fallen off the radar at international level since the 2014 World Cup. A move to Liverpool last season was a disaster, and things haven’t been much better back at Milan this term, with the 25-year-old having contributed only three goals all year.Having not featured for Italy in two years and Simone Zaza, Graziano Pelle and Eder all seemingly preferred by Antonio Conte, Balotelli’s chances of going to France this summer are very slim indeed.Daniel SturridgeA fully fit Sturridge would probably walk into England’s first XI, but recurring injury issues – the striker has made only 17 league starts since the start of last season – mean the Liverpool man could miss out this summer.Although Sturridge has netted four goals in his last six outings for the Reds, he may have given himself too much to do, with Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney all likely to be higher up on Hodgson’s list.Edin Dzeko (Bosnia & Herzegovina)Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko smashed seven goals in seven qualifying games for Bosnia and found the net in the first leg of their play-off with Republic of Ireland. It wasn’t enough though and Euro 2016 will be without the two-time Premier League winner, currently playing for Roma.Arjen Robben (Netherlands)It might have been a different story for Netherlands had Robben stayed injury free for their qualifying campaign. The Bayern Munich winger was sidelined for four of their eight games, including their damaging defeats to Turkey and Czech Republic. His absence proved costly for a squad lacking depth.Memphis Depay (Netherlands)It’s fair to say this season hasn’t quite gone to plan for Memphis. The winger featured regularly during the Netherlands’ qualifying campaign after impressing at the World Cup, but he won’t play a part at Euro 2016 and has been dropped from their squad in the wake of their elimination. He has also lost his place at Manchester United.Darren Fletcher (Scotland)The wait to appear at a major tournament goes on for Scotland captain Darren Fletcher, who couldn’t hide his disappointment when Republic of Ireland’s win over Germany confirmed their exit from the qualifiers. “Ultimately we failed to do what we set out to do or even make the play-offs,” he said.Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia)Manchester City left-back Kolarov will be another high-profile absentee after Serbia’s elimination. The 30-year-old featured in all but one of their qualifying fixtures. He scored in their 2-0 win over Albania last month, but it came too late to pull them out of their group.Daley Blind (Netherlands)Manchester United’s Blind was a regular in Netherlands’ qualifying campaign but was unable to prevent the Dutch – who finished third at the 2014 World Cup – from falling to a humiliating failure in Group A. Blind and his team-mates ended up five points adrift of even a play-off spot.Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia)Ivanovic’s Chelsea woes were compounded by Serbia’s dismal qualifying campaign. The 31-year-old, who captains his country, featured in all but one of their games but they finished second-bottom of Group I. Serbia only won two of eight outings and they were also hit with a three-point deduction after their game with Albania had to be abandoned.Asmir Begovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)Chelsea goalkeeper Begovic played every minute of Bosnia’s qualifying campaign, but won’t be in France next summer after his country crashed out in the play-offs to Republic of Ireland. The former Stoke shot-stopper has been getting plenty of first-team football at Stamford Bridge following an injury to Thibaut Courtois but will have the summer off after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Martin O’Neill’s side.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Forensic audits– administrative actions being taken BY VAHNU MANICKCHANDIn light of mounting calls for Government to take action on the findings emerging from the forensic audits intoMinster of State Joseph Harmonseveral State agencies, Minister of State Joseph Harmon has disclosed that some of the audit reports have been sent to law enforcement bodies for further probing while actions are being taken administratively on others.He was at the time responding to questions posed during this week’s post-Cabinet briefing on Friday.According to the Minister, it is important that the public understands that while the audits have actually discovered some wrongdoings, they were not provided with all of the information, which in some cases, persons refused to give them.Nevertheless, Harmon explained that having received the findings from the audits, Government had to determine whether some will have to go to the Police for Police investigation while others will be dealt with administratively.“Those which have to go to the Police, we have actually sent some of those files to the Police and to SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit) and they have actually started their investigations. Matters which are to be dealt with administratively, we are taking actions administratively,” he disclosed.In fact, the Minister of State outlined that only on Thursday President David Granger had a meeting with all of the Permanent Secretaries in the various Government Ministries during which he made it very clear what their responsibilities are in relation to these audits.“So you will see some actions being taken as it relates to administrative recommendations and some actions are to be taken with respect to Police work, which has to be done,” he remarked.Moreover, Harmon went on to say that in order to establish a case in the court, there is a certain standard of proof which has to be established, adding that the standard for an auditor is not the same standard which the police requires for building a court case.“So what you provide to the Police from the audit will be certain statements and findings from the audit; for the Police to now make this a matter for the court, they will have to go beyond what the audits say and found. They will have to get additional information to ensure that they have a case, which when it goes to court, they will be able to secure convictions,” Minister Harmon explained.On this note, the Minister of State urged the public to be patient, noting that the information is coming out and it is now up to the State to take it to the next level, which they are doing currently.“The information is in the public domain about what the auditors have found but in some cases, you just can’t act on that because in many cases, personalities and persons’ tenure in office is affected by what is written and so we have to be sure that we have enough and solid information so that when we act, we act wisely and we act justly,” he stressed.Only recently, during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the United States Embassy, Bryan Hunt, posited that Government was wise not to want to see prosecutions that are going to fail.“They want to make sure that whatever is taken to court by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has the best possible chance of bringing those responsible for the crime to justice, which means they want to make sure that they have all the necessary evidence, that they have made sure that SOCU has carried out thorough investigations and can definitively answer the question who is responsible for the problems in the forensic audits,” he remarked.According to the US Diplomat, there is nothing wrong with civil society pushing Government to move forward, noting that the international community also wants to see this but at the same time, everyone should want the State to move forward in a systematic way that is going to achieve maximum results, that is, all the questions answered and evidence gathered.Moreover, Hunt pointed out that criminal prosecutions take time in Guyana. This, he said, is as a result of resources and requirements in the justice system, which includes many safeguards to ensure that those who are innocent are not wrongly convicted.“So I am not surprised that we are at a point where we don’t have people who are convicted of financial crimes,” he noted.
He choked back tears after meeting the crew, saying words can’t describe his gratitude. He and Eyre are trying to give back, and have raised $33,000 since the attack, to donate to the search and rescue team out of Prince George.Read the full story here. KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Two BC hunters who had an encounter with a grizzly bear last September that could have been deadly in the Besa River area north of Fort St. John got to meet face to face with some of the rescuers who saved their lives.According to CFJC News, Robbie Austin and Chris Eyre were hunting in the region, and Eyre had just got a sheep. On the way back, the two startled a mother grizzly with her cubs.Thankfully, the two men were prepared with a two-way transponder, and could communicate their whereabouts with search and rescue crews.- Advertisement -Both men still sport the scars from the attack that occurred. Eyre told CFJC News he thought he wouldn’t make it out of the attack.“It was terrifying, I really thought my days were over on the Earth,” he said. “Seeing her above me, and her power.”Austin said the attack let him with a hook-shaped scar on his neck from the bear’s tooth, where it hit his carotid artery. A resulting blood cot gave him a stroke.Advertisement