Martin Keown reveals Arsenal’s ONE advantage over top four rivals Manchester United and Chelsea

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 3:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is entering his first full campaign as United boss (Picture: Getty)‘We saw last season that Emery had taken Arsenal up the ladder a little bit and fourth place looked a real possibility,’ Keown told Football.London.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t feel this year that the top four positions are cemented. Fourth place is definitely vulnerable.“I say that because Chelsea have what we expect to be an outstanding manager but one where nevertheless no-one knows how that journey is going to go. He’s a novice, new to this situation. The same is true for Solskjaer really. He lost that consistency with the players after a very good start.‘In the shape of Emery Arsenal have a much more experienced manager. Chelsea have lost one or two players. There’s comings and goings at United, huge pressure for them’.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThere’s just over 24 hours left in the English transfer market and much could depend on who Arsenal and United manage to bring in.The Gunners remain keen on signing a centre-back and Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney.United need to sign a midfielder following the departures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera but they’ve been frustrated in moves for Christian Eriksen and Paulo Dybala.MORE: Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand makes Premier League top four prediction Unai Emery is entering his second term as Arsenal boss (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Unai Emery’s experience could make the difference for the Gunners this term.The Spaniard is entering his second campaign at the Emirates following his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain.Arsenal finished fifth and runners-up in the Europa League last term, and the Gunners are the third highest spenders so far this summer following their acquisitions of Nicolas Pepe and William Saliba.It’s been at summer of change at Stamford Bridge after Frank Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is entering his first full term at Old Trafford.ADVERTISEMENTThe three teams are expected to fight it out for a top-four finish and Keown believes Emery could prove pivotal in that race. Advertisement Comment Martin Keown reveals Arsenal’s ONE advantage over top four rivals Manchester United and Chelsea Advertisementlast_img read more

Inside Arsenal star Ozil’s £10m London home with personalised doors

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil, knows how to live the high life. The German playmaker, who refused to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut on his £350,000-per-week wages, resides in a stunning £10million North London home. He also commutes to and from the Gunners’ London Colney training ground in a range of high-end motors, mostly Mercedes, worth £800,000. In fact, all of the marble in the living room was shipped in from Turkey, while the home was designed by an interior designer friend. His “favourite room” feels like stepping into a bazaar in Istanbul, and is tastefully decorated. read als0:Ozil explains charity work: I earn so much, I can’t spend it all on myself Overlooking the living room is a bronze-framed painting of Ottoman Sultan, ruler of Istanbul. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But, despite swimming in riches, he does his bit for charity – paying for operations for sick children, as well as feeding 100,000 homeless people at 16 refugee camps in Turkey and Syria. Ozil, 31, moved from Real Madrid to Arsenal in a £42.5m deal in 2013. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever SeenThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… But it wasn’t until 2016 that he bought this luxury six-bedroom detached house in an affluent area of North London. The decor is heavily influenced by Ozil’s Turkish background.last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino sacked!

first_img“The Club can today announce that Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have been relieved of their duties,” Tottenham, who sit 14th in the Premier League, said in a statement.kca/tdShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday just five months after reaching the Champions League final following a poor start to the Premier League season.last_img

Girls’ golf rocks at the Bridgestone Challenge

first_img This time it was the turn of the ambassadors to have fun and to show off their skills in the pro-am which preceded this week’s Challenge Tour event.  The 11-handicapper commented: “These big events give you a look at what really championships are like and you are treated more as a professional than an amateur.” Sophie, 15, gave a great demonstration of girl power when she won the long drive competition with her 232-yard tee shot on the first hole.  Imogen, 16, who was runner-up in the PING women’s fourball betterball Grand Final the day before, enjoyed the sense of occasion she experienced over the two days.  “I’ve always loved it,” said 16-year-old Ysobel, who wants to be a PE teacher and who has helped the project collect three awards and was individually Essex golfer of the year in 2016.  Girls’ golf has been rocking at the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo where teams of ambassadors from Bedfordshire and Essex showed off their skills. Sophie, 15, gave a great demonstration of girl power when she won the long drive competition with her 232-yard tee shot on the first hole.  The Bedfordshire ambassadors made a similar impression on Richard Finch, a two-time winner on the European Tour. He commented: “They were very good. They hit some amazing shots and the way they behaved on the golf course was first class.”  Their professional, Jack Senior is well versed in women’s golf, thanks to his girlfriend Bethany Garton, who has been Lancashire champion. Afterwards he said of his team: “The girls all played good, they were impressive – and they enjoyed it. That’s the big thing, if you don’t enjoy it, there’s no point doing it.” 7 Sep 2017 Girls’ golf rocks at the Bridgestone Challenge Their professional, Jack Senior is well versed in women’s golf, thanks to his girlfriend Bethany Garton, who has been Lancashire champion. Afterwards he said of his team: “The girls all played good, they were impressive – and they enjoyed it.  That’s the big thing, if you don’t enjoy it, there’s no point doing it.” The five-handicapper is a past winner of the Abraham Trophy, for England’s most improved girl golfer, and, with Ysobel, was one of the first ambassadors when Girls Golf Rocks started in Essex three years ago.  Girls’ golf has been rocking at the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo where teams of ambassadors from Bedfordshire and Essex showed off their skills. Girls’ golf rocks at the Bridgestone Challenge  Ysobel Lush, Sophie Wheeler and Charley Hatley from Essex teamed up with professional Jack Senior (pictured top) while Bedfordshire’s Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Imogen Morton-King and Estelle Klausner were partnered by Richard Finch (pictured below).  The 11-handicapper commented: “These big events give you a look at what really championships are like and you are treated more as a professional than an amateur.” Girls Golf Rocks is the successful project run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation which encourages girls to take up the sport. It’s supported by ambassadors from county girls’ sqauds who help the newcomers and show them it’s a fun, friendly game.  Charley, 17, an ambassador for two years, loved the pro-am experience. “It’s been really good to play this course, which I might never be able to play again, and to play with a Tour player. It’s pretty amazing!”  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography Charley, 17, an ambassador for two years, loved the pro-am experience. “It’s been really good to play this course, which I might never be able to play again, and to play with a Tour player. It’s pretty amazing!”  The girls picked up tips. Estelle, 14, was shown how to improve her putting stroke to reduce her 20 handicap, while ten-handicapper Chanel, 12, was advised not to rush her swing.  “I’ve always loved it,” said 16-year-old Ysobel, who wants to be a PE teacher and who has helped the project collect three awards and was individually Essex golfer of the year in 2016.  Ysobel Lush, Sophie Wheeler and Charley Hatley from Essex teamed up with professional Jack Senior, while Bedfordshire’s Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Imogen Morton-King and Estelle Klausner were partnered by Richard Finch.  Captions  Top, from left, Essex ambassadors Charley Hatley, Ysobel Lush and Sophie Wheel with Jack Senior.  Below, from left, Bedfordshire ambassadors Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Imogen Morton-King and Estelle Klausner with Richard Finch.  The Bedfordshire ambassadors made a similar impression on Richard Finch, a two-time winner on the European Tour. He commented: “They were very good. They hit some amazing shots and the way they behaved on the golf course was first class.”  This time it was the turn of the ambassadors to have fun and to show off their skills in the pro-am which preceded this week’s Challenge Tour event.  The girls picked up tips. Estelle, 14, was shown how to improve her putting stroke to reduce her 20 handicap, while ten-handicapper Chanel, 12, was advised not to rush her swing.  Tags: Bridgestone Challenge, Girls Golf Rocks, women and girls Girls Golf Rocks is the successful project run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation which encourages girls to take up the sport. It’s supported by ambassadors from county girls’ sqauds who help the newcomers and show them it’s a fun, friendly game.  Imogen, 16, who was runner-up in the PING women’s fourball betterball Grand Final the day before, enjoyed the sense of occasion she experienced over the two days.  The five-handicapper is a past winner of the Abraham Trophy, for England’s most improved girl golfer, and, with Ysobel, was one of the first ambassadors when Girls Golf Rocks started in Essex three years ago. last_img read more

Holmdel Committee Introduces $25M Budget

first_imgCurrently, the township has one volunteer fire company. It responds to all calls, including reports of fire, smoke, hazardous materials releases, carbon monoxide, motor vehicle accidents with serious injuries, and more, the report claims. It answers to about 400 calls for service each year. There are about 525 veterans in town and 22.1 percent of residents are foreign-born. There are 5,516 housing units, with the median value of owner-occupied housing units being $652,100. The median gross rent is $2,045. The Breakdown Additionally, looking back on 2019, the Holmdel Police Department’s calls for service were above 25,000 for the fourth consecutive year. Motor vehicle stops, “a proven crime deterrent,” the department said, were also high and officers have remained “vigilant and proactive” to address increases in vehicle thefts and burglaries. Accidents have increased by less than 2 percent, mostly resulting from increased traffic, the report continued. There are 11 major line items in the police department’s budget requests for 2020, with goals to increase public engagement and public information, hire a new officer due to an anticipated retirement, purchase five vehicles and trailers, finalize a radio project and implement E-Ticketing and body cameras. Unanimously approved on introduction that night, the public hearing and adoption is now set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. The proposed township tax rate is $0.340, a zero percent increase from 2019. According to the township, the average homeowner in Holmdel will pay $2,334 in municipal taxes, based on the average home valuation of $686,578. “I am very proud of this because we delivered this in unprecedented areas that we’re dealing with, uncharted territories,” said Mayor Greg Buontempo. “This was a concern since we started out, in this pandemic, being able to deliver to Holmdel residents the same quality of service, not cutting anything from the budget.”  As introduced, appropriations for the budget are broken down as 40.8 percent for salaries; statutory expenditures at 10.95 percent; 2020 capital at 0.4 percent; debt service, 13.07 percent; and uncollected taxes, 5.4 percent; The remaining 29.38 percent goes to other expenses, including over $1.3 million in outside contracts. The COVID-19 pandemic will also have an impact on the township’s revenues, and officials anticipate that. According to the budget presentation, the proposal reduces projected revenues from uniform fire safety inspections from $25,000 to $16,000, court fees from $525,000 to $250,000 as well as payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) revenues by approximately 35 percent from the amount in 2019. The anticipated uniform construction fees remain the same as 2019, however, though the township anticipates collecting 18 percent more than last year. Public Safety “The Fire Department requires an increase in funding to ensure apparatus, personal protective equipment, recruitment services and maintenance needs are all met,” the report states. Demographics By Allison Perrine According to the township, the salary and wage obligation will increase overall by $9,385 over last year. Police and fire retirement systems will also increase by about $125,000. And the municipal debt service obligations will increase by nearly $810,753 in the current fund and Open Space Trust Fund. About 53.6 percent are female. About 75.3 percent are white alone and 1.20 percent are black or African American alone. About 19.70 percent are Asian alone, according to the presentation. Its goals for 2020 are to find more volunteers, increase training, find more office space and better accommodations for its operations and to increase funding. Members propose a $136,660 fire department budget with two major line items – salaries and operating expenses. Buontempo said that the township incurred “expenses that were never anticipated” because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “To come up with a flat tax rate,” at the same time, he said, showed that the Holmdel team did an “outstanding” job with this budget. HOLMDEL – The township committee introduced a $25 million 2020 municipal budget May 26, after a public presentation about the township’s tax rates, debt service, demographics and much more. Holmdel Township has an estimated population of 16,668, according to the most recent U.S. Census data from 2010. That is expected to increase in 2020. About 3.8 percent of the population is anticipated to be children under 5 years old, 22.6 percent under 18 and 22 percent individuals over the age of 65. “While we have not seen a significant decrease in revenues as a result of COVID-19, we kept this number flat in an effort to be conservative,” according to the presentation. The township broke down its departments through the presentation, highlighting accomplishments, savings and future goals for each. One of those included the department of public safety, a topic of conversation in Holmdel lately as the township prepares plans for a new fire department. On the other hand, fewer summonses were issued last year, “which tells us that they continue to use discretion and are issuing ‘warnings’ to violators when warranted,” the report claims. Arrests were down 10 percent. The 2020 budget proposes a 2.76 percent increase over last year, bringing the total to $25,084,009. Of that total, $19.8 million is within the cap and $5.1 million is outside of the cap.  The article originally appeared in the June 4 – 10, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more