Peter Crouch criticises Arsene Wenger for failing to sign Steven Nzonzi and says Unai Emery is ‘asking for trouble’ with his Arsenal tactics

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Sep 2019 9:03 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Peter Crouch criticises Arsene Wenger for failing to sign Steven Nzonzi and says Unai Emery is ‘asking for trouble’ with his Arsenal tactics Peter Crouch has criticised Arsene Wenger for failing to sign Steven Nzonzi (Getty Images)Peter Crouch claims it is ‘madness’ that Arsene Wenger did not sign Steven Nzonzi for Arsenal and believes Unai Emery is ‘asking for trouble’ with his current tactics.The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for Nzonzi in 2015 but the French midfielder, who was playing for Stoke City at the time, ended up joining Sevilla for £7 million.Reports have also claimed that Emery was also keen on a move for Nzonzi last year but he was overruled by Arsenal’s hierarchy, who ended up signing Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria instead.And Crouch feels Wenger missed a trick by failing to land Nzonzi and suggests Emery is doing little to counter Arsenal’s defensive problems.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Why aren’t they varying their style? Honestly, it is mind-boggling,’ Crouch wrote in his column for MailOnline. Comment Steven Nzonzi has been linked with a move to Arsenal on several occasions (TF-Images/Getty Images)‘You can play out from the back by clipping high balls to your full-backs – watch Ederson do it for Manchester City.‘To keep doing what Emery wants Arsenal to do, with little passes around the penalty area, is just asking for trouble.‘They have played six games so far in all competitions and have faced 120 shots – 96 of those have come in the Premier League, the highest total of any club.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 City‘I have wanted Arsenal to address the defensive balance of their side for years and never understood why they didn’t buy Steven Nzonzi.‘Steven played with me at Stoke and he would have been perfect to provide protection in midfield.‘He ended up going to Sevilla for £7 million and it was madness Arsenal allowed that to happen.‘The best sides spot their deficiencies and address them to progress.’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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Two Young Dominican Leaders are Appointed OECS Sustainable Development Ambassadors

first_imgEducationLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Two Young Dominican Leaders are Appointed OECS Sustainable Development Ambassadors by: – June 25, 2020 Share Two enterprising young Dominican leaders, Tridel Edwin and Sapphire Vital, have been accepted as ambassadors of the Sustainable Development Movement 2020 Summit of the OECS Commission.SDM ambassadors are responsible for growing the network of movers for the SDM 2020 summit while planning and implementing local programmes geared towards spreading awareness about the sustainable development goals and facilitating discussion forums that will unearth innovative solutions that are positioned to accelerate the glorious come-back of Small Island Development States (SIDS).The OECS Commission says a total of 70 applications were received and after the implementation of a rigorous selection and due diligence process, the decision was made to engage 21 emerging leaders to serve as sustainable development movement ambassadors.They will participate in the sustainable development movement summit – a space where senior government officials, industry and private sector leaders, global entrepreneurs and civil society will converge over two days.Their objective is to network, experience real transformation and chime in on the exchange of thoughts, best practices, untold stories and strategies concerning sustainable growth and development within the Caribbean.Over 20,000 persons around the world have registered their interest in the summit 2020 which is scheduled for September in St Lucia.Tridel Edwin has made his mark in Dominica as co-founder and owner of 365 MMP, an artist manager and photographer.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sapphire Vital is an environmental change and management expert and works as a Sustainable Infrastructure Specialist. 1153 Views   no discussions Tweet SDM Kick-Off Virtual Meeting hosted on Friday, June 19, 2020 Sharing is caring! Registration Now Open for SDM 2020. Click HERE or Image below to Register Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share Sharelast_img read more

Night three IMCA Modified checkers fly for O’Neil; Cordova is first to repeat at Cocopah

first_imgCheckers flew for Henrie in another 20-lap feature that ran green start to finish. Steffan Carey was se­cond, four car lengths back, with Aaron Spangler, Troy Jerovetz and Brendon LaBatte next. Bobby Hogge IV and Lance Mari completed the top five. Ty Rogers, Chris Toth and Chase Alves were third through fifth, respectively. Jake O’Neil put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with his $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) O’Neil took home $1,000 as the third different winner in as many Winter Nationals shows. Jeff Taylor held off Casey Arneson in the race for second, finishing five car lengths off the pace. Johnson also proved up to the task in outrunning a night two winner in Cody Thompson. He pulled away from the rest of the pack on each restart in the race to the checkers. Northern SportMods – 1. Michael Johnson; 2. Cody Thompson; 3. Ty Rogers; 4. Chris Toth; 5. Chase Alves; 6. Manny Baldiviez; 7. Camron Spangler; 8. Shelby Frye; 9. Mike Wells; 10. Miles Morris; 11. Tate Johnson; 12. Clay Erick­son; 13. Kyle Salo; 14. Ron Schreiner; 15. David Pitt; 16. Brian Carey; 17. Brandyn Johnson; 18. Taylor Kuehl; 19. Joey Klemish; 20. Justin Erickson; 21. Jimmy Davy; 22. Jimmy Wilson; 23. Douglas Hilkemann; 24. Slade Pitt. Hobby Stocks – 1. Joshua Cordova; 2. Scott Tenney; 3. Tim Gonska; 4. Eric Knutson; 5. Nathan DeRagon; 6. Brad King; 7. Jason Beshears; 8. Jason Penny; 9. Jason Duggins; 10. Hunter Cavanagh; 11. Francisco Cordova; 12. David Callis; 13. Andy Pearce; 14. Oscar Duarte; 15. Jim Robinson. SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 11) – His green to checkered run at the front of the IMCA Modified field Saturday night at Cocopah Speedway put Jake O’Neil in victory lane and on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot.center_img Modifieds – 1. Jake O’Neil; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. Casey Arneson; 4. Bobby Hogge IV; 5. Lance Mari; 6. Tim Ward; 7. R.C. Whitwell; 8. Tom Berry Jr.; 9. Justen Yeager; 10. Jerry Flippo; 11. Bobby Horton; 12. Shawn LaRocque; 13. Chaz Baca; 14. Michael Thing; 15. Austin Kuehl; 16.  Spencer Wilson; 17. Russell Allen; 18. Tyson Evans; 19. Travis Mosley; 20. Kollin Hibdon; 21. Don Gumke; 22. Anthony Hofbauer; 23. Joey Price; 24. Braxton Yeager; 25. Marlyn Sedler. Friday winner Tim Gonska, Eric Knutson and Nathan DeRagon rounded out the top five. Joshua Cordova became the first repeat winner at Somerton, topping the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Gene Henrie scored the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory and Michael Johnson dominated the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main.  Scott Tenney led the first 18 times around the track in the Hobby Stock main. Cordova had started fourth and was scored first by the width of his bumper on lap 19 and led Tenney across the stripe in the caution-free 20-lapper. Joshua Cordova became the first repeat winner at Winter Nationals by topping the Saturday night feature for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) Stock Cars – 1. Gene Henrie; 2. Steffan Carey; 3. Aaron Spangler; 4. Troy Jerovetz; 5. Brendon LaBatte; 6. Chanse Hollatz; 7. Tony Hill; 8. Kevin Roberts; 9. Andy Altenburg; 10. Jake Smith; 11. Nuggett Shupe; 12. Leslie Gill; 13. J.C. Parmeley. Feature Results last_img read more

Kyle Farmer is early riser in Dodgers’ 11-inning win

first_imgOnly this game — this ending — was different.Farmer is the 25th man on the 25-man roster. He is the 40th and most recent player to appear in a game for the Dodgers this season. At 26 years old, he has three days of major league service time, all this weekend in Los Angeles.The former University of Georgia standout is also a familiar face to most of the Dodgers clubhouse. He’s appeared in at least one Cactus League game with the Dodgers each of the last four seasons. His reputation as a person preceded him; it was no surprise to Hernandez that Farmer gave the game ball to his dad.So, in the tension of a 0-0 game, Hernandez said something to Farmer that should not have mattered much.“I told him in like the seventh or eighth inning, this game has Kyle Farmer written all over it and you’re going to win this game,” Hernandez recalled. “He just looked at me in the eyes and said, ‘I know’.” LOS ANGELES>> Bryan and Rachel Farmer hugged their son, Kyle, in the hallway outside the Dodgers’ clubhouse Sunday night. They had missed their flight home to Atlanta but gained so much more by staying late at Dodger Stadium: the baseball that Farmer used to hit the game-winning double in the Dodgers’ 11-inning, 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants, and a lifelong memory.Kyle Farmer spent more time hugging his parents than talking to them. No words were needed.Back in the clubhouse, Dodgers center fielder Kiké Hernandez tried to put it all into words: “It was (freaking) perfect. You can’t say anything else than that. It was beautiful.”Beauty is nothing new to the 2017 Dodgers. They’ve won nine games in their final at-bat this season, including two just this week. By sweeping the Giants, the Dodgers extended their winning streak to eight games, and the major leagues’ best record to 74-31. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img With the Dodgers trailing 2-1, Corey Seager doubled with one out to start the 11th-inning rally. Justin Turner was walked intentionally with first base open, putting the game in the hands of pitcher Pedro Baez.Farmer, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, was the Dodgers’ last available pinch hitter. His first at-bat had arrived, just when Hernandez said it would.Suarez got ahead 0-2, then threw three pitches out of the strike zone to force a full count. Farmer, a right-handed batter, smoked the next pitch into the right-field corner. Seager and Turner both scored, ending the game and setting off a frenzy in the Dodgers’ dugout.After reaching second base, Farmer recalled, “I looked out and I saw (Alex) Wood running right at me. I didn’t know what he was going to do. All of a sudden he tackled me. That’s probably the best hit he’s had on me in a couple years.”Wood and Farmer were teammates at the University of Georgia. The two remained close friends; their lockers were next to each other this weekend. After the game, Wood got hugs from Farmer’s parents too.Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched his best game in three years, helped in part by a franchise -record six double plays.Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was literally equal to the task. Like Ryu, Bumgarner allowed five singles, walked one batter and struck out seven without allowing a run. The right-hander also produced one of the Giants’ five singles.Ryu’s seven-inning start matched his longest this season. The left-hander fed the Giants a steady diet of curveballs and changeups, kept honest by a fastball that steadily touched 92 mph. Combined with a (sometimes generously) wide strike zone from home plate umpire Larry Vanover, Ryu had room to dominate.Speaking through his interpreter, Ryu called it “the best game I’ve pitched this season by far.”The hardest hit by any Giant against Ryu was a ground ball to second base by Hunter Pence in the fourth inning. Logan Forsythe snagged it to start a double play — one of six the Dodgers recorded, matching a franchise record set in 1956.Though he did not win, Ryu lowered his earned-run average to 3.83, the lowest it’s been at any point this year. Ryu’s ERA when pitching on five days’ rest (3.09) is more than two runs lower than in his other starts this season.After Ryu and Giants starter Madison Bumgarner dueled for seven scoreless innings, Conor Gillaspie’s solo home run in the eighth inning off Josh Fields gave San Francisco a 1-0 lead.With Giants closer Sam Dyson on the mound, Chase Utley began the bottom of the ninth inning by tapping a ball slowly up the third-base line. He beat Gillaspie’s throw for an infield single, then stole second base. A seven-pitch at-bat by Yasiel Puig followed, capped off by a line drive to center field that scored Utley. The game was tied 1-1.The Giants took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 11th inning when Kelby Tomlinson singled off Brandon Morrow, then scored when Joe Panik dumped a single over a drawn-in infield. last_img read more