About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Emery admits top-four finish ‘difficult’ for Arsenalby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery admits consistency is jeopardising Arsenal’s top-four chances. The Gunners’ loss to West Ham United on Sunday saw them drop three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.And Emery thinks it will be difficult for his team to qualify for the Champions League if they continue to drop points.”Now it’s more difficult, it’s clear,” he told reporters. “I think the most important thing for us is to recover our confidence and be more competitive. We need consistency over 38 matches.”Now it isn’t enough at the moment. It’s a bad result. If we can win we are playing against Chelsea [on Saturday] with a three-point maximum distance.”The big opportunity for us is that we can take in our hands the possibility to be closer to them. This result makes that more difficult.”
Federico Chiesa’s strike 17 minutes from time earned Fiorentina their first away win of the season as AC Milan’s recent struggles continued in a 1-0 loss at San Siro.The visitors barely threatened Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal but Chiesa jinked past Davide Calabria and fired home his first goal since September to settle the contest.The Rossoneri have now won just one of their previous six contests in Serie A and have failed to score in any of their last three. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Milan also dropped out of the top four thanks to Lazio’s win earlier in the day, with Fiorentina now just two points behind them in seventh.72’ FEDERICO CHIESAAAAAAAAA #MilanFiorentina 0-1 #NoiSiamoFirenze #InsiemeSiamoPiùForti pic.twitter.com/KIW5L94tm8 — ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) December 22, 2018 Milan entered this contest on the back of two 0-0 draws in Serie A and failed to find a way through in the opening 45 minutes, despite creating plenty of opportunities.Hakan Calhanoglu spurned one of the best, firing wide in the 18th minute after a stroke of fortune saw the ball ricochet back into his path in the box following an attempted give and go with Suso.Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont brilliantly parried away a viciously struck effort from Ricardo Rodriguez while Calhanoglu was denied by Nikola Milenkovic’s clearance off the line on the stroke of half-time.It took until the 51st minute for Fiorentina to fashion their first decent opening as Kevin Mirallas hooked way over from inside the box.Lafont was kept busy at the other end, though, denying Suso at his near post and then preventing Gonzalo Higuain’s header from creeping past him.With just over 20 minutes to go Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso threw on Diego Laxalt and Patrick Cutrone in a bid to inject some life into his below-par outfit but it was Fiorentina that would claim the winner.Chiesa knocked the ball inside Calabria and his right-footed attempt crashed into the corner. Lafont then tipped Rodriguez’s header over as Milan fell to their fourth league loss of the season. What does it mean? Pressure building on Gattuso Five wins in six between September 30 and November 4 had eased the pressure on Gattuso but one win in the half a dozen since will not have pleased the Milan hierarchy. There are just two games remaining before the winter break and Gattuso will be under increasing scrutiny if Milan’s form does not pick up soon.Milan unable to find a way past Lafont Milan did have their chances but French teenager Lafont was equal to everything thrown at him. Rodriguez in particular must be wondering how on earth he did not score as Lafont parried away an attempt destined for goal in the first half before displaying terrific agility to tip over a late header from the Swiss too.Goal-shy Gonzalo fails to fire again It is now eight games without a goal for Higuain and it is no surprise Milan are toiling while the Argentinian experiences a barren spell. Of more concern to Gattuso will be how ineffective Higuain was. He had just one chance across the contest and looks like a man burdened by his current struggles.3 – AC Milan haven’t found the net in three consecutive Serie A games for the first time since November 2001. Lack. #MilanFiorentina— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 22, 2018Key Opta FactsMilan have failed to score in three Serie A games in a row for the first time since November 2001.Milan are the only team yet to score a single Serie A goal in the first half since November.Fiorentina have won a Serie A match against AC Milan at San Siro for the first time since November 2013 (0-2).Chiesa’s goal came with Fiorentina’s only shot on target fired in the match.Federico Chiesa has scored his first Serie A away goal since February 2018 (against Bologna).What’s next?Milan’s next assignment is a trip to Frosinone, who are under new management after replacing Moreno Longo with Marco Baroni this week. Fiorentina welcome Parma to Florence on Wednesday. read more
Mesut Ozil has expressed his joy at helping Arsenal to a 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday.The Germany international’s future has been called into question in recent weeks, with the attacking midfielder struggling for game time under Unai Emery.Ozil was on the bench against Bournemouth, and missed Premier League clashes with Tottenham, Manchester United and Huddersfield Town with a back complaint. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, the 30-year-old was back to his brilliant best against Sean Dyche’s side.Ozil wore the captain’s armband during the game, which Arsenal won 3-1, and produced a phenomenal pass in the build-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opening goal.Following the match, Ozil wrote on Twitter: “YaGunnersYa (sic). Very valuable 3 points won. Glad I could help the team today!”The Germany international has been heavily linked with a January loan move away from the Gunners, as the club looks to get his £350,000-per-week wages off of their bill.Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir are keen on a deal, with president Goksel Gumusdag claiming the club are ready to offer Ozil the world to convince him to move to the Super Lig.”Mesut Ozil is a precious player,” Gumusdag said, as quoted by Bild .”I hope one day our paths will cross at Basaksehir.”If he wants to be with us as well, we would do anything to get him.”Ozil has scored four goals and provided three assists thus far this season, while Arsenal currently lie fifth in the Premier League table. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Juventus retain a firm grip on first place in Serie A , with Roma the next side to challenge the apparently untouchable Turin giants as they visit the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.Juve boast 15 wins and one draw from their opening 16 matches of the campaign, which is the best record of any club in Europe’s top five leagues. They were pushed a week ago by Torino, but a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave them a 1-0 win over their neighbours. Roma, meanwhile, are in the race for a Champions League spot but are not hitting the heights expected of them and will have to raise their level substantially to challenge Italy’s top dogs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Juventus vs Roma Date Saturday, December 22 Time 7:30pm BST / 2:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on Rai Italia America and live-streamed through ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream Rai Italia America ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Cancelo, Rugani, Sandro, Barzagli Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Cuadrado, Mandzukic Juventus have seen Sami Khedira return to regular training this week, but it is too early for the midfielder to see action.Joao Cancelo and Juan Cuadrado remain the key injury problems for the Turin giants.Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala; Mandzukic, Ronaldo. Position Roma players Goalkeepers Olsen, Mirant Defenders Karsdorp, Pellegrini, Juan Jesus, Kolarov, Marcano, Santon, Fazio, Manolas Midfielders Cristante, Pellegrini, De Rossi, Coric, Zaniolo, Florenzi, Pastore, N’Zonzi Forwards Perotti, Dzeko, Schick, Cengiz Under, Kluivert, Celar, El Shaarawy Daniele De Rossi has been out since October with knee trouble and is missing once again. Edin Dzeko is fit enough to play some part, but only from the bench.Roma starting XI: Olsen; Santon, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Cristante, Nzonzi; Under, Zaniolo, Florenzi; Schick.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are 4/9 favourites with bet365 , while Roma can be backed at 9/1. A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 10/3.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview It has been another thoroughly satisfactory week for Juventus, who lead Serie A by eight points over second-placed Napoli with a virtually unblemished record approaching their final match before Christmas.Star summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo proved the difference from the penalty spot as Torino were seen off 1-0 last weekend in a competitive local derby, while away from the field they have been heartened by Alex Sandro penning a new deal and Daniele Rugani closing in on one. Certainly, the Portuguese’s presence seems to have boosted spirits in the camp, with Moise Kean explaining to RMC : “I had only seen him on the PlayStation before! Playing with him has improved me a lot, I learn a lot from him as well as from the other champions with the Bianconeri.”Perhaps the only concern for Juve came in Monday’s Champions League draw, in which they were paired with Atletico Madrid, despite beating Manchester United to finish top of their pool.“We didn’t have much luck,” vice-chairman Pavel Nedved lamented.But Juve can worry about Atleti in February, particularly as they have a challenging Serie A match forthcoming against Roma.With only six wins from 16 league matches this season, Eusebio Di Francesco finds himself a man under pressure.They have conceded two goals in each of their last five outings in all competitions and had to twice come from behind to beat Genoa 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend.“We have so much pressure on us that the wait for the next match has been really hard,” captain De Rossi explained. “We have a lot of pressure on our shoulders. We’re in a delicate period because we know we have to do better than we have been doing.“We are all under observation, including the coach, and we know it. We want to have a great match, more for ourselves than for the importance of the game. Against the strongest of them all.”A massive 22 points behind Juve, it is abundantly clear how daunting their task is.
Juventus dealt a fresh blow to Eusebio Di Francesco’s job security in a routine 1-0 win over an outclassed Roma at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.Champions League semi-finalists last season, Roma have been a shadow of their former selves this term and were no match for the Serie A champions despite the narrow final scoreline.Mario Mandzukic’s commanding header, his eighth league goal of the campaign, gave Juve a deserved half-time lead and they were rarely troubled in restoring an eight-point gap to second-placed Napoli, who earlier beat SPAL 1-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Robin Olsen’s string of stellar saves ultimately achieved little more than keeping the score down as the under-pressure Di Francesco was left to defend a run of just one victory in seven competitive matches.How did you celebrate this moment from @MarioMandzukic9? #JuveRoma #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/QdEqdHOq11— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 22, 2018Roma encountered intense early pressure and only an in-form Olsen prevented them from slipping to an earlier deficit.The Sweden goalkeeper brilliantly denied Alex Sandro in the seventh minute and was at his athletic best in turning a Cristiano Ronaldo shot around the upright.His saves only prolonged the inevitable as Juve’s opener arrived in the 35th minute, Mandzukic towering above Davide Santon and heading in Mattia De Sciglio’s cross.Ronaldo must have felt a sense of deja vu when Olsen frustrated him with two fine saves in quick succession prior to the hour, causing the Portugal attacker to kick out at the post in irritation.Massimiliano Allegri’s men twice had late goals disallowed on their way to sealing a record 16th victory in 17 Serie A fixtures. Giorgio Chiellini was adjudged to have fouled the Giallorossi goalkeeper, before substitute Douglas Costa’s stoppage-time strike was overturned on VAR due to Blaise Matuidi’s crude challenge on Nicolo Zaniolo in the build-up.What does it mean? Di Francesco in dangerThe goodwill Roma boss Di Francesco built up during an excellent 2017-18 campaign could soon evaporate if results do not turn.There are just two points separating his team and 12th-placed Parma after 17 matches, with considerable January investment seemingly the only antidote to a sub-par run of results.Brilliant Bentancur makes seamless comebackRodrigo Bentancur returned to Juve’s starting XI following a one-match suspension and got straight back to dominating the midfield.Though still only 21, the midfielder is a key cog for Allegri and demonstrated as such by topping the match count for tackles while rarely wasting possession.Santon switches offGranted, there was a mismatch in size at the far post, but Roma needed right-back Santon to be more than a mere step ladder for Mandzukic’s opener.The former Newcastle United defender paid the price for not assessing his surroundings and his regular turnovers impeded Roma’s attempts to rescue a result.Key Opta Facts- Juventus have gained 49 points in the first 17 games of the season – a joint-record in the top five European leagues.- Juve have also won 31 league games in 2018, more than any other team in the top five European leagues.- Ronaldo was responsible for 10 of his team’s 20 shots in this game.What’s next?Both clubs are back in action on December 26 as Juve head to mid-table Atalanta and Roma entertain Sassuolo. read more
Franck Ribery became the oldest Bayern Munich player to score more than one goal in a Bundesliga game after he netted twice in a 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.Aged 35 years and 259 days, the former France international slotted in Bayern’s opener midway through the first half before adding a second with a scuffed finish late on.Saturday’s performance could have been even more memorable for Ribery, had Robert Lewandowski not failed to control the veteran’s pass at the culmination of a superb run. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bayern’s win was capped off in style in the 89th minute with Rafinha’s fortuitous effort making it 3-0, which also brought up a record for coach Niko Kovac.2 – @FranckRibery is the oldest player of @FCBayernEN (35 years, 259 days) to score more than one goal in a Bundesliga game. Grandseigneur. #SGEFCB pic.twitter.com/g2zyFpL2O7— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 22, 2018The Bundesliga champions have now won their last five league fixtures, and it is the first time Kovac – in his either his playing or managerial career – has claimed five successive wins in Germany’s top division.This recent spell of good form has also served to remove some of the pressure off the coach’s back, following reports that his job might be on the line following a disastrous start to Bayern’s Bundesliga defence.Die Roten lost three of their first 11 league outings, including a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund that helped BVB set a commanding lead at the summit.The victory means Bayern end 2018 six points behind leaders Dortmund, and three above third-place Borussia Monchengladbach.
Ronald Vargas’ 82nd-minute winner saw Newcastle Jets pile more misery on Central Coast Mariners with a 2-1 derby victory on Sunday.Struggling at the bottom of the table after collecting just two points from their previous eight A-League games of the season, the Mariners took a first-half lead through Matt Simon.But Jason Hoffman headed in a 66th-minute equaliser for the Jets, who handed the Mariners a seventh straight loss when Vargas struck. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Newcastle welcomed Roy O’Donovan back from a 10-match ban, but the forward struggled to have much of an impact on his return.Mariners midfielder Michael McGlinchey and Jets star Dimitri Petratos were denied from decent positions with free-kicks before Jair blazed over from inside the area for Newcastle in the first half.Central Coast opened the scoring nine minutes before half-time through Simon.Matt Millar did well down the right before clipping a cross to the back post, where Simon headed in.Advantage @CCMariners in the #F3Derby!Matt Simon nods home after Matt Millar’s bullocking run. #ALeague@FOXFOOTBALL #WhereHeroesAreMade pic.twitter.com/9NVha4zz3b— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) December 23, 2018The game started to develop a derby feel as the half wore on before Connor Pain squandered a great chance for the Mariners in a one-on-one after the break.That miss would prove costly as the Jets equalised in the 66th minute, Hoffman rising highest to head in a Jair corner.Hoffy draws us level! #F3Derby #MadeOfNewcastle @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/mH7FM4JcMF— NEWCASTLE JETS FC (@NewcastleJetsFC) December 23, 2018Newcastle had an 80th-minute effort ruled out for offside before Vargas delivered the winner, the attacker finishing clinically after a beautiful pass from Kaine Sheppard.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is adamant Liverpool will slip up in the Premier League title race, declaring an upset is all but inevitable for the Reds.Hodgson’s prediction comes after he masterminded Palace’s shock 3-2 win over Manchester City on the weekend which handed Jurgen Klopp’s side a four-point gap as league leaders.Liverpool remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League this season after 18 games and pulled past Wolves 2-0 as City surprisingly dropped points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Though the Reds now have some breathing room at the top, Hodgson stressed City shouldn’t be worried about the current situation, noting Klopp’s men will slip up sooner or later. “I don’t think Pep Guardiola will be too concerned about a four-point gap with 20 games left to play,” Hodgson said.“One of those is going to be against Liverpool, but even without that game the chances are that Liverpool will go somewhere and something like this will happen.”Someone will beat them against the odds, there is a long way to go yet and there will be an upset somewhere along the line.”Klopp, who is yet to win silverware with Liverpool, certainly isn’t getting ahead of himself despite Christmas history favouring the Reds.”Somebody said the last four times the that was first in the table at Christmas won the league, but was it ever such a tight race?” Klopp said.Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren isn’t banking on his side slipping up anytime soon however, recently calling on the them copy Arsenal’s Invincibles and go the entire season unbeaten. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Australia have accepted Aaron Mooy will play no part at the Asian Cup, meaning a call up for James Jeggo.Mooy suffered a torn ligament in his right knee during Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal on December 8 and was ruled out for eight weeks by the Premier League strugglers.Football Federation Australia (FFA) optimistically named Mooy in their 23-man squad on December 20 but have conceded the midfielder will not be fit following consultation with Huddersfield’s medical staff, an independent specialist, and FFA’s high performance coordinator – senior physiotherapist, Phil Coles, over the weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Socceroos boss Graham Arnold said: “It is disappointing to lose Aaron for the tournament. However, it was important that we left no stone unturned in exploring every option to get Aaron on the pitch for Australia in the UAE.”We will remain in close contact with Aaron and Huddersfield Town during his rehabilitation and trust that he will make a successful return to action.”In making the assessment on the injury we agreed Aaron would need at least another month to return to fitness. In a best-case scenario, this would mean he would not be ready to play until after the quarter-final stage [January 24-25, 2019].”With so many games in such a short period we felt it would be best to bring in a player that is fully fit and ready to go from the outset.”Mooy’s misfortune means opportunity knocks for Austria Vienna’s Jeggo.Arnold added: “James has been performing really well in Austria and is a fantastic character, so we are very happy to have him join the squad.”Initially James was very unlucky to miss out, but sometimes these things happen in football and we are glad we can provide him with this opportunity.”James has thrived at club level playing in a defensive midfield role and with three attacking central midfielders already in the squad, we felt we needed someone with James’ attributes to provide some depth in that area.”Australia remain confident Hertha Berlin midfielder Mathew Leckie will be fit despite sustaining an injury at the weekend.
Arsenal will be looking to give their supporters a belated Christmas present when they travel to Brighton on Boxing Day.The Gunners won their previous league match against Burnley after two consecutive defeats to Southampton, in the league, and Tottenham, in the Carabao Cup, but got themselves back on track with an important victory at the weekend.Unai Emery’s men have scored a total of 40 goals this season, which is only bettered by Manchester City’s incredible tally of 50, but have suffered defensively in recent games due to a number of injuries at the back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Arsenal Injuries Rob Holding will miss the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament knee injury.Danny Welbeck is ruled out with a broken ankle following his shocking injury against Sporting CP, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has now sustained an ankle injury that keeps him out until the turn of the year.Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for at least another two weeks with a calf problem, with Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi likely to be unavailable again after thigh and hamstring problems, respectively.Emile Smith Rowe is back in training following his minor groin strain and Dinos Mavropanos is back in light training and expected to be in contention in the coming weeks. Arsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpEmery’s defensive headache means that Stephan Lichtsteiner should start at right-back in place of the injured Bellerin.Aaron Ramsey could start despite reports linking him with a move to Juventus this week, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to continue in attack following his two goals against Burnley.Laurent Koscielny is expected to captain the side and start alongside Sokratis in defence.Brighton Team News Lewis Dunk is suspended after his red card at Bournemouth on Saturday but Shane Duffy returns after his ban.Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jose Izquierdo are both likely to miss out through hamstring and knee injuries, respectively.TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time Kick-off is 17:15pm GMT (12:15am ET) on Wednesday, and the game will be broadcast live on Sky One in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBCSN in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Best Opta Match Facts Brighton have lost five of their last six games against Arsenal in all competitions, however did win the most recent meeting between the two (2-1 in March 2018). Arsenal have scored at least two goals in five of their last six games against Brighton in all competitions (W5 L1), netting 14 goals in total. Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in six of their 10 games against Brighton in the top-flight, conceding just six goals in total in this run. Brighton striker Glenn Murray has scored two goals in 125 minutes played against Arsenal in all competitions (four appearances), including the winner for the Seagulls in this fixture last season (2-1). Since his debut in February, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored at least twice in six different Premier League games, twice as many as any other player. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Benjamin Pavard has denied having an agreement in place which will see him link up with Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019.Ever since helping France to World Cup glory over the summer, the 22-year-old defender has seen his club future called into question.It has been suggested that Bayern are leading the chase for his signature, with it widely reported that a deal has already been done. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Pavard, who remains under contract at Stuttgart until 2021, insists that is not the case.He told Le Parisien: “I have not signed anything with Bayern. “The interest of such a club makes me happy, but today I am focused on Stuttgart. I do not think about next summer.”While reluctant to look to the future, Pavard is prepared to reflect on events of the past.He still feels that France’s efforts in Russia should have earned greater recognition, with the likes of Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann overlooked in the 2018 Ballon d’Or vote.Pavard said of an award which went to Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who suffered World Cup final heartache with Croatia: “I would have liked to see a Frenchman win it, knowing that players such as Raphael Varane – who is the only one to have won the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year – and Antoine Griezmann had a great years. “They would have deserved it.”World Cup-winning exploits were not enough for that pair, but nobody can take France’s achievement away from them.Pavard played a leading role in their global triumph, with a spectacular strike during a 4-3 victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina at the last-16 stage set to live long in the memory.Recalling that effort, the highly-rated full-back said: “That goal has changed my life. “Things have gone to another dimension. That goal went around the world. “Before, few people knew me, but since then, things have changed. I am recognised everywhere. I am asked about that goal almost every day.”While Pavard will forever have those happy memories, he is currently trying to avoid making some unhappy ones.Stuttgart have endured a difficult 2018-19 campaign to date and sit just outside the Bundesliga drop zone as a result.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves the chance to force himself ahead of Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane on Manchester United’s managerial wish list, says Wes Brown.The Norwegian, who formed part of a Treble-winning squad back in 1999, has returned to Old Trafford on an interim basis in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s dismissal.His reign got off to a perfect start with a 5-1 victory over Cardiff, with a side considered to have been released from their shackles now being tipped to push themselves into top-four contention. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Were they able to end the season inside that Premier League pack, then Brown sees no reason why the Red Devils would want to look anywhere else for a permanent appointment.The former United defender told talkSPORT as various names continue to be linked with a high-profile post: “I haven’t seen Man United play like that in a long time.“You could see everyone was enjoying it [against Cardiff] and obviously for the previous manager they weren’t doing that, so there was something wrong.“Ole has gone in there, got the smiles back on and just said ‘go and play’.“If Ole can keep this going then I can’t see a reason why we can’t make the top four. The lads will scare a few teams if they keep playing like that.“Personally, I think it would be great if Ole gets the job full-time. I would like to see him stay if he did well.“Obviously he’s been told it’s until the end of the season, but that could always change, you know how football is.“If he can start producing, keep winning and playing like that, anything can happen.“It’s nice saying we would like Pochettino and Zidane, but it’s not as easily done. If Ole did okay I don’t see a reason why he couldn’t stay on.”Were United to express an interest in keeping Solskjaer on, then a compensation package would need to be agreed with his current employers at Molde.A similar deal would need to be done in order to lure Pochettino away from domestic rivals Tottenham, and breaking him from a long-term contract would not come cheap.No settlement would be required to land former Real Madrid boss Zidane, but he has no previous experience of English football from a glittering playing and coaching career. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
PSV star Hirving Lozano would welcome Mexico team-mate Diego Lainez with open arms if the youngster were to make the move to Europe this January amid ongoing speculation that Ajax are keen to sign the America winger.Lozano rose to prominence at a young age in the Mexican game before making the move to PSV in 2017, where has since developed into a key figure.The 18-year-old Lainez, meanwhile, is regarded as perhaps an even bigger prospect than Lozano was in his younger years and recently capped a fine season with the Liga MX Apertura title. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His fine form has earned him the interest of a number of European sides, with Ajax believed to be among his biggest admirers.Reports from both Netherlands and Mexico have suggested the Eredivisie giants are willing to pay up to €12 million (£10.5m/$13.5m) for the winger and even though Lozano has not seen his compatriot play too often, he would be happy to see him make the move to Europe. “Honestly, I’ve seen him a little. I haven’t seen him play that much,” Lozano told Goal.”For me, he’s a good player. He’s young, but he has a lot of qualities.”I don’t know if he’s ready or not. I don’t know what he’s like as a person. I don’t know him well.”But, hopefully he can arrive here soon.”Lainez would not be the first Mexican to join Lozano in Netherlands if the move were to materialise, with Erick Gutierrez joining his friend in Eindhoven earlier this season.Gutierrez has yet to become as important to the team as Lozano, but the attacker has little doubt his compatriot will soon make more of an impact.”With the transfer of Erick, I played a small role in it because they asked me about him, I was paying attention to whether they signed him or not, so the only thing I could do is to convince them a bit more to sign him and tell him good things about being here,” the 23-year-old added.”I think that’s why he came here.”I think he’s had some minutes, but little by little he’ll have more. He’s going to show more of the skill he has, so I’m convinced that he can play as a starter and hopefully the manager decides. He’s the one that decides, so he’s the one in charge.”
Debate on legislation aimed at strengthening the regime governing the functions of Justices of the Peace (JPs) began in the House of Representatives on November 21.The Justice of the Peace Bill and the Renaming of the Courts of Petty Sessions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill were piloted by Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck.The Bills provide for codifying the selection, appointment, discipline, regulation and code of conduct of JPs; increasing the monetary jurisdiction of JPs; and renaming the Petty Sessions Courts to Lay Magistrates’ Courts.In his address, Mr. Chuck said despite the importance of the functions of JPs in the country, there is no legislation governing how they operate.He pointed out that in or around 2006, a Committee comprising the Chief Justice, the Custodes, the Legal Reform Department and personnel from the Ministry of Justice crafted a Code of Conduct and incorporated the existing rules.The Minister said that this Code of Conduct was gazetted and has been the closest matter to legislation governing the functions of JPs in Jamaica.“Let me hasten to highlight the fact that the Justice of the Peace (Jurisdiction) Act only governs the judicial functions of Justices of the Peace and does not address the issues covered under the Bill before this Honourable House,” Mr. Chuck said.“With that said, I will seize this opportunity to inform that in a short while from now, a comprehensive review of the Justice of the Peace (Jurisdiction) Act will be undertaken with a view to modernisation. This piece of legislation was enacted in 1850,” he added.The Minister said the Bills now before the Lower House will go a far way in impressing upon the minds of not only the JPs but all Jamaicans the seriousness of the Office of Justice of the Peace.In addition, Mr. Chuck said the rules are silent on what should happen to a JP who has been criminally charged or convicted. “This deficit in the law must be arrested immediately,” Mr. Chuck emphasised.“Another issue is the perennial problem of JPs losing their seals through negligence, and the Government must fork out 50 per cent of the replacement cost of the seal, and the JP only being required to pay 50 per cent. Statistics have shown that the majority of seals reported as stolen were stolen after being left in parked motor vehicles. The Government cannot continue to fund negligence,” he said.Mr. Chuck said there is also the issue of whether it is proper for a JP to charge a fee for his services in that office, adding that the traditional functions of JPs have changed over time, and so, the law must be developed in recognition of this.“As it relates to the name of the Petty Sessions Court, from as far back as 2007, a Task Force mandated to review and make recommendations for the improvement of our justice system recommended that the name of the Petty Sessions Court be changed to the Lay Magistrates’ Court,” he noted.According to the Task Force, this will change the public’s perception of this Court, as, often times, Lay Magistrates are not afforded the respect of other judicial officers, despite the serious nature of their role.“So, it is for all the above reasons, and more, that the law must be refined and clarified to reflect the increasing significance of the Office of the Justice of the Peace to our society,” Mr. Chuck said.For the Justice of the Peace Bill, Clause 5 provides guidance on the appointment of Justices. Clause 7 imposes a duty on the JPs to observe the Code of Conduct or face being penalised for misconduct, while Clause 8 removes the restrictions to serve only in the JP’s parish of residence.In terms of the Courts of Petty Sessions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, Clause 2 provides for the renaming of the Courts of Petty Sessions to the Lay Magistrates’ Courts. Story Highlights The Bills provide for codifying the selection, appointment, discipline, regulation and code of conduct of JPs; increasing the monetary jurisdiction of JPs; and renaming the Petty Sessions Courts to Lay Magistrates’ Courts. Debate on legislation aimed at strengthening the regime governing the functions of Justices of the Peace (JPs) began in the House of Representatives on November 21. In addition, Mr. Chuck said the rules are silent on what should happen to a JP who has been criminally charged or convicted. “This deficit in the law must be arrested immediately,” Mr. Chuck emphasised.
Viaccess-Orca has acquired Squadeo, a global provider of secure cross-platform OTT premium video solutions for the TV industry.VO said that the integration of Squadeo’s multimedia QuickPlayer will strengthen its Connected Sentinel Player offering – enabling an end-to-end solution for delivering live and VOD content to PC, Mac and Android and iOS mobile devices.Paul Molinier“As multiscreen video consumption continues to grow, content providers are challenged to deliver consistent, secure, and premium video experiences across all screens,” said Viaccess-Orca CEO, Paul Molinier.“Combining Squadeo’s best-in-class multimedia player technologies with our Connected Sentinel Player offering will enable content providers to deliver better video quality with stronger content protection, and effectively monetise their OTT multiscreen services.”Squadeo provides video players on open platforms pre-integrated with major DRMs. Its end-to-end QuickPlayer allows content providers to offer a multiscreen experience that uses patented video scrambling technology.The end-to-end solution also enables content providers to collect data from QuickPlayer to gain insights into user behaviour, which they can use to increase viewer engagement.
Sneaky PeteAmazon Prime Video has revealed that Bryan Cranston-created drama Sneaky Pete is its most popular drama this year in the UK.Unsurprisingly, The Grand Tour ranks as its most popular unscripted series, while American Gods is its most watched fantasy series and Just Add Magic is the leading kids show.Yesterday, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price named The Grand Tour as the most popular original TV show on the Prime Video platform, though as Amazon does not release viewing figures it is unclear how many eyeballs it is drawing.Crime drama Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as a former convict, who adopts his ex-cellmate’s identity in order to avoid his former life.Cranston (Breaking Bad) co-created the series with David Shore (House), who has since exited the series. Graham Yost (Justified) has replaced him, and the series is headed for a second season.In the UK, American Gods is billed as an original series following a deal with distributor FremantleMedia, while Just Add Magic is an in-house series based on Cindy Callaghan’s book of the same name.
The journalist is one of of two PBP candidates now on the council.He said people should actively resist any attempt to introduce a hard border between Londonderry and Donegal.And Councillor McCann added that while he isn’t convinced a hard border will be reintroduced, he believed it should be met with resistance but stressed it must be peaceful.“We are totally against violent protest, which would be counterproductive,” he said. ShareTweet BREXITCouncillor Eamonn McCannDerry and Strabane CouncilHARD BORDERNewly elected McCann calls for civil disobedience over hard Brexit borderpeople before profit An ecstatic Eamonn McCann is elected to Derry City and Strabane District Council at the count on SaturdayVETERAN trade unionist and newly elected councillor Eamonn McCann is calling for civil disobedience if a hard border is reintroduced.He made the call just days after being elected to Derry City and Strabane District Council on a People Before Profit ticket. “People are wondering what the British government is going to do, wondering what the Irish government is going to do and wondering what the EU is going to do. But the real question is, what are the people going to do?”Mr McCann said civil disobedience had been used throughout Irish history as a means of protest – including at civil rights demonstrations 50 years ago.“So the question is how do you stop this thing and I put my trust in the ordinary people rather than the negotiators or government representatives,” he added.Newly elected McCann calls for civil disobedience over hard Brexit border was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:
KobylinskiLast updated on May 14th, 2019 at 05:05 amBrian Kobylinski is now the chairman of Milwaukee-based Jason Industries Inc., taking over for Jeffry Quinn.KobylinskiQuinn, who led the acquisition of the company by Quinpario Acquisition Corp. in 2014 and owns more than 16 percent of Jason’s stock, will stay on the board.Kobylinski joined Jason in 2016 from Menomonee Falls-based Actuant Corp. He initially served as chief operating officer and was named chief executive officer by the end of the year. Jason Industries is a diversified industrial manufacturer with businesses in finishing, components, seating and acoustics markets. “Under Koby’s leadership, Jason has made significant progress improving business performance over the last two years. He has also made meaningful contributions to strategic discussions as part of the board, making now the right time for this natural succession to the chairman role,” Quinn said.Quinn was also named chief executive officer the Australian titanium-mining firm Tronox Ltd. in December.“This change will enable me to devote more time to my other professional obligations, and I look forward to continuing our work together on the board to improve and transform the company,” Quinn said.Jason Industries also expanded its board by adding Nelson Obus, managing member of Wynnefield Capital Management and general partner of Wynnefield Capital Inc. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 11 2019Southern courts favor physicians in malpractice lawsuits over facial trauma treatment, while courts in the Midwest favor patients, according to a Rutgers study.The study, which was published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, is the first to explore facial trauma litigation. It also found that outcomes in facial trauma lawsuits generally favor physicians, with nearly three-fourths of cases being dismissed before trial.In 2016, nearly 43,000 cases totaling $3.8 billion in payouts were awarded for allegations surrounding diagnosis, treatment and surgery, with the top five defendant specialties being surgical. About 15 percent of plastic surgeons face at least one malpractice lawsuit annually.The researchers studied defendant data from facial trauma malpractice cases in the Westlaw federal litigations database. They reviewed 69 cases from 1913 to 2016. Most decisions occurred between 1965 to 2013, with half processed through legal systems in the South, 29 percent in the Midwest, 11 percent in the West and less than 9 percent in the Northeast.About 75 percent of the plaintiffs were males with injuries to the jaw or with multiple facial fractures. A complaint of delay or failure to diagnose accounted for 50 percent of the lawsuits, which were significantly more likely to be brought against an emergency physician who failed to diagnose a fracture.The researchers found that patients who had an initial X-ray that was followed by imaging with a computed tomography (CT) scan or other, more sensitive scan were more likely to be diagnosed with a fracture. “This tells us that emergency medicine physicians may be able to reduce their risk of malpractice by using sensitive radiography, like CT scans, while evaluating potential facial fractures,” said corresponding author Boris Paskhover, assistant professor, department of otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.Related StoriesPsychiatric diagnoses deemed “scientifically meaningless” by expertsBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTOf the cases that went to court, 58 percent were tried by a judge and 38 percent by a jury. Three-quarters of the examined cases were decided on behalf of the defendants, 19 percent on behalf of the plaintiff, 3 percent were settled and 3 percent had an unknown outcome. Awards ranged from $14,437 to more than $1.8 million.”An overwhelming majority of cases decided in the favor of the plaintiff were jury trials,” said Paskhover. “This finding is understandable given the overall litigation structure of the United States court system, where it is a constitutional right for persons to be initially tried by a jury of their peers and not experts within the field.”The Midwest upheld 40 percent of the malpractice suits, while the South dismissed more than 90 percent. The researchers considered four possible scenarios that could account for this finding: a tendency for juries of Midwesterners to side with the plaintiff, an increased rate of legitimate malpractice cases occurring in the Midwest, a preponderance for frivolous suits in the South or a proclivity for Southern judges to dismiss claims.”It may behoove Midwestern physicians to consider settlements over a trial, while Southern healthcare professionals may be more comfortable allowing malpractice decisions to be decided through litigation,” Paskhover said. Source:https://www.rutgers.edu/