Lauren explains why Arsenal players turned on Unai Emery and prefer Mikel Arteta

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Apr 2020 12:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link846Shares Comment Lauren was a big part of the 2003/4 Invincibles team (Picture: Getty Images)Since Mikel Arteta took over the helm, results have been steady, and the atmosphere around the club has improved drastically.Players also seem happier, with several admitting they are ‘having fun again’ under the ex-Manchester City coach, suggesting they possibly weren’t before under Emery.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 ArsenalLauren added: ‘The philosophy of Arteta has more parallelism with Wenger than Emery had. He tries to pass the ball, to open the game up in the last third, triangles in every department so there are always options. ‘We have to give time to Arteta, he has fantastic ideas and learned from the best in Pep Guardiola.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he didn’t want Thierry Henry’s iconic Arsenal squad numberMORE: Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Gabriel set to join ‘really big club’ confirms Lille presidentFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Lauren explains why Arsenal players turned on Unai Emery and prefer Mikel Arteta Things didn’t end well for Emery at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal Invincible Lauren believes players turned on former Gunners boss Unai Emery due to his overuse of video analysis and failure to deliver instant success.The Spaniard was sacked in December after a series of laboured performances left the north London club marooned in mid-table and without a hope of reaching the Champions League places.Players were reportedly bemused by the former Sevilla manager’s convoluted tactics and bored of watching hours upon on hours of footage from past matches.Since being replaced by Mikel Arteta, Emery has hit out at his former side, saying ‘some did not have a good attitude’, but ex-Arsenal defender Lauren admitted the 38-year-old’s methods contributed to his downfall. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told The Athletic: ‘One question though: Unai Emery would have stayed if they won the Europa League [they lost last season’s final to Chelsea]. ‘He would have got more power inside the dressing room, more power with the club to insist on certain players. ‘But he didn’t win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League, so they decided to change again. ‘Emery’s ideas, the use of so much video and so on, if at some point you don’t have success and don’t win things, the players decide they don’t like this guy.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

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Jamaican hospitality group to honor former Jamaican Prime Minister Simpson Miller

first_imgFormer Jamaica PM Portia Simpson Miller NEW YORK, Mar. 24, CMC – The New York-based Jamaican hospitality group, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), will be honoring former Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and others during the group’s 25th anniversary reception to be held in Kingston,  Jamaica on April 1. TJB – which provides hospitality support for Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia – said on Saturday that the honor ceremony will be held under the  patronage of the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen.  Celebrating volunteerism Dubbed, “Celebrating Volunteerism, Heralding Excellence,” TJB said the event will also honor Jamaican-owned Grace Kennedy Group chief executive officer, Don Wehby, and “recognize those whose lives have positively impacted others and, who, through their actions, have brought about change.” Rounding out the list of honorees are  Dr. Walton Small, Jamaica Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) president; Ali McNab, former sportscaster and currently special advisor, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sports in Jamaica; Sekou Clarke, Jamaican immigration attorney; and Trishana McGowan, Jamaican sports analyst and former athlete. Standard bearer for women TJB said Simpson-Miller is “heralded as a standard bearer for women. “She became Jamaica’s seventh prime minister in March 2006 and was conferred with the Order of the Nation in May 2006,” it said. “Mrs. Simpson Miller’s ascension to Jamaica’s highest political office came after having served for 17 years as a Cabinet Minister. “Her distinguished record of service at the regional and international levels deserves much acclaim,” TJB added. WehbyIt said Wehby rose to prominence in the Grace Kennedy Group, serving in various capacities within the organization before being appointed chief executive officer in 2011. “His extensive professional background spans both the private and public sectors, where he continues to hold various leadership positions,” it said.“He has served as Government Senator, and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and on numerous boards,  including Food for the Poor.”Wehby is currently New Zealand’s Honorary Consul to Jamaica, following his appointment in September 2015. TJB said these are “examples of leadership and service” that it seeks to “highlight and celebrate”It said its “milestone of 25 years of unbroken service to Caribbean athletes at the Penn Relays is a noteworthy achievement,” stating that hosting a celebratory reception in Jamaica is “a moment pride.”“As the number grew through the years, the contingent of athletes and administrative staff has surpassed over 600 at its peak, with groups coming from Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, the USA, among others,” TJB said.   Through TJB’s partnership with the Bronx, New York-based Caribbean Food Delights, athletes are provided with three hot meals daily, ground transportation, chiropractic and some medical services and mentorship. TJB said it initiated partnerships with Jamaican companies to the Penn Relays 25 years ago, resulting in Grace Foods becoming title sponsor of the Relays Carnival for subsequent consecutive years.In 1999, TJB became the first Jamaican organization to be a participating sponsor at the Penn Relays. “As a result, the Jamaican flag became the first foreign-nation’s flag to be flown at the Penn Relays, a distinction unmatched,” TJB said.last_img read more

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North Peace Family Super Park fills needed board position vacancies

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Family Super Park non-profit organisation says that it has filled the vacant positions on its board in order to continue to work towards building an indoor play area in Fort St. John.Founder and board chair Jaandi Roemer says that after word spread that the board needed to fill the vacant Treasurer and Executive Director positions, the non-profit was able to not get those positions, but have expanded their board to a total of 16 members. The group was in danger of having to close if they weren’t able to fill the vacancies prior to reporting their membership to the government ahead of their September 12th deadline. That would have meant that the group would have had to donate all monies raised to another charitable organisation of their choosing.Roemer says that the group got non-profit certification three years ago. Since then, the board has raised nearly $43,000 towards the construction of an indoor playground in Fort St. John. According to Roemer, the closest indoor playgrounds to the Energetic City are located in Grande Prairie, Tumbler Ridge, and Fort Nelson.- Advertisement -The group has a budget of $375,000 for the construction of an indoor playground that would that would cater to all ages, adults included. The group has also spent a great deal of time insuring that the planned playground would also cater to those with physical and developmental disabilities.last_img read more

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Kipchoge returns to Berlin, eyes on record

first_img“Berlin is a special race and a marathon I love to run. Every edition I run faster than the previous edition. In the first edition I ran 2:04:05, in the second time I ran 2:04:00 and last year, I ran 2:03:32. What will I do this year? You will see in September,” Kipchoge posed on a short promotional video posted on his official Twitter feed.The Olympic champion entered the race last year with high hopes of having a go at the record especially coming on after his record breaking ‘test-tube’ run in the Nike Breaking Two project where he ran an incredible 2:00:25 at the Monza Formula One track.However, unfriendly weather meant he couldn’t go on to break the record on a course that has seen the time shattered time and again. He nonetheless went on to win the race ahead of the Ethiopian duo of Guye Adola and Mosinet Geremew.Eliud Kipchoge wins the 2018 London marathon title on April 22, 2018“My preparation is entirely concentrated on the Berlin Marathon on September 16. I am confident I can beat my personal best on this fast course if conditions are good,” Kipchoge told the Berlin Marathon official website.Kipchoge’s mental as well as physical prowess has suggested for some time that the world record is within his reach.This year, Kipchoge will once again face familiar foes former world record holder Wilson Kipsang who dropped off the race midway last year. Kipsang will have pleasant memories of Berlin, coming to a course that he ran 2:03:23 to set a new record in 2013 with Kipchoge finishing second.Another contender to be taken into consideration is Eritrea’s five time World Half Marathon champion and record holder Zersenay Tadese. The Eritrean is the oldest of the three and, though highly experienced over the distance events in general, has the least experience in the marathon.No-one has gone close to his world record of 58:23 for the Half Marathon, set in Lisbon in 2010. His personal best for the marathon is 2:10:41, achieved in the London Marathon in 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men’s race at the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017© AFP Michele TANTUSSINAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11- Olympic Marathon Champion Eliud Kipchoge will return to the Berlin Marathon on September 16 as he goes out on yet another mission of lowering compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s World record of 2:02:57.Kipchoge whose personal time of 2:03:05 set in winning the 2016 London Marathon is eight seconds shy of the world’s best is optimistic that if the conditions are perfect, then he will be in line to improve his personal best time and probably have a stab at the record.last_img read more

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