Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka transfer stance revealed after shock admission

first_imgGranit Xhaka starred in Arsenal’s recent 2-0 win over Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Emery is likely to be afforded a transfer budget of around £50m to work with in the summer, but that could be boosted by player sales and Champions League qualification, should he achieve it.The former PSG boss is said to have already decided he intends to send Denis Suarez back to Barcelona instead of making his loan move from Barcelona a permanent one at the cost of £18m and will reignite his interest in France Under-21 international Christopher Nkunku.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 errors Advertisement Granit Xhaka has hinted he is considering his Arsenal future (Picture: Getty)Arsenal fans have been rocked by Granit Xhaka’s shock admission that he is considering a future transfer away from the club.The Switzerland international has cemented a place at the heart of Unai Emery’s midfield this season, despite the summer arrivals of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.Xhaka has been entrusted with the captain’s armband on several occasions and put in one of his most accomplished performances in an Arsenal shirt during the recent win over Manchester United which moved the Gunners to within one point of third placed Tottenham in the Premier League table.Despite his status as one of Emery’s most trusted foot soldiers, Xhaka revealed on Friday that he has ambitions to play elsewhere before the end of his career.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step, Arsenal does not have to be the last stop,’ he told Tagblatt.According to Football.London, however, Arsenal have no intention of selling the 26-year-old, who signed a new long-term contract last summer, committing his future to the Gunners until 2023.Arsenal would only entertain an offer well in advance of the £33.8million they paid Borussia Monchengladbach for his services in the summer of 2016. Comment Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka transfer stance revealed after shock admission Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Mar 2019 3:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link142Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Coach’s quick action saves choking player

first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) BUCKSPORT — When Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan steps onto the high school football field as the junior varsity coach, he feels relief.“It’s a stress-reliever going there,” Geagan said. “I love the kids and the game.”But on Wednesday at the team’s weekly dinner, Geagan’s two jobs overlapped when he realized one of his players was in trouble.Geagan kicked into police-mode when his son, a junior on the team, approached him inside the Bucksport High School cafeteria with a panicked expression on his face.Bucksport Police Chief Sean GeaganThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“He had that look in his eye,” Geagan said. “Something was wrong.”Before his son could explain, Geagan heard someone yell: “He’s choking!”Geagan looked to the source of the commotion and saw one of the players pounding on the back of his teammate — a 13-year-old quarterback on the JV squad.Geagan’s instinctive actions left him with no recollection of how he got to the student. From what he was told, he leaped over a table.By the time Geagan reached the scene, one of the mothers had begun attempting to perform the Heimlich maneuver.She looked at Geagan and said, “You’ve got him.”Fortunately, Geagan had just renewed his training in first aid procedures in May.“Truthfully, you revert back to your training,” Geagan said. “I deal with situations every day where I have to react in a split-second.”Geagan took his stance behind the student, reached around him and began thrusting his fist into his stomach.“I wasn’t hearing breath,” Geagan said.After two or three attempts, someone asked if they should call an ambulance.Geagan tried again — this time — to avail.The student threw his hands up and gasped.“I’ll be OK,” he said breathlessly.Geagan continued to hold on to the student while reassuring him: “I’ve got you.”No ambulance or emergency personnel were needed.“I love working with the kids — they’re a breath of fresh air,” Geagan said before pausing.“No pun intended.” Latest Postslast_img read more

UW opens inagural B1G hockey conference with border battle at Minnesota

first_imgBig Ten hockey has arrived, at least Minnesota has, as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team travels to take on the No. 1 Gophers in a border battle that will inaugurate the new conference for both teams.With the new conference and facing off against the top team in the nation setting the stage, the stakes heading into the Friday-Saturday series could not be higher for the Badgers (4-3-1, 0-0 Big Ten).Yet for University of Wisconsin, they are simply happy to be getting back on the ice.“We’re excited to get back playing. The fact that we’re going into Minnesota and they’re ranked where they are, our kids will be excited,” head coach Mike Eaves said in a press conference Monday. “It’s an opportunity to bang the drum a little bit and make some noise by going in there and playing well, see what we can do.”The Badgers will enter Mariucci Arena coming off a bye week, the team’s third week off in the last five weeks, having played just eight games to Minnesota’s 12 games played so far this season.It is a challenge to keep the veteran squad focused and working hard despite having such little game-time minutes, Eaves said the team has found ways to make practice interesting, incorporating new drills and new techniques, as well as simulating game-like scenarios.“It is a challenge. It’s been kind of a fun one. I think, what it does, it gets us outside of our normal box. We’ve been creative,” Eaves said. “I think we’ve learned some new techniques and training things and drills that have kept our guys’ interest piqued, but at the same time, trying to keep them as close to game ready as we can.”While the Badgers will be coming in well-rested, the Gophers head into the series after splitting a pair of games last weekend with Minnesota-Duluth. Following a decisive 6-1 victory in game one over the Bulldogs, the Gophers went on to drop the second game 6-2, crushing the team’s 10-game unbeaten streak at home after giving up three UMD goals in the opening period.Boasting the second-best offense in the nation, averaging more than four goal-per-game, Minnesota will be a challenge to contain for the Badger defense and goaltending pair of juniors Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson. Junior Gopher forward Sam Warning leads the way on the attack with a team-high 19 points off five goals and 14 assists, putting him in third on the nation’s assists scoreboard. With goal scoring split across the lines for UM, Wisconsin will need to be firing on all cylinders to contain the explosive offense.Yet the meeting will be no easy task for Minnesota, as the rivalry never sees a dull match, as the Badgers boast a team full of depth and experience. While forward Nic Kerdiles saw his 18-game point streak dating back to last season snapped against Miami two weeks ago, the sophomore continues to be one of the most consistent Badgers on the ice with four goals and four assists on the year. Kerdiles sits tied with three other Badgers with eight points on the year, only to be topped by senior forward Michael Mersch with nine points.The last time the two teams faced off was at the Hockey City Classic hosted at Soldier Field in Chicago last season. After a 3-2 victory for Minnesota in game one at the Kohl Center, the Badgers scored three goals in three minutes and 19 seconds in the second period in the frigid outdoors to lead the team to a 3-2 win over a then-ranked No. 2 Gopher squad.last_img read more