Mikel Arteta tells Mesut Ozil how to win back his place at Arsenal

first_imgMikel Arteta tells Mesut Ozil how to win back his place at Arsenal Mikel Arteta says there were no issues with Mesut Ozil after dropping him from Arsenal’s squad (YouTube/Getty)Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil still has a future at Arsenal and has revealed that the midfielder accepted the decision to be axed for the defeat to Manchester City.Ozil wasn’t even named on the bench as the Gunners sunk to a 3-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.After the match, Arteta claimed that Ozil was left out due to ‘tactical reasons’ but did not elaborate on why the midfielder was not even named on the bench.Arsenal face Brighton in their next Premier League match on Saturday and Arteta has suggested that Ozil could be in contention to return if he proves he is ready to play.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I have been very open with Mesut from day one,’ said Arteta.‘Since I joined I thought that he was fit and he was willing and he wanted to perform at the level that he can do. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 9:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link257Shares Comment Mesut Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s squad for their loss to Manchester City (Getty Images)‘He has played every game with me I think. So that’s it. The moment I see that he is ready again to do that, I will treat him like anybody else.‘I think I have been more than fair with him and I think he has responded in many games the way I want. That’s it.’Asked why Ozil was not ready for the match against City, Arteta replied: ‘A lot has happened to him in the last few weeks and I have to respect the timing of every player that needs sometimes a little bit of time.‘It has been difficult preparation the last two months to get players ready, and again, I am the first one that wants Mesut at the best and I want to put him on the best when he can give his best.’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 CityAsked how Ozil reacted after being dropped, Arteta said: ‘He works very well with me, there were no issues at all.‘My conversation with Mesut is going to remain between him and me.‘What I can tell you is that it was completely fine, an honest and clear conversation, that’s it.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Jamaican banker pleads guilty to US$220 million fraud

first_img Share NewsRegional Jamaican banker pleads guilty to US$220 million fraud by: – March 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share David Smith, former CEO of Olint Corp by Global News StaffORLANDO, USA –Jamaican banker David Smith, the former head of collapsed investment scheme Olint, has pleaded guilty in a Florida court to defrauding thousands of customers of more than US$220 million.The Jamaica Observer reported that, as part of a plea agreement, Smith has admitted guilt on four counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and ten counts of money laundering.He is facing up to 20 years imprisonment, but is likely to get less because of his plea bargaining.Last year, he received a prison sentence of just over six years in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where he pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges. US authorities collected him from the TCI in November to face federal charges.Prosecutors said that more than 6,000 people invested with Smith. He admitted in his plea agreement that Olint was a “massive” Ponzi scheme, where he paid returns to investors not from profit but from their own money or that paid by subsequent investors.In addition, funds transferred to his own personal bank accounts reportedly enabled Smith to live a lavish lifestyle. Among his expenditures included political contributions, gambling, a down-payment for the purchase of a Lear jet and sponsorship of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.A raid by authorities in Jamaica forced him to shut down his business in Kingston and relocate to the Turks and Caicos Islands, where former premier Michael Misick once described him as a “model citizen”.Source: Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Diamondbacks get 18 hits in 12-8 win over Rockies

first_img WATCH US LIVE Kole Calhoun homered and had a two-run double to lead Arizona’s 18-hit outburst, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 12-8 on Monday night.David Peralta and Ketel Marte got four hits each for Arizona, which finished with 13 singles.Alex Young (1-0) worked two innings of relief for the win. Archie Bradley entered in the ninth with the bases loaded and allowed just one run, earning his fourth save.The teams combined for 15 runs and 21 hits through five innings at Coors Field, chasing both starters before the end of the fourth.“This is a great place to hit. I think that’s not a secret. It feels like it’s going to be a slugfest no matter what,” said Calhoun, who hit his home run to the opposite field. “It’s nice to see everybody keep swinging it and keep putting up crooked numbers.”Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon continued his torrid start with four singles to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. He has 10 multi-hit games in that stretch, including the last five to raise his batting average to .484, tops in the majors.“It’s so early into this thing, you can’t weigh things unless you’re Charlie Blackmon, who’s got 30 hits when some guys don’t have 30 at-bats,” Calhoun said.Blackmon has 12 hits in his last 15 at-bats.“He’s just unbelievable. He’s probably the best hitter I’ve ever played with,” said teammate Nolan Arenado, who also had four hits. “These guys are tough lefties and for Charlie to have the at-bats that he has, it’s fun to watch. The zone you dream of is what he’s in right now. I’m trying to learn something from him.”Trevor Story and Chris Owings homered for Colorado.Calhoun set the tone with a leadoff homer against Jon Gray (0-2) and added a two-run double in a three-run seventh that gave Arizona a four-run lead. The Diamondbacks had three innings in which they scored three runs, and they never trailed.Colorado stayed close by answering every rally until the seventh. The Rockies scored a run in the first, two in the third and three in the fourth to chase starter Robbie Ray, who lasted just 3 2/3 innings.“You can’t take anything for granted with this ballpark,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “With the way the ball jets out of here, you’ve got to be extremely careful how you manage the lineup and I thought our bullpen did a tremendous job.”Owings’ second home run of the season — against his former team — cut the lead to 8-7 in the fifth. Marte’s single in the ninth gave Arizona a five-run cushion.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: Placed LHP Madison Bumgarner on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. Bumgarner left Sunday’s game at San Diego after two innings due to back spasms.Rockies: RHP Wade Davis (right shoulder strain) still hasn’t started throwing, manager Bud Black said. Davis has been on the 10-day IL since Aug. 1. Black said Davis and RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (right biceps tendinitis) are continuing to get treatment.LIKE OLD TIMESColorado’s starting staff was a strength when the team went to the postseason in 2018. Last year things went sideways, especially for lefty Kyle Freeland, who endured a 3-11 campaign after finishing fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting the year before.The starters are back to being a strength for the Rockies, but it’s not a surprise to Black.“Last year was tough for starters and relievers,” Black said. “Their personal expectation was they would bounce back, and that was my expectation. I’ve seen them pitch well and make adjustments.”UP NEXTThe Diamondbacks send RHP Zac Gallen (0-0, 2.81 ERA) to the mound against Freeland (2-0, 2.41) in the middle game of the series Tuesday night. First Published: 11th August, 2020 12:26 IST LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 12:26 IST Diamondbacks Get 18 Hits In 12-8 Win Over Rockies Kole Calhoun homered and had a two-run double to lead Arizona’s 18-hit outburst, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 12-8 on Monday night. Associated Press Television News Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more