‘This Arsenal player is world class! Remember when people said he was declining?’

first_imgAfter joining Arsenal over five years ago, Laurent Koscielny finally earned himself his own chant from the Gunners faithful, which was bellowed out during their clash with Leicester City at the weekend. And it seems that Arsenal fans just cannot get enough of the defender.Following the 5-2 victory over the Foxes, some of the club’s supporters have been describing Koscielny as ‘world-class’ and ‘miles ahead’ of any other centre back in the Premier League. Take a look below…Would you describe Koscielny as world class? 1last_img read more

Arsenal and Tottenham to rival Serie A clubs for Brazilian target

first_img1 Arsenal and Tottenham will have to beat off interest from ‘two or three’ Italian clubs to sign Alexandre Pato, according to the player’s agent.The Corinthians striker spent last season on loan at Sao Paulo and impressed European scouts after netting 26 goals.North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have reportedly scouted the Brazilian with a view to a potential move this January.But now the 26-year-old’s agent, Riccardo Napolitano, has revealed that Pato also has offers from clubs in Italy.“Alexandre is back and determined to establish himself as one of the best strikers in the world,” Napolitano told Calciomercato.“We’re evaluating several options for him, he’s a striker admired by many, and he’s completely overcome the muscular problems he suffered in the past few years.“In Italy there are at least two or three teams among the possible destinations, but of course we can’t say any more.“The only thing that is certain is that Pato will be the undoubted star of the winter transfer market.” Arsenal and Tottenham set to rival Serie A clubs for Brazilian target last_img read more

Fans hit out at Van Gaal after Dutchman brings on Phil Jones when 2-1 down

first_imgWhen Manchester United were 2-1 down at Bournemouth, desperate times called for desperate measures. The Cherries were leading with thanks to goals from Junior Stanislas and Josh King, while Marouane Fellaini netted for the Red Devils in talkSPORT’s live commentary match. United were famous for ‘Fergie time’ under Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, but Louis van Gaal’s luck does not seem to be in at the moment. With Man Utd about to extend their winless run to five in all competitions, Van Gaal looked to his bench. He had attacker Ashley Young available and even Morgan Schneiderlin, but instead he replaced Paddy McNair with defender Phil Jones in the 91st minute.That decision did not go down well with Manchester United – and football – fans, who took to Twitter to vent their frustration and mock the Dutchman’s decision. See below! The pressure is increasing on Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Transfer alert! Liverpool target’s agent hints at imminent move

first_img Dennis Praet [right] in action for Anderlecht against Arsenal Dennis Praet could leave Anderlecht this month, his agent has suggested.The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his squad.Several reports in the English media claim the Merseyside club are preparing a “monster bid” and they are determined to sign the 21-year-old.Praet’s agent, Jacques Lichtenstein, has now added fuel to the fire by admitting it may be time for his client to leave Belgium.“What can he gain by spending one more season at Anderlecht?” Lichtenstein told Voetbal International.“He has already played for three years and has contributed to three back-to-back league titles.” 1last_img read more

Arsene Wenger on Alexis Sanches’s hopes of returning for Arsenal against Stoke

first_img1 Arsene Wenger says it would be a ‘gamble’ to play Alexis Sanchez at Stoke this weekend with the Chilean still not completely fit after his hamstring problem.Sanchez has been missing since November when he sustained the problem during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Norwich.It was hoped that he would be fit enough to feature at Stoke this weekend but Wenger admits that it might be unwise to throw the 27-year-old former Barcelona star back into action.At Friday’s pre-match press conference, Wenger said: “He has two decisive days – today and tomorrow.“He is fit, has worked very hard and the decision we have to take is whether to take a gamble or not on his injury.” Alexis Sanchez in Arsenal training last_img read more

Former Arsenal and Aston Villa defender signs for Grasshoppers

first_img Philippe Senderos 1 Philippe Senderos has moved quickly to secure a new club following his release from Aston Villa, signing for Swiss side Grasshoppers. The Switzerland defender, a former Arsenal, Everton and Fulham player, mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Wednesday after playing for Villa since June 2014.The 30-year-old has now opted to return to his homeland and sign a six-month deal with Grasshoppers. “Philippe can be a role model for the younger players in our team,” Grasshopper CEO Manuel Huber told his club’s official website.last_img read more

Lava Man seeks an affirmation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Were the recent sixth-place finishes in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar and Oak Tree Mile at Santa Anita aberrations, or a telltale sign that the son of Slew City Slew is beginning to show his age? We’ll know more late Saturday afternoon after Lava Man faces 10 rivals in the $250,000 California Cup Classic at Santa Anita, the signature race of California Cup XVIII – a 10-race stakes program worth $1.3 million that is restricted to Cal-breds. Lava Man will carry high weight of 124 pounds. He drew the 10th post Wednesday at Santa Anita’s Clocker’s Corner for the 11/8-mile test on Cushion Track, a race that drew only one other horse – 3-year-old gelding Celtic Dreamin – who has won a graded stakes race. On paper, it figures as a walk through the park for Lava Man, who has beaten much tougher foes both this year and throughout his career. But is this the same Lava Man, a horse that has banked more than $5 million since being claimed for $50,000 in August 2004 at Del Mar? “He’s doing really well in the mornings, he’s real energetic,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “Knock on wood, he’s sound, and we expect a big effort on Saturday. If not, he might need a breather.” HORSE RACING: Star gelding set for this weekend’s California Cup Classic. By Art Wilson Staff Writer Is Lava Man finished? Has the toast of the older handicap division reached the end of the line after an unprecedented run that saw the 6-year-old gelding win back-to-back Santa Anita Handicaps and a record-tying three consecutive Hollywood Gold Cups? Lava Man’s disappointing showing in the Pacific Classic as the 6-5 favorite can be attributed to the gelding’s disdain for Polytrack. His last-place finish in the Oak Tree Mile on the grass was more troubling because he’s shown a fondness for turf in the past. Still, O’Neill seems pleased with the opportunity to get the star of his barn back on a surface he’s likely to enjoy. Lava Man won his third consecutive Gold Cup over Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track on June 30, and Santa Anita’s new synthetic surface has been much kinder to speed horses than Polytrack. “Getting him back to 11/8 miles on a real firm surface should be just what we want,” O’Neill said. Morning-line oddsmaker Jeff Tufts installed Lava Man as the heavy 7-5 choice, followed by Bold Chieftain, with Russell Baze aboard, at 5-1. Celtic Dreamin, trained by Rafael Becerra, will be ridden by Garrett Gomez for the first time and is 8-1. Lava Man will be ridden for the 16th consecutive race by Corey Nakatani. Bold Chieftain, a 4-year-old son of Chief Seattle who has won six of 12 lifetime, comes in off a fourth-place finish in the Grade III Bay Meadows Breeders’ Cup Handicap at 11/8 miles on a turf course labeled good on Sept. 22. Celtic Dreamin has won five of six lifetime with one second and won the Grade III British Columbia Derby at Hastings Race Course in Vancouver by 51/2 lengths on Sept. 23 in his most recent start under jockey Gerry Olguin. The Cal Cup Mile on turf is the second richest race of the program with a purse of $175,000 and drew 12 starters, including defending champion and co-high weight Epic Power. Nakatani, tied with Alex Solis for the most Cal Cup victories at 16, has the mount. Three of the races carry purses of $150,000, including the Matron, for fillies and mares at 11/16 miles on Cushion Track; the Distaff, for fillies and mares at 61/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course; and the Sprint, for 3-year-olds and up. Somethinaboutlaura, the defending Matron champion, will carry high weight of 124 pounds and bring a four-race winning streak into the event. The 5-year-old mare, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, has won 16 of 28 lifetime and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza. art.wilson@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Valley man turns piles of files into compact discs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre OWNER: Mike Levine ESTABLISHED: 2000 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Five DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We’re a document scanning company. We scan paper files and put them onto CDs to give companies a paperless office. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I wanted to offer a great service to companies, and this is a great service. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Back in 1999, a friend and I read about going paperless, and we said, “Let’s do it!” HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? About nine months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Research, bought equipment and software. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $80,000. I got a loan from my father. WHOM DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Other companies doing similar business out of state. Also, other business owners, family and friends. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? How long it would take to really build up the company. It took longer than I thought, but it was worth it. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $300,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To keep building and to see how big we can go. – Ben Jauron160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS NAME: Digital Records Management BUSINESS ADDRESS: 18034 Ventura Blvd. #279, Encino, CA 91316 PHONE: (818) 346-4353 WEB SITE: www.scanninghouse.com last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp defends Sturridge decision despite losing to Villarreal

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp and Daniel Sturridge Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended his decision to leave Daniel Sturridge on the bench as the Reds lost to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals.The England striker has been on a good run of form recently, but the German boss started Roberto Firmino against the La Liga club, and opted to call upon Christian Benteke from the bench despite Liverpool lacking a cutting edge.It was a decision which many fans disagreed with, but Klopp insists he had the best interests of the team at heart, and has revealed he would make the same choice again.“It is about finding a stability. With decisions like this it is always two questions,” the German boss said, when pressed on Sturridge’s exclusion.“Was it the right decision to choose this line-up? With a 1-0 defeat you cannot be sure it is 100 per cent right.“The next question is: Would I do it again? Yes. Then it is finished and I don’t have to think about it again.“That is my life – making decisions and in the end accepting the result.“With Daniel in particular it is not about how it is always, it was a decision for this line-up. That is very important. It was not against Daniel.“My job is not to do what you the media want, what the player wants, it is to try to help the player and help the team in this moment.“I always try to do my best and because I am not perfect maybe it sometimes does not work. But next time I will try it again.”Despite missing the loss to Villarreal, Klopp has no issues with Sturridge, and the German boss raved about his attitude and mentality with the 26-year-old likely to start for the Reds this weekend.“The mentality of Daniel is really good, very confident, because he has all these qualities and he knows about these qualities,” added the German.“Daniel came back from injury and now he is fit for the longest period [for a long time]. That is very important.“We could have let him play in the first few weeks, hoping he could do something special, but that would not have been the right decision for him because then he would have been injured again.“It does not work. The Premier League, Europa League, everything is too intense.“It is about balance absolutely always. I’ve said a few times that I always think more about the strengths of a player than the weaknesses.”last_img read more