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Why Fekir should replace Ozil at Arsenal

first_imgNabil Fekir Why Arsenal should sign Lyon livewire Nabil Fekir to replace Ozil Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 18:04 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Nabil Fekir Lyon Nantes Ligue 1 07052017 Gettyimages Arsenal Olympique Lyonnais v Everton Arsenal v Crvena Zvezda Everton Olympique Lyonnais Crvena Zvezda UEFA Europa League The nine-time France international would bring a different dimension to the Gunners if he were to team up with his old cohort Alexandre Lacazette When Nabil Fekir crumpled to the ground on the occasion of his first international start in September 2015, it looked the type of injury to provide a career-defining moment. Having just turned 22, he had exploded into Lyon’s starting XI and had established himself as one of the next great talents from the club’s formidable production line. However, his worst fears were about to be realised as the knee issue he sustained proved to be a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, effectively writing off a valuable season of development.Red Star 13/2 to beat Arsenal Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player So well has Fekir recovered from his injury, he is once again among Ligue 1’s top stars. Indeed, his form currently shows that he has made a full recovery and is capable of playing for any club in the world.Everton, Thursday’s Europa League opponents, will be on high alert, especially as the attacker scored the opener against them as OL won 2-1 at Goodison Park a fortnight ago.But Arsenal should also be closely monitoring the playmaker, who turned 24 in July. With Mesut Ozil’s contract due to expire next June and no deal imminent, the Lyon-born star would be an ideal replacement. Although both players operate in the same role, their strengths are different. The German perhaps has greater imagination, but Fekir carries a far more significant direct threat to goal, is a lithe dribbler and is industrious defensively. Indeed, only one player has won more duels in Ligue 1 than the Lyon star so far this season: Neymar.  Fekir GFX“Nabil is a bit like Messi with his small steps when he runs with the ball in one-on-one situations,” Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny said last year. “He’s has got huge technical skills. He’s able to make a difference on the pitch, with a good one-on-one or with an assist or a goal.”The Gunners, of course, have already done business with OL in the recent past to secure the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, who had settled promisingly in the Premier League by scoring five times in his first 10 appearances, for a fee in the region of £52 million. It would do the frontman little damage to have one of his great cohorts join him in London, with the pair having enjoyed a terrific relationship during their time together in France. Fekir, meanwhile, provides a goal threat that is not in Ozil’s armoury; a weapon that would change the dimension of Arsene Wenger’s side and give them another serious point of attack. In the season before his injury struck, he got 13 in 34 league matches and was already sitting at four in four games prior to his knee giving way. Attaining those figures again has taken time, but he has returned to his best. Nine Ligue 1 goals last term was a steady return but he has already matched that tally this season in just 10 matches. He has shown a terrific variation in the goals he has scored. Among the most memorable was his strike from the halfway line against Bordeaux in mid-August and his last-gasp match-winning free kick against Monaco last month. Yet by scoring a double against Metz on Sunday he proved he is capable of finding the net in a more mundane but more sustainable manner by making well-timed runs into dangerous areas.“I wouldn’t say it’s a new Nabil Fekir – it’s the one we knew before his injury but with more maturity,” head coach Bruno Genesio said after that spectacular strike against Bordeaux. “He’s made every effort to bounce back. “He’s physically well, better in his head and has regained his best level. Since the start of the season, I feel he’s been completely focussed on the team. If I entrusted him to be captain, it’s because he’s been exemplary on the field and with his behaviour.”Nabil Fekir LyonLacazette’s move to Arsenal has, in some ways, been a blessing for Fekir personally, as he has revelled in the responsibility of carrying the team’s attack and leading them as their captain. This willingness to embrace a leadership role has added further qualities to the player’s game, which he freely admits.“It’s changed me,” he said after the Monaco match. “It’s true that I talk a little more, but I’ve stayed the same.“I try to encourage and motivate my team-mates. We have a very young team. Although I’m not very old, it’s important to have someone in this role, to encourage and to lead.“I give 200% on the field for my team-mates, for the fans and for my family.”Not since Karim Benzema’s rapid start in 2007-08, when he was involved in 13 goals after 11 matches, have Lyon had a player so influential in their ranks early in the season. In terms of his importance to the Rhone club, he equals the Real Madrid star or Lacazette, and OL would expect to receive a similar fee for his services. The odds are that he would prove worth every penny.last_img read more

Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy passes away at 65

first_imgNew Delhi: Meghalaya assembly speaker Donkupar Roy passed away in a private hospital in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon. He was 65. Roy was admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on July 18 due to some stomach related complication and was undergoing treatment since then. Sources said Roy breathed his last around 2:50 pm in the hospital. Roy, president of United Democratic Party (UDP), the key ally in the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, was elected as the assembly speaker on March 2018. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe was first elected in 1988 as an independent MLA from Shella assembly constituency in East Khasi Hills district. Roy was the chief minister of Meghalaya from 2008 to 2009. He won from Shella constituency for the seventh consecutive term and was not defeated since 1988 till 2018 Assembly elections. Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma has condoled the sudden demise of Roy. “Deeply saddened by the demise of Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Dr Donkupar Roy. In his death, we have lost a leader, a guide, who had dedicated his life for the service of the people. May almighty provide strength to his family in this hour of grief. Rest in peace!,” Sangma said in a tweet.last_img read more

USC Loses Starting CB Isiah Wiley To Academics

A University of Southern California football roster still in flux because of ongoing NCAA sanctions became a bit clearer on Friday with the announcement that starting cornerback Isiah Wiley had been ruled ineligible for the season.Trojans coach Lane Kiffin delivered the news, while also adding that linebacker Marquis Simmons and cornerback Brian Baucham had each been cleared to play.Top-ranked USC has until Monday’s first day of fall semester classes to have its roster trimmed to 75 scholarship players as mandated by their NCAA punishment for recruiting violations.Kiffin declined to say exactly how many players were on scholarship, but said the Trojans were hovering a few below the maximum limit allowed.“We’re definitely not over,” Kiffin was quoted as saying in the Los Angeles Times. “I’ll leave it at that.”Wiley, a senior who had transferred from Arizona Western Community College last year, started the final six games last season after both Torin Harris and Anthony Brown suffered season-ending injuries. Wiley recorded 39 tackles, four pass deflections and one fumble recovery to shore up the spot opposite All-Pac 12 cornerback Nikell Robey.Wiley had not been practicing or attending workouts while his status was determined.“We didn’t want to invest a lot of time in guys that weren’t sure whether they were going to be here,” Kiffin said. “Now, all of a sudden, we’d be sitting here … going ‘Now what do we do’“The blow is not so big, I think, because of the way we went about it.”Wiley is not expected to remain enrolled at the school.Simmons had also sat out all of preseason practice while awaiting word about his academic status. The fourth-year junior, who is coming off neck surgery, is expected to bolster USC’s linebacking corps and special teams.Baucham had been ruled academically ineligible last season, but was singled out by Kiffin during spring practice as one of the most improved players on the team.The Trojans open the season next Saturday when they host Hawaii. read more

Those defeated have nothing to do says Quader

first_imgRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said nobody believes that those who faced defeat both in their movement and in election have anything new to do, reports UNB.The minister made the remarks while talking to newsmen before starting his journey for Tungipara from Shimuliaghat in Munshiganj in the morning.”They failed to wage any movement for 10 minutes in the last 10 years. What will they do now? If they wage any movement politically, we’ll face it politically,” he said.Responding to a question about Oikya Front’s programme demanding cancellation of the election, Quader said it is the opposition party’s programme, it is their personal matter.”They can announce any programme in a legal way cantering the election. There’s nothing to say. Action will be taken, if they carry out violence in the name of movement.”Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, accompanied by her cabinet colleagues and senior Awami League leaders, went to Tungipara today and paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking the installation of her government for the third consecutive term.last_img read more

Police Brutality Trial ReFocuses Light on Tyrone West

first_imgSean YoesA civil trial against three Baltimore City police officers, who allegedly brutalized a Northeast Baltimore man during an arrest in 2013, began last week. Fate forever links that arrest to the death of a man while in police custody a few weeks later, who was a symbol of the Baltimore law enforcement reform movement, before Freddie Gray.On July 1, 2013 Abdul Salaam was nearing his home in Northeast Baltimore with his three-year old son in the back seat of his car, when he glimpsed an image in his rearview mirror most Black men loathe, a police vehicle approaching from behind.According to Salaam, the next few moments would quickly escalate from mere dread to his life being imperiled just steps from the sanctity of his home, while his little boy watched in horror.Salaam (who is the plaintiff in the civil case along with his young son), now 37, says police jumped from their vehicle with their guns drawn and began yelling at him. He says he put his hands out the window of his car holding his wallet and seconds later he was yanked from his car, dragged across the ground and dumped on his head, twice.By this time several of his neighbors had emerged from their homes to protest Salaam’s treatment and videotape the beating. Eventually, he was handcuffed and shackled and taken to Northeast police precinct and then to a hospital. He was charged with not wearing his seatbelt, talking on a cell phone while driving and (of course) disturbing the peace.In a court proceeding in October 2013, prosecutors didn’t pursue any of the charges by police. Salaam is alleging assault and battery, false arrest, false imprisonment and the violation of his civil rights as he seeks damages.As traumatic and life changing this ordeal has been for Salaam and his son, the deadly sequel connected to his arrest and alleged abuse in his backyard played out less than three weeks later on July 18, 2013. That was the day two of the three officers who arrested Salaam, Jorge Bernardez-Ruiz and Nicholas David Chapman initially engaged Tyrone West, 44, near an intersection in the 1300 block of Kitmore Road in Northeast Baltimore, not far from Salaam’s home.West died on that day after being beaten with batons, kicked, punched and maced by up to a dozen law enforcement officers, including Ruiz and Chapman during what has been described as a wild melee that escalated after a so-called, “routine,” traffic stop. West’s family members and others believe if Ruiz and Chapman had been disciplined — specifically assigned to desk duty — in the wake of the arrest and alleged assault of Salaam, West could be alive today.Tawanda Jones, West’s younger sister — who had loaned her brother the Mercedes Benz automobile he was driving the day he died — has emerged as the family’s leader as they pursue justice for their loved one, and an activist against police brutality. She has been in attendance every day of Salaam’s trial and for the first time she encountered in person the two officers she blames most for her brother’s death.“It’s basically been surreal, I actually never thought I would have enough courage to look them dead in the eyes,” Jones said.“The first day I saw them and connected a face and saw how big these officers are, because at the end of the day they made up this foolishness about how big my brother was as if it was justification for them to brutally murder my brother,” she added. “This all could have been prevented if they had taken Abdul Salaam seriously.”Jones and her family contend it’s been more than 970 days and counting (since West’s death) that they have been seeking justice for their loved one.“Even though Ruiz, Chapman and all those killer cops are still walking the beat, that brutally murdered my brother, we’re walking the beat with them and we’re letting people know this is what happened, this is what they did and this was not right,” she said.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more

Kolkatans wont face any problem due to bandh today assures govt

first_imgKolkata: The state government has taken all necessary steps to ensure that common people do not face any inconvenience due to the six-hour bandh called by Left Front on Friday.State government employees have also been directed not to take casual leave in the first half of the day. The bandh has been called from 6 am to 12 noon. The employees have to be present on Friday and it has also been stated that “…absence on that day shall be treated as dies non and no salary will be admissible,” unless it is due to certain particular reasons. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsChief Minister Mamata Banerjee had stated on Wednesday that there will be no bandh on Friday and had termed it as a “gimmick”.On Thursday, the Bengal government has issued a notification, stating: “it has been decided that all state government offices, including those provided with grant in aid, shall remain open.” It has also been notified that “…all the employees shall report for duty on April 13. No casual or any other leave for absence either in the first half of the day, the second half or for the whole day, shall be granted to any employee on that day.” Moreover, the employees, who are on leave on April 12, shall have to report for duty on April 13 and no extension of leave shall be allowed. “No salary shall be admissible, unless such absence is due to hospitalisation of the employee, bereavement in the family or severe illness. Child care leave, maternity leave, medical leave and earned leave sanctioned prior to April 12 will also be granted,” the notification stated, adding that heads of the offices will showcause the employees who will remain absent on Friday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDisciplinary action will be taken in case no response is given to the showcause notice within a stipulated time.Criticising the bandh, Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of Trinamool Congress, said: “There will be no bandh as it is being called at a time when they have lost connection with common people, while the present government is carrying out massive development work.” Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, senior INTTUC leader and the state Power minister, also held a rally from Esplanade, protesting against the bandh. Suvendu Adhikari, state Transport minister, said: “All necessary steps have been taken to ensure adequate number of buses during the 6-hour bandh on Friday.” Apart from this, the top brass of the Transport department will be monitoring the entire situation. Special buses will be deployed from important places.Anuj Sharma, ADG (Law and order), said that the police have taken all necessary measures to avoid any untoward incident on Friday and said stringent measures will be taken if anyone is found damaging any property. Steps will also be taken so that students do not face any problem in reaching examination venues. In case people face any problem, they may dial 1093 to seek help of the police.last_img read more

No scarcity of food in Bengal 9 cr people get rice at

first_imgKolkata: There is no scarcity of food for any person in Bengal with the state government ensuring Rs 2 kg rice for nearly 9 crore people, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Stating that canard is being spread by a section of media, Banerjee said: “Around 8.5 crore to 9 crore people get rice at Rs 2 per kg in the state. Today, no one can say that someone has died due to starvation. In Jungalmahal, I had first introduced the scheme under which an individual gets rice at Rs 2 per kg. Each individual gets 8 kg rice and 3 kg wheat. So, a 5-member family gets 55 kg rice and wheat. No one can say that there is scarcity of food when such quantities of rice and wheat is being given.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We need to buy the rice at Rs 25 to Rs 26 per kg that we distribute at Rs 2 per kg. Tea garden workers get the same at 47 paise. Rice is distributed in Singur as well. We also give Singur farmers Rs 2,000 per month, despite them getting their lands back a year ago. We must keep in mind that there are special packages for these areas,” Banerjee said, adding that the state government has ensured that no one dies due to scarcity of food and treatment. “But if a person falls ill and does not take medicines prescribed by doctor, then it is not in my hand. Now, people get free treatment at state-run health care centres. So I urge people to take medicines following the advice of doctors,” she said. She also mentioned projects including Samabathy, Rupashree and Kanyashree, which have been introduced by her government for the benefit of people from all walks of life.last_img read more