Gazidis: Wenger in ‘for long term’

first_img “I think he is still ambitious, still driven and sees the potential of the club as he looks forward and I think he is very excited by that. We have a great relationship and he has a great relationship with the board as well. So, quietly and at the right time I think we will make an announcement on that when things are all put in place.” Wenger has always stated he would honour his contract, and that any negotiations on a possible future deal must not distract from efforts of the team to bring to an end what is fast approaching a decade without silverware. “We have got a lot of confidence in Arsene that he is the right person to take the club forward and I think he will want to do that,” Gazidis said. “We think we have got a fantastic manager who has seen us through moving to a new stadium, which is for many clubs a difficult period, with consistency and so we think we have got the right person to make the kinds of choices and decisions that we are going to have over this really significant period of the club’s development.” Despite Arsenal maintaining their remarkable record of finishing within the top four once again, Gazidis accepts that on its own cannot be enough. Arsenal crashed out of the Capital One Cup to Bradford, and then lost in the FA Cup at home to Blackburn, with their European hopes ended by Bayern Munich despite a valiant second-leg win in Germany. “We want to be competing at the top of the game and in order to do that you have to be in the Champions League, so we are pleased to (have) qualified, or at least, for the qualification games,” he said. “But it is not ultimately where we want to be with moving the club forward. We want to be a club that is competing at the very top end of the game and that means competing to win the Premier League and competing to win the Champions League.” Gazidis added: “The critical thing now as we look ahead over the next season and the season after is our developing financial capability which will give us a lot more options than in recent years.” Wenger, 63, is heading towards the final season of his current contract and has been linked with taking charge at big-spending Ligue 1 side Paris St-Germain. However, after helping guide Arsenal back into a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League, Gazidis is in no doubt Wenger remains the right man for the club. “We think we have got a fantastic manager. We hope that he wants to do what he is doing for the long term. I believe he does,” Gazidis told journalists from the Highbury House board room. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is confident manager Arsene Wenger still has the desire to drive the Gunners on to success once more – and is in it for “the long term”.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

We aren’t going to World Cup as favourites: Messi

first_imgBuenos Aires, May 30: Star forward Lionel Messi feels Argentina are not going to the World Cup in Russia as favourites but have players in their arsenal who can “fight against anyone”. Messi netted a hattrick as Argentina brushed aside Haiti 4-0 in a friendly at La Bombonera leading up to the World Cup.The FC Barcelona star broke the deadlock by slotting home a penalty before adding two more goals in eight second-half minutes.Messi then turned provider, setting up substitute Sergio Aguero for the final goal with 21 minutes remaining.“I want to thank all the fans that supported us tonight,” Messi told TyC Sports after the match. “More than the result we were able to say goodbye to our fans and enjoy their support. I really appreciate all the love from our fans.“We are not going to the World Cup as favorites but we are a great team with players ready to fight against anyone. This group of players have been together for a long time and we really want to go for an important title.“We are going to Russia with all the enthusiasm. We will put all what we have on the field as our fans always ask. We are the first ones who want to accomplish the dream of winning the World Cup,” he added. Argentina are in group D alongwith Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria. Messi has never won a World Cup, coming closest in 2014 but his side lost to Germany in the final. (IANS)last_img read more

Indian Premier League Delhi Capitals face uphill task against Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 – Reason is THIS number

first_img New Delhi: Delhi Capitals finally broke their 11-year jinx in the IPL playoffs by finally winning a game at this stage during the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Prithvi Shaw’s fifty and Rishabh Pant’s aggressive 21-ball 49 helped Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets to qualify for the second qualifier where they will take on Chennai Super Kings, who had lost to Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier. A win for Delhi Capitals will take them to their maiden final where they will take on Mumbai Indians, the three-time IPL champions who are looking good for an unprecedented fourth title.Having overcome their playoff jinx, Delhi Capitals will be aiming to break another jinx which is against Chennai Super Kings. In the last 12 encounters stretching back to the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League, Delhi Capitals have won just two and lost 10 encounters, including seven on the trot from IPL 2012 to 2015. In the 2019 edition of the tournament, Delhi Capitals have lost twice to Chennai Super Kings including their previous encounter at the MA Chidambaram stadium by 80 runs. Delhi Capitals’ woeful record against Chennai Super Kings will give them low confidence heading into the second qualifier. After beating Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets on April 10 in the 2012 IPL at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Capitals embarked on a losing streak. They were hammered by nine wickets at Chepauk and were blown away by Murali Vijay’s century as they lost the second qualifier.In the 2013 Indian Premier League, Delhi Capitals lost both encounters by 86 runs and 23 runs respectively. In 2014, they were hammered by 93 runs and eight wickets while in 2015, they won the first encounter at the MA Chidambaram stadium by three wickets but Delhi Capitals finally ended their losing streak with a six-wicket win at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh stadium in Raipur.After a two-year gap, Chennai Super Kings returned and Delhi Capitals lost to MS Dhoni’s side by 13 runs in the encounter in Pune before the franchise pulled it back with a 34-run win in the second encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Having lost two games, Delhi Capitals will be hoping that they can avoid a 2012-like slip-up and progress to the final for the first time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Delhi Capitals have won only two out of their past 12 encounters against Chennai Super Kings. Delhi Capitals have lost both their encounters against Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019.Delhi Capitals won their first playoff game in IPL 2019 by beating Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

Football: East meets West as Wisconsin, Michigan clash at Camp Randall

first_imgThings are going to get exciting this weekend as the University of Wisconsin welcomes the Michigan Wolverines to Madison in for a Big Ten battle.The Badgers (10-0) are the Big Ten West champions for the 2017 season, punching their tickets to Indianapolis after their victory last week against Iowa. Michigan (8-2), on the other hand, is still hoping to claim a Big Test East title, and a win against Wisconsin would certainly do the trick.There is a lot on the line for the Wolverines this weekend, because the Big Ten East race is incredibly close right now. While Ohio State might be in the lead, Michigan could still find themselves facing Wisconsin in Indy if they play perfectly against the Badgers.Football: Wisconsin struggles against Hawkeyes, injuries continue to plague teamThe University of Wisconsin football team might have won Saturday afternoon, but their victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes was fleeting. Read…Not only would Michigan have to get a win this weekend, but they would also have to secure a victory next weekend as they take on Ohio State. As if that wasn’t enough, Michigan will also have to rely on Penn State and Michigan State both getting losses sometime in the next two weeks.Michigan will be fighting for their lives Saturday, and with College Gameday in town, the Wolverines are sure to put on quite the show. It will be up to Wisconsin to prove that they can handle one of the best teams in the East, and that they truly are the best team in the Big Ten.The Wisconsin defense is ready for this challenge there’s no doubt about that. Wisconsin managed to hold Iowa to just 66 yards last week, resulting in zero touchdowns for the Hawkeyes.Iowa proved to be quite a challenge for the Wisconsin offense, as quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw for three interceptions against the Hawkeyes, resulting in two touchdowns for Iowa. Hornibrook has been rather interception-prone this season, throwing a grand total of 12 since week one.Wisconsin football: The best coaches to have led the BadgersCoaching a Division I football team is a task many people are not qualified to do. In the history of Read…Against Iowa, these missteps were inconvenient at worst, but the Badgers managed to bounce back. Against Michigan, those mistakes could be the difference between a victory and the first UW loss of the season.While Wisconsin’s defense is currently No.1 in the nation, the Wolverines are not that far behind, currently sitting at No.3. While the Michigan defense is worse at rushing defense than Wisconsin (No. 9 to No.1 respectively), they are better than the Badgers at passing defense, sitting at the No.2 spot compared to Wisconsin’s No. 7.The Badgers and the Wolverines are just about equal for time of possession, and neither one is considered to have a better offense than other teams in the Big Ten, like Ohio. This game might purely come down to which defense can make bigger plays, and which offense can minimize those opportunities.One Century of Camp Randall: A Brief HistoryToday, Camp Randall Stadium can hold upwards of 80,000 football fans at capacity after a long journey of innovation, renovation Read…This game will be a great challenge for Wisconsin, and will surely help the only undefeated team in the Big Ten gain some confidence as they get ready to close out their regular season. If Wisconsin can do what it does best, and play the caliber of football that they are capable of playing, this weekend should end in another Badger victory.Kickoff happens at 11 a.m., with the matchup also being televised on FOX. As fans might know, College Gameday will be setting up on Bascom hill, with fun pregame celebrations occurring throughout the morning.last_img read more

Lone gunman storms Woodlands Hospital

first_img– carts off cashA lone gunman executed a brazen robbery on the Woodlands Hospital, Carmichael Street, Georgetown on Monday morning, carting off an undisclosed sum of cash. The incident took place about 07:30h. Reports are the man staked out the hospital and made his move as the night cashier was about to switch over to a colleague, ending her shift. He reportedly held the night cashier at gunpoint and relieved her of the money the hospital collected overnight. The man then exited the hospital and made good his escape in a waiting motor car.Senior Police ranks have confirmed that the robbery took place and are working on the theory that it might have been an inside job. No arrests have been made, but investigators have acquired the surveillance footage with the aim of identifying the lone gunman. Officials at the private medical institution were reluctant to provide any information when contacted.last_img read more