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What is the point? Kia Joorabchian slams farcical Mesut Ozil situation at Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Sep 2020 6:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares What is the point? Kia Joorabchian slams farcical Mesut Ozil situation at Arsenal Advertisement Comment Advertisement Mesut Ozil has entered the final year of his Arsenal contract (Picture: Getty / talkSPORT)Kia Joorabchian has slammed Arsenal’s treatment of Mesut Ozil and believes they are guilty of wasting two years of the playmaker’s career.The former Germany international committed his long-term future to the Gunners in February 2018, signing a new contract worth a club-record £350,000-a-week.Ozil, however, fell out with Arsene Wenger’s replacement Unai Emery before appearing to get his career back on track under the management of his former Arsenal team-mate Mikel Arteta.The ex-Real Madrid star failed to feature at all during ‘Project Restart’ with Arteta failing to provide a detailed explanation. ADVERTISEMENTThe 32-year-old remains intent on seeing out the final year of his deal, however, and looks set to be handed a lifeline having featured in last weekend’s pre-season friendly defeat against Aston Villa. Mesut Ozil didn’t feature during Arsenal’s run-in last season (Picture: Getty)Joorabchian, who represents three members of Arteta’s first team squad, believes the current Arsenal manager needs to find a role for his highest earner.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The Ozil situation should have been resolved two years ago,’ he told talkSPORT. ‘What is the point of a player sitting and not playing? Who gains from that?More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘The club doesn’t gain from that. The player is ageing, he doesn’t gain from that. The agent doesn’t gain from that. ‘I mean, I’m not exactly sure other than the fact the player has maybe a monetary gain from getting an income I don’t think anybody really gains from such a situation.‘I can’t really remember us no trying everything to resolve a problem with a player. I just don’t see the point of it.’MORE: Arsenal offered Paris Saint-Germain keeper Alphonse Areola on loan as Emiliano Martinez replacementMORE: Arsenal fans giddy as William Saliba and Gabriel train together for the first timeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Narangba development to boost housing stocks in Queensland’s fastest growing region

first_imgAn artists impression of one of the homes available at Pointcorp’s Amity development in Narangba.Pointcorp director Chris Vitale said they chose Narangba for several reasons, including the fact that it sat within the fastest growing council region in Queensland – Moreton Bay.“The region has robust population growth statistics, good infrastructure, and our site is within easy reach of North Lakes and its shopping precinct,” he said.“We are the second rail stop from Petrie and will be close to the under-construction University of Sunshine Coast campus, which is expected to support 6000 jobs and 10,000 students. It was also an attractive location for buyers and investors as many of the nearby developments are almost complete.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoAn artists impression of one of the homes available at Pointcorp’s Amity development in Narangba.The latest Census data shows Narangba’s population grew by almost 14.5 per cent between 2011 and 2016, with state leaders tipping a 40 per cent population growth within 20 years. The area is popular with families, with a median age of 32 years – five years less than the state average.Residents also reported a slightly higher employment rate, with workers taking home almost $100 a week more than their Queensland counterparts.Mr Vitale said he hoped first home buyers, in particular, would take a look at the development, with renters in nearby developments paying as much if not more than they would in mortgage repayments at Amity. “That is why we are offering a range of packages starting from $398,000 up to $650,000 … so we can attract a diverse range of interest,” he said. Artists impression of Amity at NarangbaJust 34km north of Brisbane, this suburb of rural origins is undergoing a residential renaissance.Amity – a joint venture between Pointcorp and the Dahua Group – will deliver 467 house and land packages over 10 stages at Narangba, with an expected end value of $222 million.It marks a coming of age for Narangba, which has, until relatively recently, taken a back seat to North Lakes and Mango Hill. Since opening its display village on October 17, the developer has been inundated with inquiries, receiving 159 calls within the first week. An artists impression of one of the homes available at Pointcorp’s Amity development in Narangba.The development will be constructed with families in mind, with lush green parklands, pathways and architecturally-designed homes to be key features.Its proximity to the CBD (38km), the Sunshine Coast (70km) and Westfield North Lakes, Costco and Ikea (9km), plus the airport, education facilities, major transport corridors, and Moreton Bay, are also expected to be major drawcards. The homes have been architecturally-designed with premium finishes.High ceilings and elegant flooring flow throughout, connecting indoors with outdoors and living space with landscaped gardens, maximising sunlight and views.Outside, individual landscaped gardens will connect to create idyllic landscapes.Development manager Chris Rivers said civil works had started at the site, with the individual lots expected to be marked out by the end of January.“We expect actual house building to start early next year, with the first homes completed around May or June, everything going to plan.”Mr Vitale said interest in the development had already been very strong, with the first contract issued on October 23.“I would expect about 20 more within the fortnight,” he said.last_img read more

Badgers get the best of Beasley

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoOMAHA, Neb. ? For one half, Michael Beasley was a one-man wrecking crew. Unfortunately for him, it was just one half, and he was just one man. And it takes more than that to beat Wisconsin.With the Player of the Year candidate standing between them and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen, the Badgers weren?t about to become the next team to be victimized by Beasley.It didn?t look that way early on, though. Beasley scored 17 points in the first half, one point more than the rest of Kansas State and enough to keep Wisconsin?s lead at just six.Almost single-handedly keeping his team in the game, the forward drew foul after foul on Wisconsin?s big men, forcing them all to log some time on the bench.Greg Stiemsma, Brian Butch, Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft each had a pair of fouls on them at the break, and it looked like Beasley was starting to wear UW down.And then, almost as suddenly as he burst onto the national scene this season, Michael Beasley disappeared.With his team within striking distance, the freshman started to look less like a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and more like, well, a freshman.?Second half they was ? clamping down a bit more,? Beasley said. ?They was double-teaming, triple-teaming every time I touched the ball so I really couldn?t get the shot I wanted.?Not only could he not find the shots he wanted, but he couldn?t make the shots he took.Beasley scored just two points in the first ten minutes of the second half as Wisconsin took what had been a six-point lead and stretched it to a 13-point one.By the time Beasley rattled home a dunk for his last points of the game, there were less than four minutes to play, and UW?s lead had climbed above 20 points.Though Beasley eventually finished with a respectable 23 points and 13 rebounds, it wasn?t enough to best UW.?I think he?s impossible to stop,? Stiemsma said. ?I think you can just try and contain him. I thought we did a little better job of that in the second half.?Wisconsin didn?t make any dramatic locker room shifts to limit Beasley?s production after the break. Instead, it stuck to the concepts that made it the nation?s stingiest defense over the course of the season.?Didn?t change a thing,? Badger coach Bo Ryan said about the difference in his team?s defense in the second half. ?We did not change one of our principles. We just tried to do them better.?Playing with foul trouble, the array of big men guarding Beasley also realized they had to be more efficient with their fouls.?We didn?t want to give any silly ones,? Krabbenhoft said. ?We wanted to use them. We wanted to send a message, ?you?re not going to get anything easy.??As the game wore on, and Wisconsin?s lead grew, Beasley tried to do more and more to get his team back in the game. But the Badger defense wasn?t willing to make it easy for him.?Here?s the thing with Wisconsin: If you?re down 10 to them, it?s the equal of being down 25 to someone else,? Wildcat coach Frank Martin said. ?So we maybe pressed a little bit too much offensively.?Beasley forced a couple of shots in the second half and showed signs of fatigue as the game wore on. His 37 minutes of action were just one off his season-high, and Wisconsin had the ability to mix things up on him defensively.?We were rotating guys on him,? Krabbenhoft said. ?Throwing different types of players at him. We were just throwing different guys on him, and I think that got to him a little bit.?With little time to prepare for the Kansas State game, Wisconsin didn?t tailor its approach to defense because of Beasley either, opting to stick to its own defensive rules rather than to game plan for him.?We treat him like we treat any other player in the Big Ten, like a D.J. White,? junior Marcus Landry said. ?We just fronted him, make it hard for him to get the ball, make him take tough jump shots.?Of course, it didn?t help Beasley that Kansas State?s other players weren?t doing much to open things up.The Wildcats missed on all 13 of their 3-point attempts, making it easier for the Badger defense to pay more attention to Beasley.?We just couldn?t make shots today,? Wildcat forward Dominique Sutton said. ?It was just one of those days when the rim wasn?t big enough for us.?In the end, Wisconsin was once again able to prove how tough it can be defensively, stopping Beasley and Kansas State to make its way back to the Sweet Sixteen.last_img read more