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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

Postmates and video games: Dodgers’ first trip of the season is trip into unknown

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’m encouraged. I think we’ll be fine.”The Dodgers have been fairly isolated since reporting for Summer Camp almost four weeks ago. Two players (A.J. Pollock and Kenley Jansen) have acknowledged they contracted COVID-19 before reporting. Other players were late to camp for unspecified reasons. Travel opens up new risks of exposure.“Myself and all my teammates, we’ve been really, really cautious and careful here,” Dodgers catcher Will Smith said. “The flight will be isolated with just us. I think they’re testing the pilots and flight attendants so we should be good from that aspect.“But, yeah, we’ll have to be extra careful in the hotel with housekeeping being around. I don’t know what it looks like in hotels for regular people renting rooms in there. We’ll just be extra careful, kind of stay at the hotel or just go to the field. … But you still gotta go for it and kind of test it out and see what works and doesn’t work.”If something doesn’t work, a team could find themselves in a position similar to the Miami Marlins with four players having tested positive on the road this week. That puts the onus on players to “self-police” and not break the hotel-ballpark ‘ bubble on the road. PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts catches a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández runs to first base after hitting a ground ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 26: Drew Smyly #18 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on July 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)Cutouts occupy some of the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval, right, tosses the ball to relief pitcher Tyler Rogers for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval tosses a ball to relief pitcher Tyler Rogers for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Donovan Solano heads toward the dugout after the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts tosses his bat after hitting a fly ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts swings at a pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hits a fly ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Donovan Solano connects with an RBI single during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández stands on the field during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández stands on the field during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández reacts after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts chases a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Tyler Heineman during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford throws to first base for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford throws to first base for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler walks toward the dugout after visiting the mound during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler walks toward the dugout after visiting the mound during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager prepares for his at-bat as cutouts of fans sit in seats during the third inning of the Dodgers’ baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Drew Smyly, center, leaves the mound after he was removed by manager Gabe Kapler during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)With the seats at Dodger Stadium empty, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)An operator adjusts a camera in a section filled with cutouts of fans during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon, left, is greeted by manager Gabe Kapler, center, and bench coach Kai Correa after scoring on a single by Darin Ruf during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon, right, avoids a tag from Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias to reach first base during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches from the dugout as cutouts sit in the seats during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers special assistant Jose Vizcaino stands on the field during practice as cutouts occupy some of the stadium seats before the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias winds up to throw against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Cutouts fill the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Cutouts fill the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Cutouts fill the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers special assistant Jose Vizcaino stands on the field during practice as cutouts occupy some of the stadium seats before the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Cutouts fill the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, left, scores on a single by Cody Bellinger as San Francisco Giants catcher Tyler Heineman stands in front of the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts catches a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 40Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts catches a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — In a season filled with unknowns, the Dodgers are about to fly off into one of the big ones.Most of the Dodgers players, coaches and staff will board four buses at Dodger Stadium Monday afternoon, taking up socially-distanced positions, and head to the airport where they will get on a charter plane and fly to Houston, remaining in their seats as much as possible during the 3 1/2-hour flight and eating their individually-prepared meals.The Dodgers’ first road trip of the season will take them to Houston and Phoenix (two of the recent hotspots in the coronavirus surge) before returning to California for a series in San Diego. MLB has opted for a regional schedule during this 60-game regular season to minimize travel. This nine-game trip will be the Dodgers’ first test of the health and safety protocols MLB has put in place for teams to travel during a pandemic.“I’m pretty optimistic,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think that certainly it’s unknown but understanding we’re flying (on a charter, not commercial). All the people that are flying with us are going to be Tier One (meaning they are subject to frequent testing for the coronavirus). Going from the airplane to the hotel. Food will be delivered, brought to us individually on the plane and then we’ll get to Houston and then eat their individually packaged meals. And I expect everyone to stay in the hotel and then go to the ballpark and sort of go from the ballpark to the hotel, hotel to the ballpark.center_img “I think right now if you have common sense you know what you can and can’t do,” Kike’ Hernandez said during Summer Camp. “I think the travel worries us and I think the main reason why we’re worried about it is because we don’t know what that’s going to look like. I think once we start traveling and seeing how things are flowing and stuff I think it’s going to be easier to answer the question about whether or not we feel safe during the season.“For now, just have common sense, know what’s at stake and what could be at stake if you do something stupid. (You’re) not only putting yourself at risk but you’re putting basically the entire team, the entire coaching staff and everybody that is working really hard to to make this possible (at risk). So for now just have common sense and don’t be an idiot.”Roberts said Sunday that he has had “one-off” conversations with some players about the need to be cautious on the road but he didn’t feel he needed to address the entire team.“I think that they’ve had their own conversations, which is important, and probably more impactful,” Roberts said. “We have talked about the fact that you have to win on the field, but also winning off the field is going to be important for each team. So staying safe and trying to win the battle of attrition in 2020 is going to be beneficial as well.”With so much time to kill in their hotel rooms, there could be other battles going on as well.“Probably a lot of video games being played in our rooms,” Smith said of how players will pass the time away from the ballpark. “It’s just the normal stuff you do every day. It’s not going to restaurants. It’s Postmating something or Uber Eats or whatever. Just kind of doing what you have to do, and just kind of accepting that we can’t do exactly what we want just for the safety of others and our teammates and we’ve got to go about it that way.”MADDI DAYThough Roberts did not reveal it before Saturday’s game, Pollock was not with the team. He posted on Instagram that he had returned to Arizona where his daughter, Maddi Mae, was released from the hospital after 128 days in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Maddi was born prematurely on March 19.Pollock rejoined the Dodgers on Sunday and started as their DH.TAXI SQUADWhen teams play on the road this season, a three-man taxi squad will travel with them. The players will be part of the team’s travel group in case they are needed due to injury.Roberts said Sunday afternoon that the team had not finalized the makeup of their taxi squad for the first trip but “most likely” it will include Zach McKinstry because of “that versatility he has.” McKinstry played five positions (second base, shortstop, third base, left field and center field) at Double-A and Triple-A last season.The Dodgers’ taxi group will also include a catcher (either Keibert Ruiz or Rocky Gale) and a relief pitcher.“We haven’t settled on the relief pitcher,” Roberts said. “There’s a couple options we’re kind of contemplating.”last_img read more

Fireworks expected at Karting Karnival

first_img Hot talent The Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) 2017 Championship season picks up a gear at its second meet today at the Palisadoes International Raceway. The meet, dubbed Karting Karnival, will showcase the freshly minted 2016 South Florida Senior Champion, Christian Cole. Cole, who dominated the four-meet karting championship run through October to March at the Homestead Racing facility in Florida, claimed his second consecutive class title on March 26 by sweeping all his races. He is clearly a hot talent on a winning run and throwing him into the already torrid Rotax Senior class, which, at the JKA season opener on March 26, saw a four-way showdown among the 2016 Champion Jonathan Law, former Junior class champions Joshua and Justin Sirgany and veteran Senior class contender Matthew Williams can only result in fireworks for karting fans. Race action kicks off at 10 a.m. with qualifying for all classes. This will be followed by two rounds of racing with a break for lunch between. Each round of races consists of a set of pre-finals and finals for each of the six classes – potentially 24 races. Patrons interested in getting a taste of kart racing can rent a ride at the end of the day’s programme for a modest fee.last_img read more