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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

NFL power rankings: Steelers stumble, Seahawks soar, Broncos buck up

first_imgLast week’s games in the NFL provided just one surprise shakeup in the top 10, while all teams hovering just above or just below .500 saw more considerable change in hierarchy.All that’s left in the 2018 regular season is the month December before everything counts in larger amounts for the 12 teams that make the playoffs. Although there are some surefire playoff teams in place, Sporting News’ power rankings ahead of Week 13 show there’s plenty room for movement beyond them. 11. Carolina Panthers 6-5 (last week: 9)The Panthers have lived and died by close games decided in the fourth quarter all season, and it cost them in the most frustrating, one-play way against both Detroit and Seattle. Now they must win something on the road and try to beat the Saints at least once, or the Panthers will see their once-promising wild card fold.12. Dallas Cowboys 6-5 (last week: 12)The Cowboys have turned what could have been a disastrous season into a rather good one, thanks to playing in the very weak NFC East. Dak Prescott’s passing turnaround has trickled down to improve everything.13. Indianapolis Colts 6-5 (last week: 13)The Colts had been rolling with front-running Andrew Luck, so they asked to see more of the Captain Comeback version of the QB against Miami, and that worked, too. Indy looks like the AFC version of Seattle, a dangerous wild-card team in the making mostly because of its Class of 2012 QB.14. Baltimore Ravens 6-5 (last week: 15)Lamar Jackson got the ideal first two NFL starts, at home against bad running and passing defenses. With Joe Flacco possibly out longer, there are three big road tests in the next four: at Falcons, at Chiefs and at Chargers.15. Washington Redskins 6-5 (last week: 11)The Redskins’ offense looked about the same with Colt McCoy, but their defense continues to get exposed against halfway decent offenses. Washington might not win another game this season, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone. MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureNFL power rankings1. New Orleans Saints 10-1 (last week: 1)The Saints let the good times keep rolling on Thanksgiving by getting even more guys involved in Drew Brees’ late-career MVP campaign. They have proved since the Week 1 hiccup that they are the Super Bowl 53 favorites.2. Los Angeles Rams 10-1 (last week: 2)The Rams had some time to recover from their successful marathon finish against the Chiefs. Look for their defense and Todd Gurley to play better after the needed down time, just in time for the closing stretch.3. Kansas City Chiefs 9-2 (last week: 3)The Chiefs enjoyed their bye, as well, in Week 12 and should be a little healthier defensively to support and complement their offensive juggernaut. There’s no time to let up with the Patriots still on their heels.4. New England Patriots 8-3 (last week: 5)Tom Brady didn’t put together an offensive masterpiece against the Jets, but looking at how the backs, receivers and tight ends were involved, the Patriots fielded the kind of balanced, versatile offense we’ve come to expect. They were overdue for a strong road performance overall.5. Chicago Bears 8-3 (last week: 6)The Bears have built a strong offensive system to the point where Mitchell Trubisky missing game doesn’t make them miss much. But everyone knows the backbone of what they do is a defense that seems to keep getting better on every level with every game. 16. Tennessee Titans 5-6 (last week: 17)The Titans blew their chance to sweep the Texans with some sloppy defense. Now they’ve also fallen a game behind the Colts with little chance for a wild-card recovery.17. Green Bay Packers 4-6-1 (last week: 16)Aaron Rodgers is doing his best to stay relaxed, but now fully healthy himself, he has fewer healthy players around him, and the situational offensive coaching isn’t doing him any favors. If he somehow rallies the Packers into the playoffs now, it will be his greatest carry job yet.18. Philadelphia Eagles 5-6 (last week: 20)The Eagles don’t get any style points for grinding out that comeback win over the Giants, but they dug deep the find the best of their offense and just enough defense. The key to saving the title defense with at least a division crown will be the four NFC East games they still have to play.19. Denver Broncos 5-6 (last week: 23)The Broncos showed what could have been after their 2-0 start with the impressive victories over the Chargers and Steelers. The jury’s still out on whether their post-bye revamping will sneak them back into playoff contention and/or save Vance Joseph’s job.20. Cleveland Browns 4-6-1 (last week: 24)Baker Mayfield is getting close to stealing rookie of the year from Saquon Barkley with his un-rookie like quarterback play and backing up his big talk with bigger games. One must wonder how good the Browns could have been this season had he started from get-go, and how great they can be with him in time, whoever the new non-Hue coach ends up being. 6. Los Angeles Chargers 8-3 (last week: 8)The Chargers came out with vengeance at home after the stumble to the Broncos and saw Philip Rivers put up his best performance in arguably his best season. The defense is healthier and stronger; now the hope is Melvin Gordon will be, too.7. Houston Texans 8-3 (last week: 7)The Texans extended their winning streak to eight games. With the same formula of Deshaun Watson and defense, they split with the Titans and all but locked up the AFC South.8. Pittsburgh Steelers 7-3-1 (last week: 4)The Steelers were sloppy in Jacksonville and got away with it, but Ben Roethlisberger made one too many mistakes on the road in Denver. That loss is bound to haunt Pittsburgh in the chase for at least the AFC No. 2 seed with New England looming in Week 15.9. Minnesota Vikings 6-4-1 (last week: 10)The Vikings finished on Sunday night what they couldn’t do in the division the previous Sunday night. Repeating in the North looks like a long shot, and the wild card is still a battle with trips to New England and Seattle straight ahead.10. Seattle Seahawks 6-5 (last week: 14)The Seahawks stepped firmly into the NFC wild-card conversation by pulling off a shocking comeback in Carolina. Russell Wilson leads a scrappy bunch who can be real playoff pests.center_img 21. Cincinnati Bengals 5-6 (last week: 18)The Bengals got trolled and rolled by the rival Browns on Sunday, as Andy Dalton (thumb) joined A.J. Green (toe) on the shelf as their offensive principals. The problem still lies with a depleted defense to put Marvin Lewis on the true hot seat.22. Miami Dolphins 5-6 (last week: 19)The Dolphins are good using some smoke and mirrors, including the right usage of Kenyan Drake to remain competitive. The issue is not as much Adam Gase as it is the hand he has been dealt.23. Atlanta Falcons 4-7 (last week: 21)The Falcons have tried to piece things together defensively to stay competitive, but there have been too many key losses on that side. An underrated part of their hard fall is the loss of Devonta Freeman and not having the line necessary for a true power running game.24. Detroit Lions 4-7 (last week: 22)Matthew Stafford is dealing with a major offensive transition and has been unable to handle it with lessened weapons, as his play has simply gone poor this season. Those fourth-quarter comebacks seem like a distant memory.25. Buffalo Bills 4-7 (last week: 27)The Bills have been mostly competitive in the games rookie QB Josh Allen has started, a good sign for their future. That pass defense also keeps them in every game. The Raiders did some good things early in Baltimore to build off the late rally in Arizona, but their major defensive problems took over. Oakland still needs a defensive overhaul first before thinking about a big change at QB.32. Arizona Cardinals 2-9 (last week: 32)The Cardinals actually held the lead against the Chargers before they stopped doing much offensively or defensively. Steve Wilks has had a rough season of transition, and there’s only one more real shot to get win, vs. the Lions in Week 14. 26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-7 (last week: 29)The Bucs got a win for Dirk Koetter and didn’t force him to make another quarterback change, as everyone helped Jameis Winston to beat the 49ers. Koetter is probably still gone at the end of the season, but Winston is working his way back to being a keeper.27. New York Giants 3-8 (last week: 25)The Giants got some good vibes from the 49ers and Bucs victories, but they were all lost when they let the Eagles come back on them despite Barkley bowling to another big game. The defense has been the bigger issue than Eli Manning, especially without Damon Harrison and Eli Apple.28. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-8 (last week: 26)One can’t say the Jaguars “don’t have any fight” for Doug Marrone after their most talented player, Leonard Fournette, showed relentless play and a little too much punch in Buffalo. There’s no accountability for the defense disappointing in Jacksonville, just more offensive scapegoats such as Blake Bortles and now-fired coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.29. New York Jets 3-8 (last week: 28)The Jets did their best to field a competitive team for Todd Bowles with Josh McCown, but they couldn’t hold the Patriots down long enough. Bowles might not survive as coach, but he’s not working with as much as some might think beyond his secondary.30. San Francisco 49ers 2-9 (last week: 30)Nick Mullens’ magic was there for a couple of starts, but it couldn’t last without veteran wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, even with the running game there to fully support him. What a weird, experimental season for Kyle Shanahan with his team turning into something completely different, now minus the services of Reuben Foster.AFTER FURTHER REVIEW:Top storylines of Week 12 in the NFL31. Oakland Raiders 2-9 (last week: 31)last_img read more

Donegal rocked by further retirements from county squad

first_imgDONEGAL HAVE been rocked with the news that several high-profile stars will not be available for selection for the 2017 season.Rory Kavanagh and Christy Toye, who have made 309 Donegal appearances between them, have retired from inter-county football, Donegal boss Rory Gallagher confirmed at a press conference in Ballybofey this evening.Gallagher had been hopeful that the pair would be back for another go, but the experienced duo have ended their inter-county involvement. “They’re big losses in experience,” said the Donegal manager, who also confirmed the departures of David Walsh and Anthony Thompson from his squad.The announcements are really the end of an era in Donegal, following the retirements of McFadden and Eamon McGee in the wake of the All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Dublin in August.The news serves as a blow to Donegal, who have seen Leo McLoone and Odhrán Mac Niallais opt out of the panel while it has since been confirmed that Thompson hasn’t returned to training with the squad.Gallagher said: “We were aware of all of these situations coming up the road after the Dublin game last year.” “We’re looking forward to new challenges. We talked about extending our term and that was with the new players in mind.”Donegal rocked by further retirements from county squad was last modified: January 11th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tackling security vulnerabilities of the industrial IoT

first_imga patchwork of OT and control systems from multiple vendors running proprietary and non-updatable software, including human-machine-interface (HMI) computers with access to remote terminal units (RTUs), SCADAmaster (supervisory control computers), and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) Continue Reading Previous DATA MODUL: ultra slim SBCs expand possible applicationsNext Designing security into the industrial IoT decades-old OT equipment and control systems never designed for exposure to the internet and, therefore, not designed for security BOULDER CREEK, Calif. — We are seeing a number of attacks both on industrial control systems (ICS) and on the operational technology (OT) side of the industrial IoT (IIoT) with increasing frequency.Why is the IIoT so vulnerable to cyberattacks?We talked to ICS and OT specialists at major cybersecurity solutions providers, as well as key industry analysts, to suss out the answers.The consensus was a list of several elements that have combined to create a perfect storm over the last few years: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT a steep escalation in the numbers and types of attackers lack of budgets, or insufficient budgets, for implementing cybersecurity awareness, monitoring, and prevention technology poor or absent cybersecurity practices and technology, including a lack of either designed for the very different ICS/OT environment, not the IT environment a big increase in the number of sensors and devices being connected to each organization’s IIoT, forming a huge potential attack surface Phil Neray, vice president of industrial cybersecurity for CyberX, sees three of these as the key factors that indicate that industrial control/OT systems are more at risk today of experiencing cyberattacks than ever before:“First, most devices and networks used in our industrial control systems were designed 15 or more years ago, when connectivity to the internet was not standard practice and when it was assumed that if you had connectivity to the device, you had permission to configure the device. As a result, most have either no authentication or weak authentication, like passwords that can be easily sniffed from the wire.“Second, connectivity between corporate IT networks and OT networks has increased significantly because of the need to get real-time intelligence from production. Whether it’s a gas pipeline, a factory floor, or a well site, companies want to optimize their operations and collect real-time intelligence. This means that the attack surface has increased: There are many more ways for attackers to get into industrial networks.“Third, the group of potential attackers has also increased. From a destructive malware point of view, today, it includes nation-state threats, primarily Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Also China, which is less interested in malware and more interested in stealing intellectual property from industrial networks. Attackers now include sophisticated nation-states, cybercriminals with ransomware for shutting down a plant, and hacktivists. They also include third-party risks.”EE Times interviewed a host of cybersecurity experts for this Special Project. In the following pages, we will share some of the key points that they laid out for us as to why the IIoT is so vulnerable to cyberattacks.  Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more