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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

The World Cup’s Finest with BETDAQ MD Shane McLaughlin

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Submit Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Today we hear from Shane McLaughlin, Managing director at BETDAQ, who discusses the lasting influence of the 1986 Mexico World Cup, how football exploded onto the scene thanks to the Republic of Ireland and why Roger Milla is the ultimate super sub. First World Cup memory31 May – 29 June 1986 (World Cup, Mexico). I was only seven years old and the Republic of Ireland didn’t qualify, so I was rooting for Pat Jennings and Northern Ireland having met him at a football camp the summer before. I remember he had such huge hands – I was always going to be an Arsenal fan and aspiring goalkeeper after that.     Favourite World CupGoal Diego Maradona (Argentina v England, 1986). Again, one of my earliest World Cup memories. Everyone was in full flow debating the “hand of God” goal four minutes earlier, when Maradona produced the goal that may never be surpassed in terms of individual brilliance against quality opposition in a game of such magnitude. You watch it over and over and still think someone is surely going to come and tackle him, but he was unstoppable that day.Player Roger Milla. The ultimate super sub at Italia ’90 at 38 years of age, he captured the imagination with this seemingly incredible ability to come on, get a goal, and then do the trademark celebration dancing around the corner flag. Then he came back and repeated the feat scoring at USA ’94 at the age of 42!  TeamRepublic of Ireland, 1990. Football really exploded in Ireland when the team qualified for Euro ’88 in West Germany, and that momentum was carried into Italia ’90 where the whole team were now household names. We drew the three group games with England, Egypt and the Netherlands and then beat Romania on penalties to reach the quarter finals, where the hosts Italy beat us 1-0. The country went absolutely football crazy for that month.  GameFrance v Brazil, 1998. I really wanted France to win this game against the reigning champions, Brazil. France had hosted a fantastic tournament, the team had a few Arsenal players for me to support, while Zinedine Zidane was great to watch. Finals can be tight and dour affairs, but this was a great match and a comprehensive result inside the 90 minutes.  KitMexico (Jorge Campos at USA 1994 and France 1998). You were always wondering what luminous, technicolour kit Jorge Campos would turn up in. He brought something colourful and different to the game and I definitely wore a few dodgy jerseys in goal over the years due to his influence.The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email craig@sbcgaming.com. Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Board of Iowa insurance pool travels far for public meetings

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Board members of an obscure Iowa government insurance program have spent tens of thousands of dollars in public money traveling to out-of-state resorts for meetings.A review by The Associated Press finds that directors of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool hold two meetings annually at posh locations such as Florida in February and Michigan in August.Meeting minutes and spending records show that the practice makes the meetings virtually inaccessible to the public while increasing costs to the pool, which includes roughly 750 counties, cities, towns and other municipalities.One county supervisor says the board’s spending may be excessive, and an attorney calls the out-of-state meetings ridiculous.Board chairman Jody Smith defended them, saying the Florida meetings coincide with a national conference and Michigan was close to the pool administrator.last_img read more