Arsene Wenger may be an old hand when it comes to the Premier League, but there was a time when he considered a revolutionary breath of fresh air.When the Frenchman arrived at Arsenal in 1996, he inherited a talented squad of mostly English players, with a core group that had won titles and cups galore under the management of George Graham.Wenger set about signing class French players like Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit and later Robert Pires and Thierry Henry, to supplement the famous Graham backline of Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Adams, Bould and Keown.The Arsenal manager also implemented what was considered a more scientific approach to player preparation, overhauling the training and dietary approach at the club.But old habits die hard, and as former Arsenal midfielder-turned-talkSPORT presenter Ray Parlour explained to us, the English contingent didn’t suddenly become mineral water-drinkers… and the French players weren’t exactly paragons of health themselves.Check out the video above to hear Ray’s brilliant Arsenal story.
1 Liverpool needed penalties to scrape past League Two outfit Carlisle United in the League Cup on Wednesday night, and, of course, their performance has not gone unnoticed by rival supporters. With the pressure now firmly on the shoulders of Brendan Rodgers, despite the victory, Manchester United fans couldn’t help but have a laugh at the expense of the Northern Irish manager and his side. Take a look at the best tweets from Red Devils supporters, and let us know what you think of Liverpool’s uncovincing form – and who might be at fault – by leaving a comment below…
Anthony Martial 1 Wayne Rooney admits he has been stunned by Anthony Martial’s start at Manchester United.The 19-year-old Frenchman, a surprise £36m signing from Monaco in the summer, is quickly becoming the new darling of Old Trafford.He has already netted four goals for United this season and was outstanding in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sunderland.“He’s been incredible,” Rooney told MUTV after the game.“He’s a 19-year-old lad who doesn’t speak English and has moved over from France with a young family, so we have to understand that.“He’ll be a big player for us throughout the season and in the future, but we need to let him enjoy his football, and I’m sure he’ll bring magic moments for us.”Rooney had Martial to thank for breaking his Premier League goal drought, the Frenchman providing his captain with an easy finish against against Sunderland.It was the England man’s first league goal in 12 games, but he played down its significance.“I wasn’t worried,” said Rooney. “It’s my fifth goal of the season for United and I’ve scored for England, so it was just all about getting off the mark in the league.“Hopefully, everyone will concentrate on me playing my football now and I’ll enjoy it.”
Morgan Schneiderlin went close with a header The 170th Manchester derby ended goalless at Old Trafford, a result that was enough to send City back into the Premier League’s top spot above Arsenal on goal difference.It was a hard-fought contest with plenty of intriguing individual battles and few notable chances, and with United just two points behind their local rivals and the Gunners, it means both Manchester clubs remain firmly in the title race.The Red Devils came closest to breaking the deadlock, as Morgan Schneiderlin headed a good chance wide in the second half, while Jesse Lingard hit the crossbar in the closing stages of the game.Chris Smalling and Nicolas Otamendi also came close to winning it, but a point apiece was a fair reflection of a competitive contest.Anthony Martial and Kevin De Bruyne stole the headlines for their respective clubs in Europe in midweek, but the duo were ineffective in this crunch match as Martial was pushed out on the left, with Wayne Rooney in the central striker’s role, while De Bruyne often mis-placed passes.The hosts made just one change from their midweek draw in the Champions League at CSKA Moscow, with Juan Mata coming back into the side in place of Jesse Lingard, as Louis van Gaal preferred Antonio Valencia at right-back ahead of Matteo Darmian.City were again without star players Sergio Aguero and David Silva, while captain Vincent Kompany was handed a return to the side, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Fernando coming in, and Pablo Zabaleta, Eliaquim Mangala and Jesus Navas dropping out. There were few notable chances in the first half, as United bossed the midfield battle. For City, Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho showed good early combination play but there was no end product as the England attacker had a shot that was deflected wide.Yaya Toure was at the heart of the visitors’ build up play, but the Ivorian midfielder could not produce the decisive quality the Citizens have grown to rely on in recent years.Toure got on the end of a De Bruyne corner before the interval, rising highest in the box, but he could not head on target, before the same combination play saw Toure miss the best chance of the half.Belgian attacker De Bruyne picked him out on the edge of the box and Toure did not connect with the ball as he would have liked and his shot looped wide.The Red Devils started the second half on the front foot and they had a penalty claim, with referee Mark Clattenburg quick to dismiss captain Rooney’s appeal when Ander Herrera appeared to be caught on the right-hand side of the box by Sterling. From the resulting corner, United saw a chance go begging. Schneiderlin was found at the far post, on the edge of the six yard box, but his header across goal went past the post. City’s intention to take away a point was made clear with 14 minutes left, when Toure was replaced by defender Martin Demichelis. Navas then had a tame effort saved by De Gea, before Lingard had the best chance of the second half at the other end. The ball was played over the top and Lingard’s outstretched foot poked the ball over Hart’s head and it hit the upright five minutes from time.Kolarov floated a superb in-swinging free-kick from the left in the final stages of the game and Otamendi, the highest scoring defender in La Liga last season, was inches away from stabbing it home. The gamecame to life in the closing stages as the ball moved quickly to the other end, with Hart showing lightning reactions to get down low to stop Smalling’s low strike, but both teams had to content themselves with a clean sheet and a point from a tricky fixture. 1
John Stones is far and away England’s best central defender and has to start at Euro 2016, Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT.Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson still doesn’t appear to have settled on a first-choice defensive pairing ahead of next summer’s finals.He fielded Chris Smalling alongside Phil Jones for last week’s friendly defeat to Spain, while Stones and Gary Cahill played in Tuesday’s win over France.But Murphy believes there MUST be a place for Stones in Hodgson’s team, after the 21-year-old impressed with his calmness and his composure against the French.“Come the start of the Euros next year, I will be at the game and if John Stones isn’t starting I will gladly walk down and get Roy, Ray Lewington and Gary Neville and slap them all with a wet fish because he is so far ahead of the other centre-halves in our country in terms of his ability to come out with the ball and pick a pass,” the former England international told Colin Murray.“He is just so comfortable. When you have got a centre-half who is good on the ball, able to go past someone, come out with the ball and see the bigger picture, as a midfielder and striker it frees up time for you and gives everyone more confidence in what you are trying to do.“Smalling, Cahill, Jagielka and Jones are all good players, all very talented lads but, for me, they are competing for one spot. If Stones is fit, he starts.”Stones’ form for Everton sparked interest from Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer, while Barcelona are reportedly keeping tabs on the youngster.He has been likened to former England captain Rio Ferdinand by Barca’s Gerard Pique, and Murphy believes he is destined for the very top.“I would say he is further on than Rio at the same age,” said Murphy.“I think he is the real deal and very much worth getting carried away about.“There is no one else in that England squad that stands out that is going to be the next Rio, the next [Steven] Gerrard, the next Michael Owen. There are some good players but none are at his level in terms of potential.”
Danny Murphy believes Chelsea are purely ‘covering their own backs’ with claims they could yet offer John Terry a contract extension, saying there is ‘NO WAY’ they will offer the long-term captain a new deal.Former England centre-back Terry rocked Stamford Bridge following Sunday’s FA Cup victory over MK Dons by revealing he is set to leave the club at the end of the season.Not even his team-mates knew of the news, and it means the departure of another of their experienced stars is likely, with the Blues already losing Petr Cech, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard – the spine of their multiple title-winning team – in the space of 12 months.Chelsea attempted to dampen the blow with the release of a statement on Sunday evening, insisting the defender could still be offered the chance to remain at the club.But former Liverpool, Tottenham and England midfielder Murphy claims if there is no deal on the table by now, it is unlikely Terry will be offered one at all.The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast co-host said: “I was an older player at Fulham, I was captain and I was on a rolling contract each year.“A new contract would always be on the table by January, always. But in my last year, I got to February and there was no contract.“Now, there’s absolutely no reason why there wouldn’t be a new contract on the table by now if they wanted to keep them.“So, Chelsea coming out and saying there’s still a chance is just them covering their own backs from the fan backlash.“There’s absolutely no way they have an intension of offering John Terry a new contract and that’s why he has come out to the press, because I think he is disgusted the club have dismissed him out of hand.”
PASADENA – Standard Pacific Homes has pulled out of the Ambassador West project, leaving developers Dorn Platz looking for another builder for 70 condominiums planned for the prime 19.72-acre site. Dorn Platz President Greg Galletly was out of the office Thursday, but he confirmed through a spokeswoman that Standard Pacific has left the project and that the firm is looking for a replacement. Ted McKibbin, president of Standard Pacific Homes in Orange County, did not return two calls for comment on why the company left the project. Dorn Platz is the third developer in eight years to propose a project on part of the former Ambassador College campus. The major feature of the complicated project, which was approved by the City Council in April, will be a six-story, 440,000- square-foot Sunrise Senior Living complex, now the subject of an ongoing lawsuit filed by Harvest Rock Church. The church, which owns and operates from the Ambassador Auditorium, claimed in its May 4 lawsuit that Dorn Platz illegally received city permission to build the 248 senior- and assisted-living units adjoining the Ambassador Auditorium because it encroached on church property. Both parties were involved in mediation in June, but did not reach agreement. Standard Pacific’s withdrawal from Ambassador West will have no effect on the project’s planning entitlements, said Darrell Cozen, senior planner with the city. Dorn Platz “just needs someone to build out what’s been approved, and the next step will be architectural design,” Cozen said. “There had been elevations and preliminary floor plans presented for review” by Standard Pacific. Cozen said the builders’ withdrawal could slow things down, but that it wasn’t unusual for changes in projects as they go through the process. “They have been proceeding speedily in spite of the lawsuit,” Cozen said. “We’re working on 50percent review – halfway between concept and final design – and will probably have it in January or February.” In addition to the senior-living facility and condos, Ambassador West will include 46 apartments in existing buildings – including affordable units – in a project that would preserve 72percent of the landscaped site as open space. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
GRIFFITH PARK – Evelyn pounded her chest, then leaped toward onlookers at the Los Angeles Zoo. That’s when 10-year-old Nathan Bird Alexander found himself nose to nose with a 160-pound gorilla. “She was pounding on her chest and ran and pounded on the glass,” said Nathan, of Glendora. “It was very exciting.” L.A.’s gorillas are back. After four years in the Rockies, their $19million Campo Gorilla Reserve opens today in what promises to be a premier zoo attraction. Divided into two tropical habitats for six western lowland gorillas, the reserve has already generated buzz this week among a stream of early visitors. “Come back! Come back!” yelled Andrew Sung, 3, of Valencia, as Kelly, the zoo’s 450-pound silverback, bared his humongous bottom. “We want the gorilla!” Four years ago, the zoo’s great apes were packed off to the Denver Zoo to escape barren outdated grottoes. This summer, they returned to lush new digs – a steep hillside of hibiscus, palms, pomegranates and ferns. Overhead, water drips from craggy cliffs. At night, the gorillas can retire to a private ape hotel behind the exhibit. There was Evelyn, the 31-year-old redhead darling of the ape stage. While in Denver, she took up painting and became famous for her works of art. There was Kelly, the 20-year-old silverback and lord of the L.A. Zoo. And there was 23-year-old Rapunzel, shyest of the family brood. While in Denver, Kelly and Rapunzel bore Glenda, a 3-year-old bundle who loves to ride on her mother’s back. There were also Hasani, 13, and Jabari, 10, two half-brother bachelors from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida. To view them, visitors now wind down a misty path to peer through five viewing areas – including two made of glass – into family and bachelor habitats. “It’s great to see the gorillas return to the L.A. Zoo,” said John Lewis, its general manager. “It’s a great addition: We hope that people will enjoy and learn more about what’s going on with the gorillas.” But what’s going on isn’t great. According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are an estimated 94,000 endangered western lowland gorillas left in the wild, with recent surveys indicating a 56percent decline because of poaching and disease. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, of which the L.A. Zoo is a member, manages 235 gorillas as part of a species-survival program. The Campo Gorilla Reserve completes the zoo’s Great Ape Forest, making it one of the few zoos in the nation to house three species of great apes: gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans. The three-quarter-acre reserve was funded by voter-approved Proposition CC bonds, city funds, and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, which raised $7.5million. “Campo Gorilla Reserve’s magnificent beauty and its extraordinary environment for the zoo’s six gorillas far exceed our expectations,” GLAZA President Connie Morgan said in a statement. In the next four years, the zoo plans to open exhibits for golden monkeys, pachyderms, reptiles, amphibians and insects, and a rainforest of the Americas. This week, GLAZA members observed one of man’s closest relatives in advance of today’s grand opening. Kelly, snoozing on his side before awakening to drag his knuckles across the grass. Evelyn, pounding on the glass. Glenda, bounding onto Rapunzel’s back. And Hasani and Jabari hunting sweet potatoes hidden in the brush. Downwind from the largest of all primates was a pungent and musty smell. Every few seconds, a “hot wire” popped to prevent their escape. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had any poop thrown at me,” joked Nanci Lewis, 54, of Redondo Beach, who took time off from work with her fianc to photograph the apes and see their new exhibit. “I think it’s fabulous. We want to go to Africa on our honeymoon. Until then, this is the spot.” [email protected] 818-713-3730 — WANT TO GO? For information about the Los Angeles Zoo, call 323-644-4200, or go to lazoo.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Another Letterkenny business has closed with the loss of vital jobs for the local community.More jobs have been lost in LetterkennyNynes Gala Service Station in the Killyclug area shut its doors for the final time last night.It is understood that up to 10 jobs have been lost as a result of the closure. The service station was popular with local in the busy Glencar area.The service station has been open for a number of years and included a small cafe area and mini-supermarket.Local councillor Gerry McMonagle said he was sad and concerned to see another local business shut its doors.“Every day we hear of another small business going to the wall in Letterkenny. “We need to shout stop and we need to do it Sunday. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and they are simply not being given enough help,” he said.SERVICE STATION CLOSES WITH LOSS OF UP TO 10 JOBS was last modified: October 27th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEletterkennyNynes Gala Service Station
1 Borussia Monchengladbach are ready to offer Chelsea £15m for Andreas Christensen.The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at the German club and he impressed during his 37 appearances.The centre-back is highly thought of by the coaching staff at Chelsea and he is seen as a star of the future.But the Blues maybe tempted to cash in on the Denmark international as, according to Bild, Gladbach are ready to pay £15m to land him.The German side have money to spend this summer after selling club captain Granit Xhaka to Arsenal in a deal worth £30m. Andreas Christensen spent last season on loan at the German club