Unai Emery praises Granit Xhaka’s performance and thanks fans for ‘helping’ Arsenal midfielder

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Nov 2019 11:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link169Shares Comment Unai Emery praises Granit Xhaka’s performance and thanks fans for ‘helping’ Arsenal midfielder Advertisement Unai Emery was pleased with Granit Xhaka’s display in Arsenal’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery praised Granit Xhaka’s display in the aftermath of Arsenal’s woeful 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt and thanked fans for supporting the midfielder.Xhaka was making his first appearance since his sweary outburst at fans last month but it was an evening to forget for the Swiss as Arsenal extended their winless run to seven games.The Gunners only needed a draw to secure a place in the Europa League knockout stages and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them ahead right on half-time in front of a half-empty Emirates.However, a pair of lethal strikes from Daichi Kamada after the break secured a memorable win for the visitors to heap even more pressure on Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Emery appeared close to tears on the touchline during the second half (Picture: Getty)Boos rang out around the ground as Kamada struck home his second goal and Arsenal’s increasingly agitated support once again made their feelings known as Emery and his players made their way off the field.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery is reportedly in a desperate battle to keep his job ahead of this weekend’s trip to Norwich, with Nuno Espirito Santo being lined up as a possible replacement. Kamada was Eintracht’s hero at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown suggested that Emery may consider stepping down as manager following the defeat.‘I think he may well have taken the team as far as he can,’ he said on BT Sport.‘We just witnessed an absolute shambles of a performance, the team motivation, the team selection, the performance, the subs, it was dreadful.‘The fans turned many years ago on Terry Neil, things got toxic, we’re getting close to that again. Is he able to motivate the team? He seems to have lost the players.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The desire has ebbed away. The subs he made – you’ve got Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette sitting on the bench when you’re trying to get back into the game.‘He might even feel he needs to step aside now. Change was needed under Wenger but now it looks like the club need to go in another direction again. This is relegation form.‘Do the club really realise how tricky this is going to be? Decisions have to be made otherwise they are going to plunge even further down the table.‘It’s a sad day because we still love the club. It’s sad watching itMORE: Chelsea star Reece James told the area he must improve after Valencia draw Xhaka demanded to play on through the pain (Picture: Getty)Xhaka looked like he may have to be replaced towards the end of the first half after going down with a knock to his knee.However, the Switzerland international demanded to play on through the pain and remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.‘It’s very good news with Granit. We played well and the supporters helped him and I think it’s good news,’ Emery said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Spaniard added: ‘Xhaka wanted to continue playing.‘His match today was good and he helped the team.‘I am being positive but I’m also realistic and we lost against a good opponent.‘We have improved from our last match and we are still first and have the opportunity to qualify, but we missed the opportunity tonight.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Sheriff: More Help Is Needed For Mentally Ill Convicts

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – One local sheriff says when releasing prisoners back into society, the goal is to have the convict better off than when they entered jail.Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy told a legislative committee that the goal is simply not being met for some inmates that deal with mental illness.Murphy, along with Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers, testified Monday in Indianapolis about the current dilemma of mentally ill inmates in Indiana’s county jails.The state closed many mental hospitals in the 1980’s as part of a shift toward community-based programs.Since then, Murphy says county jails have become the “insane asylum” in Indiana.“Many of the crimes they commit are due to their mental illness. Then they get caught up in this revolving door of the justice system and treated like any other inmate. Their mental illness is never truly treated,” the Franklin County sheriff said.“So it’s just an endless game of they’re out-they’re in [of jail], and it’s a matter of whether we pay now or pay later.”Jails could likely be the largest mental health facilities in some counties as community resources are just not available, the sheriffs said.Murphy adds that his sheriff’s department generally deals with mentally ill individuals who struggle financially.“The inmate population we deal with has no money, no insurance and no job. The idea of privatization is great for people who can afford it. But, we are dealing with a totally different population that does not have those resources.Murphy told legislators a solution could be found by developing a financial strategy which could lead to the reopening of up-to-date regional mental health facilities.Until a new solution is developed, Murphy says inmates “are not getting the intensified counseling and probably a lot of the medications they need.”“We are better people than this. We don’t have to treat people like this when they are suffering from mental illness.”last_img read more

ICC Test rankings: Kohli maintains lead at the top, Bumrah and Pant make big gains

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli and South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada have maintained their top positions in the ICC Test Player rankings which was announced on Monday.Kohli dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the third Test in Melbourne, but still enjoys a 34-point lead over Kane Williamson, according to an ICC’s statement.Kohli, who attained a career-high 937 points during the year, which is the highest ever by an India batsman, scored 1322 runs in all. Kohli overtook Steven Smith in August and has now held the top position for 135 days.Rabada, who split the top ranking with England’s seasoned fast bowler James Anderson during the year, is just six points ahead of his adversary.Rabada, who became the youngest to take top position among bowlers during the year and held the spot for 178 days during the year, grabbed six wickets in the opening match at Centurion that South Africa won by six wickets to finish with 52 wickets in 10 Tests in 2018.Kohli’s compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara has maintained the fourth position after a first-innings century in Melbourne, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has gained 10 slots to reach a career-best 38th position.Debutant opener Mayank Agarwal has entered the batsmen’s list at an impressive 67th place after scores of 76 and 42 that helped his side win by 137 runs for a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has moved from 28th to 12th after his match haul of nine for 86, the best-ever by an India seam bowler in Australia. He is now the highest-ranked India fast bowler in the format with Mohammed Shami next in 23rd position.advertisementFor Australia, Pat Cummins has been the pick, gaining five slots to reach a career-best third position after finishing with nine wickets in the match. He has also gained 13 slots to reach 91st place among batsmen with some useful runs down the order. Travis Head (up seven places to 56th) has also benefitted in the latest rankings update.New Zealand fast bowlers have a lot to cheer about following their record 423-run win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Trent Boult’s nine wickets in the match have helped him gain seven slots to reach the seventh position while Tim Southee (up two places to ninth) and Neil Wagner (up one place to 15th) have also moved up.Century-makers at Christchurch, Henry Nicholls (up two places to seventh) and Tom Latham (up eight places to 14th), and Jeet Raval (up two places to 35th) have also gained in the latest rankings update.For South Africa, former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 11th place) and Temba Bavuma (up four places to 31st) have gained among batsmen while fast bowler Duanne Olivier has gained 17 places to reach 36th position after his player of the match effort of 11 wickets.Pakistan’s Babar Azam has gained nine slots to reach 27th position after innings of 71 and six while left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir (up two places to 34th) and Shaheen Afridi (up 38 places to 73rd) have advanced after taking four and five wickets in Centurion.Meanwhile, New Zealand have leapfrogged South Africa to take third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after starting the series against Sri Lanka with a chance of going up to the second position with a 2-0 win.last_img read more