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Unai Emery wanted to pick Nacho Monreal in Arsenal starting XI for north London derby

first_imgUnai Emery wanted to pick Nacho Monreal in Arsenal starting XI for north London derby Comment Monreal’s long-term replacement is Kieran Tierney, but he is currently sidelined (Picture: Getty)Although Monreal was well liked by Emery, his game time was likely to reduce significantly once summer signing Kieran Tierney returns to full fitness.The Scot arrived at the Emirates in a £25million deal from Celtic but was recovering from a double hernia operation over the summer; he is expected to make his return to full training this month, with a debut to follow not long after.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 Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Sep 2019 9:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link426Shares Advertisementcenter_img The Spanish coach wanted to use his compatriot against Spurs before letting him leave (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery had wanted to delay Nacho Monreal’s transfer away from Arsenal so he could start against Tottenham in the north London derby but was prevented from doing so.The Gunners fought back from two goals down against Spurs to draw 2-2 at the Emirates in a thrilling contest, while Monreal completed a move to Real Sociedad barely 24 hours beforehand.He had taken part in training that week and, according to The Athletic, if Emery had been given his way he would have started at left-back in the derby. Advertisement Monreal’s move was confirmed on Saturday morning, with Arsenal playing Sunday afternoon (Getty)The Arsenal boss had no qualms about playing Henrikh Mkhitaryan despite the midfielder being shipped off to Roma the very next day, and he wanted to do the same with Monreal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe defender was one of the manager’s most trusted players and would have been part of Arsenal’s leadership team – Emery likes to pick five ‘captains’ – but he had his heart set on a return to Spain.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 CityRegardless, Emery had hoped to get one more outing out of Monreal in the blood and thunder atmosphere of a north London derby, but Arsenal chiefs decided to sanction his transfer to Sociedad before the game instead, denying Emery the chance to name his preferred starting XI.Arsenal had appeared to pinpoint Spurs’ right flank as an area of weakness – with centre-back Davinson Sanchez forced to play at right-back due to injuries – but Monreal’s replacement, Sead Kolasinac, could not make the most of the space and opportunities he was provided.last_img read more

Outdoor ice rink assembled, waiting on mother nature for ice

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — It was an exciting afternoon over at Bay View Park despite the cold and windy temperatures.Those temperatures are actually a good thing for the new outdoor ice rink being installed right off of Lake Huron. Volunteers helped assemble the new rink this afternoon near the band shell. The group friend’s of the Alpena outdoor ice rink received the approval last night for the new rink at a city council meeting.“It’s very festive, it will drive people downtown, so they’ll shop and get coffee and just meet up with their friends,” said Bauer LeMonds.The goal is to have the rink ready to rock by this weekend but that is all up to mother nature. Maintenance for the rink will be run on a volunteer basis. Members of the group hope to bring back memories of the last time Alpena had an outdoor rink.“We all grew up with big rink out at Mich-e-ke-wis, and it was just a blast, everybody loved it,” said Organizer Kara Bauer LeMonds. “It was just a great place to come if you weren’t that great of a skater to get your confidence up, so you could start open skating in the bigger rink, and so we just thought what a great idea.”Once the ice is set, the group will host a grand opening celebration with festivities. Volunteers are still needed to help maintain the rink.If you’d like to help out or would like updates on when the rink officially opens, contact the Facebook group Friend’s of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Bay View Park, Friend’s of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink, Ice Rink, ice skating, Lake Huron, Mich-e-ke-wis Park, Outdoor Ice SkatingContinue ReadingPrevious Insights into Northeast Michigan: A Look at Climate ChangeNext 8th Grader Creates a Special Seat for Classmateslast_img read more

LeBron James, other Lakers express frustration on social media over death of George Floyd

first_imgAnother death of a black man in police custody has angered people around the NBA, including Lakers star LeBron James.A video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling atop the neck of a man named George Floyd who later died circulated through news and social media circles. James weighed in on Instagram, posting a still from the video of the officer juxtaposed with a picture of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the field in protest, overlaid with the text: “This … Is Why.”“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??” he wrote.James has consistently spoken up about the shootings and killings of unarmed black men by law enforcement and others that have been brought to light in recent years by viral videos. Floyd died Monday after being arrested on suspicion of forgery, then sent to a hospital. The video shows the officer kneeling on his neck for several minutes as Floyd complains that he can’t breathe then appears to lose consciousness. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBoth officers in the video were fired Tuesday after it was determined the police report did not accurately catalog the incident captured on tape, and Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey expressed shock and frustration with how the officers conducted themselves.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James has campaigned for wider recognition of victims of such incidents such as Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. Earlier this year, James expressed similar frustration on social media about the death of Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery who was shot by armed civilians. He has also expressed support for Kaepernick, whose kneeling protests of law enforcement killings of black men made him a persona non grata on NFL rosters.On the Lakers, Danny Green and Talen Horton-Tucker were among those to express similar messages as James, and assistant coach Phil Handy wrote in an Instagram story: “This BS needs to stop! #senseless.”last_img read more