Alpari said on Friday: ”Where a client cannot cover this loss, it is passed on to us. This has forced Alpari (UK) Limited to confirm today that it has entered into insolvency.” But in a statement of their own, West Ham said they would not be affected by the company’s collapse. “West Ham United has enjoyed a good working relationship with Alpari (UK) Limited since 2011 and is therefore saddened by today’s news that it has entered into insolvency. The club would like to offer its sympathies to any Alpari staff affected by the announcement, particularly those that have worked closely with us over the past few years,” the said. “The board would like to reassure supporters that Alpari (UK) Limited’s situation will have no impact on West Ham United. The Club remains in a strong financial position and just last month published accounts showing record revenues and a group profit of £10.3m before tax. “The club has received huge interest and is already in advanced discussions with potential new shirt sponsors for next year.” Press Association The foreign exchange broker’s clients racked up huge losses in the wake of Switzerland’s shock move to abandon the country’s peg to the euro. The company said the decision to remove the currency floor resulted in the majority of clients sustaining losses which exceeded their account equity. West Ham say they are in talks with potential new sponsors after current backer Alpari UK went bust.
“I’m very pleased with the way Romelu has been adapting in a demanding season.” While seventh-placed Liverpool go into Saturday’s contest having lost only one of their previous 11 league games, winning seven of those including the last three, 12th-placed Everton chalked up their first victory in seven by beating Crystal Palace last time out. Martinez believes this fixture finds both sides in good condition and is anticipating something similar to the thriller they played out at the same venue last season. The Spaniard, who took over at Everton in the summer of 2013, said: “These derbies are special. “When you are involved and on the inside, you understand why it’s such an incredible fixture in world football. It’s everything that you expect and more in an intense derby. “The last derby we had at Goodison – on top of all the emotions and what it means and the rivalry in the city – was a phenomenal game with plenty of goals between two teams with a really attacking mindset. “I do expect very much the same from two teams who are going into the game in very good moments of form. “Liverpool have found a way of performing and are enjoying a good run, and we feel in a similar situation in terms of the confidence from the win that we had against Crystal Palace.” Martinez expects James McCarthy to be available for Saturday’s clash and is also ready to hand Aaron Lennon a Toffees debut in the game. Midfielder McCarthy is set to return after missing six matches with a hamstring problem, while winger Lennon is coming into the squad following his arrival on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day. The fixture looks to be too soon for Tim Howard (calf) to make his comeback, and Leon Osman (foot), Steven Pienaar (knee) and Tony Hibbert (unspecified) remain sidelined. The Barclays Premier League contest on Saturday is set to be the last meeting between the Toffees and Liverpool that Reds skipper Gerrard plays in. But when asked for his thoughts on that and the midfielder’s decision to move to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season, Martinez said: “When we play the Merseyside derby at Goodison, we want it to be our Merseyside derby and that’s the only thing we are looking at. “As a football club, we have been in a period when we haven’t been enjoying the results that we wanted, so we will look forward to it being our Merseyside derby.” Everton have won only one of their last 12 encounters with Liverpool and none of the last nine, although they came close to beating them at home last season when only a late Daniel Sturridge equaliser ensured Martinez’s men were held to a 3-3 draw. Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored twice in that game, was a stand-out performer on the day. And he is heading into this fixture – which is set to give him his 100th Premier League appearance – in decent form, having netted three times in his last five matches in all competitions to take his tally for 2014/15 to 10. The 21-year-old Belgium international has had his detractors at times this term but Martinez has been keen to point out that in a “demanding” campaign, which followed him playing at a World Cup and has seen Everton involved in the Europa League, Lukaku has more goals for the season now than he did a year ago. “That he is 21 and could play his 100th game in the Premier League at the weekend, it is an incredible figure,” Martinez said. “He is in a moment where he is enjoying his football and he already has a goal more than he had last season at this stage. “He is a player who is going to grow, and we want to go with him to reach our full potential. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen for his players to steer the spotlight away from Steven Gerrard in this weekend’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Press Association
Southampton will welcome back a number of familiar faces when Liverpool arrive next weekend for a match Nathaniel Clyne believes could prove vital in the top-four race. During last summer’s unparalleled talent drain, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert all left St Mary’s in favour of a move to Anfield. Those exits came at a reported combined cost of £49million and compounded the departures of head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw. Press Association “I think teams are coming up against us and making it really difficult for us to play,” Clyne said after Wednesday’s goalless draw. “I think they are coming to play counter-attacking football, which means that we have to try and break them down. “Yeah, it makes it difficult but we’re up for the challenge.” Southampton have certainly proved up to the challenge defensively, with their record of 12 clean sheets and just 17 goals conceded the best in the Premier League. “I think we’ve been solid all season, really,” Clyne added. “We’ve got the best defensive record in the Premier League. “We know if we keep that up, we know we can always go and win the game. “It’s been a great season. No one expected us to be where we are at the moment, but we’re flying high at the moment. “The confidence in the team and the morale’s high and we’re playing good football and we’re looking good.” Saints, though, have confounded those expecting them to struggle, with Ronald Koeman’s men sitting fourth in the Barclays Premier League standings with 13 matches remaining. Liverpool, four points worse off in seventh, are next up and England right-back Clyne is well aware of the importance of overcoming his former team-mates. “It is another game we’re looking forward to playing,” he told Press Association Sport. “We know Liverpool are a good side. “It is going to be another tough test for us, but I am sure if we play like we did (against West Ham) we can go and get the three points we’re looking for.” Put to Clyne that the match looked important in the top-four battle, he said: “Yeah, definitely. “I mean, if we get the win then we can push for that top four and hopefully we can stay there for the rest of the season.” To overcome Liverpool, Saints will need to show a cutting edge that has been missing in recent games at St Mary’s. Koeman’s side have not won in four successive home matches in all competitions, with the 10 men of West Ham the latest to leave with a smile on their face.
“For sure I’m going to miss Liverpool, the league and the country – I will miss everything about it, it is going to be an emotional few weeks, but I go with my head held high and I’m not going to hang my boots up yet – I’ve got a couple of years left in me.” Lampard is also set to join Gerrard in America, with his loan deal at Manchester City ending at next month as he embarks on a career swansong with New York City FC. He was delighted to share the evening with Gerrard and heralded the joint award as a great way to end his time in England. “I’m pleased – it is a great honour,” the former Chelsea man said. “I have been fortunate enough to have a long time playing in the Premier League – along with Steven it is a great honour to be alongside a player who himself has done so much for the game. For the two of us to get it, it is a nice send-off and a nice ending for me. “I have got a huge amount of respect for Steven – we had a few ding-dongs up and down the years, we seemed to play each other five or six times a season when the Champions League was involved. “He deserved the accolades he gets for his career and being a statesmen of Liverpool – he will be remembered for what he has done in the game. I’m proud to stand alongside him, he is a good friend and we had fun playing together for England.” Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were back in tandem as they shared the PFA Merit award on Sunday. Press Association Questions were often asked of their suitability as partners in central midfield, with both being attack-minded players, but each man’s individual ability was never in doubt. Liverpool skipper Gerrard was pleased to join his former international colleague in accepting the award. “Of course, we played together for England for a long time and I’m a huge admirer of Frank and his game and the success he has had at Chelsea,” Gerrard said. “He is an unbelievable player, a world-class player and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to share it with. “I’m really pleased. Every time you get an individual award and an award for the job you do, you’re really happy. I’m a young boy from a council estate who has worked every so hard to get to where I am today. “I have been lucky, I have had a fantastic career it has been full of highs and lows but some of the highs I have achieved have blown me away and I achieved a lot of my dreams playing for Liverpool and England.” Gerrard will call time on a 17-year Liverpool career when he completes a move to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season and admits he will miss many aspects of playing at Anfield. “It has been a privilege to represent Liverpool for so long and to share some of the highlights of my career,” he added. The veteran pair will leave the Premier League for Major League Soccer in the summer, having left an indelible mark on English football. Both Gerrard and Lampard were mainstays of England’s much-heralded ‘golden generation’ and collected 220 caps between them.
“I talked to the coach (Wenger) and the most important thing is to have the support of the people around you, who have faith in you, the staff, my team-mates. “Anyway we can only answer on the pitch and that is also why the FA Cup was important.” Giroud, though, will not hold any grudges, adding: “I am not really angry at him (Henry), we will talk about that together. “It is true that I found it surprising, but that is just football. “I don’t hold it against him and we will have a laugh about it when we see each other again.” Giroud’s goal at Wembley was a first in some nine appearances, having earlier been in rich scoring form, and saw him start on the bench as Theo Walcott was given his chance following a hat-trick on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season against West Brom. The French international, however, stressed he had no issues with Wenger’s decision and overall was happy with his season. “I had three difficult months. It was the first time I had been injured for so long, there was a lot of work to do, I had to be patient, work harder,” Giroud added. “Some people said that I came back stronger. I did some good work to get back in shape, re-boosted and balanced physically. “After that, I was very clinical and had good fortune. I had very good statistics in spite of a little drought at the end of the season. “It’s still a super season, and is great to end with a trophy.” Arsenal are expected to further strengthen the squad in the summer. Veteran Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is a well-reported target, along with Monaco’s defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and Morgan Schneiderlin at Southampton. Arsenal’s pre-season campaign includes a trip to the Far East for the Barclays Asia Trophy Singapore during mid-July, which will also feature Stoke and Everton. Giroud, though, also suffered his fair share of critics, especially in the wake of a disappointing personal display as Arsenal lost 3-1 at home to Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Henry, who is Arsenal’s record goalscorer and spearheaded the Invincibles side, went as far as to claim manager Arsene Wenger need to sign “a top, top-quality striker in order to win this league again” in the wake of the goalless draw with champions-elect Chelsea on April 26. While the World Cup winner has since moved to clarify his post-match TV pundit comments, claiming “people took it a bit the wrong way,” and instead stressing that “Olivier Giroud needs help”, the Gunners frontman will continue to take everything in his stride. “It is part of the game. I will never win unanimous support,” Giroud said at a press conference as he prepared with France for Sunday’s international against Belgium. “Apparently Titi (Henry) corrected himself recently, he said that he was thinking about competition, that he wanted Arsenal to have many strikers who can score goals. “He was a little brutal at the time, so it caused a fuss, but that is what he’s asked to do as a pundit and I didn’t lose any sleep over it. “Of course, it hurts your pride, it brings into question the work you do every day. “It irritates you, and I was a little annoyed, but I quickly put it behind me. Giroud took his tally to 19 with a late goal in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley last weekend. It was a positive end to a campaign which had seen the France forward sidelined for some three months with a broken leg, then battle back into the side following the £16million deadline day purchase of Danny Welbeck. Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is not about to lose any sleep over “brutal” criticism on his game from former Gunners striker Thierry Henry or anyone else. Press Association
Captain John Terry has urged his Chelsea team-mates to heed the wake-up call presented by their 1-0 FA Community Shield defeat to Arsenal. The Barclays Premier League champions were sluggish as their London rivals, through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 24th-minute goal, recorded a rare victory against them. The winger’s powerful finish was Arsenal’s first goal against Chelsea in 506 minutes, and ended the Blues’ eight-match unbeaten run against them. “[Losing’s] horrible, whether it’s against my kids or anyone. That’s the mentality I was brought up in. That’s the same as the manager on a daily basis. “It was a different atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards. We haven’t lost many at Wembley. It’s maybe the boost we needed and we go again for the season.” The defeat means Chelsea’s pre-season is at risk of concluding without a solitary win in normal time. Gary Cahill resumed his central defensive partnership with Terry, but was unconcerned about their form and instead maintained that they should be judged from Saturday, when the league season begins. “Pre-season is false in many ways because you’re changing the team, everyone’s getting minutes, everyone is trying to get fit and you’re training hard,” he said. “You’re doing double training sessions before you play a game. We still have another week of that before we get down to business against Swansea. “I thought the game was opened up by a bit of individual brilliance – [Oxlade-Chamberlain] came inside and hit it into the top corner. Apart from that, I don’t think they had too many chances.” Terry remained adamant that they were the superior side and refused to dismiss the fixture as a friendly and hoped the defeat would ensure that they were better prepared. “There was a trophy on the line,” said the 34-year-old, whose side host Swansea on Saturday in their opening Premier League fixture. “It hurt when you saw them walk up the [Wembley] stairs to lift it. It means a lot because you work all season to be here. They earned the right to be here by winning the FA Cup. So did we by winning the league. “No matter if it’s a friendly or a Community Shield – it’s a trophy at the end of the day. It’s horrible. It’s not nice. At the same time, it could be a blessing in disguise for us – a wake-up call. “We have experience in the squad – we have the character. It’s going to be even tougher this year. We go again and prepare ourselves for Swansea. “We have the Premier League to concentrate on now. We have to take the positives from it. We got another 90 minutes under our belts.” Chelsea had only returned from a pre-season largely spent in the United States on Wednesday while Arsenal, who resumed training a week earlier than Jose Mourinho’s team, appeared fresher. Terry and his team-mates also struggled against fatigue towards the end of last term – their impressive start was ultimately what inspired them to the title – but the defender insisted their conditioning was not a concern. “I don’t think so,” he replied when asked if Chelsea were tired. “I thought we were on top, if anything. I think these games are always a bit slow anyway – the players are still finding their feet and fitness. Press Association
Kyle Walker stabbed the ball into his own net in the 22nd minute to hand Louis van Gaal’s new-look United side a 1-0 win in the first match of the campaign. United boss Van Gaal handed debuts to five players in all, including Sergio Romero, who started in goal after Van Gaal claimed De Gea was not able to focus on his game following interest from Real Madrid. David de Gea watched from the stands as Manchester United kicked off the Premier League season with a narrow yet comfortable win over Tottenham at Old Trafford. A few minutes later, Walker was left red-faced as he put United ahead. United countered through Juan Mata and Depay after Nabil Bentaleb’s mis-placed pass. The Dutchman found Young and he squared to Rooney. As the captain readied himself for the shot, Walker did the job for him, nudging the ball past Michel Vorm, who was deputising for the injured Hugo Lloris in the away goal. United dominated for the rest of the first half, but could not double their lead despite efforts from Mata and the impressive Depay. The game hit a lull after the break. Depay twisted and turned on the edge of the box before shooting over. Romero calmly collected a dangerous free-kick from Eriksen, but otherwise Spurs looked toothless in attack. Kane, isolated on his own up front, barely had any time on the ball. Bastian Schweinsteiger was given a huge reception when he came off the bench to make his first appearance for United, and soon entered the book for tripping Nacer Chadli. Wayne Rooney tried – and failed – to score with an acrobatic effort 17 minutes from time and Young squirmed a low shot into Vorm’s arms as United pushed for a second. In the dying stages Tottenham launched a series of attacks, but Romero saved their best effort from Eriksen and Van Gaal’s men held on to record a welcome home win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Thank you very much. Let’s win the match….” Gary Neville @GNev2, responding to Manchester United announcing their players will wear black armbands in memory of his father. https://twitter.com/GNev2/status/629970114004258816 PLAYER RATINGS Manchester United: Sergio Romero: 7 (out of 10) Matteo Darmian: 7 Chris Smalling: 7 Daley Blind: 6 Luke Shaw: 6 Morgan Schneiderlin: 7 Michael Carrick: 7 Memphis Depay: 8 Ashley Young: 7 Juan Mata: 7 Wayne Rooney: 6 Subs: Bastian Schweinsteiger: 6 Ander Herrera: 6 Antonio Valencia: 5 Tottenham: Michel Vorm: 6 Kyle Walker: 5 Toby Alderweireld: 5 Jan Vertonghen: 5 Ben Davies: 5 Eric Dier: 4 Nabil Bentaleb: 4 Mousa Dembele: 5 Christian Eriksen: 7 Nacer Chadli: 6 Harry Kane: 6 Subs: Ryan Mason: 6 Erik Lamela: 5 Dele Alli: 5 STAR PLAYER Memphis Depay: A joy to watch, particularly in the first half. United have wasted so much money over the last couple of years, but at £25million, Depay looks a shrewd investment. The pacy forward, playing as a number 10, always looked for the ball and was not scared of attempting a trick or running at defenders – exactly the kind of player the home fans at Old Trafford like to see. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Kyle Walker’s own goal: Unfortunate for the right-back, who until that point was playing well. The Spurs defender raced back to try to cut out a United counter and put his foot in to block Wayne Rooney, but instead stabbed the ball past Michel Vorm. Harsh on the player, who has endured a difficult time recently due to injuries. VIEW FROM THE BENCH United manager Louis van Gaal has an embarrassment of riches to choose from compared to his opposite number Mauricio Pochettino and it showed. Adnan Januzaj and three-time Champions League winner Victor Valdes did not even make the bench. United looked more organised than Spurs in all departments. There was no way Pochettino could out-master Van Gaal on Saturday – he is three or four players short of a good team and Tottenham need to act fast in the transfer window. MOAN OF THE MATCH Mauricio Pochettino: For his team selection, principally regarding Eric Dier. The Argentinian played Dier as one of two holding midfielders even though Ryan Mason was deemed fit enough for a place on the bench. Dier has played in that role for Spurs in the last five games now and he is clearly not comfortable there. He spent last year filling in at right-back and now he has been shoved into midfield. WHO’S UP NEXT Aston Villa v Manchester United (Premier League, Friday 14 August) Tottenham v Stoke (Premier League, Saturday 15 August) Tottenham manager Pochettino, who threw down his water bottle in frustration when United scored, admitted going 1-0 down affected his side but he still felt they should have taken something from the game. “It was difficult to keep the same level and play in the same way, but in the second half I think we dominated … I think we deserved more but this is football,” he told BT Sport 1. His opposite number Van Gaal, who turned 64 on Saturday, was pleased that goalkeeper Romero kept a clean sheet on debut, but remained tight-lipped over De Gea’s future. When asked if the problem was Real Madrid not meeting United’s valuation of the Spaniard, Van Gaal said: “I don’t want to interfere in that because it’s not the place and I think it’s none of your business neither.” Press Association The Spaniard watched on from the directors’ box as Memphis Depay made an impressive debut. The Dutchman played a key part in the counter that led to the United goal, which came when Walker accidentally prodded the ball in as Wayne Rooney prepared to shoot. Although the margin of victory was narrow, United barely looked in trouble, thanks mainly to Tottenham’s lack of a drive in midfield, which left Harry Kane starved of service up front. United were wearing a new kit, Old Trafford sported a new adidas logo in the stands and four new signings were named in the starting XI. But the hosts’ performance in the opening stages was very much reminiscent of the old United side who struggled at the start of last season. Defensively, United looked rusty and despite playing two midweek friendlies in Germany, Spurs were full of energy early on. Christian Eriksen brushed aside Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, who was played at centre-half, to latch on to Kane’s chip, but the Dane lifted his shot over Romero on to the roof of the net. Romero, like his defenders, looked tense on debut. The Argentinian, who joined United on a free transfer less than two weeks ago, caused a couple of hairy moments with sloppy passes early on, but then put a crucial block in on Walker.
Press Association Ben Foster could end his West Brom injury nightmare next month. But the England international is due to resume training next week – in a huge boost to his Euro 2016 hopes – and could be available by the end of November. “Ben is hopefully on the grass next week, that’s getting closer for us,” said Pulis, ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Leicester. “I don’t think people have mentioned it as often as they could have, in respect to missing such an influential player – and an influential player in the dressing room as well. “It’s been a little bit of a setback but the lads have coped very well with it.” Deputy Boaz Myhill has kept six clean sheets in 10 Barclays Premier League games this season to earn praise from Pulis and keep summer signing Anders Lindegaard on the bench. “He is a very sound lad, he knows the score and the game. It’s interesting to see how he has coped with it,” Pulis said. “Anders has been a good back up and that helps. The year before I was at Crystal Palace and we had (Julian) Speroni. We bought (Wayne) Hennessey in and Speroni went up another level. “Bo has done exceptionally well. One person doesn’t keep clean sheets, it’s got to be the whole team. “That’s very important people recognise it. It’s not the centre-backs, it’s everyone together as one unit. It’s a tough season.” The goalkeeper is set to resume training as he continues his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury. Foster has been out since March and was expected back this month but suffered a setback which boss Tony Pulis thought would keep him out until Christmas.
Press Association There is better news regarding Ecuador international Valencia, who has not featured since the 1-1 draw with Everton in early November. After being given permission to return to South America during his rehabilitation, the club are hopeful he will return to the field before the new year. The club added: “We are pleased to report that Enner is progressing very well and, should his rehab continue to go as planned, he has a good chance to play before the end of the year. He is ahead of schedule and we have been very happy with his progress.” West Ham should find out on Thursday the full extent of Diafra Sakho’s “significant injury” while fellow forward Enner Valencia could be back in action before the end of the year, according to the Barclays Premier League club. Sakho limped off during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against West Brom with a thigh problem and early reports suggested he would be sidelined for three months. An update on West Ham’s website read: “(Diafra) suffered a significant injury to his left thigh. He underwent a scan on Wednesday and will see a specialist on Thursday, when we hope to learn more and put a more certain timeframe on his absence.”
A 22-year-old Fordham University student set to graduate in less than month fell to her death Sunday morning while attempting to take a picture on the school’s famous clock tower.Sydney Monfries was trying to take a picture of the New York City skyline around 3 a.m. Sunday when she fell 30-feet from the Keating Hall tower, the New York Post reported.Monfries survived the fall with injuries to the head and body but later died at St. Barnabas Hospital, according to police.Students said climbing the tower, touching the bell and taking photos of the incredible views were part of a senior-year “rite of passage,” according to the post.Monfries family is reportedly still trying to process the tragedy.No other students present during the incident were hurt.Additionally, a representative of the school said they would not face disciplinary action.