first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery has been forced to strip Granit Xhaka as the Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery was not the man responsible for deciding to poll Arsenal’s first team squad in order to determine Laurent Koscielny’s successor as club captain.The long-serving France international’s acrimonious departure forced Emery to select a new skipper, but he delayed confirmation of Granit Xhaka’s appointment until September.Rob Holding, who wore the armband against Virotia in midweek, revealed after the Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest he and his fellow players were involved in a secret ballot which saw Xhaka come out on top, ahead of the likes of Hector Bellerin, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.AdvertisementAdvertisementXhaka was officially stripped of the captaincy last week following his refusal to fully apologise for his swearing at his own fans against Crystal Palace, with subsequently Aubameyang promoted.ADVERTISEMENTEmery has faced severe criticism for delaying and dithering over Xhaka’s original appointment, but the Daily Mirror reports it was not the Spaniard’s decision to take into account the views of his players. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been promoted to club captain following Granit Xhaka’s demotion (Picture: Getty)That idea was the suggestion of Arsenal’s psychologist David Priestley, the same man who introduced the now customary team huddle before matches led by various members of staff.Last season, ahead of the damaging defeat against Crystal Palace which effectively cost Arsenal Champions League qualification, Ameesh Manek, the man in charge of arranging first team travel arrangements, led the rallying cry.Emery’s side travel to Leicester on Saturday, minus Xhaka who still is not in the right frame of mind to play, knowing defeat would leave them nine points behind the Foxes in the race for the top four heading into the international break.‘This a very big opportunity. After two matches at home that we drew, tomorrow is a very good opportunity. Yesterday the players worked and trained very well with a good spirit and they give me confidence,’ said Emery.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 most important is our mentality and going there thinking: ‘We are Arsenal.’ And we will go there with confidence and also strong in our mentality to be together to go to work against them.‘The circumstances – Ozil, Kolasinac, the Laurent Koscielny circumstances and if he was still here then he would still be captain and there would be no problem. But the team inside now, they are strong.‘Is this must-win? Yes. But in our mind, for each match it is only to win.’Will Arsenal beat Leicester?Yes0%No0%It’ll be a draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsene Wenger should have signed Jonny Evans for Arsenal, says Alan SmithMORE: Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka might not play for Arsenal again ahead of Leicester clash Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 12:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link213Shares Comment Advertisement Arsenal’s decision to hold vote to decide club captain wasn’t Unai Emery’s idealast_img read more

first_imgLocated 90km north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, construction has just kicked off at Caloundra Cay. When complete, the resort will comprise 270 single and double-storey homes, with 13 different home designs, all named after island locations. The first residents will be welcomed in September 2018.Ms Baldwin said tropical-themed resorts could be found everywhere but there was nothing quite like Caloundra Cay. CARIBBEAN DREAM: Located 90km north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, construction has just kicked off at Caloundra Cay.Construction has started on the Sunshine Coast’s latest retirement living offering for the over 50s.Palm Lake Resort’s latest offering, Caloundra Cay, will be a high-end, Caribbean-themed resort. Think tropical island resort pools complete with swim-up cocktail bar and sunken fire pit.This is not the tropical experience you might think. Palm Lake Resort regional sales manager Brittany Baldwin said instead of Balinese and Asian influences, Palm Lake Resort looked further afield for unique inspiration – all the way to the cool Caribbean. “Think colonial plantation homes, British imperialism and island textures,” Ms Baldwin said. The proposed Caloundra Clay club house.“This is Hemingway meets Ralph Lauren and India Hicks.“Even the name is exotic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“Caloundra Cay (pronounced key) conjures visions of impossibly white coral reefs and sand islands of the Caribbean, speckled like jewels in the azure ocean, with palm-fronded interiors.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< center_img When complete, the resort will comprise 270 single- and double-storey homes, with 13 different home designs, all named after island locations.“Our combined design teams spent months researching and defining the right influences,” she said.“The heart of our resort will be our world-class country club, in the grand tradition of colonial West Indies architecture.“A mix of island stone, heavy timber, rich leather and rattan, this club will be unlike anything seen before in an over-50s resort.”As well as a swim-up pool bar and firepit, the resort would feature indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tenpin bowling alley, luxury cinema, tennis courts, Milon gym, an eight-rink undercover lawn bowls green, library, arts and craft room, dance floor, virtual golf simulator and woodworking room.last_img read more

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first_imgFiona Doyle will be in action in the final of the Women’s 100-metre Breaststroke this evening. That race is due to start shortly before 7pm. The American-born swimmer posted the fifth-fastest time in this morning’s heats, with a new national record time of 25-point-one-nine seconds. His semi final is due to start tonight just before 7.45.Sycerika McMahon placed second in her heat of the womens 200-metre medley, but in a time not fast enough to progress to the semis. last_img

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! “The thing that scares you is that they’ve got more than one receiver,” added Grobe. “They had one that had the great day, but they have good speed at all the skill positions offensively and a couple running backs that are very talented. So what they do to you is they’ve got some individuals that can really hurt you, but you can’t double cover those guys because they’ve got good balance all over the field.”It’s true. Jhajuan Seales and James Washington became just the 13th duo in OSU history to each have 100 yards receiving in a game.“They have an explosive offense so we have to start fast and if we’re lacking anywhere then they can put up a lot of points so it’s going to be an exciting game,” added linebacker Travon Blanchard. “We have to limit their explosive plays. They’re going to take their shots and we have to withstand them all. Make them one dimensional and limit explosive plays.”Like I said earlier, the same is true from OSU’s side. Stop the run and #PrayForRamon.“When you’re spread with four [receivers], your corners are going to be on an island unless you’re playing a three-deep zone, but then you’re soft on the corners,” said OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer this week. “You just have to realize if you play it safely, you give up hitches, or you can be more aggressive and stop some things, but then you’re taking the chance of them throwing it over the top.”Also, this not related to anything, but I enjoyed this from Seth Russell on how other teams are copying Baylor’s offense (which is true).“They’re always gunning for us. We’re Baylor. We’ve been a high-powered offense, and people are starting to steal our offense now. Not to name any teams or anything, but it’s proven. The stats are there. Guys want to play in an offense like this. We’re going to play offense. Being who we are, people want to beat us. We have a target on our back. We’ve been pretty good the last several years, and we’re not going to stop being great. It just adds to it. It’s part of the game. You want to be the guy that everyone is gunning for. You don’t want to be the guy sitting in the back that nobody cares about. I love the competition, and we’re ready for it.”Game on. Baylor coaches and players met with the media earlier this week and had some interesting (if somewhat innocuous) things to say about what Oklahoma State has done so far this season. It’s clear that their coaches and players are concerned about OSU’s offense just as OSU’s players and coaches are concerned about theirs.Hopefully this ends in a 66-60 shootout.“This week with Oklahoma State coming to town the challenge gets ramped up quite a bit so hopefully we can have a good week of practice and improve on our consistency and be a better football team when the Cowboys come to town,” said head coach Jim Grobe.“The thing that they certainly did against Pittsburgh is they hit the deep ball and that got everybody’s attention. I don’t think there was anybody that watched that game that wasn’t impressed with how well, not only how well the receivers got down the field and got behind the corners and caught the football, but how well the quarterback throws the deep ball. He gets great height on the ball and that makes it really tough on the defensive backs because it kind of drops in over them so that was really, really impressive.”Yes it is.last_img read more