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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_imgGreensburg, In. — Archie M. Brown, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of MainSource Financial Group, Inc. announced today the unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2017.  For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company recorded net income of $11.1 million, or $0.43 per common share, compared to net income of $11.7 million, or $0.48 per common share, in the third quarter of 2016.  During the third quarter of 2017 the Company recorded $3.0 million of expenses related to the FCB Bancorp, Inc. acquisition and the upcoming merger with First Financial Bancorp.  In addition, the Company also recorded a charge of $1.2 million related to the closing of seven branches.  These items reduced earnings per share by $0.11.  During the third quarter of 2016, the Company recorded $0.6 million of expenses related to the Cheviot Financial Corp acquisition which reduced earnings per share by $0.02.Brown said, “I am very pleased with our operating results for the third quarter of 2017.  Our operating earnings per share of $0.54 were the highest in the history of the Company and represented an 8% increase on an operating basis over the prior year.  The primary driver for the increase in earnings was the acquisition of FCB in the second quarter of this year.  We have fully completed the integration of FCB and it is performing to our expectations.  Also contributing to our strong quarter was our excellent credit quality. Non-performing assets remain at a very low level and the overall level of problem loans declined significantly from the previous quarter.”Total assets were $4.6 billion at September 30, 2017, which represents a $588 million increase from a year ago.  The increase in assets was primarily related to the acquisition of FCB ($524 million) and organic loan growth over the past twelve months.  Loan balances increased by $21 million organically on a linked quarter basis, or 3% on an annualized basis   The Company’s regulatory capital ratios remain strong and as of September 30, 2017 were as follows: leverage ratio of 9.5%, tier one capital to risk-weighted assets of 12.8%, common equity tier one capital ratio of 11.3%, and total capital to risk-weighted assets of 13.4%.  In addition, as of September 30, 2017, the Company’s tangible common equity ratio was 8.4% compared to 8.3% as of June 30, 2017.last_img read more

first_imgWith the loss to Washington State on Saturday, Stanford became the first-round opponent. USC split with both teams in the regular season. Each school presents a problem with two strong big men. The Trojans prefer to go small. PULLMAN, Wash. – Stanford or Washington? There wasn’t much of a difference when it came to which team the Trojans would play in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament. And in this corner: With just more than a minute left in double overtime, a heated Tony Bennett, Washington State’s coach, pointed over toward the USC bench and called Tim Floyd over to meet with him and an official at midcourt. Bennett appeared to be upset with a USC assistant coach. Police briefly took the court, though their presence seemed unnecessary. Floyd declined to talk about the incident, and the coaches appeared friendly in shaking hands after the game. “They were face to face like they were about to go into a boxing match,” Nick Young said of the coaches. Add Stanford: The Cardinal appeared to be the toughest matchup in the Pac-10 for USC when it spanked the Trojans 65-50 in Palo Alto. However, USC likes the game after winning 69-65 at Galen Center on Feb. 22. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Since USC lost to Washington on Thursday and beat Stanford the previous week, this might even be a better draw. “It wouldn’t have mattered,” coach Tim Floyd said. “They’re all really tough. Stanford or Washington, I guess, or Oregon or Arizona. Pick your poison. They’re all terrific NCAA Tournament teams.” USC is seeded third, and Stanford is sixth. Washington, which is seventh, would have had to beat Arizona State on Wednesday to play the Trojans. The Huskies would now match up with Washington State if they beat the Sun Devils. Rivalry brewing: USC could get a rematch with Washington State in the semifinals Friday. The teams have already played two last-minute classics this season. last_img read more