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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_imgFranklin County, In. — Through a partnership with Margaret Mary Health and Stayin’ Alive, LCC Franklin County sheriff’s deputy Jason Lovins presented the program “Mentoring Successful Athletes” recently. Athletes gathered in the auditorium during their “Impact” period to hear about the dangers of tobacco and vapes, health-related issues, as well as legal consequences.Law Enforcement, health professionals, and school administrators across the country are seeing a dramatic increase among teenagers when it comes to tobacco and vaping use.  “This is an alarming trend and we anticipate increased health related problems as these teens become adults,” stated Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy.  “Any chance that we can use to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco, vaping, and nicotine addiction, we are happy to do our part,” Sheriff Murphy continued.“Mentoring Successful Athletes” is a new program being offered this year at the Franklin County High School by the partnership of Margaret Mary Health and Stayin’ Alive LCC.  This program has three areas of focus:  athletes, coaches, and parents.Anyone needing assistance to quit tobacco and vaping can contact 1-800-Quit-Now, operated by the National Cancer Institute.last_img read more

first_imgPopularly known as RMD, Richard Mofe-Damijo was born July 6, 1961. He is a Nigerian journalist, actor, politician and lawyer. He was the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, between 2009 and 2015.Mofe-Damijo who was born in Warri, Delta State, attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. He enrolled into the University of Benin where he studied Theatre Arts.RMD has featured in several top-notch soaps and films such as Ripples, Out of Bounds, Three Wise Men, Oloibiri and Hush.A multiple award winner, RMD in 2005, won the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Awards. He is the face of Globacom’s powerful television commercials which celebrated the company’s ground-breaking launch of Nigeria’s first nationwide mobile 4G LTE network.Mimi Fawaz and Richard Mofe-Damijo will complement the glamorous event known as the Oscars of African football and scheduled for the night on 5th January, 2017 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sports journalist, premium show host and presenter of Sports 360 on Vox Africa, Mimi Fawaz and Nollywood legend, Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) have been confirmed as the official comperes of the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards.A graduate of City University of London, Mimi who is half-Nigerian (her mother is from Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria) and half-Lebanese, has worked for CNN, ESPN and ITV Television networks.Described as the ‘driving force behind UK’s first original African football show’, Mimi has successfully carved a niche for herself in a field dominated by men.Mimi is delighted by the opportunity extended to her to host the show and has promised Africa and the rest of the world a spectacular delivery.last_img read more