Arsene Wenger praises lion-like Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez who is tireless and ‘gives 100%’

first_imgArsene Wenger has praised the staying power of Alexis Sanchez and likened the Arsenal forward to a hungry lion.The Chile international has been a key man in Wenger’s squad since he was signed from Barcelona in 2014 and has nine goals to his name already this season.Sanchez has been a major player for club and country of late and, having starred in his national side’s Copa America success over the summer, has now been playing regularly for a number of months.Wenger was asked why he did not take Sanchez off in Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in which he scored two goals to keep the Gunners’ Champions League hopes alive.Having somewhat cryptically replied that Sanchez gets tired if rested, Wenger admitted ahead of Sunday’s trip to Norwich that the 26-year-old is constantly surprising him with his eagerness to commit to the cause.“When he does something he does it 100 per cent,” said Wenger.“So he finishes and you think, ‘He’s dead now.’ But then he recovers and gives 100 per cent again, so you always see signs of exhaustion, but it’s not because two days later he’s fine.”Wenger went on to compare his £30million man to a hunting lion, likening his work-rate to that of Leicester’s in-form Jamie Vardy.“His style is very explosive and a very committed style,” he said.“Vardy is a bit similar. They go when they go. They are like the lion, he has to catch the animal in the first 200 metres. If he doesn’t get there, after he’s dead.“They are these kind of killers. When they go, it is to kill and after they have to stop.”Sanchez is likely to stay in the side for the game at Carrow Road, despite giving Wenger a scare with a hamstring issue after the Dinamo game.“I will have to assess that a bit later,” he said when asked about resting the player against Norwich.“It might not be the best moment to rest Alexis, but I don’t know. He had a little hamstring alarm, but we will see how he recovers from that“I take information, especially from medical people who know him and treat him everyday, and after that we will look at his overall recovery as well.”For a man clocking up so many minutes for club and country, on top of the air miles racked up to compete in Chile’s World Cup qualifiers, Sanchez is rarely injured – something Wenger puts down to the player’s own mind.He added: “No, he’s not been injured. We come back to that problem and the more you are injured, the more there is a chance to be injured again.“That’s where we come back to top-level sportsmen.“That kind of mixture of flexibility, sense of how far can you go with the pushing, that sensitivity to how much and as well when you have to ease off on your bodyweight.That’s linked with co-ordination and they get less injured.“His resistance is remarkable. What is also remarkable is that he goes to South America, he comes back Thursday night and on Saturday he can play without a problem, even if he’s jet-lagged. He would have been a perfect tennis player.“These are not players who have the traditional academic education that we give now to the players at 15 or 16. They have a physio every day. They are more street players, not pampered.” Arsene Wenger praises lion-like Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez who is tireless and gives ‘100%’ 1last_img read more

Dortmund star rubbishes Arsenal and Chelsea transfer speculation

first_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has rubbished talk of a move to Arsenal or Chelsea by insisting he is “happy” at Borussia Dortmund.The Gabon international has been on fire in the Bundesliga with 18 goals in the first half of the season.Arsenal and Chelsea have both scouted the striker and had been heavily linked with January moves.However, Aubameyang has ended any speculation by explaining how settled he currently is in Germany.“I am very happy here,” Aubameyang told Kicker. “Dortmund has become my second home.“I learnt a lot through the clubs I’ve played for previously [AC Milan, Dijon, Lille, Monaco] both negative and positive. It’s made me a better person.“Every goal I score feels like the first. It’s a special feeling to play in front of these fans.”last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Everton and Watford keen on pre-contract deal with La Liga defender

first_img Bernardo Espinosa [right] 1 Everton and Watford will go head-to-head to sign Sporting Gijon star Bernardo Espinosa.Both Premier league outfits have expressed a strong interest in the central defender but could face competition from clubs on the continent.Espinosa, 26, is expected to be the subject of bids in January, but talkSPORT understands he will snub a new deal at Gijon to leave on a free transfer next summer.The Colombian is being closely monitored by teams in Spain, Germany and Italy but the former Sevilla stopper has his heart set on a move to England and could agree a pre-contract in January.Gijon, struggling in La Liga, are resigned to losing their star defender, but would rather keep hold of Espinosa in January and let him leave for nothing next summer to aid their fight for survival.last_img read more

Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside dies

first_img Phil Gartside 1 Long-serving Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has died of cancer at the age of 63.On the Wanderers board since 1988, he served as club chairman from 1999 until stepping away from his duties in November due to illness.Bolton said in a statement on their website: “Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to announce that long-standing club chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63.“Phil has passed away after a short and brave battle with cancer.”Bolton vice-chairman Brett Warburton said: “Phil has been a personal friend for over 30 years and this is a very sad day for everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers.“On behalf of Eddie Davies, the board and everyone associated with the club we send our deepest condolences to all Phil’s family and ask that their privacy is respected during what is a difficult time for all involved.”Bolton said in their statement that Gartside’s funeral will be a private service, in line with his family’s wishes.last_img read more

‘Brave Liverpool performance showed what is possible with this team’ says Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s against the odds 2-1 win at Crystal Palace will show his players what they are capable of achieving.The Reds were losing 1-0 in the second half when James Milner was sent off and appeared to be heading for a third successive defeat against the Eagles.But Roberto Firmino’s eighth goal of the season levelled matters, before substitute Christian Benteke bagged the winner with a spot-kick in added time.“We showed what is possible with these boys,” Klopp told talkSPORT, following our live commentary of the match at Selhurst Park. “It’s more important for the boys than me, because I know it’s possible, but to show it is really important for them.”The German has overseen some impressive wins away from home since taking over at Anfield, as well as inspiring the kind of comebacks that had dried up under the previous manager.And Klopp was quick to praise the spirit shown by his players.“It was a great win for us today, everything was against us, we became brave, we changed a little bit the system, the guys did really good.“You need to run a little bit more because we had one player less, but they did good, I can’t remember real chances for Crystal Palace. “We had not a lot [of chances], but a few. “It was surprising more for Crystal Palace, they became nervous, that’s how it is in a situation like this.“To lose against Liverpool is even for Crystal Palace not the biggest problem, but against 10 players from Liverpool?“You start thinking that should not happen, so in this moment they had to lose something, we only had to win something. “We took the chance.”last_img read more

Religious events calendar

first_img Be Still and Know, a prayer, meditation and healing service, 7p.m. Wednesday, First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave. Call (818) 763-8218 or see www.fccnh.org. Understanding Jewish Prayer by Walking Through the New Reform Prayer Book will be the topic of a four-part series led by Rabbi Rick Schechter, beginning 7:30p.m. Wednesday, Temple Sinai of Glendale, 1212 N. Pacific Ave. Call (818) 246-8101. World Healing Ceremony, a monthly meeting of the Spiritual Unity Movement, 7p.m. Thursday meeting at Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Michael Benner, host of radio station KPFK-FM’s (90.7) “Inner Visions,” and sacred dance by Deena Efferson who will explore the theme “The Heart of Wisdom.” Call (866) 204-2261 or see www.spiritualunitymovement.org. Five Great World Religions, a DVD lecture series, will continue with a series on Judaism, 7:15p.m. Thursday, Chatsworth West United Methodist Church, 10824 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 341-1270. Camarillo Christian Women’s Club, a member of Stonecroft ministries, luncheon, 11a.m. Nov. 2, Spanish Hills Golf and Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. Dress code. Reservations by Friday: $21. Call (805) 388-1414. The City of Angels Film Festival: Justice for All? award-winning documentaries, shorts and classic films with inspirational themes, Oct. 27-28, Director’s Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets: $10 for single screening, $50 for All Screenings Pass, $150 for All Festival Pass. Reserved tickets, (323) 617-4645. Call (626) 304-3775 or see www.cityofangelsfilmfest.org. Autumn Festival of Art, with wine tasting, 3-7p.m. Oct. 28, Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino. Admission: $50. Call (818) 784-4515. Quality of Life will be the topic discussed by writer-director Jane Anderson, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 887-6101 or see www.emersonuuc.org. Choosing the Right Seed Thoughts will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451 or see www.centerofspiritualawakening.com Who Said So? will be the message delivered by the Rev. Beverly Craig, 10a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. Soulful Sunday service, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.valleyonion.org. The God Who Lifts will be the message delivered by Jim Bell, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. Would You Like Seattle Grace or Vineyard Grace? will be the message delivered by the Rev. Rob Denton, 5p.m. Call (818) 884-6480. Have You Changed Your Projector? will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10a.m. Sunday when the Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meets at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 268-0036. Sharing Treasures will be the message delivered by Sandra Smith, 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 763-8231. Jesus Rates the Greats will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. Understanding the Age: Exquisite Jewelry will be the message delivered by Larry Redekopp, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call 818) 881-3651. Moslems of Messiah will meet, 7a.m. Sunday, Cornerstone Community Church, 2080 Winifred St., Simi Valley. Call 818) 307-2513 or see www.moslemsofmessiah.org. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday they are to run. Mail entries, with time, date, location and contact number, to Daily News Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail holly.andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Emergency Preparedness Training Expo offered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9a.m.-1p.m. today, 1276 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 578-1051 . Fall festival, 11a.m.-4p.m. Sunday, St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church and School, 11330 McCormick St., North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-2892. Connecting With Your Kids: How Fast Families Can Move from Chaos to Closeness, a seminar by Tim Smith, 5:30-7:30p.m. Sunday, offered through Living Grace Christian Fellowship at Oak Hills School, 26730 Old Rock Road, Valencia. Admission: $20 per parent or $35 per couple. Call (661) 253-9006. As Time Goes By, an Evening of American Standards by vocalist Jacquelynne Fontaine and pianist Trissina Laube, 7p.m. Sunday, First Presbyterian Church of Sherman Oaks, 4445 Noble Ave. Tickets: $15, $10. Call (818) 788-3330 or see www.sopchurch.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. The Kosher Cheerleader – From Raiderette to Jewette, a humorous lecture by Sandy Wolshin, a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader turned traditional observant Jewish woman, 8p.m. Monday, Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Tickets: $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Also, 6p.m. for teen audience; free but reservations required. Call (818) 991-0991. The Himalayas and Nepal will be the topic of a slide show presented by dentist-traveler Carl Werts at the 7:45p.m. Friday meeting of the Fellowship Club of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Potluck dinner assignments and reservations required by Tuesday. Call (818) 246-9462 or (818) 247-3700. Why I Renounced Jihad for America will be the topic of Egyptian-born Nonie Darwish, 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Calabasas. Reservations requested. Call (818) 880-4880 or see www.orami.org. Conejo Jewish Academy classes: “Beginner’s Hebrew” in six weeks, 8p.m. Tuesday. Fee: $18. “Letters of Light,” six-week course on Kabbalistic connection to the Hebrew alphabet, 8p.m. Tuesday. Fee: $25. The academy is at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Call (818) 991-0991 or see www.jewishacademy.com. The Minor Prophets: Haggai will be studied, 7:30p.m. Wednesday, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Holy Eucharist, 6:30p.m. followed by a light supper, 7p.m. Call (818) 785-4251. last_img read more

L.A. seeks fines for dumping patients

first_imgLott said Los Angeles has lagged other cities in the region that work with hospitals to deal with homeless patients. “Some cities provide vouchers and facilities with after-care beds,” Lott said. “Los Angeles isn’t interested in doing that.” Perry said it is a countywide problem, but some cities have been reluctant to develop facilities to care for the homeless. “For too long, Skid Row has been the place where the homeless are dumped,” Perry said. Officials with the Union Rescue Mission estimate the mission receives 30 homeless patients a year from hospitals that have failed to contact them. The bill vetoed by the governor – SB 275 by Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles – would have created penalties and protocols for hospitals across the state. In his veto message, Schwarzenegger praised the intent of the measure but said he believes existing laws deal with the issue. Perry said she hopes the council will take final action before the end of the year. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Continuing to pressure area hospitals, Los Angeles city officials announced plans Wednesday to develop criminal penalties for dumping homeless patients on Skid Row. City Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district includes Skid Row, said the toughened law is being sought after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a statewide measure that would have applied criminal penalties. “This is a statewide problem, a national problem,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said. “Because they refuse to deal with it, we have to.” Under the proposal, hospitals could be fined up to $25,000 for failing to follow protocols in releasing homeless patients and ensuring arrangements have been with follow-up service care providers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has been actively pursuing hospitals involved in such practices for the past two years. The focus comes after a highly publicized case involving Carol Ann Reyes, who was brought downtown from Bell even though closer facilities were available. That case involved a Kaiser Permanente facility, and the city reached an agreement with the company to develop a formal policy on the release of homeless patients in which Kaiser also agreed to provide $500,000 to create after-care beds. Delgadillo said he believes the city needs additional power to enforce the policies because agreements have not been reached with other facilities in the region. But Jim Lott, of the California Hospital Association of Southern California, blamed Delgadillo for the lack of other agreements. “They walked away from the table,” Lott said. “They aren’t interested in negotiating. All they want is a stick to punish hospitals and not look for a solution.” last_img read more

O’DOMHNAILL SLAMS AN POST BOSS AFTER FAILURE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON DONEGAL BRANCHES

first_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has slammed the Chief Executive of An Post for failing to provide any clarity on the reasons behind the closure of two post offices in Donegal.An Post CEO Donal Connell was grilled by Senator Ó Domhnaill at the Oireachtas Communications Committee in Leinster House about the closure of Laghey and Meenlaragh Post Offices, and the future of other small post offices in Donegal and across the North West.Speaking afterwards Senator Ó Domhnaill said he was extremely disappointed by the serious of vague answers provided by Mr Connell to TDs and Senators at the Commitee. “People want to know how it is that An Post decides which post offices it will close, and which it will keep open. An Post claims it shut down Laghey and Meenlaragh Post Offices because they were not ‘economically viable’.“But when I questioned the Chief Executive Donal Connell about what exactly this means, he couldn’t explain. He could not provide any clarity whatsoever on how An Post judges economic viability,” he said.He added this is extremely worrying and casts further doubt over the future of a number of post offices across the North West.“In my view, An Post has handled this policy very badly. In the case of Laghey and Meelaragh, they provided very little notice to the communities of the impending closures and failed to carry out adequate consultation before deciding on the closures,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. The Donegal Senator also questioned the An Post boss about what measures the company is taking to drive new business and improve the ‘viability’ of post offices across the country.“It makes sense for An Post to be going after new business and striving to offer new servies to the public. For instance, services such as Motor Tax could be easily available through the post office network in line with existing legislation.“I asked Mr Connell what efforts are being made to secure this kind of extra business, but once again he could not provide clear answers.“Post offices around the country serve 1.7 million customers every week and are the heart of so many smaller communities. It is crucial that An Post continues to look at new ways to boost its business and ensure that it can keep the doors of community post offices open. A vague and non-committal approach is not good enough. I am urging the company to step up efforts to protect the post office network.” O’DOMHNAILL SLAMS AN POST BOSS AFTER FAILURE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON DONEGAL BRANCHES was last modified: April 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West Ham latest – Sam Byram and James Collins to miss Crystal Palace clash

first_img1 Sam Byram West Ham will be without Sam Byram and James Collins for the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday – but James Tomkins will be fit.Collins has been nursing a hamstring injury and has been missing since the 1-0 win over Spurs at the start of the month, while Byram hasn’t featured for the Hammers since February.Slaven Bilic revealed the pair are closing in on comebacks but won’t be risked for Saturday’s London derby, while the Croatian is waiting to assess the fitness of Victor Moses, Enner Valencia and Cheikhou Kouyate, who have all yet to return from international duty.“The only players who are out is ‘Ginger’ Collins and Sam Byram,” said Bilic.“They are still injured but are progressing really well.“Some players are coming back tomorrow. Koutaye, Valencia and Moses all had long trips. It’s not ideal but we will have to get back immediately into the shape we were before the international break.”last_img read more

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw on road to recovery but Euro 2016 hopes bleak

first_img1 Luke Shaw’s Euro 2016 dreams appear to be over after Louis van Gaal admitted the Manchester United left-back is unlikely to play again this season.An exceptional start to his second campaign at Old Trafford was cruelly halted by a horrific double leg break in September’s Champions League clash at PSV Eindhoven.Shaw underwent two operations following Hector Moreno’s challenge and has made impressive progress in his rehabilitation, with the 20-year-old set to train outside for the first time on Monday.The defender will start off doing individual work before joining up with the first-team – rehabilitation Van Gaal says is “going great” albeit not quick enough to make the FA Cup final should United make the May 21 showpiece.“Luke Shaw shall start next week the first training sessions on the pitch,” United boss Van Gaal said.“It was always in the gym, on the treadmill, in the swimming pool and so on, but now he can train for the first time with his bodyweight on the pitch, so it is going great for Luke Shaw.“But also…it shall be very difficult for him to play the final of the FA Cup.”Van Gaal had hoped the full-back would return in time to feature at Wembley, but Friday’s admission means the defender is unlikely to play again this term – and almost certainly means a place at Euro 2016 is out of reach.Roy Hodgson has repeatedly said the door remained open for Shaw, but given the England manager names his squad on May 12 and they host Turkey a day after the FA Cup final the tournament in France looks beyond him. Manchester United’s Luke Shaw last_img read more