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Konstantinos Mavropanos to leave Arsenal on loan with medical scheduled for Monday

first_imgAdvertisement The Greek defender is one of a number of players who could leave this month (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have decided to loan out young defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, with the Greek centre-back scheduled to undergo a medical with FC Nurnberg on Monday.The 22-year-old has predominantly featured for the Under-23s this season, though made the bench in Mikel Arteta’s first two Premier League matches in charge and played 90 minutes against Standard Liege in the Europa League.However, Arsenal are well stocked in central defence – with Mavropanos effectively sixth choice – and are keen for him to get game time elsewhere. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 Jan 2020 12:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kSharescenter_img The Greek defender’s last appearance was against Standard Liege in December (Picture: Getty)Mavropanos was one of the final signings made under Arsene Wenger’s reign in charge of Arsenal, though he was unearthed by ex-head of recruitment Mislintat.He has often impressed when given cameos, though has featured just seven times in the Premier League and the Gunners are keen for him to get more consistent, regular game time elsewhere before returning to the club.January promises to be a busy window for Arsenal, who are also on the verge of loaning out both Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith-Rowe.MORE: Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaks silence after red card against Crystal PalaceMORE: Mikel Arteta plans to play Dani Ceballos in an advanced role for ArsenalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Arsenal will loan out Mavropanos but still believe he has a big future (Picture: Getty)According to German publication Bild, Nurnberg have won the race to land the defender ahead of Werder Bremen, Dusseldorf and Hanover and he will have a medical and pen terms on Monday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTInterestingly, Stuttgart also made an approach which would have been led by director of football Sven Mislintat, who previously worked for the Gunners and was responsible for signing Mavropanos back in 2018.The young defender’s move should be announced at the start of the week and he will then join up with Nurnberg’s squad in their warm-weather training camp in Marbella.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 ArsenalAlthough Mavropanos has been allowed to leave the Emirates by Arteta, he is still well liked at the club and they rejected any suggestion of including a purchase option in the loan.Nurnberg sporting director Robert Palikuca revealed on Saturday that the club had agreed a ‘short-term agreement’ for a defensive player but did not want to name him until the deal had been signed off. Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos to have medical with FC Nurnberg ahead of loan movelast_img read more

Paul Merson backs Chelsea to win Premier League title in ‘next four years’ after Timo Werner agrees deal

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jun 2020 9:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.6kShares Paul Merson backs Chelsea to win Premier League title in ‘next four years’ after Timo Werner agrees deal Paul Merson has hailed Chelsea’s decision to sign Timo Werner (Picture: Getty / Sky Sports)Paul Merson expects Chelsea to win the Premier League title in the ‘next four years’ after they agreed a deal to sign Germany striker Timo Werner.Chelsea have seen off competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool to secure a deal for Werner, with the RB Leipzig star set to sign a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge worth around £150,000-a-week.Werner has scored 92 goals in 156 appearances for Leipzig and Merson says his signing is a ‘game-changer’ for Chelsea, who are currently fourth in the Premier League.‘Signing Timo Werner shows Chelsea are back – and I’d be shocked if they don’t win the league in the next four years now,’ the Arsenal legend wrote in a column for Starsport.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a sign of what a great businessman Roman Abramovich is that he’s doing this now, when other clubs are going to be hit hard by the coronavirus.‘I think over the last few years he’s looked at it and wondered if there was any point to trying to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool.‘The way things were going it would have cost £400-500m just to get close to them. But he’s looked at what’s happening financially with the virus and thought: “This is the time.” Advertisement Frank Lampard is set to welcome Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘He’s a winner. He wants Chelsea to be a threat again. And he’s realised if he spends now, they have a chance to close the gap. I think it’s clever.‘I think they will challenge now. I think they will close the gap. Abramovich believes they will be major challengers or he wouldn’t be spending the money.’As well as signing Werner, Chelsea are also set to welcome Morocco international Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge this summer, and are now turning their attentions to Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell.Merson added: ‘This is a young Chelsea team as well. Werner is 24, Hakim Ziyech is 27. The young players who are already there will only get better.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But Werner is a game changer. He’s a massive signing. If you look at the way Chelsea play, they like to break quickly – and he has got pace.‘With Werner, I think Chelsea become major players again, at just the right time. I’d be shocked if they don’t win the title in the next four years.’Lampard’s side travel to relegation-battlers Aston Villa on Sunday for their first game back following a lengthy break due to the coronavirus pandemic.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Bayer Leverkusen chief opens door for Kai Havertz to leave club amid Chelsea linksMORE: Timo Werner gives up Champions League glory to speed up Chelsea transferlast_img read more

Orion Starts First Sea Trials

first_imgDEME Group’s DP3 offshore installation vessel Orion has left the COSCO Qidong shipyard in China to start the first series of sea trials.During the sea trials the vessel’s performance will be measured and her dual fuel engines will be tested to their maximum power, DEME said.The 216.5-metre Orion will have the capacity to accommodate a crew of up to 131 people and will be powered by a dual-fuel engine capable of burning liquefied natural gas (LNG).Featuring a Liebherr HLC 295000 crane with a lifting capacity of 5,000t, Orion will be deployed for the construction of the largest offshore wind farms, to service the oil and gas industry, and for the decommissioning of offshore installations. The loads can be lifted to a height of more than 170 metres, according to DEME.The delivery of the vessel is scheduled for the end of 2019.last_img read more

Egypt eyeing $60 billion in foreign direct investment

first_imgEgypt’s much-talked about investment conference in Sharm el-Sheik is taking place later this week – and the country is targeting $60 billion in foreign direct investment. This is to achieve a growth rate of 7% over the next four years.The country announced a raft of new legislation that will make it a more attractive investment destination. Planning minister, Ashraf al-Arabi says Egypt also plans to lower the unemployment rate from 13% to below 10% and is working on decreasing its budget deficit.The government will also introduce a new electricity law that will open the door to private sector investment in the new and renewable energy sector. The law will be published by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi within this month.There’s also been work done on a new civil service law, that gives public sector employees the option to retire at 55 instead of 60 without losing any benefits. Egypt suffers from a bloated state bureaucracy, with over 6 million employees.last_img read more

Rudolf slays qualifying feature foes

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 3) – His dominating run at the front of the Monday night qualifying feature field put Chase Rudolf on the pole for the Northern SportMod main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Rudolf led every lap, mastering lapped traffic much of the second half of the 25-lapper.The rest of the top eight finishers lining up behind him on the inside row will be Chad Ryerson, 2014 champion Johnathon Logue, Brayton Carter, Joe Docekal, Jarred Hackler, 25th starting Gunnar Pike and 29th starting Ty Rogers, the first Arizona driver to suit up for the big Northern SportMod dance. Jake McBirnie was disqualified in post-race tech for an illegal front end component, Zech Norgaard and Rodger Peck for compression and Robert Draper for a rear end violation.Logue will make his career fifth Super Nationals start, Ryerson his fourth, Docekal his third, Carter, Pike and Rudolf each their second, and Hackler and Rogers both their second.Feature results – 1. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk; 2. Chad Ryerson, Wellsburg; 3. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 4. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 5. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 6. Jarred Hackler, Juniata, Neb.; 7. Gunnar Pike, South Bend, Neb.; 8. Ty Rogers, Somerton, Ariz.; 9. Tyler Titus, Baxter; 10. Sean Manning, Bennington, Neb.; 11. Cameron Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; 12. Cody Schroeder, Manitowoc, Wis.; 13. Dustin Lynch, Boone; 14. Timothy Warner, Malone; 15. Adam Birck, Canton, Mo.; 16. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 17. Jaylen Wettengel, Topeka, Kan.; 18. Austin Luellen, Minburn; 19. Cory Pestotnik, Boone; 20. Dusty Masolini, Des Moines; 21. Doug Smith, Lake City; 22. J.J. Baumli, Lathrop, Mo.; 23. Anthony Kobus, David City, Neb.; 24. Chase Alves, Peoria, Ariz.; 25. Doug Cook, Algona; 26. Bill Wears, Des Moines. Chase Rudolf impressed in winning the Monday night qualifying feature for Northern SportMods at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Carl Larson)last_img read more

Adams offers services to Gunners

first_img Press Association Adams, who collected four league titles and three FA Cups in his 19-year stint at Arsenal, has expressed his concerns about Chips Keswick replacing outgoing chairman Peter Hill-Wood and claimed the Gunners will still be some distance off fighting for silverware. The former England defender wants to help Arsenal in any way possible and feels the club should already be drawing up a shortlist of managers for when Wenger decides to leave. “I’m a red and white man and I would literally, if I could be of service in any way, go there tomorrow,” he said. Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has offered his services to the club and has said he will do anything to improve their chances of success, including working with the board to identify an eventual successor for Arsene Wenger.center_img “The reality is if they need me – I am there. There needs to be mediation between the owner and a few other board members. I know the standards and the values of the club. “There is an issue with Arsene as well, he is a great manager and a fantastic man but he is 63 now and there is going to come a time when we are not sure if he is going to be out there. “If they need any advice around then I’d happily do that – the owner is in America a lot of the time so if he wants someone in the boardroom when the away directors come in I’d do that as well.” Adams told The Sun he felt the club were “miles away” from winning the Barclays Premier League but, with the likes of Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain linked with a move to north London, they could move a few steps closer. Another high-profile player linked with a move to the Emirates is Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The England international handed in a second transfer request before the end of the season and, with Wenger expected to be given more financial backing than in recent years, the 27-year-old is not out of the club’s reach. But Adams is unsure Rooney’s off-field baggage would suit a move to London and believes the club will be looking to bring in quality players. He said: “I think he [Rooney] has got it on the pitch, I think technically he is one of the last brilliant Englishmen so I would love to have him at Arsenal. It is just that he comes with other things involved and London is a different place and a different situation and it takes a certain type of professional but that is Arsene’s call and I wouldn’t go against the great man.” last_img read more

Bruce has sympathy over tickets

first_img Press Association Hull boss Steve Bruce has called for Barclays Premier League officials to act to curb rising ticket prices ahead of his side’s KC Stadium clash with Liverpool on Tuesday. “I know how difficult it is for people here at our club to find the money to bring their two kids to a football match and we have to make sure with all the money washing around we give something back to the fans. “We have to remember the average man in the street because they are the lifeblood of football and I think if the Premier League set certain rules we would all have to abide by them.” Despite a procession of top clubs still to visit the KC Stadium this season, Bruce believes his side have given themselves a fighting chance of survival after Saturday’s potentially priceless 2-0 win at Crystal Palace. And Bruce admitted what pleased him almost as much as the result was the way in which his players rose to the occasion, which could augur well for the nail-biting end-of-season run-in to come. Bruce said: “It’s like playing in a derby game – you forget about playing the game and just get caught up in the occasion and sometimes it can grab hold of you. “I remember my first experience was an FA Cup semi-final and I was hopeless – the occasion got to me and I couldn’t put one foot in front of the other. “You have got to take the pressure off and remember how to play and that’s what pleased me at the weekend – we didn’t look in any trouble and we played without fear.” Bruce has more good news with Mohamed Diame and Andy Robertson pushing to return from injuries which kept them out of the win at Selhurst Park, although David Meyler remains suspended. Visiting fans’ group Spirit of Shankly is organising a boycott of the game in protest at the £50 admission charge, and Bruce echoed his Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers in backing its right to do so. Bruce said: “I feel sorry for the supporters of big clubs who have to dig deep every week and I hope when the new TV money comes into play the Premier League can remember football does belong to supporters. And with striker Dame N’Doye continuing his recent hot streak with both second-half efforts against Palace, Bruce hopes there is still more to come from his £3million man. “Dame has got five goals in eight games which is a terrific return by him at just the right time,” added Bruce. “He usually scores his goals in bunches so let’s hope there are a few more around the corner and he can get the goals that keep us in the division.” last_img read more

Free counseling available to help you deal with COVID-19 concerns

first_imgDES MOINES — As Iowans continue grappling with the effects of the pandemic, many are taking advantage of free remote counseling made available through the state.Teresa Zilk is a media specialist for the COVID Recovery grant. She says counselors can help Iowans build coping skills as coronavirus-related disruptions continue.“There’s just a lot of anxiety about what’s gonna happen next,” Zilk says. “So many people have been impacted in terms of no longer having employment. Even farmers are having difficulties. You have parents who are home with children more than they were before.”Zilk says they want to reach Iowans from all walks of life — those who lost their jobs, are now constantly home with their families, people with disabilities, and Iowans struggling with anxiety surrounding the uncertainty.  “It’s requiring a different set of coping skills for everybody,” she says. “So we’re there to give them different types of coping skills and strategies to help reduce the sense of loss and stress that they’ve experienced.”Spanish language services are available and counselors can also refer people to other services. Any Iowan can seek free confidential counseling at the website: CovidRecoveryIowa.org, or by calling 844-775-WARM.last_img read more

Celebrating 100 Years of Library Service in Olympia

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryAt the heart of strong communities, libraries provide a jumping-off point for exploring the world.One-hundred years ago this October, Olympia’s first permanent public library, now Olympia Timberland Library, opened in the Carnegie Building in downtown Olympia. Here are some highlights of the festivities planned for Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The Dream Library Showcase: Putting a personal stamp on a community celebrationArtists and dreamers are invited to create the library of their dreams, in any format – painted, drawn, built, as a collage, or in 2D, 3D, photo or video. All artwork will be included in an exhibit at the public celebration on October 4.  Submissions should be dropped off at the Olympia Timberland Library by Friday, September 26 at 6 p.m.On October 4, library lovers can stop by the popular “zine-table” to write or draw a fond library memory, or a reflection on why libraries are important. These personal statements will be captured in a commemorative zine (self-published magazine) that will become part of the next 100 year’s history.Public Lecture at the Olympia Timberland LibraryThe Olympia Public Library opened in October 1914, a manifestation of a broadly held belief that libraries are a civic necessity. Branches, bookmobiles and programs sprang up quickly, serving people throughout Thurston County. The public is invited to learn more local library history on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. with local author and historian Shanna Stevenson. Stevenson is the former coordinator of the Washington Women’s History Consortium. Program support comes from the Olympia Historical Society and the Bigelow House. Refreshments will be served. This program will occur after regular library hours; no other services will be available.Celebration: Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.On centennial Saturday, the Library’s doors will open wide to welcome everyone to the festivities.  For more details on “day-of” programming and events, call the library at (360) 352-0595.All programs at Timberland Regional Libraries are free and open to the public.The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. For information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org.last_img read more