October 26

‘Tierney is a lot better than Monreal’

first_imgArsenal target Kieran Tierney is already “a lot better” than Nacho Monreal, says Kevin Gallacher, with the Celtic defender boasting the potential to be “a bargain” for the Gunners.The Gunners are said to have identified the Scotland international left-back as a top target for the summer transfer window.An opening bid of around £15 million ($19m) has received short shrift, with that offer branded an “embarrassment” and “pittance” for a player of Tierney’s undoubted ability. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It has been suggested that a second approach is being readied at Emirates Stadium, with Unai Emery seeking to bring in players that will improve his side in the present and continue to develop in the future.Former Scotland star Gallacher believes Tierney meets those criteria, telling The Herald: “Kieran can definitely cope with a move to Arsenal.“He is a quality player. A team like Arsenal play football. I think it will suit Kieran and the way he plays – he is an attacking full-back. That is a strength of his.“At the moment, they have got Monreal playing full-back. I think Kieran is a lot better than him.“Arsenal scouts have obviously been watching him very closely over a period of time and their analysts have looked at different aspects of his play. They clearly believe he will fit in to the system that they play.“If Kieran goes down there, stays patient and grasps his opportunity with both hands when he gets it then the sky is the limit for him.“He isn’t stupid. He will have seen what Andy Robertson did at Liverpool. If he takes a leaf out of Andy’s book he will do well.”Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19Arsenal are facing up to another season without Champions League football, having finished fifth in the Premier League last season and lost in the Europa League final, but Gallacher sees signs of progress in north London.A man who tasted title glory in England with Blackburn added: “I saw a fair bit of them last season and thought their style did change a little bit.“They weren’t trying to walk the ball into the net as much. They were trying different strategies to attack and get that ball into the final third.“But the players they have got are phenomenal. They have a fantastic squad, they just have to believe in each other and take it to the next level. I think you will see an improvement next season.“Emery has been in there for a season, he understands the club, he understands the players and their qualities. All he needs is strength in depth and more consistency to get the team further up the table. He will know that and will be trying to bridge the gap.“They have been in the top five for England for the last 25 years and are more than capable of staying there. It is a big ask for Arsenal to get the players who can help them do that. But I think Kieran Tierney would be a bargain.”last_img read more

October 25

Virat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning

first_imgVirat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morningIndia tour of West Indies 2019: India captain Virat Kohli said that the team is keen on moving on from the World Cup disappointment and that the players are looking forward to the action in the West Indies. advertisement India Today Web Desk LauderhillAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 10:55 IST India were ousted from World Cup 2019 after semi-final defeat to New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said India’s World Cup semi-final exit was difficult to digestThe first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult: Virat KohliIndia begin their preparations for next year’s T20 World Cup vs West IndiesIndia captain Virat Kohli conceded that the semi-final defeat to New Zealand at World Cup 2019 was a difficult pill to swallow, saying the players found it quite difficult to handle the disappointment in the first few days of their exit.Virat Kohli added that India are keen on hitting the refresh button and focussing on the task in hand in the upcoming full-tour of the West Indies. India begin their T20I series against West Indies in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday.Kohli also revealed that he and his teammates felt good after a fielding session on Friday and that the entire unit is looking foward to being back on the field.”The first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult. Till the time the tournament got over, every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning. Then through the day you do things and sort of get on with your life,” Virat Kohli told the press on the eve of the 1st T20I.Kohli added: “We are professionals. We move ahead. Every team has to move on.”So we are quite okay with what happened in the World Cup. Yesterday the fielding session and the little bit of time we spent on the field was really good. Everyone was excited, looking forward to just playing, just being on the field again. I think that’s the best thing you can do as a team, just get on the park as soon as possible.”advertisementThe India captain, who will be without the services of some of the established stars including Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni, also said the West Indies tour is a good opportunity for youngsters to step up and grab their opportunities.India will play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs before starting their World Test Championships campaign against the West Indies later this month. The likes of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant along with Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar will be keen on proving their mettle and seal spots ahead of next year’s World T20.”We have 25-26 games before the T20 World Cup and we want to look at all the games to build a solid combination – conditions-based, obviously, because when you play in Australia, the combination will be different. And according to your team’s strength, and how a player is performing in different conditions, this is what we’re trying to figure ou,” Kohli said.”It’s a very normal process in cricket at this level that whatever games you have, you use it to build towards that global tournament,” he added.Also Read | West Indies vs India, 1st T20I: Distractions aside, Virat Kohli’s men look to build a team for the futureAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence great opportunity for Rishabh Pant to become a consistent performer: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow India tour of West Indies 2019last_img read more

October 11

In North Africa Ban urges world community to speak with one voice

Speaking to journalists in Egypt, Mr. Ban urged the full implementation of last week’s Security Council resolution on Libya, which authorized United Nations Member States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.“It is imperative that the international community continue to speak with one voice to fully implement the Security Council resolutions,” he told journalists in Cairo after a meeting with Amr Moussa, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. “Thousands of lives are at stake. We could well see a further humanitarian emergency.”North Africa and the Middle East have been swept this year by popular protests and calls for wide-ranging reform and greater democracy. The long-standing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt were toppled while in Libya the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi has waged a fierce military offensive against the opposition movement.Mr. Ban pledged that the UN was moving “quickly to take effective action” in Libya and trying to both bring an end to the fighting and provide humanitarian relief.More than 320,000 people have now fled Libya, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and nearly 9,000 others remain stranded at the country’s borders with Tunisia and Egypt.The number of people leaving Libya continues to rise, with about 2,700 people crossing into Egypt alone on Saturday.Many of the new arrivals at the borders, particularly migrant workers, say that they are being denied access to food, health care and other basic services in Libya and are also being harassed or robbed at checkpoints.OCHA reported that food prices have increased exponentially within Libya, notably for wheat, rice, bread and vegetable oil.About $99 million has been received so far for the UN’s regional flash appeal for the Libyan crisis – just below two-thirds of the $160 million sought.Rashid Khalikov, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, yesterday wrapped up a three-day visit to Saloum, located on the Egyptian-Libyan border, where he met with people who had fled the violence and held talks with humanitarian partners on contingency plans in the event of a surge of people leaving.Mr. Ban is on the second day of a visit to North Africa, and later today he is scheduled to travel to Tunisia. While in Cairo today, he also met with Prime Minister Ezzam Sharif and Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.The Secretary-General commended the Supreme Council for its role in Egypt’s transition to greater democracy, but he also asked its members to lift the state of emergency well before elections and to listen to the many voices within Egyptian society in charting the course ahead.In addition, Mr. Ban spoke at the El-Sawy Cultural Centre, telling an audience of civil society organizations, youth and women’s groups that they are the voice and face of Egypt’s future. 21 March 2011The international community must “continue to speak with one voice” on the unfolding developments in Libya, or the humanitarian situation in the North African country will only worsen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today during his visit to the region. read more