Paul Merson reveals his biggest Arsenal ‘worry’ and urges Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Dec 2019 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link147Shares The Gunners could only draw with Norwich City at the weekend (Picture: Getty)Under interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg, the Gunners drew 2-2 with Premier League relegation-battlers Norwich City on Sunday to remain just eighth in the table.ADVERTISEMENTReflecting on the underwhelming performance, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘It was not good enough [Arsenal’s defending at Norwich].AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I worry for Arsenal as I just do not think the players are good enough. I feel sorry for them as they are playing at a big football club and they are so far out of their depth.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‘It is sad to watch now and I feel for the fans. All good teams start from the front.‘You look at Liverpool and their front free are the best closing-down front three that you will see in any league. You look at Arsenal and there is no closing down up front.‘There are loads of players sitting there now thinking, “I’d like to play against Arsenal.” And that is not right.’ Paul Merson has urged Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has urged Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal.But the Gunners legend says the level of Arsenal’s squad is a major ‘worry’, with a number of players ‘so far out of their depth’.Arsenal largely struggled under former manager Emery and the Spaniard’s 18-month reign came to an end on Friday morning as he was sacked. Commentcenter_img Paul Merson reveals his biggest Arsenal ‘worry’ and urges Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery Advertisement Ljungberg gives presser after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with NorwichTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:06FullscreenLjungberg gives presser after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Norwich is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Leicester City manager Rodgers has emerged as one of the leading candidates to take over at Arsenal on a full-time basis.And Merson has urged the former Celtic and Liverpool boss to ignore the current Premier League table and secure a move to north London as Emery’s successor.‘He [Rodgers] is happy and Leicester are the best team in the league at the moment,’ Merson added.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Do not look at the next six months though, you have to look at the all-round picture and the next five years.‘This [Arsenal] is a big, big football club. He has managed Liverpool, but Arsenal are one of the top 10 clubs in Europe and in my opinion, I think he does [take the job].‘Do not let the points gap between them now cloud your judgement.’Arsenal return to Premier League action on Thursday night with a home match against Brighton.MORE: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals what’s wrong with Arsenal’s mentalityMORE: Brendan Rodgers sends ‘clear’ message to Arsenal about replacing Unai Emerylast_img read more

Why Relationships Cause Depression in Women.

first_img Share Tweet Share LifestyleRelationships Why Relationships Cause Depression in Women. by: – April 18, 2011 59 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Ashley JuddIn a new memoir that came out last week, All That Is Bitter and Sweet, actress Ashley Judd frankly discusses a number of difficult topics: the childhood neglect she was forced to endure, her molestation at the hands of a stranger, and the feelings of loneliness she struggled with for much of her life.Her depression got so bad that in 2006 she spent 47 days at a treatment facility where she got help with the codependent relationships she had a tendency to form, and with other coping strategies that weren’t doing much for her.Judd had an unusual amount of difficulties in her young life: She was abused, her parents divorced, her mother’s boyfriend — a heroin addict — lived with them for a period, and her mother (Naomi, one-half of the famed country music duo The Judds) was on the road frequently during her childhood. But the coverage of her book got me thinking about women and depression.We’re twice as likely as men to suffer from it — and that might be, in part, because of the higher importance we place on interpersonal relationships. Psychologist Valerie Whiffen, author of A Secret Sadness: The Hidden Relationship Patterns That Make Women Depressed, discusses that issue in her book, so I contacted her to find out more.Do women place more importance on their relationships than men?Yes, they do. Women’s relationships are more intimate, and they’re concerned about a wider variety of people than men are. They provide more social support than men do and are more affected emotionally by the support they receive, especially if they are vulnerable. When women’s closest relationships falter, they’re more likely than men to become depressed. While objective aspects of women’s lives have changed a great deal in the past 30 years, particularly with regard to education and work, one only has to look at contemporary young women to see how important relationships still are to our gender: Young women spend much more time on Facebook managing their profiles and connecting with friends than young men do.Why are we so much more invested in personal relationships?My opinion is that this can be explained on three levels: sociological, biological, and psychological. On the sociological level, consider the gender role that has been ascribed to women around the world and throughout human history. We’re considered the nurturers and caregivers, particularly for small children and the elderly. I believe that we’re subtly trained to fulfill this role from a very early age — that is, to be tender, kind, and responsive to others. I think, too, that gender roles are influenced by innate biological differences between the sexes. Early in human history, women who were good at relationships may have been more successful reproductively, with the result that their genes have survived at a higher rate than those of women who didn’t have good “people skills.” Biological and sociological differences may be reflected in individual women’s psychology: Women’s self-esteem is very much tied to how successful we are in relationships, and women who feel good about themselves are, on average, women who see themselves as successful interpersonally.Why might it be bad for us to link our sense of identity so closely to our relationships?Generally speaking, the harder we work and the more effort we make, the better we do. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of relationships. Sometimes a relationship isn’t good because of the other person, but women have difficulty seeing this. For instance, a woman in an abusive relationship is highly likely to blame herself for the abuse she experiences and to believe that if she tries harder to meet her partner’s needs, he will stop abusing her. The same can be said of women in difficult, non-abusive relationships: They tend to blame themselves for the failure of the relationship, which leads directly to feelings of depression.What are some indicators that a relationship is making you depressed?The relationship makes you feel bad about yourself. You critique yourself and wonder what you need to change in order to be a “better” partner. You feel jealous and inadequate, even when you have little cause. Your partner gives you more negative than positive feedback, or worse, seems indifferent to you, which hurts your feelings and makes you sad.What’s another way to look at our relationships, or to think about how they should or shouldn’t define us?Carl Jung used to believe that men’s task in adulthood is to become more like women, while women’s task is to become more like men. Men are good at focusing on themselves, on what makes them happy, and on what they need to do for their personal growth. Women would benefit from thinking about what they need to get from relationships to be happy, rather than what they should be Marie ClaireYahoo Shinelast_img read more

USC restructures Norman Topping Fund

first_imgProvost Michael Quick announced Friday that USC will be restructuring the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund to “more closely align it to the mission and core values of the University.” Christina Yokoyama, who has been working at the Topping Fund for 11 years, has been removed from her position. Photo courtesy of USC Faculty WebsiteTopping Fund changes.One of the changes to the Topping Fund was the elimination of the Topping director position, which has been held by Christina Yokoyama for 11 years. With the changes, Yokoyama will no longer be employed as director starting Feb. 1.Since 1972, the Topping Fund has served as a student-funded and student-led scholarship program for underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students. Through mentoring services, special programming and open-door advising, the Topping Fund has provided scholars with several resources on campus.“This is the only student-funded, student-led scholarship program of its kind in the country,” said senior Sabrina Enriquez, a Topping scholar who helped pen a letter to Provost Quick. The letter was signed by the Topping scholars as a plea for Quick to reverse the decision.“This decision is indicative of a shift of values and shows us that first-generation students and Topping scholars are no longer valued or supported by administration as we once were,” the letter stated.Quick, however, said in a memorandum addressed to the USC community that he made this decision in an effort to expand on the program while maintaining its history. “The core of the program is fantastic, and we have helped many students who are currently here and in the past,” said Andrea Hodge, vice provost of Undergraduate Programs. “They become a family of scholars, [and] we want to keep this family of scholars.”According to the Provost’s memorandum on Friday, the program has traditionally been offered to “a small number” of students.   “When you look at the history of [the Topping Fund], it was established to diversify the student population and be more than a scholarship program, and we can definitely increase the cohort size,” Hodge said.Hodge said she consulted with the USC Office of Admission, the USC Financial Aid Office and the USC Graduate and Undergraduate Student Governments to make changes in expanding the program to more students. However, many of the Topping Scholars expressed frustration with the decision to remove the position and Yokoyama, and also with being excluded from the decision process.“To bring in more students, in theory, is a really great idea,” Enriquez said. “To take one of our dedicated staffers who has really given her entire life to the program… it wouldn’t make sense that more students can be served with less [staff].”Yokoyama explained that there was a lack of communication between Quick, the Topping Scholars and the Topping Governing Board, a group of students who are responsible for shaping the program by reviewing student applications and selecting scholars. Although Hodge notified scholars that changes would be put into effect in the near future, Yokoyama said the elimination of her position was never discussed with her. “I was called [into a meeting] to be informed that the Topping Director position had been eliminated, which meant my termination,” Yokoyama said. “It wasn’t even a conversation. [Hodge] spoke to me for five minutes. When I asked questions like ‘Is my staff safe?’ or ‘What other changes have been proposed?’… They refused to answer any questions.”Many Topping Scholars and faculty members have stated their disapproval of Yokoyama’s firing, some penning letters to Provost Quick.Some letters described Yokoyama’s dedication and support to the Topping Family as invaluable. Letters from scholars, the Topping Fund Governing Board Chairs from the past decade and former Associate Topping Fund Director Felipe Martinez have been sent to the USC Provost. Former Associate Vice Provost Gene Bickers and former Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiative for Dornsife George Sanchez, who have worked with Topping scholars in the past, also expressed disagreement with the changes to the program.In a letter addressed to Quick and Vice Provost Elizabeth Graddy, Bickers and Sanchez asked for the Topping Governing Board to be involved with the decision-making process. “We believe this lack of consultation violates the unique governance model that has been in place for NTSAF since its creation nearly five decades ago,” the letter stated. “We believe it also contravenes assurances that were made to the board less than five years ago by Dr. Michael Quick in his role of Executive Vice Provost.”Topping Governing Board members will be meeting with Hodge Tuesday morning to further discuss the changes that are being made to the program, as well as concerns regarding the removal of Yokoyama’s position.“Many of our scholars have difficult situations that require more support than the average USC student,” Enriquez said. “What Christina does is not only get us in touch with all of these resources available to us that we may not know about, but she advocates on behalf of us. What we are essentially pleading is that they reverse the decision and reinstate not only the position of the director but that that director remains Christina.”Yokoyama said she will be meeting with Provost Quick on Friday.“This is a very significant, historical program, and it has been, because it is student-led,” Yokoyama said. “I’m dreading the changes to come and I’m very frustrated that these changes could not be shared with me or this division could not be worked on together, but instead it’s being taken over.”last_img read more