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 Norwichhttps://metro.co.uk/video/ljungberg-gives-presser-arsenals-2-2-draw-norwich-2060662/This 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

The Juventus v Chelsea quiz

first_imgGet your brain in gear ahead of tonight’s big game by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-70]YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea assess Ba ankle injury

first_imgDemba Ba will have an ankle injury assessed by Chelsea’s medical staff on Monday.The Blues striker came off at half-time during the 2-1 victory over Sunderland and was replaced by Fernando Torres.It is not yet clear how significant the injury is, but Chelsea expect to know more in the next 24 hours.They can ill afford to be without the former Newcastle man given their packed fixtures list.Their hectic schedule continues with Thursday’s match away to Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.Ba is ineligible for the game as he has played for Newcastle in this season’s tournament.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders’ Gruden gets an ‘L’ — how did his ESPN replacement do?

first_imgJason Witten on ‘MNF’ — Grade his performanceA — He was great. Witten’s got gameB — He was pretty good, for a rookieC — He was OK, but won’t make the highlight reelD — Yikes. He needs lots of workF — Fumble! ESPN made a big mistakeVoteView Results Take Our Poll Monday was a brutal night for Oakland Raiders fans as Act 2 of the Jon Gruden era got off to a rocky start with a second-half flop and an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Rams.In an interesting juxtaposition, Gruden’s ESPN replacement — …last_img read more

How to Save Money by Migrating to Cloud Computing

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Much has been written about the benefits of cloud computing. Cost savings are one of the biggest benefits cited, but how can you make sure you’re actually maximizing your savings? Diversity analyst Ben Kepes has written a white paper for Rackspace called Moving your Infrastructure to the Cloud: How to Maximize Benefits and Avoid Pitfalls. This paper is a good introduction to the subject of cloud computing and would be of benefit to anyone making a decision about migrating to the cloud.Refreshingly, the white paper is available in HTML instead of as a PDF and requires no email address or registration to view.Capacity vs. UsageKepes emphasizes the following financial benefits of Infrastructure-as-a-Service:Economies of scale – IaaS vendors can offer cheaper access to infrastructure by purchasing equipment in bulk.Pay as you go for what you use – With cloud computing, you can pay for what you use, like a utility, instead of investing in a fixed capacity infrastructure that may either exceed or fall short of your organization’s needs.Cloud services can be paid for out of the operating expenditures budget – And because computing resources are paid for like a utility, they can be paid for out of the operating expenditures budget instead of capital investments.Kepes emphasizes the need for organizations to select IaaS vendors that allow them to actually take advantage of these benefits. For example, it’s important that customers make sure than billing for cloud services is as granular as possible.Kepes also looks at issues such as Service Level Agreements, support and compliance. This is the first of a series of free white papers by Kepes. Hopefully we’ll see further depth as wall as papers for more advanced practitioners.Photo credits: Flickr user Kevin Dooley Related Posts klint finleycenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing last_img read more

The Mobile Enterprise: 4 Steps To Keeping It Secure [Infographic]

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Guest author Vijay Dheap is a Mobile Security Strategist at IBM.Security is a balancing act, especially when it comes to emerging technologies that promise to unlock massive business potential. Each new wave of change requires an enterprise to adapt its security posture, or risk being left behind – or exposed to unmanaged risk.Mobile is no different.What was predominantly a consumer-oriented phenomenon is rapidly becoming a top business priority. Individuals, product teams and marketing departments are all scrambling to seize the benefits mobile presents, while security organizations are scrambling to regain control – or at least awareness – of all the enterprise’s mobile-related activities. Enterprises recognize that going mobile requires a strategic perspective.The importance of defining a security strategy for mobile carries greater urgency than ever. While 84% of consumers now use their personal smartphones for work, mobile malware has increased more than four times since 2010. Recent reports indicate that 51% of companies have experienced data loss due to insecure mobile devices – and the average cost of a breach was a hefty $5.5 million. Enterprises have a very real need to reduce this risk while not affecting business objectives focused on mobile. (For a visual look at mobile security stats, see the infographic at the end of this post).Given the dynamic nature of the mobile market, it can be difficult for an enterprise to define a mobile risk management strategy. Organizational inertia alone can lead to increased risk. One approach is to concentrate on four focus areas of mobile security:BYODProtected AccessSecure Mobile SolutionsMobile Security Intelligence1.BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, has become a defining characteristic of mobile adoption in the enterprise. While not exclusive to smartphones and tablets, these new devices led the way with rapid, organic penetration of many enterprises. But every organization can customize the policies that govern the use of employee-owned mobile devices within the enterprise. BYOD policies should reflect the organization’s risk appetite based on its industry, regulations and culture. Policies can modulate the degree of device choice and which employees participate. Of course, before it can enforce its BYOD policies, an organization needs to gain visibility and control over these new devices.2. Protected Access: Mobile devices empower employees to access relevant information whenever they need it. No matter how much enterprise data is stored on the device, users will frequently need to access additional enterprise data and resources. The enterprise must not only establish secure connectivity channels but also manage risk associated with user authentication and authorization. Given that mobile access typically takes place predominantly outside enterprise boundaries, special care is needed to prevent unauthorized access and reduce risky behaviors. Plus, protecting mobile access provides security teams another lever to gain awareness over their mobile audiences even when they cannot have visibility over the devices themselves (i.e. consumers, partners and unmanaged employees).3. Secure Mobile Solutions: Apps have emerged as the primary interface for delivering mobile solutions to consumers, partners and employees. Apps enable the rich, task-oriented functionality and user experience that mobile consumers demand. Some mobile solutions are outsourced, while others are built by various parts of an enterprise. Security design needs to be incorporated in each step of the software development lifecycle. Mobile app developers – who are generally not particularly security aware – need tools and processes that help them bake in the enterprise’s security standards and best practices. And the enterprise must also enforce a baseline of security standards across the entire range of mobile solutions it develops.4. Mobile security through risk management requires constant vigilance. With rapid innovation comes new capabilities that promote new behaviors. And as mobile adoption accelerates, it becomes a richer target for attackers. The threat landscape indicates a growing affinity towards targeted attacks at individuals or organizations, leveraging mobile as a primary socialization platform. To identify risks and take appropriate mitigation steps, enterprises need to gather intelligence across all the touchpoints of mobile engagements. Intelligence gathering should include aggregating security events from the device, users, apps and the network for analysis – including tracking compliance with existing risk management policies.Mobile is a transformational technology giving individuals unprecedented freedom and flexibility in how they engage professionally and personally. Enterprises cannot afford to ignore that opportunity, but can’t put themselves at risk in their rush to embrace the new technology. By focusing on BYOD, protecting access, securing mobile solutions and developing mobile security intelligence, enterprises can balance the risks and rewards for individual workers and the organization as a whole.For more on mobile enterprise security, see the infographic below. vijay dheap Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Tags:#enterprise IT#security What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Ohio State backup quarterback battle Cardale Jones with early edge on JT

Then-redshirt-freshman Cardale Jones (12) rushes the ball during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadiun. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe starting quarterback position at Ohio State is set in stone.Senior Braxton Miller ­— and his two, back-to-back Chicago Tribune Silver Footballs for Big Ten Most Valuable Player honors — has that spot locked up.But with fan favorite and coach-on-the-field Kenny Guiton out of eligibility and looking to get a shot in the NFL, the player who will fill the backup slot behind Miller is a glaring question mark during spring practice.OSU coach Urban Meyer said last week the competition has picked up between redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, but said Jones has the early edge and has been running with the first team offense while Miller rehabs from shoulder surgery.Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman echoed that sentiment Tuesday after practice.“Cardale’s done a great job,” Herman said. “He’s playing like a quarterback at Ohio State should, but through the nine practices, we just need for those guys to play to their strengths.”Barrett and Jones carry entirely different body types — Barrett is just 6 feet 1 inches tall and is listed at 225 pounds, while Jones towers above the other quarterbacks on roster at 6 feet 5 inches and is a solid 250 pounds. Jones’ strong arm is his identity, while Barrett is more a finesse player who focuses on getting the ball to his receivers on time. Getting each player to understand that, Herman said, is half the battle.“I tell those two guys a lot of the time, ‘Just be you.’ Their strengths are so different,” Herman said. “I tell J.T., you get paid — and he gets paid a scholarship, that’s what I’m talking about — to make great decisions, to get the ball out of your hands and be accurate. You’re not going to grow (physically) … Cardale is 6 foot 5 and 250 pounds and can throw it through that wall.”The only quarterback on the roster with game experience other than Miller is Jones, who played in three games of mop-up duty last season after the outcome of those games had already been decided in favor of the Buckeyes.Barrett redshirted last season while recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus that ended his senior season at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas.The opportunity to further develop each player with Miller out is both a good and bad thing, Herman said. The good: each young guy gets an opportunity to get snaps with the first team offense. The bad: Miller is missing out on vital practice time in his own progression as a player.“Is it frustrating? Yes,” Herman said of not being able to fully work with Miller. “But I think if you dwell on what you can’t do with him, you forget or maybe you don’t do justice to the things that we’re trying to do with him.”Among those things are having a camera on his hat as Miller watches plays unfold in practice, and reviewing them with Herman and Meyer at the end of the day to learn more about what the defensive unit is doing.“Braxton stands behind (the other quarterbacks) and gets all the mental reps like Kenny Guiton used to last year,” Meyer said after practice March 18.That’s as important a step as any, Herman said.“Right now I can tell in the meetings he’s more engaged,” Herman said of Miller. “And I’ll say this again. Braxton, in my opinion, has always been very football smart. You don’t get to do the things you do on a football field without understanding what’s going on.”But with how injury-prone OSU’s starter was last year — Miller sprained his MCL early in OSU’s 42-7 win against San Diego State Sept. 7 and missed the next two games, and also missed time in the team’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson — having a solid backup like Guiton is vital.While Jones has impressed enough to earn the majority of the first-team reps, he was inaccurate Saturday in the first team scrimmage of the spring — one the defense won.“It was a ‘This is my first scrimmage on a winner-loser day, running as quarterback with the first offense at the Ohio State University and I’m nervous as hell,’” Herman said on Jones’ performance. “And it showed.”But a day like that is all part of the maturation process, Herman said, and isn’t symbolic of what either man has done so far in spring practice.“What they showed on Saturday was not indicative of the previous four practices or (Tuesday’s) practice,” Herman said. “Everything about spring ball is a learning experience. And these guys are doing that each and every rep they take.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in their first game of the season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

OFFICIAL Ola Aina joins Torino on loan

first_imgNigeria defender Ola Aina has officially extended his contract with Chelsea until 2021 and completed a loan move to Torino.Ola Aina was born in London but decided to play for Nigeria, and has four senior caps.He trained today with his new teammates at the Stadio Filadelfia. Football Italia reports.There have been unconfirmed reports in the Italian media that there is an option to buy for €8m.pic.twitter.com/sbY2W4Wsob— Torino Football Club (@TorinoFC_1906) August 14, 2018Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Ola Aina has signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge until 2021 and will spend the 2018/19 season on loan at Italian side Torino,” read a Chelsea statement.“Aina, a versatile defender, made his first-team debut for the Blues in a League Cup win over Bristol Rovers in 2016 having progressed through our Academy.”“Among his trophies won with our younger sides are two UEFA Youth Leagues and two FA Youth Cups.”“Aina spent last season on loan with Hull City in the Championship where he featured regularly for the Tigers.”“He will now continue his development in the Italian top flight.”last_img read more

Mihajlovic sues Sporting Lisbon

first_imgFormer Sporting CP manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is suing the club after he was sacked nine days after taking the job.According to Football Italia, now former Fiorentina, Bologna, Milan and Torino boss Mihajlovic is suing Sporting CP at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).“I had accepted the job with great enthusiasm, even more than usual because it meant going abroad in a prestigious league that was new to me,” Mihajlovic told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.“Precisely because it was so new to me, I made sure to get all the necessary background information and precautions during the negotiations. I never expected to be not on the bench in August, but in a tribunal trying to defend myself after my rights have been trampled on.“It was a long negotiation with the ex-President De Carvalho, as we decided on the transfer strategy, including different alternatives for the players who were trying to tear up their contracts.Bruno Fernandes, Sporting CP, Sporting Lisbon,Tottenham did not have the credentials to buy Fernandes George Patchias – September 5, 2019 Sporting president Varandas says Tottenham did not have the credentials to fulfill the bid for Bruno FernandesIn an interview with Sporting Lisbons president Frederico…“I can confirm that I was sacked without just cause by Sporting CP just a few days before the start of the contract that would’ve tied me to the club for three seasons.“In the middle of June, I went to Lisbon to negotiate with the Sporting directors for my personal terms and those of my staff. On June 18, we signed a three-year contract that was due to start on July 1.“A few days later, President Bruno de Carvalho was removed from his post by the Board of Directors and on June 27 the club annulled my contract, claiming I had not passed the trial period set in the Portuguese rules for contracts.“However, they cannot say that because at that moment the contract hadn’t even started yet and I was still on vacation in Sardinia…“In 30 years of my career, as player and then Coach, I’ve never seen anything like it. I will have my rights respected, that you can count on.”last_img read more