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Martin Keown wants Arsene Wenger to replace Sir Chips Keswick as Arsenal chairman

first_imgSir Chips Keswick will leave his post at the end of the season (Picture: Getty Images)‘Other people would think that it would be intimidating for [Mikel] Arteta – I don’t think so.‘If you’re a successful-type personality, you don’t really mind who else is in the building. You embrace that knowledge that could come in through the door.‘So I would applaud that if Arsenal Football Club were to bring Arsene Wenger onto the board.’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 CityWenger turns 71 this year, but has said he is still looking for a return to management, should the right role emerge.However, he has previously ruled out a return to Arsenal after his epic stint with the club.‘Would I return to the Emirates Stadium? I always said to myself that I would be leaving Arsenal completely. That’s the decision I made,’ Wenger told beIN Sport.On his decision to step down last week, Keswick said: ‘It has been an honour to be the chairman of this great football club.‘Arsenal has always held a special place in my life and that will remain the case in the future.‘I made my plan to retire at the end of this season clear to the board, before the global health crisis we are now experiencing.‘The club is in safe hands with Stan and Josh, the board and the executive team,’ he added. ‘I know Arsenal will emerge strongly from this situation and I look forward, like all our supporters around the world, to seeing the team in action as soon as possible.’MORE: Ian Wright says Martin Keown was his most ‘intense’ team-mate at ArsenalMORE: Arsenal to submit bid to sign Feyenoord midfielder Orkun KokcuAdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Martin Keown wants Arsene Wenger to replace Sir Chips Keswick as Arsenal chairman Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Jun 2020 4:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisement Comment Would Arsene Wenger make a good chairman? (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes former manager Arsene Wenger would be a fantastic choice to take over from Sir Chips Keswick as chairman of the club at the end of the season.Sir Chips announced his decision to stand as chairman of the Gunners after 15 years on the board and seven years as chairman. leaving Stan Kroenke, Josh Kroenke, Lord Harris and Ken Friar on the board.The north London club will be looking for a new figure to take the helm, and while he considers it unlikely to happen, Keown sees his former boss as the ‘perfect’ choice.The Frenchman left the Emirates in 2018 after 22 years in charge of the club and is now FIFA’s chief of global football development, but Keown thinks the Gunners should be looking to get him back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Sir Chips is somebody who had been there for 15 years, took over from Peter Hill-Wood, so I think the club have been respectful with the work he’s done there,’ Keown told talkSPORT.‘It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board.‘I don’t think so somehow, I think he’s said recently he doesn’t want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board but they could do a lot worse.‘You know that I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke, the young Josh Kroenke, he needs that older person perhaps around, someone with the experience. Advertisementlast_img read more

Freshman Grossi emerges as early scoring threat for Syracuse despite small stature

first_img Published on October 15, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Liam: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ No one on the team is shorter than Stephanie Grossi. But four games into the season, her Syracuse teammates are looking up to her — at least in a statistical sense.Listed as 5 feet, 2 inches on the Orange’s roster, Grossi, a freshman, hasn’t let her size stop her from having an immediate effect.“Size does not affect her at all,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “She’s got good skills and she just keeps the game simple. She possesses the skills and abilities you really can’t teach.”Grossi’s talents have her on pace for what could be a breakout first campaign, as she already leads Syracuse (1-1-2) with 22 shots and a team-high two goals on the season. Grossi is trying to keep adjusting to the collegiate game and improving as the Orange advances through its schedule.“I don’t think I’ve been doing anything special,” Grossi said. “I’m just doing what I know how to do. I skate, find holes in the defense, play solid hockey. It’s nothing hard. I’ve just been lucky.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFlanagan added that Grossi’s goal total should be at three, not two. He said a “horrible call” by an official took away a goal in the team’s 2-1 win in the season opener against Colgate.The head coach said he expects her to contribute offensively this season and the team is going to need her to do so to be successful. The fact that Grossi has emerged as one of the team’s top offensive threats so far bodes well for the team, Flanagan said.The strong start puts the freshman on pace for 17 goals on the season, which was the team-high last year.Junior forward Melissa Piacentini, who led the team in goals scored last year, believes Grossi is doing everything she can to get better.Grossi has been working on little things outside of practice and that has made the difference so far, Piacentini said. She’s working hard in the weight room and stays after practice to do drills focused on working to improve her handling and touch.Grossi hasn’t just been a contributor by putting the puck in the back of the net, but she’s been able to create for her teammates as well. She has one assist on the season so far, which puts her in a 10-way tie for the team high.“Everyone coming to this level has some sort of adjustment period,” Piacentini said. “Steph’s hasn’t really been a thing.”Flanagan praised her reactionary decision making skills as being very solid, something that is crucial in a sport as quick and action packed as hockey.She also described Grossi’s style of play as being smart and instinctive, which was something she was able to develop before coming to Syracuse.Grossi played at Shaftesbury Prep in Canada and holds the record for the most points, 158, and assists, 84, in program history — and her success in high school has, so far, translated directly into the college game.But she’s not satisfied with her performance and thinks she needs to keep improving. Although she has had success, she said she wants to work on her handling of the puck under pressure and being able to finish more of her opportunities.While there is room for improvement, Grossi’s teammates are appreciative of the offensive lift they’ve gotten from her and her ability to score and create chances is not being swept under the rug.“Stephanie’s really been a huge asset this year,” said Piacentini. “She’s done everything right so far and she’s going to be really successful here if she continues to work at it.” Commentslast_img read more

How Neighbour, Four Others Robbed Onazi

first_imgThe suspects had attacked the footballer’s aged father, Mr. Wilson Onazi and made away with his ATM cards, some cash and his white Toyota Highlander jeep with registration number JMU 300 AA.Although the robbery had occurred in Jos, Plateau State, they were arrested at the Ajangbadi area by some police detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer, Alim Musa, a Chief Superintendent of Police.When they were paraded at the State Command Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos, it was discovered that the entire operation was masterminded by the victim’s neighbour in Jos.According to the gang, they had carried out the operation primarily because the victim made no move to help them in their quest for green pastures, adding that they wanted to use the car to celebrate Sallah.The suspects were arrested at the Ajangbadi area of Lagos while attempting to sell off the Toyota Highlander car to a prospective buyer.The mastermind, one Kingsley Davis, said the victim was their neighbour in Jos, adding that he was the one that brought up the idea before others bought into it.His confession: “My team members are my neighbours and friends. We were just discussing when the idea came up. Contrary to what they said, we did not beat him (Onazi’s father) up. We only used the knife to tell him we wanted to borrow his car for the Sallah break.“After the operation, we had left Jos and came to Lagos to meet our contact person. We were on the way when somewhere in Ajangbadi, the police stopped us. The rest is history,” confessed the gang leader.For 26-year-old Ugochukwu Ebuka, although six of them planned the attack, only three of them participated in the operation.He said, “It took us one week to conclude plans of how to carry out the attack. It was Kingsley who brought the information about the house. On that fateful day, we arrived the house around 10am.“Joe knocked on the gate and few minutes later an elderly man emerged from inside the compound. He opened the gate. At first we did not know that it is Onazi’s father.“Three of us tried to force our way into the compound but the man resisted. He appeared drunk that morning so we over powered him. We wrestled him to the ground. We told him we were not going to harm him and that we only wanted his money.“We discovered that the old man live alone. There was no guard at the gate. No cook or wife, but just him alone in a big house.“Joe held a cutlass but we did not use it on him. We asked for money but he said he had none. We searched the seating room. Later we went into his bed room. I think he gave us just N5,000 and his ATM card. We took a bag containing two pairs of canvas on our way out.“We collected the keys of the Toyota Highlander packed in front of the house and drove away. We threw the ATM card away because it was not functioning.“It was Kingsley who organised the operation but he did not participate. Kingsley was angry at the old man because he felt that he was not assisting anybody. He lives alone and never bordered about any other person.“It was Kingsley who also planned our movement to Lagos. He told us that he had contacted someone. When we left the place we hid the car at Feringhana area of Jos to allow the heat to die down. Three hours later we headed towards Lagos.“We arrived Ajangbadi on Tuesday and we stayed in an hotel. We met Osita Ezeana at a drinking joint at Ajangbadi. We told him we have a car to sell. We had not agreed at a price when the police arrested us.”Another suspect, one Joseph Ozo, a graduate of University of Jos, said he was called by the gang because he can drive.He said, “I am a graduate but I was invited into this operation by Kingsley. I followed them for the operation but my job was to drive, which I did after I had collected the key.”The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects, said the criminals were probably heading to Seme border, Badagry where they intend to sell of the car.Owoseni, who said the suspects and the exhibits will soon be transferred to Plateau State Command for further investigation and prosecution, adding that it was a testimony that policing has no boundaries.He said, “The Nigeria Police Force under the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, is well more positioned.“The police is also poised to ensure that no matter where the crime is committed in any part of the country, the police headquarters has given teeth to bite to the commands.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chiemelie EzeobiThe five-man gang who robbed the Jos home of Super Eagles and Trabzonspor of Turkey defensive midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, on Thursday regaled journalists in Lagos on why and how they carried out the operation.The suspects, who were identified as Kingsley David, Ugochukwu Ebuka, Osita Ezeamu, Ali Audu and Joseph Ozo, were said to have raided the Jos home of the footballer three days ago, before they were arrested yesterday in Lagos.last_img read more