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Mesut Ozil hits back at Arsenal legends who have criticised his fitness record

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Oct 2019 8:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Mesut Ozil has made just one Premier League appearances for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Ozil, however, insists his reasons for missing so many games have always been genuine, while there have been many occasions where he has played through the pain barrier to play for Arsenal.‘I get really frustrated when I miss a game through illness and people question if it is genuine,’ he told The Athletic.‘Yes, it happened a few times — usually in the winter — but what am I supposed to do? If you knew me, you would know it takes a lot for me to miss a game and I have never used sickness as an excuse. Actually the opposite.‘I played many games when I was ill or had injuries. Before the Champions League game against Bayern Munich [in March 2017], I was sick and Arsene told me I was not in the squad because of that. The next morning, the guys from Arsenal called me and said, ‘Listen, you have to come to the stadium, you have to be in the squad’. Despite my illness, I joined the squad and played the last 20 minutes.‘Most players don’t play when injured or sick — it influences your game, you can’t give everything — but I was always available unless it was impossible.’Ozil also took issue with the accusation that he is only capable of showcasing his playmaking abilities against so-called lesser opposition.He added: ‘It always happens that an ex-player stands there on TV and criticises me,” he says. “Others just continue the theme and it gets in everyone’s heads.‘If we don’t do well in a ‘big’ game, it’s always my fault. If that’s true, how do you explain our results in the ‘big’ games when I wasn’t involved? There’s no real difference. I know people expect me to offer more, dictate play and make the difference — I do, too — but it’s not that straightforward.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 Arsenal‘I’m not the only player in the team and, don’t forget, some of our opponents are simply better than us. Also, what is a ‘big’ or ‘small’ game? In the Premier League, anyone can beat anyone. Look at Wolves and Norwich beating Man City, or Newcastle and West Ham beating Man United.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘So you can’t say my good performances only came in ‘small’ games because these games don’t really exist. The intensity is there in every match and often the ‘small’ teams raise their standard against the ‘big’ teams.’Will Mesut Ozil still be an Arsenal player after the January transfer window?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mesut Ozil insists he’ll see out Arsenal contract despite struggles under Unai EmeryMORE: Sheffield United ‘fancy their chances’ in front of ‘hostile crowd’ against Arsenal, says Chris Wilder Comment Advertisement Advertisement Mesut Ozil has missed over 100 games for Arsenal through illness and injury (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has hit back at his critics who claim he only performs against smaller team and have critised his fitness record.The former Germany international has missed over 100 games since his move to Arsenal six years ago from Real Madrid as a result of injury or illness.Ozil has been left out of Unai Emery’s matchday squad for the club’s last three games, while he was often omitted last season, particularly against elite opposition and difficult away matches.After he brought up an unwanted century by missing February’s fixture against BATE Borisov, Arsenal legend Martin Keown said: ‘To miss that amount of games is quite remarkable, isn’t it? 100 matches in that period. I would say that is definitely questionable. We don’t know, only the player knows.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Is he injured, is he ill? One of the things as a player you have got to be available for selection & you want to give consistency.’ Mesut Ozil hits back at Arsenal legends who have criticised his fitness recordlast_img read more

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Infamous bikie Ricky Ciano’s luxury Gold Coast unit sells

first_imgRicky Ciano with wife Rachel Ciano.A GOLD Coast apartment that was home to an infamous bikie who died in suspicious circumstances has sold.The Surfers Paradise beachfront unit of Ricky Ciano, a former president of the Sydney chapter of the Rebels bikie gang, went under contract last week.The three-bedroom residence in Main Beach Pde’s Mustique building went to auction earlier this month but failed to sell under the hammer.The Surfers Paradise beachfront apartment of infamous bikie Ricky Ciano is set to go under the hammer. Source: realestate.com.auRicky Ciano with wife Rachel Ciano.Marketing agent Robert Graham, of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast, declined to comment on the sale.It is understood the sale will be made unconditional at the end of the month.● HOWARD’S SOLUTION TO EASE HOUSE COST PRESSURE● DEMAND FOR BEACHFRONT HOMES SURGES● HONEY BADGER’S NEW $1.47M PADCiano, who paid $915,000 for his luxury Glitter Strip home in 2016, died aged 35 between February 13 and 14 last year.His partially clothed body was found in the back seat of his BMW M3 at Duckmaloi, in western NSW.Modern throughout.’More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNice view.Two men last month fronted a NSW court following the 2017 Valentine’s Day death of Ciano.In a statement, NSW police said they would allege the men, aged 33 and 44, serving time behind bars, were involved in the murder.“Police will allege in court the men gave Mr Ciano a cocktail of prescription and prohibited drugs, which were at fatal levels, and then drove him to Duckmaloi (west of Sydney) where they abandoned his car with his body inside,” the statement reads.The bathroom. Source: realestate.com.auThe apartment has beachfront views. Source: realestate.com.au“Following extensive investigations, two men — aged 33 and 44 — were arrested at a correctional facility at Silverwater.”The court case continues.Justice Peter Applegarth on May 16 ordered Brisbane solicitor Prudence Poole be appointed administrator of Mr Ciano’s estate.Justice Applegarth ordered Ms Poole be registered as the owner of Ricky Ciano’s beachfront apartment, and for his widow Rachel Ciano to move out when it is sold.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNRL stars tackling the house market00:50last_img read more

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Lakers received, then returned, $4.6 million from coronavirus loan program

first_imgThe Lakers say they have returned a $4.6 million loan they received from a federal loan program intended to help small businesses weather the coronavirus crisis.The team confirmed that they qualified for and received the loan from the Small Business Administrations’ Payroll Protection Program among the initial $349 million funding. But after the program’s initial budget ran out earlier this month — and after reports that several large companies took loans at the expense of a legion of small businesses being frozen out — the Lakers said they returned their loan.“Once we found out the funds from the program had been depleted, we repaid the loan so that financial support would be directed to those most in need,” the team said in a statement first reported by ESPN. “The Lakers remain completely committed to supporting both our employees and our community.”The program — funded as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act — offers forgiveable loans to businesses that spend the money on payroll and don’t fire or quickly rehire employees during the COVID-19 lockdown. Congress approved an additional $310 billion for the program this week, with a wider distribution among lenders and banks and slightly more stringent language discouraging larger, publicly traded companies from applying for and taking on loans. The franchise has so far not laid off employees, and has asked its highest paid executives to defer 20 percent of their pay. The team has also contributed to a fund with Staples Center and its other tenants to support arena and game night staffers.The NBA is taking cost-cutting measures at large in the midst of a season hiatus, which is verging on two months. The league announced a week and a half ago it would withhold 25 percent of player salaries, preparing for the possibility that the remainder of the season is canceled. The league extended its line of credit to $1.2 billion earlier in the crisis, allowing teams to borrow at favorable rates if they are struggling financially. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSeveral large companies have come under criticism after taking on the loans that were originally envisioned to help small businesses survive. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Shake Shack and Potbelly are among the companies who have decided to return multimillion-dollar loans in the last week.The Lakers are considered one of the most valuable franchises in American sports, but the uncertain future of the season has forced the franchise to consider its bottom line, with the potential of returned ticket sales, lost television revenue and other streams drying up.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

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BOOK ON DONEGAL’S MOST FAMOUS MISSING HOUSE TO HIT SHELVES

first_imgAn intriguing story about the disappearance of a house on Tory Island has been turned into a book.‘The House That Disappeared on Tory Island’ tells the story of a house that was demolished to allow a better view from a local hotel on the island.The house belonged to film maker Neville Presho, who was originally from Co Down, but who had emigrated to New Zealand in 1982. When Mr Presho returned to visit his holiday home on Tory six years later, it was a pile of rubble.There then ensued a court battle which would result in Mr Presho winning the case and being awarded €46,000.Now a chance meeting with Mr Presho and reporter Anton McCabe has resulted in the book being published by Drumkeen Press.The book will be launched at the Central Library in Letterkenny on November 22nd with Frank Galligan acting as MC for the evening.  BOOK ON DONEGAL’S MOST FAMOUS MISSING HOUSE TO HIT SHELVES was last modified: November 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anton McCabehouseNeville PreshoTory Islandlast_img read more