Arsenal team news v Dinamo Zagreb: strong starting XI for Champions League clash

first_img 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 2. Mathieu Debuchy (right-back) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Arsenal team by leaving a comment below 16. Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) Arsenal travel to Croatia tonight as they look to kick off their Champions League campaign with a win over Dinamo Zagreb.The Gunners know an early victory will be vital given they are sharing a group with Bavarian behemoths Bayern Munich.But Arsene Wenger’s men will be coming up against a team who have, astonishingly, not lost a game since November last year.So which team will the Frenchman pick to combat a side in such good form?Click the right arrow above to scroll through our predicted line up…Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on Wednesday 16 September. 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfielder) 11 17. Alexis Sanchez (left-sided forward) 11 11 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 19. Santi Cazorla (central midfield) 5. Gabriel (centre-back) 3. Kieran Gibbs (left-back) 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right-sided forward) 11 11last_img read more

Roma confirm on-loan Arsenal star Szczesny faces injury lay-off

first_img Wojciech Szczesny 1 Roma have confirmed Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny faces a spell on the sidelines after dislocating his finger.The Poland international, who is currently on a season-long loan with the Italian club, suffered the injury during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League.Szczesny was forced to leave the field after the incident and will now undergo further tests to assess the damage.“Medical tests have revealed Wojciech Szczesny dislocated the ring finger in his left hand during this evening’s Champions League tie with Catalan side Barcelona,” a statement on the Roma website read.“The Polish goalkeeper was forced to leave the field after injuring the finger in a challenge with Luis Suarez in the 50th minute of the game.“He will undergo further tests in the next few days to determine the extent of the injury.”last_img read more

Caolan Lavery joins Portsmouth on loan from Sheffield Wednesday

first_img1 Caolan Lavery Portsmouth have completed the loan signing of Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery.The 22-year-old scored three goals in eight league outings during a brief spell at League One outfit Chesterfield last season.He has featured twice for the Owls this term – both in the Capital One Cup – but has now been sent out on loan once more to find more regular first-team football.The Northern Irishman, who played under current Pompey boss Paul Cook at Chesterfield, will remain at Fratton Park for three months.He said: “I had offers from other places a lot closer to Sheffield and in higher divisions, but I know Paul and Leam [Richardson, assistant manager] very well.“Their ambition is fantastic, as is the way they like football to be played and when you look at the size of this club, I couldn’t really say no.“I’d like to be part of the success that I’m sure Pompey will have this season and I’m looking forward to getting started. At the age I’m at now, I need to be playing games on a regular basis and scoring goals.”last_img read more

This is what the internet was made for! Gary Neville memes after Valencia coach news

first_img1 Gary Neville enjoys a laugh with England players in training Gary Neville’s appointment as the Valencia head coach until the end of the season came as a surprise to most of us.It’s undoubtedly a gutsy move from the Manchester United legend who has won a legion of fans thanks to his superb punditry on Sky Sports.But now, as football fans face up to the realisation they won’t be hearing Neville’s dulcet tones on their televisions any more, there were plenty of hilarious reactions on Twitters.So here at talkSPORT we’ve taken a look at some of the best memes and vines doing the rounds following the news.You can check out the funniest of the bunch below…last_img

STUNNING REPORTS: Mourinho tells friends Manchester United job is a ‘DONE DEAL’

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho is convinced he will be the next Manchester United manager, according to widespread reports.The former Chelsea boss is being heavily linked with the job at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal under severe pressure.It was revealed last week that United had already held talks with Mourinho’s representatives as they plan for Van Gaal’s possible departure.Now, according to Wednesday’s national newspapers, the 53-year-old has informed friends that it is a ‘done deal’ he will take charge of United.The Daily Telegraph quotes a well-placed source, saying: “Mourinho’s going to Manchester United. It’s a done deal. Chelsea is the only big job up for grabs.”Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December, just months after leading the club to the Premier League title.He is desperate to remain in England and has long coveted the United job.Should the Portuguese take charge at Old Trafford, it would reignite his bitter rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who will take over at Manchester City in the summer.last_img read more

With election near, newsletter under fire

first_imgDuring their special meeting today at 11 a.m., the City Council will consider three items related to the release of the newsletter, Molinari said. Two of those items will be addressed in closed session. Both are prefaced with a notation that they will involve anticipated litigation. The first closed session item has to do with a potential case regarding the state Political Reform Act. A second item is not identified. A third item is titled “discussion of Montebello Tomorrow, Inc. status.” Montebello Tomorrow publishes “Montebello Today.” Molinari said some of the publication was paid for with city checks that were apparently signed by an unauthorized city employee. MONTEBELLO – A city-funded newsletter, set to be published this week, is the subject of a special council meeting today, officials said. Last published in 2004, the scheduled release of “Montebello Today,” has at least one elected official questioning the timing of the publication, while another said the release is long overdue. “You’d have to be very naive not to think there’s not a political connection between the timing of the publication and the election,” City Councilman Bill Molinari said Monday. Councilman Jeff Siccama said the release had been held up for months and called the newsletter an opportunity for residents to learn about their community. He did not identify the employee. Interim City Administrator Randy Narramore said he could not comment on the newsletter or Montebello Tomorrow, Inc., a nonprofit corporation founded in the 1970s to help publicize city activities. Molinari said the content was authored by city staff. “I’m not comfortable giving information to the press before presenting it to the council,” he said. Open government advocate, Terry Francke, general council for Californians Aware, agreed the timing of the publication raises some eyebrows. He said there are several legal prohibitions about expending public funds for election materials. “The state Supreme Court is deciding right now,” he said, “how explicit the message must be to be considered unconstitutional. “Must it be `Vote for so and so’ or is the law subtler than that.” Francke said whether politically or ethically, people are free to draw their own conclusions. Although Councilmembers Molinari, Bob Bagwell and Rosie Vasquez said they had seen a copy of the newsletter Monday afternoon, they all agree it put a positive spin on the city. “I’m curious to see it,” said Bagwell, who is running for re-election, along with Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid. Lopez-Reid requested today’s special meeting. Siccama said the council has been trying to publish the newsletter for more than 18 months. Much of the pre-printing costs were paid for earlier this year, he said. “We’re trying to get information to the community, that we’ve paid for,” Siccama said. The cost of the newsletter is approximately $12,000, Molinari said. The funds for Montebello Tomorrow come from the city and the city’s redevelopment agency, officials said. Both Lopez-Reid and Bagwell are on the Nov. 6 ballot. Also running are Kathy Salazar, Robert Urteaga, Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano and Leo Rodriguez. Vasquez expressed concern that the council did not see a copy of the newsletter prior to its printing. “Taxpayer money is being used for this publication,” she said, “and we have an obligation to approve or not approve something paid for using the public’s money.” Neither Lopez-Reid nor City Attorney Arnoldo Beltran returned calls seeking comment. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Power outage closes Fullerton College

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The school was scheduled to be closed tomorrow because of Thanksgiving and will reopen Monday, Posner said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FULLERTON – The campus of Fullerton College will remain closed today because of a power outage, a campus spokesman said. The outage at the community college at 321 E. Chapman Ave. occurred early this morning, said college spokesman Marc Posner. He said the outage was triggered by a problem that developed on the Southern California Edison grid around 4:45 a.m. and caused a transformer on the campus to burn out. The problem on the grid was expected to be resolved quickly, but the transformer needs replacement parts, he said. As a result, he said, the 1,500 classes scheduled today were cancelled, affecting virtually the entire 20,000- strong student population. last_img read more

Ó DOMHNAILL CONDEMNDS CLOSURE OF FARM GRANT SCHEME

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture in the Seanad Brian Ó Domhnaill has condemned the decision by the Minister for Agriculture to close the Dairy Equipment Sheep Handling Equipment, Water Harvesting and other Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) to new applications.Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said: “I cannot understand why the Minister has closed these schemes for new applications given that all three schemes have only been up and running for a short period of time together with the fact that no one farmer has yet been approved or received payment under the scheme.”“The shock suspension of these schemes follows on from major cuts by the New Government to the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) which is clearly an attack on Agriculture and Rural Ireland by this Government.” “I find it quite unacceptable that schemes which are 50/50 funded by the EU and which would therefore attract EU funding of €45 into the Country would be suspended by this Government. In essence the Governments decision would mean that Irish Farmers are losing out on EU Funding available under the TAMS scheme. In addition to this hundreds of farmers, many of whom were waiting for planning permission to meet scheme conditions, were caught unawares of the shock suspension.”The three schemes include; The €45 Dairy Equipment Scheme – Opened on 1st March and was due to remain open until December 2013. The €8m Sheep Equipment Scheme – Opened last November. Some 810 farmers applied in the first application window. The third application window was mid-way through when the Minister closed the scheme. The €8m Rainwater Harvesting Scheme – Low uptake with less than a dozen applications to date. The €13m pigs and €16m Poultry schemes were the first to open. 

“The suspension of the schemes now means that for the first time in a generation there is no grant aided farm modernisation scheme available. The decision by the Government flies in the face of the Food Harvest 2020 Report target. ”Ó DOMHNAILL CONDEMNDS CLOSURE OF FARM GRANT SCHEME was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Graeme Le Saux: Claudio Ranieri is a ‘ruthless football manager’

first_imgGraeme Le Saux insists Claudio Ranieri’s jovial manner is all a front for a man who is actually a ‘ruthless football manager’.The Italian’s Leicester team need three points from their last three matches to land the title and complete their astonishing transformation from relegation favourites to champions.Yet few took the 64-year-old seriously when he was appointed last summer, and his manner in public is of a man who is not taking the Foxes’ title charge too seriously.However, Le Saux – who worked under the Italian at Chelsea – insists Ranieri’s eccentric manner is merely a front for a ‘ruthless’ man willing to do all he needs to do to win.“That’s all veneer, don’t be fooled, that’s part design,” the former defender said.“He’s a very shrewd operator and he wouldn’t shirk a big decision. Behind the smile there’s a ruthless football manager, a guy who is happy to make big decisions.“At Leicester he hasn’t had to, the team picks itself. He’s not had to deal with dropping big names and moving people on. Once he’s established his team and his shape, he’s been the polar opposite to what we were calling him, the Tinkerman.”The ‘Tinkerman’ nickname came around when Ranieri was in charge at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian refusing to settle on a best XI, and often making strange subsitutions in games which costs positive results.On this subject, Le Saux added: “Did he tinker too much? Yes, and it’s frustrating as a player when you work on a system all week and on the day of the game he changes it. But that’s not a criticism of who he is now“When he took over I wasn’t prepared to bring those flaws out because it was 12 years since I worked with him, so I thought ‘give him a chance’, and obviously I won’t be the one wearing my pants on a TV show any time soon.” Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri 1last_img read more

Michael O’Neill urges Northern Ireland to play ‘with loads of emotion’ v Wales

first_imgMichael O’Neill claims Northern Ireland and Wales will serve up a “good old-fashioned British game” in the French capital and he wants his players to feed off the hype surrounding the last-16 tie.The two British countries, who are both debutants in the tournament, meet for a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 at the Parc des Princes in a game which will be officiated by England’s Martin Atkinson.Coleman’s team have already faced a home nation in France in the shape of England and he has urged his players not to get caught up in the emotional aspect of another fixture against near neighbours.Yet O’Neill refuted the notion he would do the same, insisting instead that such an atmosphere must act as a catalyst.“I want my team to play with loads of emotion; I want them to fully understand the significance of the game,” he said.“When you look at our performances, especially in the latter two games, you couldn’t question the effort of the team from the first minute to the last minute.“I don’t think you can play without emotion. I don’t expect my team to and I think it will be a big factor in the game tomorrow night.“It will be like a cup tie, but whether it’s like a Premier League team going to a Championship team…that’s irrelevant.“The main importance is that we make it a cup tie. We were bottom of the simulation rankings and we’re proud of that. We have an English referee and we want everything that is good about the British game in it.“We want to do our best within the rules and we expect a good old-fashioned British game tomorrow night.”A ‘battle of Britain’ certainly emerged 12 years ago in front of 63,500 fans at the Millennium Stadium when three men were sent off inside 22 minutes before the Welsh fought back to claim a 2-2 draw.O’Neill was neither playing or managing in that contest, and his relatable derby experiences come from a comparatively smaller stage.“When I was manager at Brechin, the Brechin-Montrose derby atmosphere was electric with those 500 people,” he joked.“My (derby) record is not something I give a lot of thought to.“We played Scotland recently in a derby game. The games have an edge to them but this would not be different against any other European nation because of the pride at stake.“If me and Chris had been told we would face each other for a place in the quarter final I think both of us would have readily accepted that.”For both managers and many of the players, Saturday’s game will be the biggest of their careers.Asked what he would tell his team prior to kick-off, O’Neill responded: “The message for the team is simple – play the game of your life. We don’t want this to end, we want to be going forward to Lille in the next round.“We have wrung every drop we can out of this experience and we want more.” Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill 1last_img read more