REVEALED: Mesut Ozil on why he joined Arsenal from Real Madrid

first_img Mesut Ozil Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal because he knew they would play attractive football.The 26-year-old moved to the Emirates in the summer of 2013, arriving from Real Madrid for £42.5m.And the German, who was also being eyed by Paris Saint-Germain, has now revealed just why he elected to link up with Arsene Wenger’s side after spending three years in Spain.“Before I joined, I knew that Arsenal were always a technically-strong team,” said Ozil.“That’s also why I decided to join this club, because I know exactly what the manager wants from the team.“Our game centres around playing good, technical football and that’s good. It’s thanks to the manager because he’s worked on that for years and has formulated a technically-gifted team that can dominate any opposition.“That’s why we’re really pleased to have a manager like him.” 1last_img read more

Shock Chelsea report! ‘Italy coach eyed as Jose Mourinho replacement’

first_img Antonio Conte Under-fire Italy coach Antonio Conte could be in line to take over from Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, claim reports in Italy.The 46-year-old is expected to leave his role with the Azzurri when his contract expires at the end of next summer’s European Championship and he has apparently instructed his agents to get in contact with some of Europe’s top clubs.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have expressed an interest in speaking to Conte if their respective managers leave in the summer.Mourinho was given the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ last week after his side slipped to their fifth defeat of the season to Southampton before the international break.However, Conte may favour a move to an Italian club, with AC Milan and Roma being touted as possible destinations. 1last_img read more

FA Cup round-up: Liverpool and Spurs through to the fourth round after beating Exeter and Leicester respectively

first_img Joe Allen 1 Liverpool 3-0 Exeter CityThe FA Cup dream is over for Paul Tisdale’s Exeter City, after losing 3-0 to Liverpool at Anfield. The Grecians can be proud of their achievements after taking Jurgen Klopp’s Reds to a replay, but the home side were too strong this time around. The win sees Liverpool book their place in the fourth round of the competition, for a home tie with West Ham – who they have lost to twice in the league this term.But on the night, there was some very good performances from the Liverpool youngsters in talkSPORT’s live commentary. But it was a senior pro in Joe Allen who gave the Merseysiders the first-half lead. The Welshman scored his second goal in a week when he converted Brad Smith’s pass into an open goal from close range. Sheyi Ojo came off the bench to curl a delightful effort into the top corner from just inside the box, before the win was confirmed – if it already was not – when Joao Teixeira added a third.There was also some good news as Jon Flanagan made his first-team comeback after 18 months on the sidelines.Leicester 0-2 Tottenham Tottenham finally got the better of Leicester this season at the fourth time of asking as they reached the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 victory.Having drawn 2-2 in the original tie and with Leicester winning the Barclays Premier League meeting in north London last week, Spurs succeeded in the final part of the 10-day trilogy courtesy of goals from Son Heung-min and Nacer Chadli at the King Power Stadium – the scene of a 1-1 draw in the league in August.Even the introduction of Jamie Vardy from the bench shortly after Chadli’s strike midway through the second half could not rescue Claudio Ranieri’s side.In the greater scheme of things the Italian may not be too upset by Leicester’s exit, although he would be unlikely to admit it. It is reasonable to argue that defeat in Wednesday night’s third-round replay may benefit Ranieri and his small squad as they look to maintain their surprise pursuit of the Premier League title.For Tottenham, who must also harbour ambitions of becoming champions, it means another game in an already busy schedule. Mauricio Pochettino’s team will travel to League One strugglers Colchester in the next round at the end of the month.SEE YESTERDAY’S FA CUP ROUND-UP: Aston Villa and West Brom go through but Eastleigh’s run ends at Boltonlast_img read more

Beating Man City will ‘send a message’ that Spurs are ready to be champions says former star

first_imgDavid Ginola believes his former club Tottenham will ‘send out a message’ that they are ready to win the Premier League if they beat Manchester City on Sunday.Spurs are currently second in the league, five points behind leaders Leicester City, who play third-placed Arsenal on the same day.And Ginola – who played for Leicester as well as Spurs – insists that Mauricio Pochettino’s side have to ability to surprise everyone and end up as champions.“If there is a season for Spurs it is probably this one,” Ginola told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I am admiring the work of Pochettino. I think this season is probably the season there will be a lot of surprises and Spurs is one of them.“If they win this weekend, there will be a message sent through the Premier League saying ‘we are here to win the league this season’. I have no doubt Spurs have the ability to do so.”last_img read more

Antonio Conte wants to sign Bayern Munich star if he lands Chelsea job

first_img Arturo Vidal in action for Bayern Munich+ Antonio Conte wants to sign Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal – if he gets the Chelsea job.The Italian is strongly linked to take over at Stamford Bridge in the summer as the Blues look for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho.Several players have subsequently been linked with a move to Chelsea and a summer spending spree is expected to follow.High on Conte’s wish list, according to Calciomercato, is Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal.The Chile international worked with Conte at Juventus and the pair are said to have a very good relationship.Luring Vidal away from Bayern is likely to be tricky, but if Chelsea were to offer over £30m there is a chance a deal could take place. 1last_img

Rove, Cleland disagree on how to best spread democracy

first_imgVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Karl Rove and Max Cleland found themselves in a rare moment of agreement Friday – that America should bring democracy to the world. But Rove, a former top adviser to President George W. Bush, and Cleland, a former senator from Georgia and triple amputee Vietnam veteran, disagreed strongly about the best method of doing that. When Rove considered that question, he responded: “Obviously, my answer is yes.” Cleland said his answer was “yes, by example, but not by force,” setting up a complicated and at times testy discussion between the two men dominated by the Iraq war. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The men spoke at a forum at Regent University, the Christian school founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson. Cleland asked Rove: “Why didn’t the Bush White House go after Osama bin Laden? Why are we wasting time in Iraq?” Rove fired back: “Senator, with all due respect, the U.S. military and U.S. intelligence agencies made every effort possible to get Osama bin Laden, and frankly I don’t think it reflects well on our military and intelligence services to suggest that they didn’t.” Cleland lost his U.S. Senate seat to Republican Saxby Chambliss, who suggested that Cleland was soft on terrorism, and Cleland supporters said Rove was behind that. Cleland pointedly asked Rove: “Why didn’t the Bush White House go after Osama bin Laden? Why are we wasting time in Iraq?” Cleland argued that assets have been pulled away from Afghanistan and sent to Iraq. The president’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said that if the United States does not spread democracy, what country will? “God has given every person the zeal for freedom,” Bush said. “It is incumbent upon us to do our part to give people that want freedom the chance to pursue it.” Rove said the country has helped spread democracy in Africa, Asia and Europe over the past 30 years. But he acknowledged that “the spotlight is in Iraq, a difficult place to spread freedom and liberty.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fire forces evacuation at North Hills apartment

first_imgNORTH HILLS – An early morning structure fire in the North Hills area forced the evacuation of residents from a two-story apartment building, authorities said today. The blaze was reported at 1:10 a.m. in the 9000 block of Orion Avenue in Chatsworth near the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405). Firefighters responded and knocked down the flames in about 15 minutes, a Los Angeles city fire watch commander said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TEN JOBS FEARED LOST IN DONEGAL AS A-WEAR GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP

first_imgUp to 10 jobs are feared lost in Letterkenny after the popular women’s clothing store A Wear failed to exit examinership.A notice on the store’s window on the town’s Main Street said the shop is closed until further notice.The store is very popular in the town and appeared to be trading well. A number of people contacted Donegal Daily asking if they were entitled to a refund on gift vouchers.There are now fears for up to 300 jobs in the chain’s 31 stores across the country.In a statement, the Receiver Ken Farrell of Kavanagh Fennell said the business will continue to trade while he assesses the feasibility of some of the stores over the coming days.But he cautioned it was “inevitable” that some stores will close. It is not known why the Letterkenny store remains closed today.The company had blamed high rents and increased competition for its difficulties.A-Wear was bought by its current owners from receivers in 2012. While they managed to reduce the company’s annual losses from €5m to €2.5m a year, they said in October that they had taken things “as far as they can”. TEN JOBS FEARED LOST IN DONEGAL AS A-WEAR GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP was last modified: November 28th, 2013 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:A WEARclosedletterkennylast_img read more

FOYS LAUNCH INCREDIBLE €1MILLION STOCK SELL-OUT THIS FRIDAY!

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most reputable and well-established businesses FOYS are launching their BIGGEST stock sell-out worth €1million this FRIDAY!Liam and Ann Foy started their family run business in 1980 and have enjoyed great success and have developed close links with the local communities. Starting off life as a paint and hardware business, Foys have expanded over the years into the home furnishing specialist that it is today, offering everything from the decorating market to the furniture and accessories needed to turn your house into your home.Speaking about their upcoming Sale, Liam Foy told Donegal Daily, “We want to thank the people of Donegal and surrounding counties for all their support through the years.“Whether you buy a card or a dining table from us, it means so much to us that you choose to deal with us.“The reason for this great sale is that we are currently over-stocked & must urgently clear all excess stock. “This will be our biggest stock sell-out in our 35 year history.“We will also offer discounts on all customer orders placed during this sale event. ”The Great €1,000,000 Stock Sell-out begins Friday 22nd @ 10am in Foys Port Road, Letterkenny & Main Street, Ballybofey.This is your chance to save big with fantastic bargains in furniture, lighting, paint, wallpaper, kitchenware, toys & much more.FOYS LAUNCH INCREDIBLE €1MILLION STOCK SELL-OUT THIS FRIDAY! was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Businessnewslast_img read more

FA Cup draw: Everton face Man United or West Ham and Crystal Palace play Watford

first_img The games will both be played at Wembley over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of April Everton face either Manchester United or West Ham as they look to make the FA Cup final for the first time since 2009.The other side of the draw threw up an all-London tie with Crystal Palace, who beat Reading, taking on Watford, who knocked out holders Arsenal on Sunday.Neither Crystal Palace nor Watford have won the FA Cup so there could be a new name on the trophy this year.The games will both be played at Wembley over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of April.Full FA Cup semi-final draw:Crystal Palace v WatfordEverton vs West Ham/Manchester United 1last_img