Unai Emery ‘respects’ Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision to miss Arsenal’s Europa League final against Chelsea over safety fears

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 May 2019 2:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery says Arsenal will respect Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision (AFP/Getty Images)Unai Emery insists he respects Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision to miss Arsenal’s Europe League final against Chelsea in Baku next week.Mkhitaryan will not travel with the rest of his Arsenal teammates to Azerbaijan as the Armenian is concerned about his safety.UEFA has subsequently hit back at Arsenal’s decision to leave Mkhitaryan out of their Europa League final squad, claiming that the Gunners received assurances regarding the midfielder’s safety.But Emery admits he understands Mkhitaryan’s decision.ADVERTISEMENT‘It is bad news but we cannot do anything for these issues,’ said Emery.[…] It‘s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it.I will be cheering my teammates on! Let’s bring it home @Arsenal 🏆💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 #uel #final #arsenal #chelsea #AFC #COYG pic.twitter.com/gnDA6oyolw— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) May 21, 2019 ‘It is a very, very personal decision and we need to respect him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We have to understand the political problems.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‘I spoke to him. I came from the Basque country and we had also a big political problem in our country, finishing five, six years ago and I can understand this decision is very, very personal.‘I cannot push him to come with us.’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 Advertisement Unai Emery ‘respects’ Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision to miss Arsenal’s Europa League final against Chelsea over safety fears Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket News Sarfraz Ahmed and Faf du Plessis set unwanted ‘pair’ record in Centurion Test

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centurion Test was a memorable affair for South Africa and a not-so-memorable match for Pakistan. On a tough pitch, the Proteas held their nerve and secured a tense five-wicket win on the third day of the match to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. However, there was one common factor in the match. Both Sarfraz Ahmed and Faf du Plessis endured torrid times as captain. Sarfraz was dismissed for 0 in both innings while Du Plessis also suffered the same fate. This resulted in an unwanted record for both individuals and it was a historic moment but for all the wrong reasons.Sarfraz and Du Plessis became the first captains in history to be dismissed for a pair in the same Test match. In the first innings, Sarfraz edged a good length ball back onto the stumps bowled by Duanne Olivier to fall for a four-ball blob. In the second innings, Sarfraz chased a wide ball from Kagiso Rabada but he edged it du Plessis at slip who took a smart catch with one hand at slip.Read More | Mickey Arthur, Pakistan cricket coach, gets sanctioned by ICCOn the other hand, even du Plessis was not so lucky. The Proteas skipper departed first ball to Shaheen Afridi as he looked to flick a ball on leg stump to midwicket but instead got a leading edge to gully. In the second innings, du Plessis survived the King Pair but on the fifth ball he swung a short ball again from Afridi straight to Hasan Ali at long leg.  Read More | Arise, Sir Alastair Cook: Former England skipper gets special honourSarfraz became the fourth Pakistan skipper to be dismissed for a pair in Tests. The first one to achieve this unwanted record was Imtiaz Ahmed against England in the Dhaka Test of 1962. Rashid Latif was the next to fall for a pair during the Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa while Waqar Younis suffered the fate against Australia in Sharjah in 2002.Du Plessis is the third South Africa skipper to be dismissed for a pair, with the first one being Louis Tancred in 1912 against England at The Oval. The next South Africa captain to be dismissed for a pair came 104 years later and it was in Centurion, with AB de Villiers falling for a pair against England. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Obaseki’s Reforms Reinvigorate Devt of Sports in Edo

first_imgThe numerous reforms and projects of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government to reposition sports as tools for youth empowerment are yielding results, with the state on the verge of returning as a sports powerhouse in Nigeria.In a statement, Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said that the reconstruction of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium underscores the visible projects ongoing in the state, even as the state has undertaken numerous initiatives to revive sports, for which Edo used to be renowned.According to him, “We are undertaking a full overhaul of the sports scene in the state. The stadium is undergoing a total make-over. We have set up the Edo State Sports Commission, which is leading the sports renaissance in the state. This resulted in the good showing of the state at the last National Sports Festival. Godwin Obaseki “Our teams are also experiencing a renaissance in the age-grade sports competition, showing the tell-tale signs that we are returning to the heydays of dominance in Nigeria’s sports scene.”He added that these are influenced by the governor’s understanding of the role of sports in human development, especially its unique feature of uniting the people and propelling them to build bonds and work together to achieve results.“The crowning of the cake is our state being considered as one of the states to host the FIFA 2020 U-20 Women Cup, an honour that would place us on the global map and bring in a lot of foreign attention to our numerous reforms across different spheres of human endeavor,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more