Mesut Ozil lost his ‘drive’ and ‘hunger’ after signing new Arsenal deal, says Lee Dixon

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first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Mar 2019 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link462Shares Unai Emery dropped Mesut Ozil for the north London derby (Picture: Getty)Dixon applauded Emery for how he has dealt with Ozil since taking over the reins from Arsene Wenger last summer.‘Emery has played it really well. He has inherited a problem that, as the manager, he sees fit to deal with it the way he has done,’ Dixon added.‘The manager has to be in control. Once the control starts to ebb away not only do you get into a fight with the player but you also affect the dressing room.‘There has to be a policing of that dressing room from the manager and from the inside.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘If you get one that policies itself, it takes a lot of pressure off the manager, it also sees everyone take accountability and responsibility for each other.‘He has let himself down over this period of time.‘If he was in a dressing room I played in, there would have been a sit-down chat and a talking from inside.’ Advertisement Comment ‘You need Ozil firing as well as the ability of the team to carry him at times when he is not quite functioning.‘There is no doubt that the team needs a player like Ozil playing at his best.‘Even an Ozil not quite at his best because the creativity that seems to be lacking from that midfield area, from the No.10 area, stands out a mile.’center_img Mesut Ozil has struggled since Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Lee Dixon believes Mesut Ozil became a ‘problem’ after signing a bumper new contract at Arsenal.Ozil, who agreed to a new deal with the Gunners last February, is the club’s top earner on £350,000-a-week but the 30-year-old midfielder has been in and out of Unai Emery’s side this season.The playmaker scored Arsenal’s opening goal in a 5-1 victory over Bournemouth in midweek but was dropped for the north London derby, making only a substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw away to Tottenham.While Dixon acknowledges that Ozil is still capable of providing that much-needed X factor from midfield, he believes the German lost his ‘drive’ and ‘hunger’ after signing a new deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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‘Signing him up on a big deal was seen as a must not to lose him. But the character of the player has to be taken into consideration,’ Dixon told The Sun.‘When you give somebody that amount of money it probably wouldn’t affect some players. But it looks as if it has softened him.‘He doesn’t look driven, he doesn’t look hungry, and when that happens you have a problem. Mesut Ozil lost his ‘drive’ and ‘hunger’ after signing new Arsenal deal, says Lee Dixon Lee Dixon believes Mesut Ozil has become a ‘problem’ for the Gunners (Picture: Getty) Unai Emery reacts to draw against TottenhamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:44FullscreenUnai Emery reacts to draw against Tottenhamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-reacts-draw-against-tottenham-1874588/This 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.MORE: Turkish footballer Mansur Calar accused of slashing opposition players with razor bladelast_img read more

Dredging Accident Caught on VIDEO

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first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Dredging Today team has just found this frightening video of an accident during a dredging project. The man operating the excavator had just jumped out of the cab at the last minute. Unfortunately, equipment fails and drownings are common accidents among dredge workers.Each type of dredger uses specific machinery to perform its task. Suction dredgers use long vacuum cleaner-like tubes to suck sediment out of the water and into hoppers or other devices for disposal.Bucket dredgers, in contrast, use a conveyor belt-like device linked to a series of dredgers to excavate and remove materials from the waterway bottom.Other types of dredgers use cranes with clamshell grabbers to scoop rocks, sand, and other sedimentary material from river channels, ports, and harbors.last_img read more

July 27, 2017 Police Blotter

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first_imgJuly 27, 2017 Police Blotter072717 Batesville Police Blotter072717 Decatur County EMS Report072717 Decatur County Fire Report072717 Decatur County Jail Report072717 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

Zaha confirmed for United tour

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first_img Press Association Zaha only began pre-season training on Monday after being given extra time off following England’s European Under-21 Championship campaign and Moyes wanted to see the former Crystal Palace man before deciding whether to pick him. However, Zaha has apparently done enough to be included in the United party when it leaves for Bangkok. “He will travel with us on the tour,” Moyes told talkSPORT. “He has only been with us for two days but I will take him away, see how he goes and have a look.” He added: “This club has a great record of putting young players in the team. Hopefully Wilfried can be one of them.” Wayne Rooney will also be there, although it appears there have been no further developments on his future, with Moyes virtually repeating what he said at Old Trafford on Friday, when he insisted the 27-year-old would not be sold. “The club have already stated Wayne is not for sale,” the Scot said. “I have met Wayne two, three, four times. A lot has been said about myself and Wayne over the years but we have a really good relationship. He came to my house, I have been to his recently to have a chat. Also he is here every day. “I will say he is training great. They are telling me it is the best shape they have seen him in for a long time. From that point of view I am taking it as a positive and I am going to try and get the best Wayne Rooney I possibly can.” Moyes also confirmed work was continuing at beefing up his squad. An increased offer for Everton full-back Leighton Baines is anticipated, while United remain interested in Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara. “Don’t be kidded by the lack of activity,” Moyes said. “Take it from me, we are working hard behind the scenes to try and improve the squad. The big thing is that Manchester United will always be in for the best players in the world. We are also very interested in developing our own players and bringing in potential players for the future. We are working on that just now.” center_img David Moyes has confirmed new boy Wilfried Zaha will be part of Manchester United’s squad for their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.last_img read more

O’Driscoll the greatest: McFadden

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first_img Press Association Brian O’Driscoll is the greatest Irish sportsman of all time, according to team-mate Fergus McFadden. Long-serving centre O’Driscoll will retire at the end of the season, and McFadden said: “We’ve got to cherish these last few months, big time. It’s been a pleasure playing with him and obviously hopefully I’ll play with him plenty for the rest of the season. “I don’t know what he’s going to do next year; he keeps his cards pretty close to his chest with everyone, not just with the public. “But it’s been a pleasure, playing with him for both Leinster and Ireland. “In my opinion he’s the greatest Irish sportsman of all time.” Former captain O’Driscoll has been clear on his desire to help Ireland claim a first-ever win against New Zealand before he retires. The Leinster centre will have one more crack, on November 24. McFadden believes that however O’Driscoll fares this term, his legendary status is already confirmed. “Regardless of what he does this year I think he is already at the top of the list for Irish sportsmen,” he added. Leinster wing McFadden admits he would rate O’Driscoll above every other Irish sporting legend. From Willie John McBride to Barry McGuigan, even racing trainer Vincent O’Brien to champion jockey Tony McCoy, McFadden is adamant O’Driscoll has the edge. “So it’s been amazing to play alongside someone of that level, and long may it continue for the rest of the season. “It would be great to have some silverware to back it up as well.” McFadden bagged a try in Ireland’s 40-9 victory over Samoa on Saturday, where Leinster loosehead prop Jack McGrath impressed on debut. McGrath helped Ireland demolish the Samoa scrum but was quick to deflect any praise. The 24-year-old humbly explained: “It didn’t feel like a dominant scrum. “It felt like we were just hanging on in there to be honest. “I’d never like to disrespect a scrum such as the Samoans because they are quality players. “I thought we fought well as a pack. “Seemingly it went well, but I didn’t think it went that well personally. “It’s a great honour to be able to put on the jersey. “It’s something you dream of, a very emotional day doing it for your family and your friends. “So you would well up and feel it building in the throat, you’d have a heart of stone if you didn’t. “I’ll probably have to pinch myself about all this at some point.” last_img read more

Ox: Cup win gives us confidence

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first_img Press Association Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Arsenal are still benefiting from the feel-good factor of winning the FA Cup and thinks the triumph could spur the team on to more success this season. The Gunners ended a nine-year wait for silverware when they beat Hull at Wembley in May – a victory that eased the disappointment of another underwhelming league finish. Arsenal spent more than 100 days at the top of the Barclays Premier League last season but had to settle for fourth, seven points behind champions Manchester City, who they face in the Community Shield on Sunday. “When you’re playing with new players like that you want to get to know them, try to impress them and you want to gel with them as quickly as possible. “It does bring a massive lift of excitement to the squad and we haven’t even seen Mesut Ozil yet – when our Germany World Cup winners come back it will give us another lift again.” Oxlade-Chamberlain’s trip to Brazil was less successful, though. The 20-year-old suffered a knee injury towards the end of the season and while he was included England’s squad, he was unable to take part as Roy Hodgson’s side crashed out in the group stages. “I got to be around an England team at a World Cup in Brazil and that was an amazing experience,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “I had it in my mind I was going to play – come the last group game I would have been fit to play but then I got a little niggle in training and we didn’t feel the need to risk anything considering we were already out. “It’s just a shame we went out and we didn’t go far enough for me to participate. “It was a great experience, it was my first World Cup, I went to the Euros but to see a World Cup was an amazing thing.” Oxlade-Chamberlain has his work cut out to get on the pitch for Arsenal this season too given the wealth of midfield options at Arsene Wenger’s disposal. The youngster is jostling for a starting spot alongside the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini. “It’s going to be tough for everyone to get in the team this year,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “There’s going to be a lot of competition for places and that’s a good thing. “In the back of my mind I’d obviously like to play as much as I can but I haven’t set any real goals other than the ones we’ve all set. “We want to win the Premier League, to win the FA Cup and to try to win the Champions League. “They are the only things I’m focused on, especially after the FA Cup last season – it makes you want to strive for more.” One player who looks increasingly unlikely to feature in Arsenal’s season is defender Thomas Vermaelen. Press Association Sport understands Vermaelen is close to a £15million-move to Barcelona and could complete the transfer this weekend. On Thursday, manager Wenger suggested the club’s preference was to sell the Belgian abroad, rather than to a domestic rival, with Manchester United also interested. “When there’s a lot of talk about a team that should or could be winning things and it’s not happening it can become a little bit frustrating,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “There’s been a little bit of negative media about Arsenal in recent years but we always believed we would win a trophy soon and the squad we’re putting together could do it. “The fact it did happen, I don’t know if it was a relief, it was a really nice reward for the togetherness we’ve had to show for a while now. “It does start a winning momentum and once you know you can win, it gives you confidence – you can go into competitions thinking you can win and expecting to go far.” Arsenal have made bold moves in the transfer market this summer with the signings of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina. Sanchez, who scored 19 goals for Barcelona in La Liga last season, cost around £35million and is the club’s second most expensive signing after Mesut Ozil arrived for £42.4million last year. “It’s really exciting to see someone like Alexis Sanchez come in as well as Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “It definitely brings a really good lift to the squad – I feel it myself. last_img read more

Two major roller coasters coming to FL theme parks!

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first_imgBrace yourselves because two new roller coasters said to be the best ones yet are coming to two major Florida theme parks in 2020.Busch Gardens in Tampa announced the new ‘Iron Gwazi’ roller coaster Thursday, which the park says will be the tallest, fastest and steepest hybrid roller coaster in the world.The 206-feet tall Iron Gwazi will feature a 91-degree drop and reach speeds up to 76 miles per hour, along with three inversions on over 4,000 feet of track.The Iron Gwazi is a new version of the park’s original wooden roller coaster which closed in 2015.Busch Gardens’ water park, Adventure Island, is also adding its own attraction called Solar Vortex.The ride is a dual-tailspin water slide that “combines high-banking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features.”But wait there’s more!SeaWorld in Orlando will soon be opening its latest ride called ‘Ice Breaker.’The ride features four launches with a reverse launch into the “steepest vertical drop in Florida” at a 100-degree angle.The Ice Breaker is set to open in Spring 2020.It is unclear at this time when the ‘Iron Gwazi’ is set to open.last_img read more

Khelo India: Quality of shooting reflects sport’s growing stature in India

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first_imgPune: The growing stature of shooting as a sport in India was amply reflected in the quality of competition and intense battles for the 19 gold medals on offer at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 here.That as many as 11 states won at least one gold medal is also an indication of the widespread popularity of the sport.Punjab led the charts with three gold, three silver and four bronze medals while Madhya Pradesh, riding on the strength of the State-government set up shooting academy in Bhopal, had three gold, one silver and four bronze medals. Haryana, with two gold, four silver and a bronze medal pipped Rajasthan (2-3-1) to the third spot.There were many wonderful memories made in the competition — Mehuli Ghosh’s duel in the girls Under-21 10m air rifle with Elavenil Valarivan was glittering in its intensity, Dhanush Srikanth, who became the only hearing-impaired athlete to win gold, walked into many a heart with his skills.The likes of Arjun Singh Cheema, Adarsh Singh, Harshada Nithave and Devanshi Rana delivered the goods so tellingly that the threat of some of the sheen being taken away by the absence of pistol wizards like Saurabh Chauhdary, Anish Bhanwala, Manu Bhaker and Muskaan was dealt with quite efficiently.The beautiful diversity in the Trap gold winners, Manavaditya Singh Rathore and Manisha Keer in the boys Under-21 and girls Under-21 sections was there for all to see. Manavaditya is the son of Olympic double trap silver medallist and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the latter is the daughter of a Bhopal fisherman, Kailash.In one of the more poignant stories, Anjali Choudhary (Haryana) was left ruing her luck after she ran short of ammunition in the girls Under-21 25m sports pistol final, no thanks to an extended shoot-off, lasting over 20 shots, with Maharashtra’s Abhidnya Ashok Patil. She managed three hits with the four cartridges she was left with in the end.There is no knowing what would have happened if she had that fifth cartridge. Eventually, ace marksman Jaspal Rana’s daughter Devanshi Rana (Delhi) ran out a 24-23 winner, having arrested a meltdown in the latter half of the dramatic final.There were other moving accounts of Sartaj Singh Tiwana (Punjab) training only twice a week but showing potential to win the 50m 3-position event for boys Under-21.Similarly, G. Varshaa, who won Tamil Nadu’s only gold medal in the ranges, also does not get to train often but displayed grit, determination and good marksmanship to win the women’s 50m 3-position final.The contrasting success of Abhinav Shaw (West Bengal), 10, and Esha Singh (Telangana), 13, also contributed to making the shooting events a very special one. Abhinav, a shy, withdrawn rifle shooter from Asansol, was quite the opposite of the outgoing and bubbly pistol champion Esha Singh from Hyderabad, but they were both bound by the desire to excel and win. (IANS)Also Read: Rajika Boro wins bronze in Khelo India Youth gameslast_img read more

Solvay, Ludden football to move to Class C in 2020

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first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The 16 teams in the revamped Class C were placed into two divisions (there were three in 2019), with Section III grouping them based on their recent record instead of geography.And the Class C-2 division has Solvay, Bishop Ludden and Skaneateles together, joined by Canastota, Clinton, Little Falls, Sherburne-Earlville and Westmoreland/Oriskany.Meanwhile, Jordan-Elbridge is in the C-1 division, where Cazenovia is also a newcomer after moving from Class B, where it won a state title in 2015. Defending sectional Class C champion Lowville is here, too, as are Hannibal, General Brown, Holland Patent, Mount Markham and Southern Hills. This is likely to break up many different local rivalries that were present in the Class B West division, where Solvay and Luden have left, but Marcellus and Westhill are still there, as are Homer, Cortland, Institute of Technology Central and South Jefferson.Meanwhile, the changes affected Section III’s large schools, too, leaving West Genesee still in Class AA, but now in a single nine-team division.With Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy moved to Class A, the Wildcats will now have a full regular-season round robin with AA’s remaining teams – Cicero-North Syracuse, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Henninger, Corcoran, Nottingham, Rome Free Academy and Utica Proctor.As if all this wasn’t enough, the regular season could move from seven games to nine, depending on what happens the next couple of months.Practices for all teams begin Aug. 24, with NYSPHSAA to vote in May on whether to allow teams to add a game to its schedule the first weekend of September without a scrimmage.Either way, the regular season follows, leading to possible playoff openers Oct. 30-31, sectional semifinals a week later and the sectional title games Nov. 13 and 15 at the refurbished Carrier Dome.C-NS’s Bragman Stadium hosts the regional finals Nov. 19-20. Now the state semifinals are on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27-28, with the state finals at the Dome on Dec. 4 and 5. Tags: Bishop LuddenfootballMarcellusSolvayWest Genesee Solvay will not have an opportunity to defend its Section III Class B football championship – because, when the 2020 season gets underway, the Bearcats will have relocated into Class C.A massive realignment of Section III football at all levels was finalized earlier this week, reflecting changes in both school enrollment and the way the New York State Public High School Athletic Association classifies those schools for this sport.Those changes include a Class C lineup now full of local sides, with Solvay and Bishop Ludden joining a group that already included Skaneateles, who won the state Class C championship in 2017, and Jordan-Elbridge.last_img read more