Unai Emery snaps at questions over Arsenal’s dreadful away form


first_imgUnai Emery hits back at repeated questions over Arsenal’s dreadful away form Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Apr 2019 2:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link46Shares Arsenal have suffered back-to-back defeat ahead of Sunday’s trip to Leicester City (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery reacted angrily to repeated questions surrounding his side’s struggles away from home this season.Having worked their way into a commanding position in the race to cement a top four place, Emery’s side are now playing catch-up after back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Wolves.Leicester will be looking to consign Arsenal to a third league defeat in four away matches at the King Power, but Emery insisted his team are not suffering from travel sickness, citing the recent wins at Watford and Napoli as reasons to remain confident.Asked if he was worried about Arsenal’s away form, he said: ‘I don’t want to speak about the last matches we lost.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‘I don’t want to speak about the victory in Naoli and Watford. I only want to speak about the next match to give my players enough information to be ready to play.’When pressed on whether he was concerned he hit back, saying: ‘How many times are you going to ask the same question? Maybe I need to change my words to say the same [thing].’Arsenal have won only once at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League and Emery has noted Leicester’s improvement since Brendan Rodgers was appointed as Claude Puel’s successor in February. Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick on the only occasion Arsenal have won at the King Power Stadium (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘They changed the coach which not good news for coaches. Not changing a lot with the players ] but [they have] change[d] the system, and are doing something different in set pieces.‘They are in good confidence. They play with good combinations and have good players.’Arsenal were without top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the midweek defeat at Wolves but Emery is hopeful the Gabon international will return to action on Sunday.He said: ‘He trained today. If he can train tomorrow we can think he is ready for Sunday . If tomorrow he can train normally it is a possibility [whether he can start].’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 Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Testing drops in Texas, as schools reopen, football resumes


first_img Associated Press Television News Written By First Published: 16th August, 2020 14:05 IST Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait.With hundreds of deaths reported each day, students returning to class and football teams charging ahead with plans to play, Texas leaders who grappled with testing shortages for much of the pandemic are now facing the opposite problem: not enough takers.“We’re not having enough people step forward,” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said.The number of coronavirus tests being done each day in Texas has dropped by the thousands in August, mirroring nationwide trends that has seen daily testing averages in the U.S. fall nearly 9% since the end of July, according to The COVID Tracking Project. The problem is dwindling demand: Testing centers like CentroMed are no longer inundated by long lines that stretch for blocks, or closing hours early because tests run out.The dropoff comes as the U.S. has surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and is closing in on 170,000 deaths. It threatens to put the U.S. even further behind other countries that have better managed the pandemic, in part, through more aggressive testing.The trend worries health experts who fear that Texas risks flying blind into the fall if it doesn’t increase testing. Texas embarked on one of the fastest reopenings in the U.S. in May but retreated weeks later in the face of massive outbreaks, ultimately leading Abbott to impose a statewide mask order after previously saying he wouldn’t.At one point, one overwhelmed hospital on the Texas border was airlifting COVID-19 patents hundreds of miles (kilometers) north in search of open beds , and Houston this month began threatening $250 fines for not wearing face coverings in an effort to drive down infection numbers.In recent weeks, things have improved, including a nearly 40% drop in hospitalizations since July’s peak. But deaths remain high, and doctors in some parts still say they’re still stretched. Texas is averaging more than 210 reported new deaths a day over the past two weeks, according to The COVID Tracking Project. On Friday, it reported 313 deaths. Overall, the state has recorded more than 9,600 fatalities.The rolling average of people who test positive for the virus in Texas is stubbornly elevated at 16% — a figure that itself could be a sign of insufficient testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said a positivity rate under 10% is an indicator that a state has robust testing. Abbott has said that unless Texas gets below that number, bars are likely to stay shut.Other states in the South clobbered by the virus this summer are also seeing improvements, including Alabama. Intensive care units remain frustratingly full there, but the average new confirmed cases each day has dropped below 1,000, from 1,800 in mid-July.It’s not clear why testing has fallen off, even as many areas of the country are still experiencing serious outbreaks. Health experts suspect some Americans, jaded by images of long testing lines and the possibility of results taking a week or longer, are deciding not to bother unless they’re ill. Others have suggested that mixed messages about the disease — like President Donald Trump’s recent false claim that 99% of COVID-19 cases are harmless — could deter people from seeking tests.“The good answer would be because we have less COVID, fewer people have symptoms. A bad answer might be that people gave up because it’s taking a long time,” said Dr. Junda Woo, medical director for San Antonio Metro Health. “We have the data, but we don’t have a lot of the answers behind the data.”Some cities in Texas are now offering tests to virtually anyone after months of restricting limited supplies to only those with symptoms, and Abbott has said the state is working on rapid virus testing for nursing homes and schools. Some students are already back in classrooms and in football-obsessed Texas, which by far the most high school football players in the nation with about 170,00, practices are underway.“At this point everybody’s a guinea pig,” said Jessica Light, a professor at Texas A&M University who ultimately decided to send her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son back to classrooms when school opens Tuesday. “The teachers, the staff, the students, the parents. Because we’re not exactly sure how this is going to work.”Sam Chama is anxious because his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son is getting ready to start kindergarten in a few weeks in Austin. As a former elementary school employee, he knows how easily younger children spread germs even with the best precautions.“What is that going to do if in a month that rates haven’t dropped?” asked Chama, 35, a geologist. “This is assuming that there will be a decline or some type of control, which I don’t think will happen.”Image credits: AP FOLLOW US COMMENTcenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 14:05 IST Testing Drops In Texas, As Schools Reopen, Football Resumes Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no waitlast_img read more