In a weekend marked by the coronavirus crisis, many Spanish soccer players and coaches continued to play a leading role in foreign leagues around the world. With Europe practically on pause, the news comes from the United Arab Emirates, where Gerard Zaragoza debuted with victory at the controls of Shabab Al Ahli; to India, where López Habas’ ATK conquered the Super League.Javi Hernández makes ATK championTwo goals from Javi Hernandez, which had not yet scored this season, led ATK to become the first Indian club to conquer the Asian country Super League three times. The team led by Antonio López Habas He beat Chennaiyin with a double from the Salamanca midfielder and another from Zaragoza from Edu García. Mandi Sosa replaced the injured Roy Krishna in the first half and Victor Mongil he had minutes in the second half. Agus García, meanwhile, was out of the call for family reasons.He also had a great weekend Gerard Zaragoza, who made his debut in front of Shabab Al Ahli with a win (2-5) in the Ajman field, where they did not have the presence of spectators to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Pedro Conde was a substitute and entered the 84 ‘. Those from Dubai continue to lead the UAE League, a competition that announced its suspension for health reasons on Monday.There will also be no more football until further notice in Qatar, where Al Sadd’s Xavi Hernandez He took advantage of the weekend to access the Emir Cup semifinals. He did so after eliminating Al Wakrah from Tintin Marquez, who managed to equal an unfavorable 0-2 in the second half.(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go3BH1JsRuo (/ embed) Worst news comes from Bangladesh, where the Bashundara Kings of Oscar Bruzón He chained two defeats consecutively for the first time since the arrival of the coach from Vigo to the city of Nilphamari. Days after beating TC Sport 5-1 in their AFC Cup debut, the kings fell 3-4 to Abahani Chittagong, leaving them, however, just three points from the lead.Totally different is the moment that Al Orouba lives from José Manuel Martínez (coach), Carlos Jiménez (physical trainer and analyst) and Sergio Rodríguez (goalkeeping coach). The South-based team defeated Bahla 1-0 and string together four victories in a row in the Omani First Division. Salvation, however, continues to be a pipe dream: in the absence of three days, five points separate them from permanence. The competition was also suspended due to the coronavirus.In Oceania the A-League does continue. On the last day before the presence of the public was banned in the Perth Glory stands, with Diego Castro Y Juande Prados in the starting eleven, he achieved a creditable draw (0-0) in the field of the leader, Sydney FC. In New Zealand, where concentrations of more than 500 people have been banned, the Auckland City of coach José Manuel Figueira and footballers Eñaut Zubikarai, Ángel Berlanga and Albert Riera won, who they won the Charity Cup after defeating Eastern Suburbs 0-2.In Africa, more specifically in Angola, the Petro de Luanda led by Toni Cosano equaled (2-2) at home against Interclube, which allows you to continue colliding the leaderboard together with Primeiro de Agosto.World football fadesThe coronavirus crisis continues to plague the sport and foreign competitions with Spanish footballers or coaches can continue to be counted on the fingers of one hand. This weekend the last matches were played in El Salvador, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Serbia or Bolivia. In Rwanda or Australia they will play behind closed doors. They resist, although for a short time, the championships of Nicaragua or Cambodia.
The different strata of Spanish sport face the de-escalation of the state of alarm with the same desire to return to activity but with radically different perspectives, as much as the daily life of a professional soccer player and a municipal swimming pool swimmer can be.With four major professional leagues at the top and 21 million athletes at the base, the pyramid will be activated progressively and according to deadlines that the Ministry of Culture and Sports has detailed after the measures approved by the Government this Tuesday.This is the x-ray of the Spanish sport before the de-escalation set by the Ministry for phases 0-3:PHASE 0(From May 4 (except in Formentera, La Graciosa, La Gomera and El Hierro. That enter PHASE 1):Individual professional and federated training. Basic training of professional leagues. Contactless sports activity.Professional athletes, in general terms, are those who charge to be so. According to the terms of Royal Decree 1006/1985, those who “by virtue of a relationship established on a regular basis, voluntarily dedicate themselves to the practice of sport on behalf of and within the scope of organization and management of a sports club or entity in exchange of a retribution. “In Spain there are 3,866,867 federated athletes, according to the 2019 Sports Statistics yearbook, the latest published. The data corresponds to 2018. The average annual increase in federation since 2014 is 118,898 athletes, so the current figure may exceed four million federation licenses.There are only four professional leagues in Spain: men’s soccer, basketball, handball and futsal. None of the women’s leagues is recognized as a professional; This was one of the aspects that women’s sports expected to see resolved in the future Sports Law, whose draft was approved in the previous legislature. The Iberdrola League footballers, for example, are professional athletes since they are salaried, even if their league is not professional.Non-contact sports activity leaves out of this phase a wide list of disciplines. The Spanish federations of Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Karate, Kickboxing and Muay Thai, Olympic Wrestling and Taekwondo signed precisely this Tuesday a pre-agreement to form an association that looks after their common interests and requested “the gradual opening” of gyms, clubs, rooms and dojos.PHASE 1(At least fifteen days after PHASE 0):Opening of high performance centers with reinforced hygiene and protection measures. Average training in professional leagues. Outdoor sports facilities without public to practice sports in which there is no contact: athletics, tennis. Individual sports activities by appointment in sports centers without physical contact or use of changing rooms. The high performance centers (CAR) are state and / or regionally owned sports facilities aimed at improving the performance of high-level athletes. They attend as a priority to the needs of the Spanish Federations. They also host the concentrations of international teams that reserve a place. Some are multi-sport and others focus on a specific sport. There are currently nine CARs: two in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Sierra Nevada, Granada, Madrid specialized in golf, Santander, Palma de Mallorca and León. There are also 43 sports technification centers, autonomously or locally owned, that are not expressly mentioned in the ministry’s guide.Outdoor sports facilities for contactless sports are mostly private sports clubs. There are 67,500 clubs in Spain, according to the aforementioned 2019 yearbook, although not all have outdoor facilities. To cite the two examples mentioned by the Ministry, in 2018 there were 1,538 athletics clubs and 1,190 tennis clubs.The list of sports centers also includes municipal facilities. The census of sports facilities is from 2005 and spoke of 79,059. According to the latest Sports Habits Survey, in 2015, of the 20.8 million Spaniards who play sports, 45.9% do it outdoors: 14.5 million make parks and fields their training headquarters. 58.8% use specific sports facilities: 2.7 million go to public gyms, 4.8 million to private gyms, 17.9 million to other public facilities and 12.1 to other private facilities or clubs.PHASE 2(At least 15 days after PHASE 1):Resumption of hunting and sport fishing. Basic training in federated non-professional leagues. Total training in professional leagues. Reopening of professional championships through closed-door matches, which can be retransmitted. Outdoor sports shows and activities with limited capacity. Sports facilities in closed spaces without public.Hunting is the third sport with the highest number of licenses (317,065, behind only football and basketball) and the first in number of clubs (5,965) in the Spanish federated sport. In fishing there are 52,351 federated and 1,253 clubs, more than gymnastics, judo or paddle tennis.The non-professional federated leagues are all those that are played, in any category, under the regulations of the federations, except for the four professional ones: soccer, futsal, handball and men’s basketball. The limits between basic, medium and total training are not specified.The professional championships are those of the professional leagues. Disputing them behind closed doors means doing so without an audience and with the minimum essential personnel from outside the teams. The possibility of rebroadcasting implies the entry of the media and the workers necessary to provide television coverage.Outdoor sports competitions are back, but with limited capacity. In the stands the social distance must be kept.54% of athletes who exercise in indoor facilities will be able to do it again, but without an audience.PHASE 3(At least 15 days after PHASE 2):Average training in federated non-professional leagues. Outdoor sports shows and activities with less limited capacity. In closed spaces, public limited to 1 person per 20 m2. Matches with a maximum of 1/3 capacity.The indoor venues are open to the public, but spectators will have to watch the matches practically alone: isolated 20 square meters around. The ticket policy for members and fans will have to be completely revised.
Western Bureau:With the monkey finally off their backs, St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) go in search of another victory in the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup this afternoon against BB Coke in one of 17 scheduled matches.STETHS, who defeated Group E rivals Munro College 1-0 on Saturday, appear now to be hitting their strides, with a first win in three matches. They, however, still trail Lacovia High in the race for group honours. Lacovia lead with seven points after three matches.Surprise team of the group, Maggotty, and STETHS, have five points each, but Maggotty have a better goal difference. BB Coke have four points, with Newell and Munro on a single point each.A win for BB Coke today would leave a group which many pundits had earmarked for STETHS and Lacovia wide open.Other ties in the group pit Maggotty against Lacovia at the Appleton Sports Complex, while Munro host Newell in what could be the pivotal game for them if they are to entertain any hope of moving beyond the first round.Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS coach, said it comes as no surprise to him that other teams are showing real quality in group play.”Maggotty and BB Coke are proving very tough and Lacovia for the past three years or so have been very competitive. So for this game, it’s very important that we get three points,” said Wedderburn.”We are feeling good about our chances because we need to get back to the top of the group where we feel we really belong, and we will get there, but it’s a game at a time,” he added.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Since the Jordan Brand is a Nike subsidiary and the namesake of the six-time NBA champion, the Hornets will be the only NBA team to wear the Jordan Brand “Jumpman” logo on their uniforms this season. That would appear to be a merchandising windfall.After the switch from Adidas, the other 29 NBA teams will wear the Nike “swoosh” on their uniforms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCharlotte’s All-Star point guard Kemba Walker loves the idea of the Hornets being a slightly unique — and knows it’s because of Jordan.“I mean, he’s the GOAT (Greatest of All Time),” Walker said. “Everybody loves MJ. Everybody loves the way he competed and the way he carries himself.” Especially off the court.There isn’t a player in the league who doesn’t want to emulate the NBA’s greatest pitchman.Though Jordan was not made available to be interviewed for this story, others praised his savvy and longevity.Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbook is a representative for the Jordan Brand, which sponsors 21 active NBA players. Westbrook is soaking up as much knowledge as he can working with Jordan.The reigning league MVP said he’s tried to use what Jordan has done with marketing skills as a model for his own success.“He set himself up, not just on the basketball court, but in business,” Westbrook said. “…. He set himself up tremendously — his kids, his family — by doing the right things on and off the court.”Jordan last soared through the air in the NBA in 2003. But even now, at 54, his marketability doesn’t seem to be tapering off.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson History indicates it should be a profitable connection.Williams said Jordan is more relevant now than ever.“Obviously people knew who he was when he played, but when you see a 5- or 6-year-old kid walking around with Jordans on, and know who Michael Jordan is, but have never seen him play,” Williams said. “I have teammates that have never seen him play but know about everything he has done. It speaks volumes not only to what he has done as a player in his career, but it speaks a ton to what he has done post-basketball as well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Adamson stops UE’s win streak Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Forbes Magazine estimated last December that Jordan has made $1.7 billion since leaving the University of North Carolina in 1984 — more than any athlete ever.The vast majority of his wealth has come from marketing, since Jordan earned just $93 million during hisplaying career.It’s led all led to Jordan being able to call his own shots — like exclusive use of the Jumpman logo.“Well, he does own the team,” Westbook quipped. “He gets to pick that for sure.”Hornets forward Marvin Williams, who like Jordan played college basketball at North Carolina, said he knows the uniforms will be extremely popular with NBA fans simply because of the “international symbol” Jumpman has become. The logo features a silhouette of Jordan leaping through the air, his legs scissored with a basketball outstretched in one hand.“That symbol — I have seen people have it on their clothes, their cars, tattoos,” Williams said.Larry Miller, president of Jordan Brand, said the logo represents greatness “so it’s a natural fit to have it on the uniforms of MJ’s team.”“Aligning his team and his brand brings everyone in the Jordan family closer together,” Miller said in an email to The Associated Press, “and it’s a win for both organizations.”The Hornets recently opened an expanded team store at their downtown arena and are still receiving new Jumpman merchandise, but it’s not staying on the shelves very long.Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer Pete Guelli said the team isexpecting a “substantial increase” in merchandise sales.“Being the only Jordan Brand team has a number of inherent advantages,” Guelli said. “It is also our first formal connection to our owner and allows us to explore additional extensions around that unique alignment.” Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Michael Jordan is showing he still has the ability to score big — even though he hasn’t played The Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo is shown on merchandise as a customer shops at the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA basketball fan store in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The NBA’s new uniform contract with Nike could be a financial coup for Hornets owner Michael Jordan. Sports’ greatest pitchman will be reaping the benefits of the Hornets being the only NBA team to wear the famous Jordan Brand “Jumpman” logo on their jerseys this season. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)in nearly 15 years.The Hornets owner’s latest slam dunk off the court might come by way of the NBA’s new uniform contract with Nike.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Dear Editor,In my letter to the Guyanese media, dated August 13, 2018, and captioned as “The time is now for the GTU to act”, I mentioned the fact that President’s David Granger’s Government can easily find G$1 billion annually to travel internationally but cannot find the same amount of money for teachers. Such funds can easily increase each teacher’s salary by some $7900 per month. Now, I am reading that the Granger Government did not enter these negotiations with the GTU for the teachers alone but for all public servants. Isn’t that against the spirit of collective bargaining? Any labour union leader will advise that collective bargaining is done between an employer and a union for the members of that union, not every worker because the process was designed to empower the trade unions. Am I to believe that the People’s National Congress (PNC) is up to its same old ways where today they plan to infiltrate and dis-empower these trade unions.That is what the Education Minister said in a Ministry of the Presidency press release and I shall quote “I would want to ensure that what we offer to teachers is what we can afford but also what we’re going to offer to other categories (of workers).”This is a plain old game of political subterfuge and deception at conning the teachers out of bread by commingling their negotiations with the entire public service. Such wicked political acts create the occasion and cause for a national teacher strike.If nothing else, the actions of the Granger Government is gross “eye pass” and disrespectful to the services of the teachers. After all, they mould the minds of the nation’s most valuable asset – its future; its children which is very different from what other public servants do. It is a totally different deliverable and must be treated differently.Luckily, there are still opportunities to correct this injustice conceived and perpetuated by Granger’s Government; all he has to do is think constructively for all of Guyana rather than remain so focused on self-preservation.First off, Granger must familiarise himself with a budget created in his name, he must not remain so aloft from the process. With the right knowledge, I am sure he will instruct areas for cutting some fat and make the entire system more effective and efficient.One thing he can call for is an impact and outcome audit of the last three budgets to evaluate what has the people gotten for him taxing them, borrowing in their name and then spending some $900 billion.Such an exercise will expose what a public circus we have under Granger and how he can find the money to immediately pay the teacher $5000 per month on top of what they are currently making. That would-be money spent that is worth its weight in gold compared to what is happening today – overseas trips, parades, and bodyguards.As an example, let us reflect on the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, which is not even a Ministry but a Department in the Ministry of the Presidency. In 2017, it spent some $882 million but what did it achieve for the people? This Department delivered less work over three years than its predecessor did in even three months. Isn’t time to cut all the pageantry, sirens and public waste that is happening in places like the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and pay the hardworking teachers a living wage?Then there is the food bill for the National Parliament? Come on now, $700,000 per sitting? Then there is the Public Telecommunications Ministry? Guyana after three years is yet to benefit from the sort of advances made in the world in this sector even after spending some GY$6.5 billion in this sector under Minister Cathy Hughes since she took the job.Again, this Ministry under Hughes is set to spend some GY$4.6 billion in 2018. Where is the progress? Where are the deliverables?The Office of the Auditor General has asked for payment voucher valued at billions of dollars in unaccounted expenditure on that parade ground at D’Urban Park, but the PNC are sand-dancing on the issue in full compliance to their historical DNA. But yet Clive Thomas and his State Assets Recovery Agency is in a dead asleep on this issue. The hypocrisy is off the charts and the collateral damage for such public theft sufferation to the entire teaching profession and some people are starved so that some people can have their parades, sirens, and international trips.I call on all teachers to come out and support the strike again this injustice being meted out to them in 2018.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singh
Minister with Responsibility for Labour Keith Scott has admitted the need for minimum wage to be raised, but said government can only do as much with what it has available.The minister, speaking to Guyana Times on Friday explained that the current state of the economy has somehow influenced the state of affairs as it relates to salary increases and more particularly the raising of the minimum wage for public servants.“We are cognizant that we need to go up, but we can only go as far as the size of the pie allows us”, he noted.Scott said it is important to note that at the end of the day the country’s economy cannot be compared to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of other developed countries like the United States of America (USA).He said government is aware wages have to be increased, and it is for this reason that the mining industry has undertaken a survey to re-examine the role of the sector and its contribution to the economy.He said however government, over its one year in office, has been able to make some progress in this regard: “It’s not just wages, but the living standards of our people. We have been making life easier for the pensioner and children, providing them with buses, bicycles and boats”, Scott noted.He said government is hoping that with the offset of oil and other industries, things will begin looking up for all Guyanese.Meanwhile, the minister acknowledged that investors have already indicated their interest in Guyana, and this is another positive for the economy.Asked about government’s plan to lower the unemployment rate in Guyana, Scott said things are in the pipeline to help in this regard. He said government has accepted that Guyana has unemployment and the rate needs to come down.
An 18-year-old aspiring entrepreneur has won the inaugural ‘I am a big Deal’ Miss Berbice pageant.Farah Valentina Bates copped the title from eleven other contestants on Sunday morning at the Albion Sports Complex. Bates, a Rose Hall Town Corentyne resident who is pursuing a diploma in Public Management at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus, competed under the platform ‘suicide awareness and prevention’.The queen, Farah BatesThe contest saw the delegates competing in four categories: talent, costume, beach wear and evening wear, with the top five having to answer a question based on their platform in the intelligence segment, to decide the winner and positions the others will occupy.The first runner-up is 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster of Rose Hall Town, who competed under the platform ‘climate change and its impact on Guyana’. Lancaster, who was a crowd favourite throughout the competition, is also a university student pursuing an associate degree in Social Work.Pre-contest favourite Lottoya Williamson, a 30-year-old English major at the University of Guyana, copped the third place spot, as she represented her platform, ‘violence against women’, an issue which has affected members of her close family.The top five contestants in the pageantThe fourth spot went to Atasha Pantlitz, 17, of Princetown, Corriverton, after she sought to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS. Pantlitz attends the Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre.Shaquilla Sharpe, a 22-year-old from Limlair Village, Corentyne, placed fifth.Meanwhile, Bates also won the best gown prize. Her gown was designed by Randy Madray. She also won best smile and best talent. The People’s Choice award was given to Latoya Williamson, while 19-year-old Kelisha Ramoutar, who chose domestic violence as her platform, was judged Miss Photogenic.The person with the best walk throughout the pageant was 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster, who performed under the platform of ‘global warming awareness’.The “I’m a Big Deal/Miss Berbice Beauty” pageant was promoted by RD Productions.Promoter Royston Drakes says the event will be an annual one. According to him, the concept is to “empower young women” in every aspects of their lives. The pageant focused on education, empowerment, discipline, talent, and building self-confidence and leadership qualities.The pageant is also aimed at encouraging women to take up roles as leaders in society. (Andrew Carmichael)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Enbridge hosted the 51st annual Sour Gas Bonspiel over the weekend at the FSJ Curling Club.Brady Coates’ Team was the overall winner of the event with Ty Coates’ Team claiming the top spot in Pool B and Team Pete Novak grabbed first in Pool C.The family-friendly weekend of curling attracts employees and contractors of all ages and skill levels. “I think there were at least six kids under the age of ten in it with their parents as well as a lot of people who have never curled,” said Coordinator Lisa Sjostrom. “It also promotes our curling club.”- Advertisement -All 72 curlers walked away with prizes.
PASADENA – Residents last year had the usual curiosity about who bought a house on their quiet sweep of Arroyo Boulevard, above the Brookside Golf Course. Some were surprised when they discovered it was not a family settling in – at least not a traditional one. “It just so happened they had their garage door open on Arroyo and inside were about 20 mattresses,” said Barbara King. “Then another neighbor noticed two sets of coin-operated washers and dryers.” To the dismay of King and her neighbors, another home for recovering addicts of drugs and alcohol opened in Pasadena. So, they did what Pasadenans often do: They organized, held meetings and lobbied City Hall to do something. And they kept up the political pressure even after being told nothing could be done. Last month, Pasadena took a tentative step toward joining other cities throughout California in attempting to impose regulations on unlicensed group homes. Newport Beach has also seen a significant number of group homes open, advertised throughout the country as “Sober Living by the Sea.” The city hosted a conference last month that attracted people from Eureka to San Diego. King was there, as was state Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach. “This problem is going on all along the state, and it’s increasing very rapidly,” Harman said. “The local jurisdictions are unable to regulate them because of things like the \, as a recovering drug or alcohol abuser is qualified under ADA.” Harman has introduced one of several bills in the state Legislature that seeks to grant cities more authority and close some of the perceived loopholes. SB 1000 would provide testing to ensure residents are sober and compel owners of multiple homes operated within a certain proximity to obtain state licensing. Harman’s effort and those of cities such as Pasadena face the same balancing act of trying to both satisfy constituents while coming up with rules that will hold up in court. Jeff Christensen is the project director of the Southland’s Sober Living Coalition, a trade group which evaluates and inspects group homes in Southern California as a means of self-regulation. Christensen said he understands the stigma attached to recovery homes, but feels it’s perpetuated by unethical operations that don’t represent the majority of homes. “The public usually hears about the rogue homes or the bad homes,” he said. “They don’t hear about the good quality homes. We’re trying to get the word out that there are good sober-living homes run ethically by quality management, and that there are great places for people to send their loved ones that are trying to get sober.” He cited a DePaul University study of one sobriety program that found residents in such programs neither contribute to crime nor decrease property values. Harman, King and others calling for local regulation are quick to stress that they don’t want to eliminate the homes and support the recovery process. By developing distance requirements between group homes and preventing overcrowding with tenants, Mayor Bill Bogaard said the City Council is trying to balance “compassion for persons who are recovering from illness” with their potential impact on the community. Robert Holbrook heads 12 Step Homes, which owns the property on Arroyo. He said his homes are well-managed and strive to be the best neighbors on the street. “If there’s someone who comes into a neighborhood and breaks into a house or car, we’re always the first ones to be accused and criticized, and that’s not fair.” Although Holbrook said some form of regulation should be developed, he warned against unduly restrictive rules. “There will be a course of action taken against cities that are going to come knock on my door and tell me who and who is not family,” he said. “They will be faced with federal action.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 www.insidesocal.com/pasadenapolitics 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Unai Emery’s side are now level on points with sixth-placed Manchester United, who have won all five league matches under the temporary leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Elsewhere, Manchester City travel to manager-less Huddersfield while Premier League leaders Liverpool host Crystal Palace.AFP Sport picks out some of the main talking points ahead of the weekend fixtures in the Premier League.Can Emery stop Arsenal slide?Unai Emery led his side on a 22-game unbeaten run between August and December as Arsenal mounted a strong challenge for a return to the Champions League.Mesut Ozil has been a peripheral player at Arsenal under Unai Emery © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Glyn KIRKBut the feel-good factor has vanished at the Emirates and United now trail fifth-placed Arsenal only on goal difference.Mesut Ozil, the club’s biggest earner, is being frozen out and there are reports that head of recruitment Sven Mislintat could be on his way out of the club.Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit said Emery needs to completely rebuild the squad and fears the mood could quickly change against the manager, describing the game as a “must-win”.“This team is not good enough to fight for the title,” he told the Daily Mirror. “This team is strong enough to fight for third or fourth place and that’s it. They’ve been like that for years and years. You don’t have to be a magician to understand that.“I was thinking, ‘OK, you sacked Arsene Wenger for good reasons’. But then I was expecting a revolution at the club. But it’s not happened.”Will Higuain solve Chelsea goal drought?Gonzalo Higuain has scored eight goals this season for AC Milan © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOChelsea hope to have Gonzalo Higuain signed up in time to feature at the Emirates, but will the Argentine solve the Blues’ striking woes?Former Arsenal favourite Olivier Giroud and Atletico Madrid bound Alvaro Morata have scored a paltry six Premier League goals between them this season, with Eden Hazard leading the way on 10.Higuain, 31, has struggled at AC Milan this season, on loan from Juventus, with just eight goals in all competitions — prompting doubts over whether he is the man to make the difference.But Higuain enjoyed his most prolific season under Sarri at Napoli in 2015/16, prompting a 90 million euro move to Juventus.Sarri will hope Higuain’s arrival will not only guarantee goals, but improve Hazard’s mood by allowing the Belgian to return to his favoured berth wide on the left.Kane injury gives Pochettino striking headacheTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has lost talisman Harry Kane until March and is also without forward Son Heung-min for a crucial part of the season.Kane KO: Tottenham will have to cope without talismanic striker Harry Kane for at least six weeks © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONKane’s injury and Son’s participation in the Asian Cup leave Pochettino short of options up front.Spanish striker Fernando Llorente is likely to come into the side for Sunday’s match against Fulham, with Lucas Moura another option, even though he is returning from a thigh injury himself.No side has conceded more goals in the Premier League this season than Fulham, so Pochettino’s men should have enough to bounce back at Craven Cottage.But with Spurs involved in four competitions in the next month, Tottenham may finally have to spend some money in the transfer market to provide cover for Kane.Can Solskjaer make himself indispensable?Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won all six matches in charge © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISOle Gunnar Solskjaer is gunning for his seventh straight win since he took over as interim manager from the sacked Jose Mourinho and has a clutch of winnable fixtures to look forward to, starting with Brighton on Saturday.The Norwegian has not put a foot wrong at Old Trafford since he arrived last month and has forced himself into the reckoning to be the next permanent manager.Premier League meetings with Burnley, Leicester and Fulham are also on the horizon before a stiffer test against Liverpool on February 24.Following his side’s statement win against Spurs last weekend, Solskjaer is now the bookies’ favourite for the job, ahead of Pochettino.Premier League fixturesSaturday (6pm unless stated)Wolverhampton v Leicester (3:30pm), Bournemouth v West Ham, Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Manchester United v Brighton, Newcastle v Cardiff, Southampton v Everton, Watford v Burnley, Arsenal v Chelsea (8:30pm)SundayHuddersfield v Manchester City (4:30pm), Fulham v Tottenham (7pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Unai Emery (left) and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri are preparing to go head to head in the Premier League © AFP/File / Paul FAITHLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 18 – Chelsea and Arsenal clash in the Premier League this weekend, with both managers looking nervously over their shoulders at a charging Manchester United as Tottenham adjust to life without the injured Harry Kane.Arsenal have lost three of their past six Premier League matches to fall six points behind Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish.