Now that the Gunners are starting to struggle again in the second half of the season, Andy Cole thinks Wenger wasn’t all to blame at Arsenal.The current Arsenal season is beginning to look strikingly similar to the previous seasons in which Arsene Wenger coached the squad, this pattern has made Andy Cole think that Unai Emery has proven that the French manager didn’t deserve all the blame for the squad’s problems.A full season for one of the biggest clubs in the world is always difficult, they usually have to play four competitions throughout the season and only the clubs that are well-prepared for the challenge are the ones that make it to the final stages at a competitive level.The problem with many squads if that their board of directors is usually not that keen on spending the major pounds to bring reinforcements by the time half a season has passed, this is exactly the problem that Arsenal has gone through for the last decade and the main reason why so many Gunners’ supporters kept booing the club on a weekly basis.Things got really heated up with Arsene Wenger during the final three years, mainly because the fans believed that the French manager didn’t push the owner hard enough to give in to his demands.But the exact same pattern is emerging now with Emery, as the Spaniard is asking for a couple of new players for the winter transfer window and management doesn’t look too happy with the requests.I said this all along https://t.co/UaCLT2ZF3F— daniel york loh (@danielfyork) January 18, 2019The season started very similar to previous seasons that Wenger managed as well, as the Gunners started to make everyone believe they were competitive enough to fight for the titles and then they suddenly had a dramatic level drop because many players started either getting injured or simply running “out of gas”.Just this Thursday there was a statement in which French former player Emmanuel Petit came out on Wenger’s defense, saying that nothing has really changed under Unai Emery and suggesting that the legendary manager didn’t deserve getting sacked.A similar treatment came from former striker Andy Cole, who never played for the French manager but did start his career for the Gunners before having the best years of his career at Manchester United during the Wenger vs Ferguson era.Cole spoke to Sky Sports as a pundit, he described the problem perfectly and also came out in Arsene Wenger’s defense.Leaving clear that the man is a true gentleman of the sport, as he thinks Wenger wasn’t treated fairly and left the rivalry out the door when he decided to talk about this controversial topic.🗣 #THEDEBATE 🗣We’re back on Sky Sports Premier League at 10pm as Tim Sherwood & Andy Cole join @GeoffShreeves!Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…Get your questions in 👇 pic.twitter.com/Hr5EXyDlcq— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 16, 2019The defense was directed straight to all those Arsenal fans who always demanded Wenger’s head, people who are looking pretty dumb now that the exact same thing is happening with the Gunners.“From the outside looking in, I’m saying to myself now that all the Arsenal fans at the back end of last season were saying ‘Wenger, he’s got to go, got to go’,” Cole said on Sky Sports via Express.“Now looking at it, can you really say now it was all down to Wenger, if you can only bring in loans now? Where’s all the money gone?”“Being football people, you’ve got to look at it logically. Once one manager goes, of course you’re going to leave players there on big contracts or players might be running down contracts, or whatever.”“But you’ve got to make a decision. You know that the January transfer window opens in January. “You can’t come out and say ‘we can only get loanees’.”“We’re not talking about a Championship team here, we’re talking about one of the biggest teams in the world. “They’ve got money for the summer but not in January.”“What if you’re pushing to try and win the league? You’re supposed to be pushing to try and get a Champions League spot for next season. There’s no money, how are you going to get there?” he concluded.🔴 #OnThisDay in 1995, Andy Cole joined Manchester United. ✍️👕2⃣7⃣5⃣⚽️1⃣2⃣1⃣🏆1⃣9⃣9⃣9⃣#UCL #MUFC @VanCole9 pic.twitter.com/hPXGzTuvFx— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 10, 2019Do you agree with Cole or was it already Wenger’s time to leave Arsenal? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Honda E Prototype is a too-cute EV for Europe Honda 1:54 Post a comment 0 Review • 2019 Honda Insight review: Third time’s a charm Preview • 2019 Honda Insight: The 55-mpg Civic Honda’s adorable E Prototype looks ready to hit the road More From Roadshow 35 Photos Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks Share your voice Enlarge ImageIt’s nice to see the E in something other than white paint, for a change. Honda The Honda E electric hatchback looks awfully promising, even though it’s not coming to the US. The automaker hasn’t exactly been forthright with specifications thus far, but on the eve of its Goodwood Festival of Speed debut, we finally have an idea of how much power the darn thing makes.Honda on Tuesday unveiled a few more tidbits of information about the E. Its single electric motor on the rear axle produces about 148 horsepower and torque “in excess of” 221 pound-feet of torque. Given its diminutive dimensions and 50/50 weight distribution, that means it should rock just about any autocross course it comes across. The automaker also said that, because the rear wheels deliver the power, it was able to add extra steering articulation on the front axle. Its turning diameter is pretty small as a result, requiring a little over 28 feet to complete a full circle. Its four-corner McPherson strut layout means it should be both comfortable yet solid.Honda also said that the E will sport a one-pedal driving mode. Single Pedal Control, as Honda calls it, will allow the vehicle to accelerate and decelerate with just a single pedal, using regenerative braking to slow the vehicle, presumably to a stop. It’s unclear if this will be a default mode, or if it will require a button press to activate. Other EVs have similar systems that can be bypassed if a driver prefers it.Preorders for the Honda E are already open in Europe. It will sport standard camera side mirrors, further distancing it from the US market, where such tech remains illegal. We’ll get a good look at it this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where we hope it will take a run up the famed hill climb course. Honda More about 2019 Honda Insight 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value
Ravi Shastri posted this picture of himself with his motherTwitter/Ravi ShastriMother’s day is here and sportspersons have joined the laity in celebrating the occasion by thanking their mothers. Not to be left behind is one man who often finds himself in a controversy whenever he makes a powerful assertion – Indian cricket team’s head coach Ravi Shastri.But on the occasion of Mother’s Day, the former India international put out a tweet that is not only not controversial but also very touching. He shared a picture of himself with his mother and while wishing him a happy Mother’s Day, also described her as his ‘biggest critic.’Yes, you heard that right, Mrs Shastri is the biggest critic of the former India all-rounder and not the various people with whom he has been in a war of words. The picture shared by the India coach had him wearing a casual shirt with fruit prints on it, the sort of easy-going look which we have become accustomed to from Shastri. Shastri and Ganguly have been involved in war of wordsGetty ImagesAll this while we thought that the biggest critic ofthe 56-year old was former India captain Sourav Ganguly. The relationship between the two men soured after Shastri accused Ganguly of being ‘disrespectful’ for not attending the interview where Shastri was appearing as a candidate for the job of Indian national team’s coach, despite being part of the panel interviewing the aspirants.Never to let an attack go unanswered, the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ responded by criticising Shastri for his words. This led to a souring of relations which continues to the present day. During India’s tour to England last year, when the head coach described the team under his watch as India’s best touring side, Ganguly responded to that comment by calling them ‘immature.’Shastri also, on his part, has taken potshots at Dada. He didn’t include Ganguly in the list of best Indian captains, apart from making snide, indirect comments about the former skipper. But, as the retired all-rounder himself has revealed, it is not Ganguly but his own mother who is his worst critic. Well, that’s one critic he won’t mind having in his life. Maybe, it has been her criticism that made the cricketer-turned-broadcaster-turned-coach so successful in his career.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on visa travel at the US Customs and Border Protection Press Room in the Reagan Building on 6 March, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Monday that President Donald Trump’s renewed ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries is “a vital measure for strengthening our national security.”“With this order, President Trump is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe,” Tillerson said, after Trump signed a revised version of an order that had previously been thrown out by US courts.The original order triggered chaos and protests at US airports as travellers with previously issued visas were turned away—including Iraqis who had worked alongside the US military in combat.The new version of the plan retains a 120-day freeze on all refugee arrivals and temporarily halts the granting of new visas for Syrians, Iranians, Libyans, Somalis, Yemenis and Sudanese citizens.Tillerson said his department had worked with Iraq to identify “multiple new security measures” that would be imposed to ensure that extremists are weeded out during the US visa process.“Iraq is an important ally in the fight to defeat ISIS, with their brave soldiers fighting in close coordination with America’s men and women in uniform,” Tillerson said.Tillerson was appearing alongside Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security chief John Kelly. None of them took questions from the news media after their brief statements.
By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFROWhen the Baltimore Ravens needed a role model in their infancy, they drafted Jonathan Ogden and he became their first Hall of Famer. When the franchise needed a Charm City hero, they drafted Ray Lewis and now he also has his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Lewis is the national face of Baltimore. He supplanted Stringer Bell from “The Wire” and Cal Ripken, Jr. as the iconic image of the city on a steamy night in Canton, Ohio. In an induction speech that turned the stage at Tom Benson Stadium into his personal pulpit Lewis was preacher and motivator as the featured speaker during pro football’s version of a late summer revival.Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis delivers his induction speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 4. (AP Photo/David Richard)Those who scheduled the speakers knew that his induction speech would be more than just emotional thanks to those who prepared him to be forever remembered after a brilliant 17 year career when they scheduled him last. Lewis took control like Janet Jackson by donning a headset microphone that allowed him to roam the stage and share a choreographed dance moment with Ogden.“I’m living proof of the impossible,” said Lewis to thunderous applause from Ravens nation. Take the challenge, work through the pain because on the other side of pain is glory.”During the video presentation introducing him, Lewis’ career was defined by “swagger and success.” The montage of plays typified the relentless intensity he played with. He was the personality of a franchise and for an entire city. He did this through two world championships that created a legacy by forming a unique bond between a star athlete and the community in this era of free agency.Lewis and Baltimore are a marriage where souls who needed one another came together at a time when each was desperate. The city was scorned and scarred by the departure of the Colts and being omitted by NFL expansion. After luring the first incarnation of the Browns from Cleveland Baltimore was a civic pariah in NFL circles and needed a reason to feel good.When Lewis was facing double murder charges in Atlanta it became a rallying point for Baltimore. A city who had seen too many Black men victimized by a judicial system that turned flimsy ambiguous allegations into life changing incarceration rallied behind a player who – if convicted – would have changed the course of NFL history. The Ravens wouldn’t have been the defense that yielded just 188 points for the entire 2001 season and was the league’s stingiest ever during the post season run without him.After the tribulations of his trial Lewis rewarded Baltimore with unwavering philanthropy. His Ray Lewis 52 Foundation continues providing personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. The foundation has funded such events as adopting 10 families for the holidays, and Thanksgiving food drives on North Avenue. His Power52 company provides employment training for at-risk adults, returning citizen and underserved individuals living in Baltimore City and surrounding counties that prepares them for careers in the solar industry as well as other green jobs.The deeply religious Lewis is a reborn person having evolved from an unbridled colt to thoroughbred in two decades. However, his legacy is not without its contradictions. Though not convicted, he pled guilty to obstruction of justice in the Atlanta murder case. You can argue he threw Ray Rice under a bus following his domestic violence case. Some accuse him of selling out when he wouldn’t stand firmly behind Colin Kapernick as the Ravens pondered signing him.Despite the contradictions there is a certainty about his legacy. Baltimore loves Ray Lewis and he loves Baltimore back.