Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has indicated that Monday night’s opponents Liverpool have hugely benefited from officiating decisions in the last week.The Reds were fortunate to beat Bournemouth 1-0 last week after Christian Benteke’s goal was allowed despite Philippe Coutinho interfering from an offside position.Brendan Rodgers’ side were also handed a lifeline after Aaron Ramsey’s goal was contentiously ruled out when he was level with the Reds’ defence during the 0-0 draw at the Emirates, and Wenger feels the referee got the decision wrong.“We scored a regular goal. It was difficult enough to beat Liverpool tonight,” said the Frenchman.“They [Liverpool] can’t complain about the refereeing in the last week.”Both sides were denied by the woodwork in an entertaining encounter and Wenger admits his defence weren’t up to standards in the absence of first choice centre-back partnership Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.He added: “I don’t think Liverpool were dominant in the first half. I think we gave them chances and we weren’t defensively at a good level.”
Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos never wanted to leave the Spanish giants for Manchester United, according to club president Florentino Perez.The in-demand centre-back was the subject of interest from the Premier League side throughout the summer.Louis van Gaal had made the defender one of his top transfer window priorities and United pushed hard to get a deal done.But Ramos eventually committed his future to Los Blancos by penning a long-term contract.And Perez insists there was never any chance of the 29-year-old leaving the Bernabeu.“Ramos never wanted to leave Madrid and Madrid never wanted him to leave”, Perez told Cadena COPE.“It took us five minutes to fix it.” 1 Sergio Ramos
1 England and France came together for a touching minute silence at Wembley Dele Alli scored a spectacular goal as England beat France on an emotional display of solidarity at Wembley on Tuesday night.Both teams came together before the game to show their respect for the people of Paris following the attacks on the French capital last Friday with a group photo to the applause of a red, white and blue crowd.As the game got underway, Alli grabbed the opener before the break with a stunning 25 yard thunderbolt which clubmate Hugo Lloris could not get near.Wayne Rooney added the second with a well-taken volley minutes after half time, but despite an improved performance from the Three Lions, it was the event and not the result which took on the greatest of importance.The pre-match formalities were observed impeccably on an touching night in London, as both sets of players came together to observe a truly moving minute silence after the tragic events where 129 people were killed in Paris on Friday night.Despite the poignant scenes prior to kick off, any suggestions the game would be uncompetitive were immediately dismissed with some crunching tackles flying in in the midfield.Manchester United’s Anthony Martial looked electric up against Nathanial Clyne when he zoomed away from the Liverpool defender for the first attempt on Joe Hart’s goal of the night.Rooney had a great chance on 32 minutes when Harry Kane found his captain who bamboozled Laurent Koscielny before sending the ball inches wide of the left post.However, five minutes before half time England struck through a spectacular Alli goal, with the Tottenham youngster – on his first start for his country – crashing the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.The first half was the best performance Wembley had seen from the home side in a long while and it got better after the break with Alli again involved.The 19-year-old robbed Paul Pogba of the ball in midfield before finding Raheem Sterling on the left, whose cross was met with a fantastically timed volley from Wayne Rooney – his 51st goal in an England shirt.There was a standing ovation as Lassana Diarra was introduced; only days after his cousin was killed in the attacks in Paris. Antoine Griezmann, whose sister escaped the attack on the Bataclan threatre, came on to a similar reception.Moments later Pogba had France’s best chance of the game with a whipping and dipping effort which grazed the roof of substitute Jack Butland’s goal.Pogba began to show his class as he linked brilliantly with Martial, but the Manchester United man could only fire straight at Butland.The game trickled out as a contest as the substitutions increased, but it was the strength of football coming together under the devastating circumstances which was the headline maker.
Poll: Who should win the Ballon dOr – Neymar, Messi or Ronaldo? Vote here! Yesterday, FIFA announced the three-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. The list is made up of La Liga stars – last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar.The winner will be revealed at a gala ceremony in Zurich on January 11.Both Messi and Ronaldo have won on four occasions, with the Portuguese star lifting the prize for the last two years. Brazilian star Neymar has come into his own this year in a front three for Barca, alongside Messi and Luis Suarez, who was unlucky not to make the shortlist. So, Drive want to know who you think should win the award? Cast your vote below! 1
Arsenal have been given hope in their pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed the club “are not dependent on anyone”.The Gunners have been linked with a £42.5m bid for the Gabon international after he hit 18 goals in the first half of the Bundesliga season.Other clubs in Europe have also shown an interest in the striker but it was initially thought Dortmund would reject any offers.However, the club’s chief executive, Watzke, has now sparked fresh rumours that Aubameyang could leave by admitting no one is irreplaceable.“One must never make the mistake to believe that a club like BVB is dependent on a player. We are not dependent on anyone,” Watzke told Bild.“We are now so well positioned that we can offer alternative solutions again and again.” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1
Former Aston Villa striker and talkSPORT commentator Stan Collymore believes Remi Garde’s side do not even look good enough for League One.Villa were dismantled 6-0 at home by Liverpool on Sunday which left them eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the table with only 12 games remaining.Collymore told Drivetime: “Anybody watching that, and not just Villa fans, that can say that there are any players there that they could look at and guarantee them 40-odd games in the Championship, rolling their sleeves up, are absolutely deluded.“It is not a good League One side! I’ve seen League One sides get the ball down and they do not have the grit and determination needed for the league.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The unfolding crisis in the $10.8 trillion U.S. home loan market is so widespread and so complex that many experts question whether the government can do much to fix it – especially if a bailout isn’t on the table. “Some people are just in houses that are just way out of reach for them,” said Douglas Elmendorf, a senior economics fellow at the Brookings Institution, noting that politicians do not like “explicitly appropriating funds for this.” Congress, the White House and bank regulators have little ability to prevent defaults and foreclosures, said Karen Weaver, global head of securitization research at Deutsche Bank. “It’s unfortunate, but it has to play out. ? We need home prices to come back to reality,” she said. Washington’s desire to help is undercut by the reality that it’s not viable to rescue homeowners or banks that made loans or investors who bought securities backed by mortgages. “I have sympathy with a lot of the borrowers, but I don’t see how you would decide which ones were worthy and which ones weren’t,” Rep Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said this week, while announcing legislation to crack down on mortgage lending abuses. Frank and several consumer groups say lending-law reform is needed to prevent future mortgage abuses, while Republicans say doing it now makes it harder for the housing market to recover. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., warned at a House hearing Wednesday that Frank’s proposed bill would “push us into a housing recession” because lenders would face new restrictions on their ability to help borrowers refinance. Political pragmatists say there are so many complicated issues at hand and so many interest groups involved that only narrow proposals can muster support.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Alan Zibel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – If you want to see a Democratic or Republican congressman squirm, mention a multibillion-dollar bailout for the housing market crisis. The apparent discomfort contrasts with reality: Most risky home loans made near the end of the housing boom can’t be salvaged.
When he walked outside the store, Garcia, Cortes and possibly others shot at him and a group he was standing with, including Tommy Iles, Lonergan said. Tommy, who was grazed, and Vincent knew each other, Lonergan said, but there was no evidence regarding motive or who was the target. “There is no evidence of Vincent being a gang member,” Lonergan said. “The evidence suggested he was just up there to get candy and happened to be standing at the wrong place at the wrong time.” Christan Ayers, Garcia’s defense attorney, said he argued to the jury that the identifications of his client were insufficient. He said DNA found on some items at the scene, including a bandana and sunglasses, did not match his client. However, it was linked to another individual Garcia was seen with the next day. Ayers said Garcia will likely appeal his conviction. “However, whatever position you take on my client’s guilt or innocence, he holds no grudge against the person that was killed and sympathizes with the family.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: The other man convicted of murdering a 15-year-old, who had gone to a store to buy candy in 2005, will be sentenced next month. By Denise Nix Staff Writer One of two men who killed a 15-year-old boy in San Pedro in a gang-related shooting was sentenced Monday to 90 years to life in prison. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Louis Garcia, 28, and Benito Cortes, 22, both of San Pedro, were convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder for the Feb. 9, 2005, shooting. They were also convicted of using a gun and committing the crime for the benefit of a gang. Garcia was sentenced by Long Beach Superior Court Judge Jesse Rodriguez. Cortes returns to court Nov. 7 for sentencing. The men were convicted in the slaying of Vincent Villa, who was shot three times outside a market where he went to buy candy. Deputy District Attorney John Lonergan said Vincent had ridden his scooter after school from his home near 11th Street and Palos Verdes Boulevard to the nearby market.
The federal consumer product watchdog agency said Tuesday that a unilateral recall of lead-tainted toy animals by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. lacked some information that consumers need, including how many toys were sold, when they were sold and at what other retailers. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission spokeswoman Julie Vallese said the agency prefers that companies work with it to produce comprehensive recall announcements that give consumers all the information they need to react. The nation’s largest toy seller announced Oct. 19 that it was pulling sets of plastic toy animals made in China and offering a refund to shoppers. It said its own safety testing, stepped up after this year’s string of toy recalls, found excessive lead levels in the material the toys are made of. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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