Arsenal board reveal transfer plan and send warning to Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil over contracts

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal board reveal transfer plan and send warning to Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil over contracts Comment Venkatesham and head of football Sanllehi sat down for an in-depth chat (Picture: Arsenal Media)‘We need to continue to look at our wage bill. We’ve got, and it’s well known, a large wage bill – that’s a good thing. That demonstrates the financial power and the financial muscle of Arsenal, which is important for us to be successful,’ he told Arsenal’s official website.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But we need to make sure we are spending that money as efficiently as possible, and we are spending a lot of time focusing on that.‘Of course we need to be sensible and we need to be efficient in the transfer window. We need to sign excellent players, we need to make sure those players can make a real contribution.More: 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‘And if I look back to the last transfer window, with Bernd Leno, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Papa Sokratis and others, we think we bring in players that can make a really big impact. And we believe that those players, and many more, can make a bigger impact next season.‘We need to be sure that when we are selling players we are maximising the funds that we can get when we sell players, because all of those funds just get reinvested back into the team.’Arsenal missed out on transfer fees for both Sanchez when he joined Manchester United over a year ago and Ramsey when he signed for Juventus as a free agent, with the Welshman moving to Turin once his contract has expired at the end of June. The Gunners have a clear vision for how they will navigate the transfer market (Picture: Getty)Arsenal chiefs Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi have outlined the need for the club to be ‘efficient’ in the transfer market and say they will not allow a repeat of the Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey sagas.The north London club are believed to have a limited transfer budget available this summer, with Unai Emery to be handed a kitty of just £40million if he fails to qualify for the Champions League.Managing director Venkatesham has hinted that the club will need to be creative in the market and will rely on last summer’s signings continuing to improve, though any profit from player sales will be reinvested.center_img Ewan RobertsMonday 20 May 2019 5:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Aubameyang only has two years left on his current contract with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Venkatesham says the club must do more to avoid those situations in the future and has given a clear ultimatum to players with two years left on their deals – such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil – that they either renew of they will be sold.He continued: ‘We need to make sure we are really disciplined. A good example of that is senior players that aren’t towards the end of their careers, we need to make sure that those players, when they’ve got two years left on their contract, we’re making the difficult decisions.‘We’re either renewing those players’ contracts, or we’re selling those players. So we’re going to have to be brave with those decisions along the way, because we can’t be in a situation where we are allowing players to walk out the door for free unless they are coming towards the end of their career.’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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Successful auctions across Brisbane

first_imgSellers at 11 Apple Blossom Pl, Eight Mile Plains, John and Grace Guarras were very pleased with the result. Photo: Supplied.“We’ve loved the house, the beautiful open house, but we’re at an age where we want to downsize,” said Mrs Guarras.“It has been a lovely home and we’ve always been very fussy with our homes, so the people who move in, they won’t have anything to do!”There’s also been a real buzz around the sale of 140 Kadumba St, Yeronga as a beautiful Hamptons-inspired design on a huge block of land went under the hammer. A stunning day of frenzied bidding, big crowds and brilliant results played out at auction events across Brisbane. Photo: Annette DewIt wasn’t a day for the feint hearted at the city’s auctions as crowd numbers, prices and heart rates all hit peaks.One of the biggest results was reserved for a home in the city’s southern suburbs.The property at 11 Apple Blossom Pl, Eight Mile Plains was always going to be hotly contested, but even the marketing agents were blown away by the final figure.A crowd of approximately 100 were there to witness 17 registered bidders compete for the title ¬ — freehold title, that is.While a bid of $700,000 started the ball rolling, the end price was always going to blitz it and when the hammer came down at $884,000, there were some very happy participants.“It’s a fantastic result,” declared Owen Chen, agent at Place Sunnybank.“It sold for much more than the reserve which was set at $850,000 so the owners are very happy. It was all about team work.”Mr Chen said the Japanese buyers had been to plenty of other auctions prior to today’s event.“They have been following my auctions for a long, long time but every time they have frustratingly lost to other parties, so this time I gave them a pep talk,” he said.Grace and John Guarras were very pleased to see the home sold, and are looking forward to something smaller. 4 Yeoman St, Chapel Hill was another successful sale for the day. Picture: supplied.“Everyone has their criteria when looking for a home, but this one really has it all,” said Josh Klemm, marketing agent at Ray White Metro West.He was proved right when four registered bidders fought it out to reach a sale price of $832,500 for the home.Further west and bargain of the week must surely go to 35/8 Rosegum Pl, Redbank Plains which sold for $160,000 under the hammer.The two-bedroom, lowset, brick unit has ready access to western corridor facilities, and at that price, should prove a canny investment.center_img 140 Kadumba Street, Yeronga sold for $1.91 million. Photo: supplied.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThere were only three registered bidders, but that’s all it took to make the sale.“We are thrilled to declare it sold to a young local family looking to upgrade in the area for $1.91 million,” said Judy Goodger, marketing agent at Place New Farm.“Yeronga is a gorgeous and convenient location for families and time-and-time again we’re seeing huge competition when homes like this come on the market.”Further out of town and 35 Noel St, Hendra had its time in the sun.Jon Finney, agent at Ray White Albion, had five bidders registered for the event and that’s all it took to see a great result.Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush was very pleased to oversee the auction too.“The bidding bounced from $500,000 to $600,000 and then a couple from around the corner increased the price to $700,000 and it sold,” Mr Cush said.“It was a pretty good result, and once again highlights the market is strong for unrenovated properties. The owner’s had tried to sell it themselves previously, so this shows the power of a marketing campaign and auction that creates competition. It works,” he added.Out in the western suburbs and 4 Yeoman St, Chapel Hill also successfully sold.Set on 673 square metres, this five-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-level weatherboard cottage was pitched as a family home that would have wide appeal.last_img read more

County invokes state law to charge $54 return fee

first_imgTo the dismay of gun owners, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now charging $54 to return firearms seized during arrests or searches – even if the gun was legally owned and not used in a crime. The Los Angeles County Supervisors recently approved the fee, which they say would help recover $27,000 the county spends each year storing guns. People recovering stolen firearms would not have to pay, according to county officials. Sam Paredes, executive director of the Gun Owners of California, said Los Angeles County was “taking full advantage of state law in order to screw the public.” Paredes was referring to Assembly Bill 2431, passed in September 2004. The law requires police to catalog guns and store them at least a year before the agency is allowed to destroy them. It also allows agencies to charge a storage fee. Paredes said no other city or county in California was charging the storage fee. In a report to county supervisors, sheriff’s officials say it costs them about $54 to do background checks and to store and process guns. “It’s the same thing as impounding a vehicle,” said Lt. Dan Cruz. About 500 guns would be returned each year, according to the report. It was not known how many guns had been collected since the fee was enacted Nov. 22. At an area sheriff’s storage facility – deputies asked its location be kept secret – police store thousands of guns, each of which must be carefully catalogued and labeled. Many are never claimed. In addition to the storage fee, the gun’s owner must pay the U.S. Department of Justice another $20 for a background check, according to the text of AB 2431. Each gun after the first gun is $3. Officers at the Covina and Baldwin Park police departments said those cities do not charge a fee to return guns, although Baldwin Park is considering a fee. Members of a legal office specializing in firearms law called the fee an “illegal tax.” “They have to handle evidence all the time. It’s part of their job. If they take your clothes (during an investigation), they don’t charge you to get your clothes back,” said John Mustafa, a legislative analyst for Trutanich-Michell, LLP in Long Beach, which has handled cases for the National Rifle Association. The firm is considering sending a letter to the sheriff’s office asking it to suspend the fee, he said. But he guessed it would take a new state law or a class-action lawsuit to stop deputies from charging the $54, he said. Gun owners practicing at the Triple BBB Clays Shotgun Sports Park at the Whittier Narrows were livid when they heard about the fee. Some owned dozens of sport-shooting firearms. “I would say it’s communism,” said Gene Fister, 70. “But taking something that belongs to someone else and charging them to get it back, it’s worse. It’s stealing.” ben.baeder@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more