Mikel Arteta explains ‘great opportunity’ for Arsenal signing Pablo Mari in Dubai

first_img Full Screen Comment Read More Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 8 Feb 2020 3:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.1kShares SPONSORED Top articles by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Speaking from Arsenal’s camp, head coach Arteta said: ‘They needed three four days off to relax their minds and recover their bodies.‘They’ve been through a lot in the last few months and now I think they are ready to have five or six really good training sessions here before we go back to London and focus and prepare as well as we can against Newcastle.‘This is what I want to create. The new players that we have, it is a great opportunity for them to spend time together with the other players, get to know each other, live together – the same for me with the backroom staff as well. I think it’s going to be a very important break.‘We suggested Dubai because we have a close relationship with our sponsor, but also because it’s a place where the weather conditions are really good and the players like to come here. Mikel Arteta explains ‘great opportunity’ for Arsenal signing Pablo Mari in Dubai 1 min. story 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Pablo Mari has been training with Arsenal at their warm-weather training camp in Dubai (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal’s warm-weather camp in Dubai will provide a ‘great opportunity’ for Pablo Mari to bond with his new team-mates both on and off the training field.Arsenal agreed a loan deal with Flamengo for Mari, 26, towards the end of the January transfer window, with Arteta desperate for defensive reinforcements following Calum Chambers’ season-ending knee injury.Mari will hope to be in contention to make his debut when the Gunners play host to Newcastle after the winter break and the Spaniard took part in training for the first time earlier this week.Arsenal’s players flew out to Dubai on Friday and are scheduled to return to north London on February 11.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Video Settings / center_img About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More Mari completed a loan switch to the Emirates this January (Picture: Getty)‘We knew most of them were going to come here and relax with their families and be ready for training.‘Hours together, to spend together, grab a coffee together, to have conversations, to have unit meetings, individual meetings, group meetings about the things we have to achieve and to review what we’ve done.‘I’ve made a big review of what we’ve done so far in these five or six weeks, the things we can improve, the things that we have improved a lot and that we have to maintain, that we cannot lose now.‘Hopefully we can make another step forward as a team.’ Coming Next PLAY Advertisement Skip Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Mari will hope to hit the ground running at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mari hopes to give fans something to cheer about again by emulating the success some of his fellow countrymen have had success at Arsenal in recent years.‘There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal,’ he told Arsenal’s official website earlier this week.‘[Cesc] Fabregas, [Santi] Cazorla, [Jose Antonio] Reyes… they’re all great Spanish players that have passed through this club.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‘One of those legends that we have with us now is Mikel. He was a very important player for Arsenal and now this is a new project for him as coach, but I think he’s going to repeat what he achieved when he was a player.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Personally I look up to him and the career he had at Arsenal. That’s what I’ve been working for all these years.‘I’d love to be at Arsenal for a long time and I hope to give the Gunners some victories to celebrate again.’Will Pablo Mari succeed at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Jordan Pickford speaks out on his ‘disgusting’ error after Everton beat Crystal Palace Skip Ad Advertisementlast_img read more

UK roundup: ACCESS launches search for £34bn pool operator

first_imgThe ACCESS pool is expected have around £33.9bn (€33.7bn) in assets once fully operational.The pool’s plan for a third-party manager contrasts with the structure of other LGPS pools such as Brunel and London CIV, which have both chosen to build internal teams and capabilities.Transition management provider panel for LGPSSeveral LGPS funds have come together to establish a framework agreement for transition management services.Norfolk County Council last week launched a tender as the council with lead responsibility for the LGPS’ tendering framework. The participating LGPS – representatives of six of the UK’s eight emerging asset pools – are looking for providers of transition management and implementation services, transition execution services, and transition management advisory services.Bedford Borough Council, Carmarthenshire, Derbyshire and Suffolk County Councils, Brunel Pensions Partnership and the London CIV are working together on the tender, but the framework can be used by other public sector pension bodies.The eight asset pools must be ready for assets to be moved from individual LGPS funds by April next year, according to the government’s plans. Pension fund governance: major gapsMany small and medium-sized UK pension schemes are falling far short of meeting the governance standards expected by the Pensions Regulator (TPR).Publishing findings from surveys of how defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes are meeting TPR’s expectations, the regulator said the surveys were disappointing for individual small and medium schemes, highlighting major gaps in standards.For example, many small and medium DC schemes were not meeting standards for investments as they failed to set appropriate investment strategies for their default funds.Anthony Raymond, acting executive director for regulatory policy at TPR, said: “As part of our commitment to be a clearer, quicker and tougher regulator, we will be stepping up our regulatory action in cases where trustee boards fail to meet minimum legal standards, and we will publish the details of that action.“We will also continue to examine whether sub-standard schemes should be consolidated with larger, well-run schemes.”The regulator released its survey findings and response to them a day after the pension scheme trade body urged TPR to change its approach to pension fund governance. The 11 UK local government pension schemes (LGPS) forming the ACCESS asset pool have launched a tender for a regulated operator to set up and run a collective investment scheme.The operator will be responsible for establishing and operating an Authorised Contractual Scheme and other collective investment vehicles exclusively for the asset pool.The ACCESS asset pool expects to have around 25 to 35 sub-funds. The operator should make sure all major asset classes to be available, including as a minimum, equities, fixed income, multi-asset and property.The tender is being managed by Kent County Council, one of the 11 ACCESS pool-administering authorities. The others are the councils for Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, and West Sussex.last_img read more

NBA Summer League schedule 2019: How to watch every game in Las Vegas

first_imgChampionship game9 p.m.ESPN2When is the NBA Summer League played?The Las Vegas NBA Summer League will be played from July 5-15. The regular season will go from July 5-11, and the playoffs last from July 12-15.Two other summer leagues will precede the main event in Las Vegas. The California Classic — featuring the Kings, Heat, Warriors and Lakers — is being played from July 1-3 in Sacramento.  The Trail Blazers took down the Lakers last season to win the championship, with Lakers guard Josh Hart winning league MVP. This year, top rookies like Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett will be among those competing in the NBA Summer League, which is the first chance for them to showcase their skills.MORE: Watch the NBA Summer League on fuboTV (7-day free trial)Summer League also presents opportunities for less-heralded players, like undrafted rookies and second- or third-year players who haven’t received a ton of minutes in their careers. Ultimately, it’s a chance to state your case for any open roster spots that may be available. Below is a look at the full NBA Summer League schedule, as well as when and where each game is played and how to watch so that you don’t miss a second of the action. NBA Summer League scheduleBelow is the schedule for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. All games will be on broadcast on either NBA TV or on the ESPN family of networks. You can also stream the NBA TV games listed below on fuboTV (7-day free trial). ***All times Eastern***Friday, July 12 (Cox Pavilion)MatchupTimeTV Channel76ers vs. Raptors4 p.m.ESPNUCroatia vs. Thunder6 p.m.ESPNUCavaliers vs. Kings8 p.m.ESPNUTrail Blazers vs. Bucks10 p.m.ESPNUFriday, July 12 (Thomas & Mack Center) Lakers vs. Warriors4:30 p.m.NBA TVChina vs. Suns6:30 p.m.NBA TVPacers vs. Clippers8:30 p.m.NBA TVHawks vs. Spurs10:30 p.m.NBA TVSaturday, July 13 (Cox Pavilion) The Jazz Summer League is taking place in, you guessed it, Salt Lake City. It runs during the same days as The California Classic and features the Jazz, Grizzlies, Spurs and Cavaliers. Each team will play one game against the other three.Where does the NBA Summer League take place?Two Las Vegas locations will host the games: the Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, which are both located on UNLV’s campus. The California and Salt Lake City leagues will be played at the Golden 1 Center and Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the Kings and Jazz, respectively. Semifinal game6 p.m.ESPN2Semifinal game8 p.m.ESPN2Monday, July 15 (Thomas & Mack Center)center_img Grizzlies vs. Celtics4:30 p.m.ESPNHeat vs. Pelicans6:30 p.m.ESPNNets vs. Pistons8:30 p.m.ESPNMavericks vs. Timberwolves10:30 p.m.ESPN2Sunday, July 14 (Thomas & Mack Center) Hornets vs. Jazz4 p.m.NBA TVKnicks vs. Wizards6 p.m.NBA TVMagic vs. Bulls8 p.m.NBA TVNuggets vs. Rockets10 p.m.NBA TVSaturday, July 13 (Thomas & Mack Center) Before the 2019-20 NBA season gets underway, many of the league’s young players will be tasked with proving themselves on the hardwood in the NBA Summer League. All 30 NBA teams, plus the Chinese and Croatian national teams, will take part in the 2019 NBA Summer League, which involves each team playing four tournament-style games before the postseason begins.last_img read more

Kolašinac in Roma for 7 million EUR?

first_imgHead coach of AS Roma, Rudi Garcia, is asking from the leadership of the club a key reinforcements in defense in the fight for the championship title with Juventus.Tuttosport says that in the first match of the season against Verona, Roma had only one quarterback available (Torosidis).Roma primarily wanted to bring Digne from PSG, but the French club is not willing to give up on this player.Roma gave 48 hours to PSG to make a decision on the transfer. If it does not happen, Roma will bring B&H national football team player which Garcia appreciates a lot, Sead Kolašinac.Italian media claim that Kolašinac might cost Roma around 7 million EUR. (Source: klix.ba)last_img