Unai Emery has urged Arsenal star to contribute defensively to keep his place

Mesut Ozil was the player called into question by manager Unai Emery at the press conference following his far from impressive display against Manchester City.Playing as a right winger cutting inside,  He was responsible for a slate of misplaced passes, looked jittery in possession, and exhibited an uncharacteristic lack of assurance going forward.

Not even Ozil, the entire team looked disjointed against a far superior Manchester City. The choice of keeper was questioned post-match considering they were looking to play out from the back. The partnership of Guendouzi and Zhaka wasn’t the most ideal either. Guendouzi, being only 19, was a bright spot for Arsenal but Lucas Torreira could’ve been a much better partner to him than Zhaka.

When asked about Ozil’s defensive duties Emery failed to hold back as he said in his pre-match press conference, via the  Mirror: “Every player needs to do [that] in the true moment of a match.

“There are defensive moments and attacking moments. Every player each needs this commitment. For me, we need to start together, whether we are attacking or defending. I want that from every player. The positioning, he [Ozil] is playing all his career like a ten, like a right winger going inside to receive the ball.

“It’s clear he needs the ball more to give more options in attack. He needs to do in each match, be demanding for us. Defensive moments are for each and every player. Don’t change Mesut Ozil in his positioning.”

Mesut Özil for Arsenal vs. Man City:

• Most possession lost (19)
• Most possession gained (7)

A bizarre mix. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/oFBjYLidZO

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Arsenal might have a crunch time at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea side who outplayed Huddersfield in the opening matchday. They even have to make changes in their formation to get the best out of Ozil and Mkhitaryan because they are the creators of the side. From what we saw against City, Ozil wasn’t comfortable in 4-3-3 formation and it’s true that he hasn’t been the most consistent since the past 2 seasons and contributing defensively might not be his ideal style of playing but when played in the right formation, he is one of the best number 10 in the world. Ask Jose Mourinho.

Stanton homers as Yankees beat Blue Jays 11-6

NEW YORK – Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York’s four homers, Luis Severino struck out eight while pitching into the sixth inning and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-6 on Saturday.

Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird also connected as New York moved 31 games over .500, matching a season high. Andujar had three hits and three RBIs, and Gregorius also drove in three runs.

Stanton belted a long drive for the second straight day, this time a 412-foot solo shot with two out in the fourth for his 32nd homer of the season. He has seven homers in his last 12 games and is batting .323 (23 for 71) in August.

Toronto has lost three straight and four of six. Billy McKinney, who came over when the Blue Jays traded J.A. Happ to the Yankees last month, had two hits and two RBIs against his former team, but Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) was hit hard in his second major league start.

The Yankees scored in each of the first five innings. Gregorius hit a two-run shot in the first for his 22nd homer. Andujar added a two-run double in New York’s three-run third, and then hit a solo drive in the fifth for his 20th homer.

Reid-Foley was charged with eight runs, six earned, and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.

Severino (16-6) won for just the second time in his last seven starts. The All-Star right-hander allowed two runs and six hits in five-plus innings, moving into a tie with Washington’s Max Scherzer for the major league lead in wins.

Toronto took advantage of a pair of errors to score five times in the sixth. McKinney had a bases-clearing single, but was thrown out trying to reach third after right fielder Neil Walker mishandled the ball.

Bird homered in the eighth as the Yanks scored three times off two relievers to create a little breathing room.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: C Austin Romine was hit by a Richard Urena foul tip in the fifth. The shortstop fouled off Severino’s 98-mph fastball and knocked off Romine’s mask. Plate umpire David Rackley prevented Romine from falling, holding him until he regained his footing. Romine initially remained in the game, but was replaced by Kyle Higashioka in the sixth.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (blister) expects to miss at least one start and is expected to land on the disabled list. Stroman noted the blister is “really deep.”

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In a matchup of left-handers, Happ (13-6, 3.86 ERA) takes on Toronto’s Ryan Borucki (2-2, 3.29 ERA) on Sunday. Happ has won each of his three starts with the Yankees.

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Manchester United Legend Reveals Premier League star’s Future

The World-Cup winning midfielder urged to stay at the Theater of Dream with Mourinho trusting him with the captain armband in the first match against Leicester City. The Frenchman’s future is in limelight throughout the summer transfer window with the move to Spain or returns to Juventus on cards. But according to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, Paul Pogba “is not a Barcelona type of player”.

Scholes told to Radio 5 Live,“I just don’t see Pogba as a Barcelona type player. We hope he stays, every team wants to keep their best players and we want him to stay. He has amazing qualities but has not shown them enough. Hopefully, he can drive United to a title challenge.”

Paul Scholes thinks Manchester United is the best place for the 25-year old to stay and thrive to become better and better, Camp-Nou transfer would prove to be a big mistake for him acknowledging the style of play of Barcelona.

Scholes added about the reports regarding the rift with the manager in his talk,“I don’t know – there’s obviously some sort of breakdown in their relationship from what we read.. do we know that for definite? I don’t know. What we do know is that Paul needs to perform more often than he is doing.

“We all know the talent that he’s got. Great ability, great strength, an athlete, but he’s only doing it once every three or four games and if you’re going to challenge for a title I just don’t think that’s enough.”

Paul Pogba scored against the Leicester City to silenced some of his critics in his first outing since the World-Cup win and Paul Scholes wants Pogba to show more intensity in his play and takes more responsibility in the coming weeks if United has to win the premier league this season.

Paul Pogba is a world-class player with lots of quality and shown his capability every now and then with his performance but he has to take more responsibility for the time if United want to win the premier league. Manchester United and the manager shown his confidence in Pogba by giving him the armband and wants him to stay and perform for the team with full of his capabilities an let team win games.

Deputies: Dad, daughter arrested for dealing drugs to…

CUMMING, Ga. – A man and his teenage daughter are in custody after Georgia deputies said the two were dealing drugs.

News outlets report 51-year-old Daniel Williams and his 17-year-old daughter are being held without bond on numerous drug-related charges. It was unknown if either is represented by an attorney who could speak on their behalf.

Investigators with the Johns Creek-Alpharetta-Forsyth County Drug Task Force on Wednesday raided the family’s home in the Quail Hollow community, as well as a storage unit. Deputies seized 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of marijuana, 87 colorful MDMA pills (otherwise known as “Molly” or ecstasy), and $22,000 in cash.

An investigation began after agents got a tip that a high school student was selling marijuana to other teenagers and learned the student’s father was also participating in the alleged drug activity.

Mourinho clears the air about relationship with Man Utd superstar

Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his relationship with French World Cup winner Paul Pogba. The Portuguese boss insists there has been no disagreement with Manchester United’s record signing. A summer of discontent has seen repeated reports that Pogba wishes to leave the club he joined from Juventus for 89.3 million euros two summers ago, and move to Barcelona.

According to The Evening Standard, the enigmatic playmaker hasn’t seen eye to eye with Mourinho since his return. Barcelona have been monitoring his situation with great interest.

The former Juventus player said after the 2-1 win against Leicester: “If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best. There are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.” This sparked rumours about the feud between Pogba and Mourinho.

However, The ES also reports that the Portuguese boss has tried to put pay to any rumours of bad blood between him and Pogba in a press conference today, stating that the French star is ‘working well’.

The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks, and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now,” Mourinho told reporters – as per The ES.

“He’s working well, he’s playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want. I want him to play for the team, which he is doing, and, I repeat, I couldn’t be happier than I am.”

It’s good to see that the tension at Old Trafford is cooling down with time. Honestly, Pogba needs to know that Barcelona doesn’t need him right now and he can be the hero for Manchester United this season. So, he should completely focus on his performances ahead.

Andujar, Stanton hit 2 of Yankees’ 4 homers in 11-6 win…

Rookie Miguel Andujar homered, drove in three runs and fell a triple shy of the cycle as the New York Yankees recorded an 11-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Andujar became the fifth Yankee to reach 20 homers with one out in the fifth when he drove a 0-1 breaking ball from Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) into the left-field seats to make it 8-0.

In the third, Andujar made it 5-0 with a two-run double to the fence in left-center field. Andujar added a single in the seventh and produced his seventh game with at least three hits.

Giancarlo Stanton homered again when he connected on Reid-Foley’s 2-0 fastball, sending sent it into the Toronto bullpen beyond the left-center field fence with two outs in the fourth. It was Stanton’s 32nd homer and seventh in his last 12 games.

Stanton was later hit in the back by a 1-1 fastball from Luis Santos in the eighth. Stanton nodded, and Santos pointed to his chest to indicate the pitch was not intentional.

Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the first inning and drove in the New York’s final run with a sacrifice fly as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays for the 11th time in 15 meetings.

Austin Romine hit a sacrifice fly in the second. The Yankees catcher had to leave the game in the sixth with an apparent head injury after getting hit by a foul ball off the mask.

Greg Bird hit an RBI groundout following a throwing error by second baseman Devon Travis one batter earlier in the third.

Bird drove in New York’s ninth run by homering into the second deck in right field in the eighth off Santos. He became the 10th Yankee to reach double figures in homers.

Aaron Hicks drew a bases-loaded walk off Ryan Tepera for New York’s 10th run.

In his second career start, Reid-Foley was tagged for eight runs (six earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The Blue Jays lost their third straight game and for the ninth time in 13 games.

Luis Severino (16-6) labored at times, allowing allowed two runs on six hits in five-plus innings.

He was lifted after allowing an RBI single to Justin Smoak in the sixth.

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Maurizio Sarri Excepts Big Things from This Chelsea Star

Mateo Kovacic sat out the league opener against Huddersfield, though he could feature against Arsenal today. Chelsea are having troubles in the midfield, having sold Bakayoko and Fabregas suffering from a knee injury. In this, Kovacic could be the solution to Sarri’s midfield problems. Kovacic in the few games that he played at the Bernabeu proved again and again that he is a quality central midfield player.

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Hence, Kovacic is in line for his Chelsea debut and what better than against Arsenal. Sarri is confident about his latest signing and stated he expects “big things” from the Croatian. “I expect a lot from him because, for me, he’s a very great player. In my opinion, he can improve more.”

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The manager continued saying how useful Kovacic can be for the Blues: “I think Mateo will be very useful for us. He’s a very technical player,” Sarri told reporters. “At this moment he has to work. I think he’s not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe he could be used for 30 minutes tomorrow. I think he can play in any of the three positions in midfield. He’s a very good offensive player, but he has improved in the defensive phase in the last two years in Madrid.”

Mateo Kovacic was signed by Chelsea on the deadline day on a season-long loan. The deal was part of Thibaut Courtois moving to the Madrid giants. The ex-Real Madrid star is a brilliant passer of the ball and has great defensive abilities. His man-marking abilities contribute to his extensive skill set.

If used thoughtfully, he could be a big key in Chelsea’s midfield. The fans will be hoping big things from the 24-year old, as he hopes to light up the Stamford Bridge.

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Superdry co-founder gives 1 mln pounds to campaign for…

LONDON, Aug 18 – The co-founder of fashion brand Superdry is donating a million pounds ($1.28 million) to the campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit deal, the Observer newspaper reported on Saturday, as pressure intensifies on Prime Minister Theresa May.

“I´m putting some of my money behind the People´s Vote campaign because we have a genuine chance to turn this around,” said Julian Dunkerton, a “remainer” who opposes Britain’s planned departure from the European Union.

“I´ve got a good instinct for when a mood is going to change and we´re in one of those moments now.”

Britons voted in a 2016 referendum to leave the EU but in July the proportion of voters who favour a referendum on the final terms of any Brexit deal overtook those who do not for the first time, according to opinion polls.

London and Brussels hope to agree a Brexit deal at a summit in October but May faces splits within her party and the tough task of securing parliamentary approval for the final agreement.

Campaigners on both sides of the argument have been stepping up their efforts in recent weeks as some Brexiteers argue against any agreement which keeps Britain tied to European Union mechanisms such as the customs union or single market.

On Saturday, the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage said he would join a “battle bus” tour around the country by a pro-Brexit group which is opposed to May’s plans, arguing it makes too many concessions to Brussels.

Both Britain and the European Union have said they want to avoid a damaging “no deal” outcome which would be particularly harmful to businesses.

“It is the responsibility of the EU to ensure its consumers and businesses are not harmed,” Brexit minister Dominic Raab was quoted as saying by The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

“Securing a deal is still by far the most likely outcome, but we want to make sure that we clearly set out the steps that people, businesses and public services need to take in the unlikely event that we don´t reach an agreement.”

The paper said the government is planning to recognise some EU regulations if London and Brussels fail to strike a deal, taking a “flexible” approach to make sure medicines, car parts and chemicals are still available.

A spokesman at May’s Downing Street office did not offer an immediate comment on the report. (Reporting by Costas Pitas Editing by Andrew Roche and Chris Reese)

PM announces how he’ll reduce energy bills

Malcolm Turnbull is promising to penalise energy companies that fail to deliver on cheaper prices and will set price caps for power bills.

.”Through more competition and all our other changes, that price will come down and we will demand and ensure these price savings are passed on,” Mr Turnbull said in a video on Facebook

“We will not hesitate to use a big stick … to make sure the big companies do the right thing by you, their customers.”

The announcement comes as the prime minister moves to shore up his own job, with some MPs concerned enough to encourage Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton stand against him.

Mr Dutton on Saturday tweeted Mr Turnbull has his support.

Grand Canyon road closed because of wildfire is reopening

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park is reopening a scenic road to a North Rim vista that was closed Aug. 4 because of a lightning-caused wildfire.

Park officials said the Cape Royal road would be reopened Saturday evening along with some of the trails that also were closed.

Officials say hikers using reopened trails need to be vigilant about fire-weakened or -damaged trees.

The two-week closure did not affect most North Rim facilities, including lodging and other services near Bright Angel Point.

The fire started July 21, and officials said it had burned 18 sq. miles (47 sq. kilometers) while consuming nearly all of the fuel in the containment area on the Walhalla Plateau.

Some firefighters assigned to the fire will be released, while others will continue to patrol and repair damage.