Wright believes Arteta has already shown that he deserves support and backing (Picture: Getty)‘He was a gentleman when he was at the club, but to hear him say those things is quite sad to see. For me, he’s probably looking for a new job, trying to put himself back out there.‘Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal direction and focus now and that’s what he [Emery] didn’t give us.’He added: ‘At the end of the day, I’m all about Mikel and what Mikel is trying to do because we’ve got draws, but there’s definite improvement. It’s more important to speak about Mikel than Unai now.’MORE: Arsenal fans hail ‘best recruiter’ Matteo Guendouzi after Pape Gueye Instagram messageMORE: Arsenal set date for potential Pablo Mari debutMore: 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 The Spanish coach was sacked after a dreadful start to the season (Picture: Getty)Emery gave an interview with France Football this week in which he criticised the attitude of the Arsenal squad and took pride in achievements such as ‘only finishing one point off Tottenham’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWright was understandably unhappy with the comments and suggested Emery was just trying to get attention as he looks for a new job.Speaking about the feel-god factor that has returned to Arsenal, the Gunners legend said on the Kelly & Wrighty show: ‘I was there yesterday, they were doing their press day, and you can feel it – you know what it’s like, you know when there’s a good atmosphere in and around the club. You can feel it.‘Under the old manager it was like a regime, it wasn’t very enjoyable, they didn’t know where they were going, there wasn’t a lot of direction in what they were doing. And when you hear the quotes from Unai Emery… delusional comments if you ask me.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‘Yes [they got to Europa League final] but it was the worst performance of an Arsenal team in a final. Because again, whatever he says, the players weren’t happy, there wasn’t a vision or direction, the communication was poor.‘He can say whatever he wants about how well he’s done because he’s got the “facts” there but that team was going nowhere. When you look at his record, for him to come out and say stuff like that…‘This is the difference with Arsene Wenger, 21 years, he doesn’t come out and stay stuff like that. He [Emery] was coming in as the guy that was going to steer us back and everyone gave him the support. The Gunners legend was far from impressed with Emery’s recent interview (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has dubbed Unai Emery ‘delusional’ after the axed Arsenal boss claimed the club had been on a downward slope until he arrived and arrested their slide.The Spanish coach was sacked at the end of November after a seven-game winless run, with the club eight points adrift of the top four places and closer to the relegation zone, with Mikel Arteta appointed as his successor the following month.Arteta’s arrival has prompted an improvement, with Arsenal unbeaten in their last seven games, though they remain 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea. Comment Advertisement Ian Wright slams ‘delusional’ Unai Emery in lengthy rant over Arsenal comments Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Feb 2020 4:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Jaipur: Ignored for the World Cup, Rishabh Pant said the “selection thought was running” in his mind.Pant made a statement with a blistering 78 off 36 balls and powered Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here. “I am feeling lovely.To make your team win in an important match is a good feeling. I won’t lie, the selection thought was running in my mind,” Pant said at the post-match press conference.The young keeper-batsman added, “I focussed on my process and it worked for me. The wicket was playing good, and I just took advantage of that, I guess.Most important thing for our team is that everyone knows our role, and the support staff tells us, ‘this is your role, and this is what is going to happen to you’.”Pant, who was left out of India’s squad at the expense of Dinesh Karthik, smashed six fours and four sixes during his stay in the middle.DC skipper Shreyas Iyer was happy with the way the pitch played, and so was his counterpart Steve Smith.”When we play away from home, the wickets are so good. We enjoy playing on the rise, and the wickets are perfectly made for them,” Iyer said.”It was important to get a good start in the Powerplay, and Shikhar (Dhawan) has been doing that well. The way we’ve been playing away games and coming back to our home games, we are unaware of how our pitch plays itself.”Smith said: “This was the best wicket we have played on all tournament. Shikhar played a magnificent knock, and Rishabh is a powerful young man, and he plays the ball in strange spots. We probably didn’t finish off with the bat as well as we could have. I thought (Chris) Morris and (Kagiso) Rabada executed well in the backend.”It’s a really good cricket wicket, and a really good game of cricket.” DC fought back after Rajasthan looked to cross 200 at one stage.”We knew they were going to go all out, especially the way Ajinkya (Rahane) was batting. This is a big ground, and the pitch was a belter. The way they started, we were expecting 200, but the bowlers did well to restrict them to 190,” Iyer said. The win lifted Delhi to the top of the table with 11 victories and four defeats from 11 outings.
Leading players Annabell Fuller and Bel Wardle will represent England in the Nations Cup at the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play championship.They’re both on top form and occupying the top two places on the early England Golf Women’s Order of Merit, with Wardle topping the table.Wardle (pictured top) has won three national titles in the last eight months while Fuller (pictured below) has one and led the scoring when Europe’s women took on Asia Pacific last month.Both are in the initial GB&I Curtis Cup squad for this year’s match against the USA.The Scottish championship takes place at Troon Portland and the Old Course at Royal Troon from 20-22 April. The Nations Cup will go to the team with the best aggregate score over all three rounds.The players:Annabell Fuller, 15, (Roehampton, Surrey) was the youngest player for Europe in the Patsy Hankins Trophy match against Asia Pacific – and the team’s lead scorer, losing only one of her five games. She is the English U16 girls’ champion and was runner-up to Wardle in the Portuguese women’s amateur, where they played-off for the title.Bel Wardle, 18 (Prestbury, Cheshire) added the 2018 Portuguese women’s amateur to her victories in the 2017 English girls’ and English women’s open championships. She has just won the prestigious Comboy Scratch Trophy at Delamere Forest, Cheshire, finishing three shots clear after a seven-under par 65 in the second round.Images copyright Leaderboard Photography 12 Apr 2018 Top pair carry England hopes north of the border Tags: Nations Cup, Scottish Open
WASHINGTON – Sales of new homes, helped by better weather, posted a modest increase in March, but the gain was less than expected and did not dispel concerns about continuing troubles in the housing industry. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new single-family home sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 858,000 units in March, an increase of 2.6 percent from February, which had been the slowest sales pace in nearly seven years. The March improvement was half what analysts had forecast and left the sales pace 23.5 percent lower than a year ago as the housing industry continues a painful adjustment after a boom period in which sales of new and existing homes set records for five straight years. The weaker-than-expected performance of new home sales followed a report Tuesday that sales of existing homes had fallen by 8.4 percent in March, the biggest drop in 18 years, leaving sales of existing homes at an annual rate of 6.12 million units. Seiders said his monthly survey of builder attitudes found a heavy use of incentives, with half of the builders saying they were cutting prices to make sales. “The builders are well aware of the difficulties and they are intensifying their efforts to move inventory, but it is becoming doubly difficult because of the mortgage situation,” Seiders said. Patrick Newport, an economist at Global Insight, predicted that new home sales would fall 10 percent this year, following an 18.1 percent drop in 2006. Sales of new and existing homes set sales records for five straight years before 2006, a boom that drove prices up sharply in some regions. Many investors bought second homes in hopes of quickly reselling them for profits. For March, sales posted the biggest increase in the Northeast – 50 percent – followed by a 9.8 percent rise in the Midwest. Winter storms depressed February’s activity in those areas. Sales fell 2.7 percent in the South and were down 0.9 percent in the West. In other economic news, the Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose 3.4 percent in March, the fastest clip in three months. Much of the strength came from a 37.6 percent surge in demand for commercial aircraft. However, orders for business capital goods excluding aircraft also increased by 4.7 percent, the biggest gain in 2 years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In other evidence of housing’s troubles, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that home sales continued to weaken in much of the country through mid-April. Many Fed districts reported continued declines in home construction as builders try to reduce record levels of unsold homes. However, the weak housing performance did not dampen the mood on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average surged past the 13,000-point milestone on Wednesday, rising by 135.95 points to close at 13,089.89. It took the Dow just six months to reach the new milestone after its first close above 12,000 last Oct. 18. The slump in housing, which began last year, has been a significant drag on economic growth. Analysts expect those troubles to continue as rising mortgage foreclosures dump more homes on the market and cause lenders to toughen their standards, making it harder for prospective buyers to qualify for loans. The median price of a new home sold in March rose to $254,000, a 6.4 percent increase over a year ago. But analysts said the figure was skewed because the biggest jump in sales occurred in the Northeast, where home prices are generally higher than elsewhere. David Seiders, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders, said the latest housing data was a disappointment after hopes had been raised last year that the housing slump might be ending. He and other analysts attributed this year’s weakness to troubles in the mortgage market, especially in subprime loans, which are offered to borrowers with weak credit histories.