first_imgArsenal set to re-attempt efforts to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract early ahead of January transfer window View 5 comments Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 1:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link893Shares Arsenal want to get rid of Ozil again (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are set to re-enter discussions with Mesut Ozil in an attempt to terminate the midfielder’s contract ahead of the winter transfer window, according to reports.The German hasn’t played for the Gunners since Marcj and was left out of their Europa League squad for the upcoming campaign.Although boss Mikel Arteta remarked before the new season that every player would ‘start from zero’, Ozil has not featured in any matchday squad so far this term, while fellow outcast Matteo Guendouzi was shipped out on loan to Hertha Berlin. Arteta has taken a no-nonsense approach to managing his squad (Picture: Getty Images)The 31-year-old’s contract isn’t due to expire until June 2021 and he has previously insisted that he plans to stay until the ‘last day’ of his deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to the Daily Mail, over the last two weeks, Arsenal unsuccessfully approached Ozil over ending his contract early.However, they are prepared make another offer to the midfielder in the hopes that they can remove his mammoth £350,000-a-week paycheck from their wage bill in January.The report states that an agreement is unlikely to be reached before the winter window and Ozil is said to want almost all of the remaining £13 million on his contract paid up.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 ArsenalEarlier this week, the playmaker offered to pay the wages of Gunnersaurus, after the club mascot was effectively made redundant as part of staff cuts to deal with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.Arsenal quickly responded to Ozil’s gesture, with a club spokesman telling ESPN: ‘Gunnersaurus is not extinct and will return to action when fans are allowed back at matches.’MORE: Kevin Campbell explains the two positions Thomas Partey can play at ArsenalMORE: Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chancesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more


first_imgMiralem Pjanic is a midfielder of AS Roma. He was born on 2 April 1990 in the city of Tuzla, current Bosnia and Herzegovina.Miralem began his youth career in 1997 entering the academy of FC Schifflange 95. The young footballer spent seven years in the club’s academy until he agreed to joinFC Metz youth academy in France. By the year 2007 Pjanic had been through with studying, starting his professional football career.In 2007 Miralem Pjanic signed a professional contract with the French Metz becoming its apprentice for three years. The young Bosnian made a promising start in the 2007/08 season netting 3 goals in 32 appearances.The next season Pjanic was linked with Olympique Lyonnais, which he finally joined. In the summer of 2008 Miralem agreed to the contract with Lyon, tying him to the club for the next three years. During this period Pjanic established himself as a key attacking midfielder making appearances with the first team almost in every match. The head coach gave Pjanic an opportunity to play 90 games with Lyon, where the young Bosnian scored 10 goals.In 2011 Miralem didn’t stop at what had been accomplished. When the footballer was offered to join the first team of the Italian Roma, he was happy to agree to the contract. Pjanic wanted to start a new era in his career and the Roman club appropriately suited for such an occasion. Miralem didn’t regret moving to the Italian club, since he became the first team regular being a key midfielder in the team.From 2006 through 2007 Miralem Pjanic was called up to Luxembourg U-17 and U-19 teams scoring 6 goals in 7 matches. Since 2008 he has played 31 matches and netted 4 goals for Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.last_img read more


first_imgPolice have arrested Gabriel James Gamez, 22, of San Antonio, Texas, as the gunman. A stranger to the two victims, it was reported that he got into an altercation with the two teenagers and drew his gun and fired shots that connected with Turner’s back and Woodson’s leg.Both youths were rushed to the Duke University Medical Center for treatment, where just moments after arriving, Turner was pronounced dead. Woodson, however, survived and is expected to make a full physical recovery.“Today is a sad day,” said Gateway spokesperson Cara Ann Zannella. “We were very upset when we received the news on Thursday evening the two had been shot. Both had been outstanding kids and athletes. Darrell will be terribly missed.”Zanella said counseling was available to students who wanted to talk about Mr. Turner’s death until Monday but that there wouldn’t be any more counseling unless district officials see a need.The athletes were in Durham visiting Duke University as a part of the Team Swag football tour, organized by a man by the name of Ayo Fapohonda.“The tour was organized to promote the skills of high school football players throughout the (Commonwealth) of Pennsylvania,” Gateway Athletics facility site manager Kevin Stevens said, who made the trip to Durham with the players.Stevens mentioned that there were 18 student athletes and five adults, from all over the area, present with the Team Swag tour.“The tour is designed to help kids in Pa. receive enhanced college recruiting,” Stevens said. “It is responsible for getting the kids to compete in 7-on-7 games, all over, and for them to gain exposure from coaches, who come to these events to evaluate high schoolers.”Fapohonda, who facilitates all of the tour’s events, is also known for his creation of the finestpreps.com website that helps promote the talents of the athletes that take part in his program. He was unreachable for comment.The particular leg of the tour that reached Durham was intended to target the Southern U.S. and some of its collegiate athletic programs.“We’d visited (the University of Virginia) first, and then we got to Durham to visit Duke. We were going to head to Jacksonville after visiting Duke and another school in North Carolina and intended to visit the IMG academy in Bradenton (Florida) to compete. We were then going to hit Atlanta, also for competition. We hoped to get a lot done for the student athletes.”The shooting happened in a local shopping center in Durham near the team’s hotel. The group had just finished their meal at a Five Guys Restaurant nearby.“Darrell was the closet person to the assailant,” Stevens said. “Tom was the furthest from the shooting and when he realized what was happening he began to run away. Unfortunately, he was still shot. It was senseless. If you’re an adult and carrying (a) weapon, there’s no way that they should just start shooting at kids. It’s just unacceptable.”“He was just at my son’s graduation party,” Tammy Richardson, the mother of Gateway’s star former wide receiver, Christian Richardson said. “Darrell was very close to my daughter, he was like her big brother. I fed him for four years. I only have one son, but as an involved parent, something like this feels like I’ve lost one of my own.”Gateway’s head football coach and athletic director Terry Smith, deeply saddened, has declined to submit comments to the media.“I was at the vigil that was held for Darrell after everyone had received the news,” Richardson said. “It was terrible to see how many young people had been affected by this. But it wasn’t only them. It felt as though the whole community had experienced a loss.”Visitation is set for Thursday from 2-8 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 271 Paulson Ave. in East Liberty. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Potter’s House Ministry Church, 430 Cathedral Ave., in Mt. Oliver.(Malik Vincent can be reached can be reached at malikvincent@gmail.com.) DARRELL TURNER JR. and THOMAS WOODSON by Malik VincentAt around 10 p.m. on the evening of June 25, it was reported that two varsity football players at Gateway High School were shot, one fatally, after eating at a local establishment in Durham, N.C.The shooting claimed the life of Darrell Turner Jr., 18, a senior linebacker for the Gators and wounded Thomas Woodson, a junior, and the team’s starting quarterback.last_img read more