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  • Martin Keown blames Unai Emery for Granit Xhaka clashing with Arsenal fans

    first_imgAdvertisement Comment Martin Keown blames Unai Emery for Granit Xhaka clashing with Arsenal fans Arsenal hero Martin Keown has blamed Unai Emery for Granit Xhaka’s meltdown (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has explained why he believes Unai Emery is partly responsible for Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka’s shocking meltdown.Xhaka threw his arms up in the air and cupped his ears after his substitution during Sunday’s Premier League draw with Crystal Palace was greeted by boos.As the noise around the Emirates intensified, Xhaka was seen mouthing ‘f*** off’ at the home fans and removed his shirt before storming down the tunnel. Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 10:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link568Shares Xhaka was booed off in Arsenal’s draw with Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are now considering whether to strip Xhaka of the captaincy. He was handed the armband at the end of last month but Keown says that was a mistake from Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Sunday was not the first time Granit Xhaka has been jeered by his own fans,’ Arsenal legend Keown told the Daily Mail.‘It happened on September 22 too, when Aston Villa visited. Villa were leading 2-1 at the time, then Xhaka was substituted and serenaded by boos.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‘Arsenal, despite being down to 10 men, went on to win 3-2 without the midfielder. Then five days later, Unai Emery names Xhaka as captain anyway.‘Emery is as much to blame as anyone. If you let the players pick their skipper, then it becomes a popularity contest and that is not what leadership is about.‘I’ve never had a manager who decided the captaincy that way and, for me, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still the safer bet.’ Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fanshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-granit-xhaka-wrong-swear-fans-2036436/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Xhaka is yet to speak out on the ugly scenes that unfolded at the Emirates but Hector Bellerin has taken to social media to offer his support.The Arsenal vice-captain said: ‘We are all humans, we all have emotions, and sometimes it’s not easy dealing with them.‘It’s time to lift each other up, not to push each other away. We only win when we are together.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moveslast_img read more

  • First phase of TGV Est approved

    first_imgFRENCH Prime Minister Alain Juppé announced on December 23 that construction of the first phase of the long-planned TGV Est project will start in 1998. With the declaration of public utility agreed in May 1996, the way is now clear for SNCF to proceed with detailed design and land acquisitions.Although land will be purchased for the entire 406 km alignment, work is only approved for the first phase covering the 270 km from Vaires-sur-Marne in the eastern suburbs of Paris to Vandières, south of Metz on the main line to Nancy.Juppé said that completion of the first phase will permit a Paris – Strasbourg timing of 2h 30min, with Reims reached in 45min and Metz and Nancy in less than 1h 30min. The alignment will permit TGVs to run at 350 or 360 km/h, which would permit Strasbourg to be reached in 2h or less if the section between Vandières and Vendenheim outside Strasbourg is completed later. No dates have been set for this work, nor indeed for completion of Phase 1, although this is likely to be in 2004.Also approved is electrification at 25 kV 50Hz of the lines in the Vosges from Blainville to Remiremont and Lunéville to St Dié, and upgrading of the 7 km from Strasbourg to Kehl, including a second bridge over the Rhine at Kehl.Cost will be Fr26·8bn, of which about Fr3·5bn will come from local authorities – the transport ministry says that ’a very important financial effort’ will be needed by the state. Rolling stock is expected to cost a further Fr6bn.Traffic is expected to reach 15·5 million passengers a year, over 3 million of whom will be making international trips. oTGV Est:last_img read more