Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal fans to provide ‘powerful energy’ but knows he must convince them first

first_imgMikel Arteta knows he needs to build the trust of the Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal fans to provide his team with a powerful energy and in turn he promises to make their lives better as they will enjoy watching their team.The new Arsenal boss is desperate to repair a tense relationship between the team and the fans which festered under his predecessor, Unai Emery.A toxic atmosphere had developed at the Emirates, which was part of Granit Xhaka being stripped of the club captaincy after a clash with fans when he was substituted against Crystal Palace earlier in the season.Arteta, who captained the Gunners and won two FA Cups during his time as a player at the club, knows that the fans in north London can be a driving force for success and wants to build on the positive response his team received during his opening match as manager – a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think energy is everything, in life, in football and in sports. If we are able to generate this it will give us a lift,’ said the Spaniard. Comment Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal fans to provide ‘powerful energy’ but knows he must convince them first Arteta is looking to foster a relationship with players and fans (Picture: Getty Images)‘I was really pleased with how the fans treated the players [against Bournemouth] and I was happy that the players went to see the fans after the game as well because we need that connection.‘Slowly, we need to build that back to where it was. It’s going to be very powerful for us to use that.’Arteta knows full well that it is a two-way street and the fans need to have some encouragement in order to provide the energy he is looking for, especially when the atmosphere has been so poor in recent weeks.‘Hopefully we can change it,’ Arteta continued. ‘First I need to convince the players and then, if I can convince the players, afterwards we can convince the fans.‘I think it’s very, very important in my job. At the end of the day they’re expecting a lot from us.‘We have to give them enjoyment, we have to make their lives better and, when we win, it will be better because they will be happier.‘It’s our responsibility and we have to do everything we can to achieve that.’Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday in a huge test for Arteta so early in his managerial career.The draw at Bournemouth left the Gunners 11th in the Premier League table and closer to the bottom three in points than fourth place, where Chelsea currently reside.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 CityAfter the point on the south coast, Arteta insisted his aim for the season was simply to make an impact on the team as quickly as possible.‘My only one now is to review the game and find solutions to do it better,’ he said after the draw with the Cherries.‘To attack better, to concede less on the counter-attack, to defend better and prepare a good training session for them to improve them, that’s all.‘I don’t look at the games against Chelsea or [Manchester] United – it’s now. At the moment the urgency is now. And we need an impact now.’MORE: Paul Scholes names Arsenal’s three key players and the problem Mikel Arteta must sort out firstMORE: Granit Xhaka ‘angry’ with Mikel Arteta after talks over Arsenal exit Phil HaighFriday 27 Dec 2019 11:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Continues Push to Vote “No” on Hurtful AHCA as House Debate Continues

first_imgGovernor Wolf Continues Push to Vote “No” on Hurtful AHCA as House Debate Continues March 24, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Healthcare,  Latest News,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – As U.S. House members continue to debate the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in Washington D.C., Governor Wolf is reiterating his strong opposition to the bill in a letter to the Pennsylvania delegation, again urging them to vote no and stressing that the amendments that remove essential health benefits will have devastating effects on millions of Pennsylvanians.“The original text of the AHCA, if put into practice, would have devastating consequences for Pennsylvanians and our economy,” Governor Wolf said in a letter to delegates. “But recent amendments have made a bad situation worse.“Essential health benefits, which the Affordable Care Act guaranteed so insurance companies had to at least establish a baseline for “minimum” coverage, have been removed. That means that prescription drugs, maternity benefits and newborn care, emergency services, and mental health care, among others, will no longer be required elements of health coverage.”Governor Wolf has made protecting care for millions of Pennsylvanians, who could see their coverage eliminated or diminished by the AHCA, a top priority. The AHCA would also have wide-ranging negative impacts on Pennsylvania’s economy by increasing costs for older and vulnerable residents and sharply increasing the amount of uncompensated care provided by already struggling small and rural hospitals.Read the full text of the letter below:Dear Congressman,Thank you for your continued engagement this week as you consider the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As you prepare to debate and vote on the AHCA on the House Floor today, I wanted to take one last opportunity to urge you to vote no.The original text of the AHCA, if put into practice, would have devastating consequences for Pennsylvanians and our economy. But recent amendments have made a bad situation worse. Essential health benefits, which the Affordable Care Act guaranteed so insurance companies had to at least establish a baseline for “minimum” coverage, have been removed. That means that prescription drugs, maternity benefits and newborn care, emergency services, and mental health care, among others, will no longer be required elements of health coverage. Decisions about essential health benefits would be left up to states but significantly reduced federal funding will force states to make one of two decisions – offer the same benefits to a smaller number of people or offer a smaller benefit package to the same number of people. In either case, all the progress we have made to improve health outcomes, reduce the number of uninsured individuals, and serve people in better, more efficient ways will be reversed as benefits are cut and less people are served.It appears that the purpose of the legislative process, to engage in meaningful deliberations that determine the viability of laws and whether they make practical sense in implementation, has been lost in this debate. It has been replaced instead with piecemeal amendments intended to shore up individual votes that continue to strip coverage from more and more people. For the sake of the people of Pennsylvania, and for all Americans, I urge you to vote no on this hurtful and extreme piece of legislation.Sincerely,Tom WolfGOVERNORlast_img read more

Bradford’s progress again halted by injury

first_imgAllen Bradford has to be used to the challenges by now.After entering fall practice as the projected starting running back, the official depth chart released by USC coach Lane Kiffin last week shows Bradford again short of the starting role. Redshirt junior Marc Tyler will start against Hawai’i on Thursday. Bradford will surely get his carries, but he wants that starting job.But just when Bradford seemed so close, it all could be slipping away.A knee bruise he suffered earlier in the month has had a lot to do with holding him back, and he is still not quite 100 percent. Coaches have also said, however, Tyler has been the more consistent back.Bradford maintained that he’s remaining focused and is not giving up on claiming the starting role. But when he talked about being passed up for the starting job, his head hung slightly and he was unable to hide the disappointment in his voice.“I wasn’t as consistent in fall camp, so I’ve just got to bounce back,” Bradford said. “I’ve got to just be Allen Bradford and continue to fight.”You cannot blame Bradford for being frustrated. It has not been an easy road for the fifth-year senior from San Bernardino, Calif.He was recruited to USC as a safety in 2006 but soon moved to tailback. He saw the field quite a bit but not in the role he had imagined. His freshman year he spent some of the season at fullback to help out with depth issues.The next two years were a bit of a blur. Bradford got lost in the shuffle, just another name among the stable of running backs that split time at the position under former coach Pete Carroll. In 2008, he had season-ending hip surgery.Then the whispers began.There was talk that he would transfer, that he was dissatisfied. Three years at USC and he had little to show for it: a couple of touchdowns maybe, but still a tenuous draft status.Last season Bradford finally got his chance. It came in the middle of the season in the form of a 147-yard, two-touchdown performance against Oregon State, earning Bradford Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.Bradford seemed to have finally received what he had sought all these years: recognition. The uphill portion of the journey seemed to be behind him.He soon developed into the Trojans’ most reliable back. He ended up second on the team in total rushing yards with 668, just behind then-junior Joe McKnight.Bradford started only one game, but with McKnight moving on to the NFL, he was primed to step into the starting role in his last chance at USC to make a name for himself.And then he ran into the same obstacle that he had trouble overcoming previously in his career: injury.Tyler, a close friend and former roommate of Bradford’s, will instead have the first crack at solidifying himself at USC. There is not the least hint of bad blood between the teammates, Bradford says. The tailback still regularly gives Tyler — who is a year younger — advice.“I tell him the little things that he’s doing wrong,” Bradford said. “I tell him, ‘Just keep the ball up, and you got to go out there and pace yourself.’”Bradford’s patience might need pacing as well. After already having endured so much adversity, the running back likely has much more ahead.When he thinks of the competition he has faced, trying to assert himself in USC’s crowded backfield, he draws on words of wisdom from his father.“My dad always told me that you compete with yourself,” Bradford said on usctrojans.com, USC’s official athletic website. “You can’t control what everybody else does, you can only control what you do.”That’s why, when Bradford found out the news about Tyler, after calling his dad, he said he looked within himself.“I looked at myself in the mirror because I know I’ve been through a lot, and it’s just another challenge that I have to embrace,” he said.Looking back on Bradford’s history at USC, you want to believe that he’s going to break through at any moment, hit his stride and be the starting running back at USC and maybe move to the next level.Whether that day ever becomes reality is uncertain. But one thing is for sure: Allen Bradford will continue to fight his never-ending battle against the man in the mirror.“Middle Ground” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Josh at jjovanel@usc.edu.last_img read more