Wenger never gave up on Bendtner

first_img Bendtner, however, is now set for a spell on the sidelines having sprained his ankle in scoring the goal which Wenger believes was reward for his positive attitude since returning to the first-team picture this season. “Nicklas is a player who has gone through some difficult periods, so I just want to give him great credit,” said Wenger, who was already without lead striker Olivier Giroud because of his own ankle problem. “I told him already today that he is back to the level I want him to be at, and if he continues to develop like that he will come back into the team. “Unfortunately he got injured today. He was a bit unlucky, he said he landed on the foot of a Cardiff player and sprained his ankle. It looks like it is not a question of days, but weeks. “I am very sad for us, but for him as well.” Bendtner, 25, has endured a testing spell of his career, with unsuccesful loans at the likes of Sunderland and Juventus before seeing hopes of a move to Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day fail to materialise, often becoming a focal point for fans’ frustrations. Wenger continued: “I never give up on people because you always have to give them credit. “I know the expression of the fans is only the diagnosis of the day – they are always ready to change their mind if you put the effort and the performance in.” Bendtner is out of contract at the end of the season, and so could now sign an agreement to move abroad as a free agent. Wenger said: “It is January 1 so we cannot stop him [talking to clubs abroad], but he says he wants to stay here. “If he is focused on staying with us and his job, he is a great striker.” The Gunners boss maintains he will wait to decide how he tackles the January sales, with the squad in need of some attacking reinforcements. “I don’t know, it doesn’t mean we go straight from Nicklas’ ankle straight to the transfer market,” Wenger said. Wenger felt his side showed great character to finally break Cardiff’s determined resistance. He said: “It looked like in the last 25 minutes like the goal was coming, but sometimes it doesn’t – and not only does it not come but you are then caught on the counter-attack. “We needed resilience and intelligence not to make a mistake at the back and continue to go forward. In the end, Nicklas got us great relief.” Wenger revealed scans on Mesut Ozil’s shoulder problem showed “no big damage”. He said: “I believe Ozil will be short for Saturday (against Tottenham in the FA Cup) and should be ready for Aston Villa (on January 13).” Arsenal are now a point ahead of Manchester City once again, with Chelsea also having won on New Year’s Day, as did Liverpool. Wenger said: “We have a good togetherness in the side, the players come on with the right attitude and that makes the difference. “You know that if you do not have that in the championship, then you have no chance to do it. “We have that in the squad, we have to take care of that spirit and show it in every game.” For Cardiff, all the uncertainty off the pitch has not helped produce results, with the defeat at Arsenal making it just one victory from 10 league matches. Caretaker manager David Kerslake said: “We knew coming here, they have got wonderful talented players and that we would be put under the kosh, but you saw the discipline of the side, the way they defended for each other I thought we were going to hang on.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintained he had never given up on Nicklas Bendtner after the Denmark striker netted a late goal to help beat managerless Cardiff 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, but is now set to be sidelined for few weeks with an ankle injury. Press Association It had looked like the Bluebirds, with potential new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watching from the stands, would hold out for a much-needed point in the wake of relentless Arsenal pressure. However, with just two minutes left, substitute Bendtner crashed the ball in from close range after David Marshall had saved Bacary Sagna’s header before, in stoppage time, Theo Walcott sealed the victory which took the Gunners back to the top of the Barclays Premier League table. last_img read more

Friday evidence deadline for gambling’s social and economic Select Committee

first_img Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Industry stakeholders are reminded that they have only one week to return submissions of evidence (deadline Friday 6 September) to the Select Committee researching the ‘social and economic impacts of the gambling industry’ on UK society.Announced this July, the House of Lords established a Select Committee seeking to gain ‘research insights and valuable facts’ on the UK gambling sector and its impact on individuals affected by gambling disorders.The Select Committee is led by Lord Grade of Yarmouth, who leading the inquiry underlined the need for concrete evidence from a wide range of organisations, aiding future policy development on gambling, improving standards and regulatory oversight for the sectors diverse stakeholders.Calling for greater evidence, the Committee seeks to assess a number of factors that may have been undermined by a ‘lack of accurate estimates of the extent of the problem’.Within its remit, the inquiry will review ‘the current state of the UK gambling industry’ and its contribution towards research, education, and the treatment of problem gamblers.The Committee’s call for evidence seeks insights on key criteria related to governing UK gambling, which include whether Gambling Act 2005 has achieved the aim of ‘preventing gambling from becoming a crime or disorder’.Further assessments will be made on whether UK gambling laws need to be updated to reflect significant changes in technology, and whether licensed operators have a legal duty of care towards their customers. Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

WATCH: Jorge Masvidal in fist fight with Leon Edwards after win over Darren Till

first_imgDuring the middle of a question from a reporter, Masvidal actually stopped and addressed fellow welterweight Leon Edwards who was off screen.He can be heard saying, “Maybe, maybe not…hey, come over here and say it to my face.”He then walked over to Edwards and almost immediately started exchanging punches with him.It was truly bizarre scene.OMG pic.twitter.com/yVDoMG0czq— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) March 16, 2019Masvidal, 34, broke a two-fight losing streak with his win over Till. Jorge Masvidal’s night did not end with a knockout victory over Darren Till at UFC London on Saturday.After Masvidal finished the welterweight title contender in the second round, he was doing interviews soon after in the locker room. Edwards took home a split-decision win over Gunnar Nelson during an earlier fight on the night.After his win he said he should get the winner of Till-Masvidal.We’re guessing he didn’t mean immediately after the card concluded.last_img read more