Ian Wright hits out at Arsenal decision to announce significant job losses The majority of Arsenal’s first team squad agreed to take a pay cut earlier this year (Picture: Getty)It is also believed Arsenal’s current plans in the transfer market will not be affected by the job cuts, as Chelsea winger Willian continues to be heavily linked with a free transfer to the Emirates Stadium.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have been working hard to ensure that Arsenal Football Club emerges in a robust and strong position for the future,” the statement read.‘In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19.‘Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season.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‘Over recent years we have consistently invested in additional staff to take the club forward but with the expected reduction of income in mind, it is now clear that we must reduce our costs further to ensure we are operating in a sustainable and responsible way, and to enable us to continue to invest in the team.‘Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.’MORE: Arsenal and Man Utd centre-back target Gabriel makes transfer decisionMORE: Perry Groves urges Arsenal to complete ‘no-brainer’ signing of Willian, who is ‘better’ than Nicolas PepeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Aug 2020 11:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link392Shares Arsenal confirmed they are set to make a raft of redundancies (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has questioned the club’s decision to make 55 members of staff redundant.The FA Cup winners made the announcement on Wednesday and pointed to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on finances as the reason for the move.In a statement issued by the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham, they pointed to severe drops in broadcast revenue.The cuts will come across some football departments as well as commercial and administrative roles.ADVERTISEMENTWhile the players, who took a pay cut earlier this year, are said to be dismayed, Wright tweeted his apparent dismay at the news, reciting the iconic quote of his former team-mate and close friend David Rocastle, tweeting: ‘Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent!!!’
The area between 28th Street, 30th Street, Hoover Street and Figueroa Street was shut down Wednesday afternoon after a suspect in an armed robbery fled from police.The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department apprehended the suspect, who was hiding between the Delta Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon houses on The Row, at approximately 5 p.m.According to Jeff Onoa, shift supervisor at CVS Pharmacy on Figueroa Street and 32nd Street, a suspect pulled a gun on a woman outside the store. The woman ran inside the store, while the suspect fled north toward 28th Street. The incident was captured on surveillance footage.“She ran into the store and that’s what scared some of our customers,” Onoa said.Onoa said there was no attempt made to rob the store.Witnesses said that the suspect ran from near the Phi Kappa Psi house across 28th Street, then crawled into an area where dumpsters are kept behind Delta Gamma.Daniel Turner, Tau Kappa Epsilon’s facilities manager, found the suspect crouched in the alley between Delta Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon.“Behind DG and the next building … I was back there cleaning up, [and] I walked over there and there he was crouched down,” Turner said. “I told him ‘You better come out before the police shoot you.’ Pretty soon he came out and the cops were waiting right there. They apprehended him and put him in handcuffs.”Daniel Wagner, a sophomore majoring in international relations, witnessed the suspect being taken into custody from inside Tau Kappa Epsilon and noticed he was injured.“Our facilities manager went outside, and he saw a trail of blood and followed it … He saw the shooter crouching there … His whole leg was bleeding out,” Wagner said.The cause of his injuries are unknown.A Trojan Alert was sent out at 4:55 warning students to stay clear of the area. A second Trojan Alert was sent at 5:35 stated that the incident was resolved and the area was safe.Saharra Griffin contributed to this report.
Black Stars legend Osei Kofi argues that although Stephen Appiah is the best captain of his generation, the player shouldn’t be called ‘the best ever’.Appiah, 34, recently announced his retirement, bringing to an end a career which saw him rise through the ranks to become one of the most respected skippers on the continent.The former Juventus and Fenerbahçe midfielder led Ghana to its maiden World Cup in 2006 and followed it up by leading the team in 2010, too.These achievements, Osei Kofi said, makes the ‘Tornado’ the most successful Black Stars captain in his generation.“Stephen Appiah was one of the best in his generation, no doubt about that. But he is not the most successful captain for the Black Stars of all time. “I will choose Aggrey Fynn over him,” he said on Asempa FM’s Sports Avenue. The great professorEdward ‘Naabanyin’ Jonah Aggrey-Fynn, known by many aliases because of his varied talents, was a founding member of the Black Stars in 1958. Ohene Djan described Aggrey-Fynn as football’s “gentleman strategist” whilst the late Henry Plange Nyemitei labelled him the “master tactician”. As captain of the Black Stars on an European tour of 1961, Aggrey-Fynn excelled as a leader and remained in command of the Black Stars until they conquered Africa to become the winners of the 1963 Cup of Nations.He led the Black Stars to qualify for the first time to play in the Tokyo Olympics of 1964. Aggrey-Fynn died in 2005.On captaincy…In a related development, the former Kotoko legend – now a reverend minister – also rubbished suggestions by the 2014 World Cup Commission of Inquiry that Asamoah Gyan be given formal leadership training at a recognized institution.This comes on the back of the commission’s recommendation that the Ghana skipper is unfit to handle conflicts in the national team, because the fiasco during the last World Cup happened under his watch.“We are going too far in this country. The commissioners are not technical men so they don’t have technical eyes to tell somebody to go for leadership training before he can succeed”, Osei Kofi added. He also hinted that the Justice Dzamefe-led commission overreached in many of their recommendations.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith