Ian Wright rates Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top five after Newcastle win

first_img Comment Advertisement Ian Wright rates Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League after Newcastle win Arsenal have a favourably run of games and are unbeaten in 2020 so far (Picture: Getty)‘I think there’s a lot of work that needs to be done there and he [Mikel Arteta] won’t have the time or the players to do it all this season.‘They’re going to have to wait, spend a lot of money in the summer, and do a lot of things differently to what they’ve been doing, because I don’t see them being good enough to get into the top five.’On Tottenham’s chances of finishing fifth, Wright said: ‘Well they should do. I think with Jose being there, one of the things Tottenham thought they may be able to guarantee is him getting them into the top four.‘I have to say now, you look at Tottenham and this is where you have to say they can kick in and say, “right, we’re really going to cement this place”.’MORE: Graeme Souness slams Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for comments after Arsenal’s win over NewcastleMORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after ending goalless run in win over NewcastleMore: 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 Fifth place could see Arsenal get back into Europe’s top competition (Picture: Premier League)Ian Wright has played down Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top five and potentially securing a Champions League berth and says they need to hope the teams above them drop points.The clubs chasing fourth spot in the Premier League were given a huge boost when UEFA banned Manchester City – who currently occupy second spot – from competing in the Champions League for the next two seasons.If that decision is upheld, fifth place would get a spot in the competition instead, though Wright is not convinced Arsenal can overturn the six-point gap to fifth-placed Spurs despite their big win over Newcastle.center_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Feb 2020 11:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Arsenal moved up to 10th place with a 4-0 win over Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Asked if Arsenal can avoid finishing outside the top six for the first time in 25 years, Wright told Premier League Productions: ‘I think they can finish in the top six, whether they can get to fifth… I think there’s teams [above them] that are going to have to drop points.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When you’re looking at Tottenham at the moment, the way they dug that out today. Sheffield United look brilliant, they look pretty good Sheffield United.‘If Sheffield United finish there [sixth] it would be a magnificent season. Wolves you feel now, with that fifth place such an important position to finish now, you feel like they’ll kick on.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‘I think it’s going to take a lot for Arsenal to finish in fifth now. Teams are going to have drop points and Arsenal are going to have to really kick on with a run.’Fellow pundit Alan Shearer was even more downbeat on Arsenal’s chances, adding: ‘I don’t see them being good enough to get into the top five. Advertisementlast_img read more

Janis “John” Indriksons

first_imgJanis “John” Indriksons, age 76 of Franklin, Indiana and formerly of Indianapolis, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Otterbein Franklin Senior Life Community in Franklin.  Born August 11, 1941 in Riga, Latvia, he is the son of Elza (Nee: Kaukis) and Aleksandrs Indriksons.  He married Diane Weigel September 22, 1973 at St. Louis Church in Batesville.  He served in the Air Force from 1961 to 1962 and after the service became a licensed electrician, working for the Indiana Brotherhood of Electric Workers until retiring.Born in Latvia, his family escaped to Germany in 1945.  In 1950 they immigrated to the United States and he grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.  A sports fan, he enjoyed following the Huskers and Colts and although he liked watching golf, he didn’t golf himself.  John would read the newspaper from front page to back page, liked mowing and fiddling in the yard and according to Diane, loved food.  When Diane got a break from the cooking they were frequent visitors to Bob Evans and Denny’s.  A dog lover, John was very fond of his two Shelties, Brewster and Brandy.He is survived by his wife Diane; brothers Andris (Jean) Indriksons of Zionsville, Indiana, Karlis (Margaret) Indriksons of Lincoln, Nebraska; niece Kristina Indriksons of New York and nephew David (Kristina) Indriksons of Silver Springs, Maryland.  He is preceded in death by his parents.Diane will receive friends from 9 – 10 a.m. with a memorial service following at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 28th at the Otterbein Franklin Senior Life Community Chapel in Franklin.  A visitation will be held Friday, December 29th from 10 – 11 a.m. in Batesville at the Weigel Funeral Home with services following at 11 a.m.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Otterbein Franklin Senior Life Benevolent Fund or St. Rose of Lima Church.last_img read more

Zion Williamson injury update: Duke star to play Thursday against Syracuse

first_imgHe has been sidelined since, and the Blue Devils (26-5) have struggled in his absence, winning just three of their last six games. Related News 🚨 ZI🤯N STATUS UPDATE:🍿🍿🍿💨💨💨🚀🚀🚀✈️👀🎬🚂‼️🍽☀️🦁😈(He’s back) pic.twitter.com/VleciNZ6V6— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 14, 2019Williamson injured his left knee Feb. 20 against North Carolina when he planted his foot to cut and his shoe split apart. Williamson practiced fully with Duke this week in preparation for his return against the Orange (20-12). He is averaging 21.6 points per game with 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Zion Williamson is back.Duke announced that its freshman star will take the court Thursday in the No. 5 Blue Devils’ ACC Tournament matchup against Syracuse at 9 p.m. ET. UNC coach Roy Williams reacts to win over Duke: ‘It was ugly’last_img read more

Titans make Kevin Byard highest-paid safety in NFL history, report says

first_imgIf the report is indeed true, Byard surpasses Redskins safety Landon Collins and Ravens safety Earl Thomas as the highest-paid safety in NFL history. Titans and S Kevin Byard reached agreement on a 5-year, $70.5 million agreement that includes $31 million in guarantees, per source. Byard – who has the same agent (@DavidMulugheta) as Landon Collins and Earl Thomas, now is the highest paid safety in NFL history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2019Byard, 25, was a third-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State in 2016.He has made one Pro Bowl and one All-Pro team in his three NFL seasons.He had eight interceptions in 2017 and four more in 2018 while totaling 228 total tackles in his first three seasons combined. The Titans clearly think a lot of safety Kevin Byard.Tennessee gave Byard a five-year, $70.5 million extension with $31 million in guarantees, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.last_img read more

Review spurred by inmate deaths faults with DOC policies

first_imgA review of the Alaska Department of Corrections ordered by Gov. Bill Walker found outdated policies, cases of lax or informal consequences for apparent employee misconduct and mistrust between corrections staff and management.A report on the review’s findings also raised issues with the use of solitary confinement, a state law that allows for intoxicated individuals to be held in prison for protective custody and training for corrections employees.The review was prompted by several inmate deaths and conducted over 11 weeks by a special assistant to Walker, Dean Williams, and Joe Hanlon, a former FBI agent.The report states the review tries to acknowledge what’s going right but is focused on what’s wrong within the department to identify areas for improvement.last_img read more