The plenary of the Liberian Senate on its last day sitting before the Easter break, unanimously voted and passed into law the restructured Liberia National Police (LNP) Act and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Act of 2015, respectively.The two Acts were among several bills submitted last October and November to the Upper House by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for enactment into law, on the first day of the six weeks extended sitting expected from the suspension of their annual agriculture break which she requested of members of that body through a proclamation.In a letter accompanying the new Acts and read before plenary Thursday, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veteran Affairs Stephen Zargo, informed his colleagues that members of his committee reached their decision urging for passage after initiating several public hearings with the full participation of current and past national security actors, civil society groups and representatives of the country’s foreign partners.“After various consultations and public hearings, I hereby present the final draft of the bill, the Liberia National Police Act and the Liberia Immigration Act, and therefore recommend to the honorable Senate the passage into law of these two most important national security bills,” Chairman Zargo noted in the brief letter.Proffering the motion for passage from his Gbarpolu County seat (as Vice President Joseph Boakai, President of the Senate presided), Pro Tempore Armah Jallah urged his colleagues to give the two Acts the third reading category which is the last gate before passage. His plea was granted unanimously.Members of the committee included Senators Morris Saytumah, Bomi; Jonathan Kaipay, Grand Bassa; Prince Y. Johnson, Nimba; Albert Chie, Grand Kru; Danile Naatehn, Gbarpolu; George Weah, Montserrado; H. Dan Morais, Maryland; Conmany Wesseh, River Gee; Francis Paye, Rivercess; Jewel Howard Taylor, Bong; J. Milton Teahjay, Sinoe, and Stephen A. Zargo, chairman.It may be recalled that in a letter dated October 30, 2015 addressed to Senators sitting in extended session, President Sirleaf informed the Legislature that the Liberia National Police (LNP) Act of 2015 puts into place the necessary legal framework of the establishment of the LNP as a semi-autonomous agency under the Ministry of Justice to be headed by an Inspector General of police. In keeping with the purpose of this new bill, President Sirleaf noted in her letter, “the LNP acting as an instrument of the state must provide an atmosphere of safety and security, protect lives and property and foster respect for human rights.” She asserted that it represents a significant milestone in the process leading to the UNMIL transition.President Sirleaf reminded the lawmakers that when signed into law, the Act will fulfill the commitment of the government to the United Nations Security Council towards a new police act approved prior to the September 2015 review of the UN Mission mandate in Liberia.With respect to the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Act of 2015, President Sirleaf in her letter said passage of the Act into law replaces the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization (BIN), which was established within the Ministry of Justice under Section 22.11, Sub-chapter (a), Chapter 22 of the Executive Laws; Chapter 12 of the Liberia Code of Law Revised; and Section 2.2 of the Alien Nationality Law of Liberia as amended is now repealed.The LIS Act of 2015 by passage shall now enforce all laws and regulations relating to immigration, citizenship, naturalization and related matters.In the Act submitted to the Senate, President Sirleaf emphasized that the LIS Act addresses policy issues that need to be in conformity with international standards. The issue of providing a clear heretical structure, decentralization of Liberia Immigration Service, respect for law, disciplined immigration officers, immigration officers or civilian personnel being subjected to civilian authority of a civilian complaint review commission, among others, were all cardinal points considered in this act, President Sirleaf noted.“Mr. Pro Tempore, in fulfillment of Liberia’s commitment to maintain a secure and stable country in the absence of UNMIL, and considering the improved governance and heretical structure outlined in the act, the LIS will iterate and transition into international surety standard in performance of its required immigration duties.”The passage of the two acts comes at a time when there are calls for the capitalization of the national security apparatus to avert any terrorist attack within the territorial confines of Liberia after the recent terrorist attack on a resort in neighboring La Cote d’Ivoire which left over a dozen killed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Mesut Ozil (L) teed up first-half goals for Theo Walcott (C) and Olivier Giroud (R) at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal secured a 2-1 win over Manchester City. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, December 22- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger heralded Mesut Ozil after the German playmaker rose from his sickbed to inspire his team to victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester City.Ozil teed up first-half goals for Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium on Monday as Arsenal secured a 2-1 win that left them four points above City and two points below leaders Leicester City. Ozil, 27, now has 15 assists for the campaign — just three fewer than Cesc Fabregas’s league-leading tally from last season — and Wenger revealed afterwards that he had spent most of the previous week in bed.“He had a chest infection for the week and he was in bed, basically,” Wenger said.“He had only one training session yesterday. So for a guy who could not prepare well, he has done extremely well physically.”Despite Ozil’s role in the build-up, Walcott’s goal was primarily his own work, the England forward cutting inside his man from the left and curling a glorious right-foot shot inside the right-hand post from 20 yards.But the assist for Giroud’s goal, in first-half stoppage time, was vintage Ozil, the former Real Madrid man sliding a pass into the path of the Arsenal centre-forward, who drilled a low shot between Joe Hart’s legs.“At the end of the day you need one guy who gives the ball to the one who scores the goal,” Wenger told his post-game press conference.“In our team, most of the time, Ozil is this player. The guys who make you win. And he is that.”Wenger also revealed that striker Alexis Sanchez has sustained a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out of action for three weeks.City threatened to snatch an improbable point when Yaya Toure languidly stroked a left-foot shot into Petr Cech’s top-right corner with eight minutes to play, but by then the damage had already been done.With captain Vincent Kompany still absent due to a calf injury, City looked vulnerable at centre-back, where Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi once again toiled.– ‘Ready to fight’ –Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker (C) and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure during their Premier League match at Emirates Stadium on December 21, 2015. PHOTO/AFPCity have kept one clean sheet in the nine league games Kompany has missed, compared to seven in the eight games he has played, and manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted that his side are “conceding too many goals”.There was also tacit acknowledgement that City, who have already lost five times this season, will struggle to mount a sustained title challenge without Kompany in their ranks.“We hope that Vincent will return back soon,” Pellegrini said.“So with Vincent returning to the team, with David (Silva) and Sergio (Aguero) playing normally every week, I suppose we are going to continue being an important team in the fight for the title.”Confirmation that Pep Guardiola is to leave Bayern Munich has only heightened speculation that Pellegrini’s days at the Etihad Stadium are numbered, but he said that he had no trouble dealing with the rumours.“No, it’s no difficult,” he said. “It’s very easy. You must be concentrated and focused on your work.“I understand that we must improve, especially in the games that we are playing away. But we’ll continue being involved in all the competitions. They’re important points, but not decisive points.”While Wenger was wary of declaring his team title favourites, he acknowledged that victory over City will galvanise conviction that Arsenal can end their 12-year wait for the Premier League title.“It’s too early to say to win the league, but it strengthens our belief that we have our word to say,” he said.“You realise that you earn your right to win these games. For us it’s important we realise that. We have to be ready to fight like that in every single game.“What’s interesting in my side is there’s a real life in the team, a real togetherness and great solidarity. So let’s take care of that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
And fans’ favourite Torres ensured Atletico got three points to go along with a carnival atmosphere with a double inside the opening 11 minutes.“It is difficult to express the feelings that you experience on a day like this,” Torres to BeIN Sports Spain.“It was very emotional during the whole game. With the fans there were memories of many moments we have experienced here since we were kids.”Torres, 33, volleyed home Antoine Griezmann’s cushioned header to open the scoring before kissing the Atletico badge.Three minutes later Griezmann was again involved as this time his pass was headed into Torres’s path by Koke for an acrobatic finish.Torres, who is in his second spell at the club having broken into the first team as a teenager back in 2001, could yet leave Atletico this summer with his contract set to expire in June.And he was denied potentially the perfect send-off when a spectacular goal-line clearance from Aymeric Laporte prevented Torres from completing his hat-trick.Torres was replaced moments later to a standing ovation before the visitors threatened to spoil the party when Inaki Williams rounded off a fine team move 20 minutes from time.However, Angel Correa added a third for Atletico a minute from time.Atletico had already secured third place in La Liga for a third straight season, but defeat in what is expected to be coach Ernesto Valverde’s final game before taking over at Barcelona next season means Bilbao miss out on qualifying for the Europa League.Real Sociedad leapfrogged their Basque rivals into sixth thanks to Juanmi’s 93rd minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.Bilbao could be handed a reprieve, though, and make the Europa League if Barcelona beat Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.Villarreal sealed fifth place with a 3-1 win at Valencia.The title will be decided later on Sunday as Real Madrid just need to avoid defeat at Malaga to see off Barcelona, who host Eibar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico de Madrid’s forward Fernando Torres heads the ball against Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on May 21, 2017 © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, May 21 – Fernando Torres was the fitting match winner as Atletico Madrid waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Sunday.Atletico were playing their final competitive match at their home for the past 50 years before moving to the new 67,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium on the other side of Madrid next season.
Carson was one win away from the L.A. City Section final last season, and Coach Mike Christensen is the envy of many in the area with a gargantuan collection of returning talent. Yet being the marked team has its downside because every situation is more magnified. The cause for concern has been quarterback Dominique Blackman, who has committed to the University of Washington but has been suspended indefinitely from the team for what Christensen said were violations of multiple team rules. “It was just stupid stuff,” Christensen said. “It’s stuff that happens to young people when they make poor choices. Hopefully he’s learned his lesson. He’s learning every day.” For as much as Blackman is a question mark, the Colts have plenty of exclamation points in running back Jack Sula, tight end Morrell Presley and offensive lineman Matthew Hunt. “We’re stacked,” Hunt said. The difference between being a good team and a great team might fall on Blackman, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound talent with tremendous raw skills. Blackman said he has received offers from Ohio State, Florida State and Tennessee after committing to Washington in June. Blackman said his parents, Pauline Moses and Tony Green, his cousin Larry Patterson and counselor Allison Manumaleuna have provided support during a tumultuous summer. “I made a couple of mistakes,” said Blackman, who has a 3.6 GPA. “It was about being around the wrong people. It was being where I shouldn’t have been and not where I should’ve been. I’m trying to learn from the situation and trying to be a better person. “The coaches told me it comes down to making good decisions, being a good teammate and being consistent on the field, especially at practice.” Blackman is still practicing with the team, but sophomore backup quarterback Daniel Torres is getting plenty of reps and will start Friday night against Grandview, Colo. “I took it pretty hard at first,” Presley said. “It took a minute to get over the situation. It’s going to hurt us not having him out there, but we’re going to do the best we can until he comes back. He has to show he wants to be on this team.” Christensen said the hard part for Blackman will be when the games start. But the team has already tried to start the healing process. “We were all angry at him at first,” Sula said. “But Dominique knows what he did wrong. He apologized to the whole team, and we forgave him. We just have to help him right now.” Sula has been offered a scholarship at linebacker by San Diego State and by six other schools at running back. Christensen said Sula may not be the fastest or strongest running back in Southern California, but that he’s the most complete. Sula rushed for 1,834 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. Presley has committed to USC as a junior. Hunt is a brute on the line. And the Colts are loaded athletically at virtually every position. “(Blackman) is a real big part of this team, but without him, we still feel we have a lot of weapons,” Sula said. “The Marine League should be automatic for us because we feel we’ve gotten better from last year. We’re shooting for a City title.” email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MARINE LEAGUE: Carson has terrific talent returning, but star QB is suspended. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER On paper, Carson might be the best returning team in the South Bay.
Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista says he never imagined playing in the Premier League.The Brazilian moved to the Emirates in January, arriving from Villarreal for £11.3m.However, the 24-year-old defender has now revealed he never dreamed of plying his trade in the Premier League.“I never imagined playing in England,” Gabriel told Arsenal Player.“But when we had pre-season games here I started to look at English football more closely and I wanted to join a Premier League team.“I spoke with my agent and we had a friendly conversation about my desire of joining a top English club. Months later, this offer came, much to my delight, and things are going well.” Gabriel Paulista in action for Arsenal 1
8 The Christmas period is going to be busy for everyone, and in particular Fantasy Premier League managers.Not only will you be stuffing your faces, and feasting on football action, you’ll have to keep up to date with the latest news and altering your team.As such, we’ve taken an early look at the next few fixtures and come up with eight players who you should consider taking out of your squads.Click the right arrow above to see the players we believe you should take out of your Fantasy Premier League team… 4. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) – £7.2m – The Potters star is suspended for their match with Liverpool and then in the next game they face Chelsea. 8 5. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) – £4.7m – The Argentine right-back suffered a slight knee ligament injury and will at least miss one match over the festive period and possibly two. 8 8 8 8. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) – £5.9m – He put in a game-winning, man of the match performance against Burnley on Sunday afternoon but looked to be struggling with a knock throughout before eventually being substituted. Tottenham rotated their full-backs this time last year and it could happen again. You have been warned. 1. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – £4.7m – Click the right arrow above for more players to remove from your Fantasy Premier League team… – The Blues midfield whirling dervish is suspended for one match after picking up five cautions, but also, hes not getting many points. 3. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) – £5.3m – Firstly, just like many others on this list, the Austrian is suspended for one game. But hes also performing below-par and isnt having a season like he did last year. 8 2. Diego Costa (Chelsea) – £10.9m – For at least one game, you should ditch the Spain international. He is suspended for the Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth and should be replaced with another striker, possibly Michy Batshuayi, for the match. 8 7. Charlie Austin (Southampton) – £6.6m – A surprising 3.9 per cent of you still have this Saint in your side even though hes out for several months through injury. 8 6. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) – £5.8m – The winger was just beginning to work himself into a regular role with the Gunners but a slight hamstring problem could keep him out for a game or two. Dont risk it.
20 20 Joint 19th. Everton’s record signing cost £28 million – Romelu Lukaku arrived at Everton from Chelsea in 2014, and has gone from strength to strength playing for the Toffees. 14. Liverpool’s record signing cost £35 million – Sadio Mane almost broke Andy Carrolls transfer record this summer, but the 2011 signing of the West Ham forward remains Liverpools biggest deal. =19. Inter Milan’s record signing cost £28 million – The longest running transfer record in this list, Christian Vieri was signed by Inter Milan in 1999. 20 20 The world transfer record was broken in the summer of 2016 when Manchester United signed Paul Pogba from Juventus for a £89.3 million fee.The French midfielder returned to Old Trafford after four years with Juventus, who themselves broke their own club transfer record last summer by bringing in striker Gonzalo Higuain from Serie A rivals Napoli.But which other clubs have enormous transfer records? talkSPORT have dug through the data and found the top 20 teams ranked by their most expensive signing.Click the right arrow, above, to see the full rankings, listed in order of increasing value… 20 20 20 20 15. Bayern Munich’s record signing cost £34.5 million – An enormous fee for a holding midfielder, but Javi Martinez has lived up to his fee since arriving in Munich in 2012. 20 3. Juventus’s record signing cost £75.3 million – Juventus signed Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain in the summer of 2016 for an incredible £73.5m fee. 5. Shanghai SIPG’s record signing cost £60 million – The Chinese transfer record was broken at the beginning of 2017, when Chelsea midfielder Oscar signed for Shanghai SIPG. =7. Manchester City’s record signing cost £51 million – Manchester City purchased Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg in 2015. 10. Arsenal’s record signing cost £42.5 million – Opinion dividing playmaker Mesut Ozil remains Arsenals biggest ever signing, having moved from Real Madrid in 2013. 12. Jiangsu Suning’s record signing cost £38.4 million – Another player who chose a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League ahead of a Premier League switch, Alex Teixeira signed for Jiangsu at the beginning of 2016. 1. Manchester United’s record signing cost £89.3 million – Paul Pogba broke the world transfer record when he returned to Manchester United before the start of the season. 20 20 =16. Zenit St Petersburg’s record signing cost £32 million – The Russian transfer record was set when Hulk moved from Porto to Zenit in 2012. 20 9. Chelsea’s record signing cost £50 million – Fernando Torres struggled to live up to his price tag at Chelsea, after arriving from Liverpool in January 2011. =16. Guangzhou Evergrande’s record signing cost £32 million – Jackson Martinez completed a big-money move to China in the early weeks of 2016. =7. AS Monaco’s record signing cost £51 million – The second time Falcao makes this list, having left Atletico for Monaco in 2013. 20 13. Lazio’s record signing cost £36 million – Still Lazios record signing despite happening almost 17 years ago, Hernan Crespo completed his transfer from Parma in the summer of 2000. 20 6. Paris Saint-Germain’s record signing cost £55.6 million – Edinson Cavani was signed by PSG in 2013 during their big-spending years, and he remains their record signing. 20 20 20 20 20 20 11. Atletico Madrid’s record signing cost £40 million – Falcao moved from Porto to Atletico Madrid in 2011. 2. Real Madrid’s record signing cost £86 million – Gareth Bale is Real Madrids record signing, having been brought to the Bernabeu for a then world record fee of £86m in 2013. 18. Tottenham Hotspur’s record signing cost £30 million – Spurs completed the signing of Moussa Sissoko on deadline day of the summer 2016 transfer window. 4. Barcelona’s record signing cost £75 million – Luis Suarez was brought to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014.
Rashford joined in on the act by completing a fine counter-attack as the visitors took their goal tally to 14 goals in four matches.A first clean sheet was another shot in the arm, although poor misses from Atsu and Salomon Rondon underlined the work still required for Solskjaer at the back.The Newcastle pair were a particularly unsettling presence in the first half.Paul Pogba and Rashford had early attempts, before Atsu forced David De Gea into a good low stop in the 13th minute.The fleet-footed Ghanaian quickly got another attempt on goal as United wobbled, with Phil Jones looking most likely to falter. It took a superb recovery tackle to prevent Rondon scoring after the visiting centre-back lost his nerve under pressure when facing his own goal.Atsu sent a shot across De Gea’s goal as Newcastle continued to threaten a surprise opener in a match that the home side were dominating most of the play. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 100 per cent record as Manchester United manager continued as the Red Devils won at Newcastle United 2-0.Solskjaer has now won his first four games in charge of the club with second half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford to thank for giving him the points at St James’ Park. ADVICE Paul Pogba shields the ball against Newcastle 4 REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Anthony Martial was troubling the hosts with his movement and struck over the bar shortly after Dubravka rushed out to block Rashford.The England forward had half-hearted penalty appeals rejected and Pogba dragged wide towards the end of the half, with Rondon heading over when well placed.Solskjaer’s Reds returned in bright form and Rashford lashed across the face of goal shortly after play resumed, but they were far from in control. Atsu continued to prove a handful and hit across the face of goal before seeing penalty appeals rejected, with Jonjo Shelvey, on for the injured Mohamed Diame, seeing a shot safely dealt with by De Gea.Solskjaer turned to his talent-filled bench in the 63rd minute, bringing on Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku – a move that paid immediate dividends.Rashford stood over the ball 30 yards from goal and hit a fizzing free-kick that Dubravka inexplicably spilled, with Lukaku alert to direct home with his first touch. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a perfect record as United boss huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? It is back-to-back goals for both Lukaku and Rashford as the club are flourishing under their caretaker boss.It was a dogged display that showed flashes of exciting attacking football at a ground where United had fallen to defeat in February, thanks in no small part to a man-of-the-match display by Martin Dubravka.Newcastle’s goalkeeper was in the headlines for the wrong reasons this time as he spilled a stinging Rashford free-kick, allowing sub Lukaku to turn home just 38 seconds after coming on. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED no dice REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 4 Latest Football News MONEY REVEALED Lukaku scoring his goal for Manchester United BEST OF Phil Jones puts in a challenge at St James’ Park shining Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 4 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 It was a gut punch that Newcastle attempted to react to, with Atsu going closest with an effort that some inside the ground thought was in.But Solskjaer’s side showed their teeth to wrap things up on the break.Lukaku, Sanchez and Rashford were all involved during a sharp counter attack that showed smart interplay and a calm finish by the latter.Newcastle had a few half chances as they pushed for a late consolation, although Pogba wasted the chance for a late third after rounding the goalkeeper.
Their record stands at 26 goals scored and 28 goals conceded in 15 away matches, and real questions have been asked of Emery over Arsenal’s complete lack of defensive solidity when they visit their rivals.The Gunners’ woeful defence is emphasised by a quite remarkable record – a record extended when Arsenal lost to Everton on Sunday afternoon.Marco Silva’s Toffees took the lead with Phil Jagielka netting inside the opening 10 minutes, to make it another away goal conceded for Arsenal. REVEALED Emery has enjoyed a promising debut season in the Arsenal dugout 3 Jagielka directed the ball past Bernd Leno from close range Bernd Leno has kept five Premier League clean sheets this season Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Getty BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED huge blow REPLY shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ gameday cracker Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Unai Emery’s debut season as Arsenal manager can be fairly judged as a good one… but it is clear there is one problem he just cannot solve.The Gunners continue to battle for a top four finish and remain in the Europa League, and they’ve shown a real improvement from Arsene Wenger’s final term in charge. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS However, Arsenal’s promising Premier League campaign is almost entirely down to their home form, with the Gunners the third best team in the division based only upon their results at the Emirates Stadium.Things have not been so good when Arsenal travel away from home, however.Incredibly, Arsenal currently sit 10th in the Premier League away form table, behind the likes of Leicester, Crystal Palace and Watford, as well as the other five of their top six rivals.While Emery’s side have scored 39 goals and conceded just 12 in 17 home matches, they’ve actually conceded more than they’ve scored on their travels. no dice 3 3 And, incredibly, this goal meant Arsenal have played the whole 2018/19 Premier League season to date without keeping a SINGLE clean sheet away from home.In fact, Arsenal have kept just one clean sheet away from home in their past 25 matches – at Huddersfield in the final game of Wenger’s reign as manager.They are the only team to have failed to keep an away clean sheet this season. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The Gunners even conceded when they visited Huddersfield this season, despite the Terriers managing to net just eight times at the John Smith’s Stadium all term.Arsenal have four away matches remaining this season as they seek to end their clean sheet hoodoo, though given their trips are to Watford, Wolves, Leicester and Burnley, there is a real chance the Gunners may go the entire season without keeping a single clean sheet away from home.
Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has said that he has no issues with a World Cup qualifier cutting short his summer break but said Scott Brown may feel differently.The national team’s match against England at Hampden is on June 10, just ten days before Celtic return to pre-season training ahead of their Champions League qualification campaign. That means a short break at the end of a long season for the sizeable Celtic contingent likely to be called up by Scotland but Gordon isn’t fazed by such a short break.The goalkeeper endured three years on the sidelines after serious knee injury and said that made him appreciate every opportunity to play in key matches. “I’ll just play in every game I can possibly play in,” he said. “It is a sacrifice when you’re an international and you don’t get as much holiday time but I had a long spell out of the game so I want to play in every game I possibly can between now and the end of my career so I’m looking forward to it. “I think everybody’s different. Looking at it there’s maybe 10 days or two weeks between the England game and the start of pre-season here. “There’s the friendly matches to get in there as well and you don’t know if there’s any new signings coming in and you have to get them bedded in to the team as well. “We’ll be working on that then but it’s the manager’s job here to sit down and have a look at that and see when everybody comes back in and when they fit everybody into pre-season training. “It’s a juggling act but one that the coaching staff here’ll have to deal with.”Gordon’s club captain Brown retired from international duty in order to prolong his club career but returned to Gordon Strachan’s squad for the last two qualifiers. He said that the extended breaks had helped him and was to review his international commitments on a game-by-game basis.Gordon said that the midfielder would make up his own mind and had a lot of football to play before a decision was due.“I don’t think he’ll get [six weeks off] regardless, it’s going to be a quick turnaround,” he said. “There’s still quite a lot of games to go this season but it’s up to him and how his body feels towards the end of the season. “There’s still a long way to go until the England game. We’ll have to concentrate on our football here now. “We’ve still got a lot to play for and try and do as well as we possibly can between now and the end of the season and then look at the situation from there.”