Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac left out of Arsenal squad to face Newcastle United over security fears

first_imgMesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have been left out of Arsenal’s squad to face Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have been left out of Arsenal’s squad for this weekend’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle United.The Gunners, who finished fifth in the Premier League last term, kick-start their 2019-20 campaign with a trip to St James’ Park on Sunday.Unai Emery will be without midfielder Ozil and defender Kolasinac, however, after the pair were involved in a carjacking attempt by an armed gang in north-west London on July 28.A statement from Arsenal said: ‘Mesut and Sead will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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‘The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives.‘We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support.‘We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as son as possible. We will not be making any further comment on the matter.’Arsenal looked on course to finish in the top four last season before dropping to fifth, one point below north London rivals Tottenham. Advertisement Comment Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac left out of Arsenal squad to face Newcastle United over security fears Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 5:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Ozil and Kolasinac were the victims of an attempted carjacking (Picture: Twitter)Speaking ahead of the new season, Gunners boss emery said: ‘Our ambition is to do the best possible in the all the competitions, the most important of these is the Premier League.‘Our first target is to be in the top four, we reduced the distance last season. Manchester City and Liverpool are stronger than the others at the beginning.‘We want to compete with them and reduced the points gap. Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea have the same objectives.‘Last year the difference was really small and the challenge now is for us to achieve a top-four finish.‘Other teams are coming back, signing new players and working very well. The Premier League is the best competition in the world. We are going to work to compete and get into the top four.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more

This acreage home comes with its own private rainforest

first_img9 St Michael Court, RangewoodFANCY a walk in the park? This one-acre property has got you covered in more ways than one.A love for gardening and wildlife has seen the owners of 9 St Michael Court, Rangewood, turn their beloved home into a nature lovers’ delight that includes what is believed to be Townsville’s own private man-made rainforest retreat.It’s certainly not something you’d expect to find in a suburb with a bush-like setting.Owners Bill and Margo Morris said they purchased the property 12 years ago, with the vision to create an exclusive lifestyle for themselves and their extended family. 9 St Michael Court, Rangewood“When we bought this property, there was nothing out the back,” Ms Morris said. “Bill created it all. He was the one with the vision, which is funny, because he was never really a gardener.“He would come home from work, we’d turn the flood lights on, and he’d be out there, moving dirt and creating what you see here today, including the rainforest.With lush lawns, two waterfalls, two ponds populated by goldfish and a huge gazebo among it all, lovers of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden will never want to leave. There are even possums and kookaburras to feed. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20209 St Michael Court, RangewoodThe exclusive property is now listed for sale at an unmissable price of $725,000 and includes a modern and well cared-for two-level home that includes a master-suite, privately situated above the other three bedrooms and living areas.A large ensuite with a double-bowl vanity complements the master bedroom, while the main bathroom for the three lower bedrooms is also large, airy and situated beside a shaded courtyard.The three tiled, internal living areas are semi open plan in design and give a free-flowing feeling of space, especially with the high ceilings. 9 St Michael Court, RangewoodThe home is fully air-conditioned with split systems. Outside, the entertainment area is outstanding. A large tiled patio is located beside a big pool with beautifully landscaped surrounds.The property is fully serviced by town water, a bore and sprinkler systems.The three-bay shed is styled in the American barn style and has a mezzanine floor for extra storage and there’s a powered container also if you need more storage. 9 St Michael Court, RangewoodMs Morris said the decision to sell was made with a heavy heart.“Bill isn’t well and the house and garden is becoming too much for him to manage,” she said.“So we’re going down to Harris Crossing to a much smaller block. “It’s been a tough decision to make and I do worry about the property and hope we’ll find a buyer who will love it and care for it as much as we have.”last_img read more

Arizona State a constant bother

first_imgAubrey Kragen is a senior majoring in communication. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Release the Kragen,” runs Fridays. To comment on this story, visit or email Aubrey at I hate Arizona State.I mean, I really, really, really hate Arizona State.My animosity toward that university goes back to my freshman year at USC.Pullin’ me back · Senior linebacker Hayes Pullard has felt the sting of losing to Arizona State twice in his five-year career as a Trojan. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanLet’s take a little trip down memory lane. Freshman year, I was still with my high school boyfriend (dumb, I know), who went to Arizona State. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to head out for the USC game in Tempe in 2011.We sat in the sweltering Arizona sun for hours to get early bird tickets to be able to sit in the first couple of rows (Why isn’t it just first-come, first-served at the stadium before the game starts? I don’t know, maybe because it’s Arizona State and they can’t do anything right.)Except that night they did do something right. They did something right that they hadn’t done since 1999. They beat USC. The Trojans entered that game sporting a 3-0 record and a No. 23 ranking, so I was feeling pretty confident.Confident enough, in fact, that I decided it would be a good idea to wear my cardinal USC T-shirt smack dab in the middle of Arizona State’s drunk, sweaty sea of gold.Big mistake.People screamed at me. People threw things at me. Even Sparky the Sun Devil, ASU’s creepy mascot with a weak mustache, towered over me and tried to intimidate me. It worked. I almost cried.I also almost cried after USC took its only lead of the game late in the third and went on to cede 22 straight points to lose the game, 43-22. I’m pretty sure there’s something in the air there that just magically lowers everyone’s IQ, and that definitely seemed to be the case with the Trojans in the second half of that game.One of the only things that kept me from crying was laughing at the whole student section pouring out of the stadium after the game and cheering, “Let’s get wasted!” Jackasses.For some reason, I decided to go back the next weekend. Call me a glutton for punishment, but it was ASU’s family weekend, so I headed out with his family to watch the Sun Devils take on Oregon State. I had gotten over the last week’s heartbreak and was fully prepared to root for the Sun Devils, wearing a yellow ASU t-shirt and all.That feeling pretty much went out the window when some student I walked past before the game recognized me from the previous weekend.“Hey, weren’t you here last weekend?” he screamed. “Take that [expletive] shirt off, that’s disrespectful!”At that point, I damned ASU football forever.There’s a special place in my heart for that program. It’s the cold, dark place that also hates “How I Met Your Mother,” Jack Johnson and bacon. Yes, I hate bacon.I still cringe whenever I meet people who go to Arizona State. And that includes my editor-in-chief’s little brother (Sorry, Euno’s little brother).So as you can imagine, last year was especially painful for me, as it was for all of you too, I’m sure. Thankfully, I didn’t head out to Tempe again. My ex-boyfriend dropped out anyway (snicker). I actually didn’t even watch the game live.Instead, I went to a concert in San Diego with my mom, recorded the game and tried to stay off all social media to not have the result spoiled — like that ever works.I went to bed not knowing the outcome, and I sort of wish I had never woken up. Because when I did, there was that Bleacher Report notification that Kiffin was no more, along with a gloating text from my mom’s best friend, who went to UCLA.Watching a recording of the game and fast-forwarding through a lot of the breaks and early ASU drives made it difficult for me to gauge exactly what went wrong for USC. All I could tell was that it was embarrassing and that I’m glad that I wasn’t sports editor at that time (shoutout to Nick Selbe and Will Laws).Thankfully, the Trojans bounced back after their 2011 loss with a 38-17 win over the Sun Devils in 2012, and I predict they will put on a similar performance on Saturday.For the first time this season, the water seems to be calm surrounding this football team.The Trojans are coming off a resounding win over Oregon State, and everything seems to be in order.Redshirt junior wide receiver Victor Blackwell has been skipping all team activities and likely causing some friction with his teammates, but this drama is minor compared to what the Trojans have been dealing with all season.The Trojans are healthy, redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler is firing on all cylinders, and USC’s rush game bounced back from an atrocious performance at Boston College with a combined 200-yard effort on the ground against Oregon State.Couple that with the fact that Arizona State is starting a quarterback with only one other career start (last week’s 62-27 loss at home to UCLA), and I’m feeling pretty good about USC’s chances this Saturday.Maybe my resentment toward the Sun Devils is clouding my vision, but I don’t care.ASU’s hellish location, weather and demon-like mascot are pretty emblematic. That place is evil.Fight on and please, please, please Beat the Sun Devils!last_img read more