Why Arsenal transfer target William Saliba will be worth the wait

first_imgWilliam Saliba will spend the 2019-20 season on loan at Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)With Laurent Koscielny entering his mid-30s, Rob Holding returning from a serious knee injury and Shkodran Mustafi hardly a reliable option, there is every chance that Saliba would have been given first-team opportunities in north London, perhaps alongside Sokratis Papastathopolous.Another pressing concern for Emery is that the initial €25m (approximately £22.5m) takes a sizable chunk out of his summer budget. There is a general consensus that Emery has just £40-45m to work with this summer before raising additional funds through player sales.Committing half a budget towards a player who won’t be available for another year is a risk considering there are numerous areas of Arsenal’s squad that requires strengthening and few existing players who would raise sufficient income if moved on.Long-term planningOn the flip side, Arsenal’s desire to get the deal done quickly indicates that they are willing to accept short-term pain for long-term gain, such is their confidence in Saliba’s potential to make the necessary step-up once he does finally join.It is precisely this kind of forward planning that Arsenal have been accused of lacking in the past. After all, the decision to hand Mesut Ozil a three-year deal worth £350,000 per week despite seemingly little interest in his services elsewhere occurred less than 18-months ago.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have also committed big money – both in terms of transfer fees and wages – to more established players with little resale value, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (30), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (30), Sokratis Papastathopolous (31) and to a lesser extent, Stephan Lichsteiner (35) all joining in the previous three transfer windows.Although there has been worth to those signings, particularly with Aubameyang who shared the Premier League golden boot last season, there aren’t many big clubs who have directed so much of their budget towards older rather than younger players. Oliver Young-MylesThursday 27 Jun 2019 8:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link69Shares Advertisement Why Arsenal transfer target William Saliba will be worth the wait Comment Celtic defender Kieran Tierney is another young player on Unai Emery’s transfer wishlist (Picture: Getty)That Arsenal are signing Saliba and generally targetting players under the age of 25 this summer, such as Celtic’s 22-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney, suggests that they are beginning to modernise their transfer policy.Another factor in Arsenal securing Saliba’s signature early is that they could well have ended up being priced out of a move for him had they waited. Considering Saliba is already worth €25m after only 19 senior games for Saint-Etienne, his valuation is only likely to raise over the course of another season.Arsenal cannot compete with the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid or Juventus in the transfer market meaning they have to be more creative in the transfer market. Signing talented players yet to really explode onto the scene, is a smart way of doing so.Promising performances last seasonDespite only turning 18 on March 24, Saliba racked up 16 appearances in Ligue 1 last season – 13 of which were starts – and he certainly didn’t seem fazed when taking his first steps in professional football.Saliba averaged more tackles per game than any of his defensive colleagues with two, while only one-time Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy averaged more interceptions with two to the youngster’s 1.8. He also won 1.8 aerial duels per game, which ranked third in Saint-Etienne’s squad.AdvertisementDespite his age, Saliba was able to physically dominate opponents in one-on-one duels, using his body to his advantage extremely well. Not only that, he reads the game exceptionally too given his lack of experience and his pace enables him to eat up lost ground if he does find himself out of position. Saliba demonstrated his versatility by filling in at right-back (Picture: Getty)As well as being solid defensively, Saliba also displayed good temperament and composure, picking up only one yellow card and completing 85.6% of his passes, highlighting his ability to distribute the ball effectively from defence.Something else that might have caught the eye of Emery and his watching scouts is that Saliba was used at right-back as well as in his natural position in the middle. Emery is a tactically flexible coach and having adaptable players capable of playing in different positions is something he would welcome.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 Advertisement Arsenal are hopeful of making Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba their first summer signing (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are closing in on their first summer signing with Saint-Etienne’s highly-rated teenage defender William Saliba reportedly close to completing a €25m switch to the Emirates.The 18-year-old has emerged as one of France’s brightest young talents since debuting for Les Verts last September and Arsenal faced competition from PSG, Napoli and Spurs for his signature.Although Arsenal have won the race to sign the France Under-20 international, they will have to wait a while for him to officially join as he is set to spend the 2019-20 season on loan at Saint-Etienne.Unai Emery had been keen on getting Saliba on board quickly to help ease Arsenal’s central defensive woes but Saint-Etienne are determined to keep the youngster for another year.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFurthermore, reports in France suggest that Saliba himself is keen to remain where he is for the time being over concerns about his immediate playing time in north London.It is a testament to how highly Arsenal rate Saliba, though, that they are content to play a waiting game for him despite their ongoing defensive issues.A blow to Emery’s immediate plansSince Arsenal’s stuttering end to last season, the club has been linked to a plethora of central defenders across Europe ranging from established stars such as Samuel Umtiti to younger players like Saliba and Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen.Having identified Saliba as a player whom Arsenal can build around for the foreseeable future, Emery will be disappointed not to be able to work alongside him for a further 12-months, particularly given his strong track record with young players.Similarly to Saliba, Matteo Guendouzi was an unknown quantity outside of his homeland prior to his move to Arsenal last summer, but Emery trusted him implicitly from the moment he arrived from FC Lorient, handing the midfielder 48 appearances across all competitions in his debut campaign.last_img read more

Trinidad Muslim League condemns acts of aggression over anti-Islamic film

first_img Share The United States has ordered nonessential personnel to leave American diplomatic missions in Sudan, Tunisia and Libya. In Yemen, consular services have been suspended until the end of the month.PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday September 19, 2012 – With tensions running high from Morocco to Malaysia over an American-made online film that mocks Islam’s holy prophet, a wave of protests has swept across the world, spurring United States officials to increase security at diplomatic missions and demand other governments to take action.The privately produced, amateurish film clip posted on YouTube was relatively obscure until last Tuesday, when rioters breached the US Embassy in Cairo and furious protesters attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.Swift action followed in Trinidad and Tobago with Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams disclosing that measures had been put in place to deal with any potential fallout and the US Embassy announcing that it had stepped up security around its Marli Street, Port-of-Spain office.A report in the Sunday Express newspaper quoted the head of the Islamic Front of Trinidad and Tobago, Umar Abdullah, as saying that the United States Embassy at Marli Street was under threat because of the film.The low-budget, 14-minute movie trailer, which has been banned by YouTube in several countries, mocks the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and killer. Islam forbids any depictions of Mohammed, and blasphemy is taboo among many in the Muslim world.The ongoing outrage has subsequently sparked violent protests and clashes with police in several countries, with many resulting in injuries and at least one death in Pakistan in anti-American demonstrations.The United States has ordered nonessential personnel to leave American diplomatic missions in Sudan, Tunisia and Libya. In Yemen, consular services have been suspended until the end of the month. And on Monday, the US State Department — citing “current safety and security concerns” — urged US citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon.None of the hostilities sit well with the Trinidad Muslim League (TML) which issued a statement strongly condemning last Tuesday’s killings in Libya. TML’s public relations officer, Faisal Mohammed, said it also condemns all other similar acts of aggression committed against innocent people worldwide.“It is widely believed that these attacks were in response to the production of a video that erroneously claims to represent the Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace,” Mohammed said.“We all know his biography and are fully aware that this portrayal in no way represents the truth. While we all feel deeply offended we believe that it does not justify such violent reactions. As we all know the Messenger (Muhammad) is loved and revered by Muslims worldwide and any comments about him could possibly lead to anger.”Mohammed emphasized that the Islamic religion teaches forgiveness, patience, love, respect and appreciation for the beliefs of others.“We also recognise that internationally Muslims enjoy a good relationship with people of other faiths. Let us not allow the actions of a few misguided individuals to lead us to hate others. The Prophet should be our example in everything we do, and even though he was attacked and insulted many times throughout his life, he always reacted with compassion and forgiveness, never with hate or violence.”Appealing to Muslims worldwide to desist from such acts of violence, the TML said they also believe that people are free to produce whatever they wish and describe Islam in whatever way they wish.“These acts in no way will reduce the love and respect people have for the Prophet upon whom be peace. To react with violence is not the approach of the Prophet himself. Let us rise above the disrespect shown to us, let us be dignified in our behaviour, and let us treat all of God’s creation as worthy and valuable. Let us pray for those who do wrong. The taking of innocent lives in no way represents our innate capacity to be righteous and tolerant.”The TML said it wished to distance itself from threatening statements made against the United States and other embassy officials by individuals purporting to represent Muslims in Trinidad and Tobago.Caribbean360 FaithLifestyle Trinidad Muslim League condemns acts of aggression over anti-Islamic film by: – September 19, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Share 48 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

QuASA brings color to campus with first-ever Pridefest

first_imgFor Christian Santana, Friday’s inaugural USC Pridefest was more than just another festival held in the McCarthy Quad.USC’s first-ever Pridefest took place Friday and featured free HIV testing, a clothing donation drive, a bounce house and other activities. Tyler Kowta | Daily Trojan“I’m pretty open about my sexuality, but it took a long time to get here,” said Santana, a senior majoring in psychology who attended the event. “And as someone who was once in that position where you may not feel 100 percent comfortable, even just walking by something like this, it’s empowering.”USC Pridefest brought color and vibrance to McCarthy Quad, supplying students with free crêpes from Crêpes Bonaparte, ice cream sandwiches from a Coolhaus food truck and a wide array of activities of expression. A large rainbow flag was spread across the grass, and attendees sported miniature flags on their hats and backpacks.Hal Pan, the assistant director of the USC Queer and Ally Student Assembly, helped organize this USG and QuASA co-sponsored event.“It’s a very common practice in queer communities to have a Pridefest, but those usually happen in the summer when people are away from school and perhaps back in communities where they’re not as out and they can’t have as many friends to celebrate with,” said Pan, a sophomore majoring in arts, technology and the business of innovation. “So we wanted to provide them with an opportunity to just celebrate identity and have that Pridefest experience here on campus.”Pridefest also featured bounce houses and over a dozen tables of arts and crafts activities, including button-making, portrait-drawing, temporary tattoos and wax creations by USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association. The festival also set up information booths from LGBTQ student groups on campus, such as the LGBT Resource Center, Queer People of Color and First-Year Advocacy Board.“We’re very much in the feminist community and the LGBTQA community,” said Sara Noe, who was running a booth for the online clothing store Kidd Bell. “We’re all about equality.” Kidd Bell sells shirts, pins, hats and condoms with strong messages of feminism and equality. Another addition to Pridefest was an appearance by Jeffrey Liang, a health educator at Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. At the event, Liang helped facilitate free HIV testing for students. According to Liang, QuASA reached out to APAIT to bring their van onto campus, where testing occured. “A lot of people don’t really have access to HIV testing, so the more we can do to provide access to that, to educate, to work on eradicating the stigma that is around HIV testing and really promote that no matter what your status is, your status is sexy and taking care of yourself is the most sexy thing you can do,” Liang said.To Pan, an event like USC Pridefest serves as a celebration of identities not only on campus, but also throughout the Los Angeles community.“Pridefest [is] a moment of visibility, and it’s important … to savor the good moments and see how far we’ve come, and also perhaps mingle, find new people and see the queer community on campus come out and be strong,” Pan said.last_img read more