‘Zaha not the right option for Arsenal at £100m’

first_imgWilfried Zaha’s quality is not in doubt, but former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour is not convinced that he is the answer for Arsenal at £100 million ($127m).The Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium and the boyhood Arsenal fan is said to have pleaded with current club Crystal Palace to grant him a switch across London during the current transfer window.Unai Emery is, however, working with a limited transfer budget. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He is having to get creative in his recruitment and the general consensus is that he does not have the funds to make a move for Zaha, with other areas of his squad considered to be in greater need of strengthening.Parlour told Sky Sports when quizzed on whether Arsenal should be approaching a talented 26-year-old: “He’d be a good signing but it depends on how much he is going to go for.“Reportedly £100m, which is a lot of money. It’s a lot of money to splash out on one player.“You might look at other positions needing strengthening as well.“Depending on the budget, we’ll have to wait and see. He’s certainly a very good player, real quality.”Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace 2018-19Parlour is not the only former Arsenal star to have questioned the logic of Emery investing a sizeable chunk of his transfer kitty on Zaha.Ex-goalkeeper David Seaman feels the Palace star would be any unnecessary luxury in north London.He has reiterated that defensive additions should be prioritised this summer, with the Gunners already well-stocked for creative forwards.“There’s talk of Zaha coming in but that’s not really the position that we need, which is strange,” said Seaman.“I wouldn’t have thought [Wilf Zaha will be wearing the Arsenal shirt], I’d be very surprised if he did. I’d rather see a good defender wearing it!”Emery is in the market for reinforcements at the back.Sources close to a proposed €25 million (£23m/$29m) raid for Saint-Etienne defender Willian Saliba have revealed that transfer talks are open as Arsenal seek to beat arch-rivals Tottenham to the teenage centre-half.last_img read more

Educational wine tasting raises funds for local charity

When oenology and viticulture (OEVI) student Paul van der Merwe was given the opportunity to share some wines from his family’s collection with his classmates, he wanted to ensure that it was a memorable experience that benefited a good cause.van der Merwe (right) presents Red Roof Retreat’s executive director Steffanie Bjorgan (left) with the money raised from the Osoyoos Larose wine tasting. That’s why he organized a vertical tasting of wine from Osoyoos Larose winery. The sold-out tasting held at Brock raised $840 for Red Roof Retreat — a Niagara-on-the-Lake facility that provides respite and recreational programs for children with special needs.The event provided OEVI students and local wine enthusiasts the opportunity to learn more about wine from British Columbia. To help arrange the details of the tasting, Van der Merwe approached Barb Tatarnic, manager of outreach and continuing education, at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).“I’m really fortunate to be a part of such a great program with such dedicated students and such supporting staff and faculty,” van der Merwe said.The tasting was led by Constellation Brands Eugene Mlynczyk who has significant experience with Osoyoos Larose wines and as a wine education instructor. At the end of the tasting, participants were led through a blending exercise learning how each component adds to the final blend of a wine. Participants then competed in a challenge to test their own ability to blend wine.Van der Merwe said he was extremely happy with how the tasting went, and already has plans in the works for another tasting next year to raise additional funds for Red Roof Retreat. read more