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Arsene Wenger offered to Newcastle United as replacement for Rafa Benitez

first_imgArsene Wenger offered to Newcastle United as replacement for Rafa Benitez Arsene Wenger has been touted for the potentially vacant Newcastle United job (Getty Images)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been offered to Newcastle United as a potential candidate to replace Rafa Benitez, according to reports.Benitez’s current contract with Newcastle is due to expire next month and no agreement over a new deal has been reached.‘I was talking to Lee Charnley [Newcastle’s managing director] this week, we will continue talking and let you know as soon as we have more news,’ Benitez said this week.‘I am positive that we are talking and everybody knows what is my idea. At least we can move forward a little bit.ADVERTISEMENT‘I would like to see this club growing and growing, and going where I think it deserves to be.’ Rafa Benitez could be leaving Newcastle at the end of the season (Getty Images)According to Chronicle Live, several agents have been offering managers to Newcastle in the event that Benitez does leave St James’ Park.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the report claims that one agent who has ‘strong links’ with Wenger has been in contact with Newcastle to gauge whether there is an interest in appointing the former Arsenal boss as Benitez’s successor.It’s claimed that the agent in question believes he can ‘sell’ the idea to Wenger, although the 69-year-old is not involved in talks at the moment.More: 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 CityWenger, who stepped down at Arsenal at the end of last season, had claimed that he would return to football this year.But despite being heavily linked with a behind-the-scenes role at Paris Saint-Germain, Wenger remains without a club and continues to do occasional punditry work for beIN Sports.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 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 May 2019 1:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link488Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal backed to ‘gamble’ on Alexis Claude-Maurice by former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere

first_imgAlexis Claude-Maurice (c) has already been the subject of Arsenal interest this summer (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere is fully behind Alexis Claude-Maurice’s proposed move to the Emirates, having seen his talents as team-mates at Lorient.Aliadiere spent much of his early career at Arsenal, signed to the club from 1999-2007, then went on to have two spells with Lorient, where he came across Claude-Maurice.Now his former sides are in negotiations over the 21-year-old and Aliadiere thinks the young Frenchman could be a bit of a bargain for the Gunners at around £11.5m.‘For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make it,’ Aliadiere told football.london. ‘It’s about taking a gamble now when other teams aren’t prepared to.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The market has gone so crazy in the last few years. If you want a top level international it’s nothing cheaper than £40m. Phil HaighThursday 13 Jun 2019 1:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Advertisement Comment Jeremie Aliadiere turned out for an Arsenal legends side last year  (Picture: Getty Images)‘If they’ve only got £45m to spend you’ve got to shop differently, go a bit younger and sign players from second divisions. He’s a good player and has really good qualities.‘At a club like Arsenal that gives chances to young players it would be a good step for him.’It would be a big step up for Claude-Maurice from Ligue 2 to the upper echelons of the Premier League, but Aliadiere believes he has the natural skills to manage it.‘I remember incredible quick feet, a technical player,’ the former Middlesborough man continued.‘Technically he was amazing. The only thing – he was young at the time – was making the right decision, passing when you need to pass.‘He was dribbling all the time when I was there. But he’s a very sharp, skilful player.’More: 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 CityThe youngster broke into the Lorient first team in the 2017/18 season and became a fixture last campaign, making 35 starts in Ligue 2, scoring 14 goals.MORE: Arsenal set to complete deal for Markus SchubertMORE: Arsenal and Tottenham interested in Thomas Strakosha with Lazio ready to consider offers Arsenal backed to ‘gamble’ on Alexis Claude-Maurice by former Gunner Jeremie Aliadierelast_img read more

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Martin Keown questions Unai Emery appointment and suggests David Luiz should be dropped

first_imgMartin Keown questions Unai Emery appointment and suggests David Luiz should be dropped Keown and Adams have both been outspoken critics of Luiz (Picture: Getty)Keown’s former centre-back partner, Tony Adams, was also critical of Luiz’s defending for Southampton’s opener at the weekend.‘They’re all sleeping look at Luiz here,’ Adams said in his role as a pundit for BT Sport. ‘What is Luiz doing? He’s just standing there.‘They’ve tried to play out from the back creating their own problems and they’re not into this game at all hopefully they might get a reaction.’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 movesHe added: ‘We’ve got fantastic finishers but the other end is shocking.‘We need something sorted defensively very quickly.’MORE: Unai Emery forced to hold crisis meeting in Emirates tunnel after Southampton draw Advertisement Unai Emery’s position is under serious threat, says Martin Keown (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown says Arsenal’s decision to appoint Unai Emery as manager looks like the ‘wrong move’ and suggests David Luiz should be dropped following his poor performance against Southampton.The Gunners have failed to win in their last six matches across all competitions and only managed a draw at home to relegation-threatened Southampton on Saturday after Alexandre Lacazette netted a last-gasp equaliser.Emery is under serious pressure ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt and reports suggest he has just three games to save his job, with Mikel Arteta, Max Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino all being eyed as potential replacements.AdvertisementAdvertisementThere are growing questions within Arsenal’s hierarchy regarding Emery’s future and Keown believes the Spaniard’s days at the club may be numbered.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery post 2-2 draw with SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:11FullscreenUnai Emery post 2-2 draw with Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-post-2-2-draw-southampton-2055604/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘They gave the job to Emery but that is beginning to look like it was the wrong move,’ the ex-Arsenal defender said in his Daily Mail column.‘Now the decision-makers at Arsenal have another big call to make: do they stick with Emery or look elsewhere?‘Arsenal are lost at the moment. If they decide to stick with Emery then the manager has big decisions to make himself.’More: 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 CityLuiz was largely to blame for Danny Ings’ early goal at the Emirates on Saturday and Keown believes Emery should consider dropping the Brazilian.‘I warned against Arsenal signing David Luiz in August and I wonder if he should be taken out of the team now,’ Keown said.‘Certainly star players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette will not be signing extensions unless things change.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Nov 2019 12:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link254Shares Commentlast_img read more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits back at Robin van Persie over criticism after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer hits back at Robin van Persie over criticism after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal Van Persie slammed Solskjaer for smiling during his interview after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal (BT Sport)‘He probably doesn’t have a right to criticise my management style and I won’t change. That’s definite.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Yeah, Robin, he took my No.20 [shirt] and that’s probably all he’s going to take from me as well.‘Because I’m not in medieval times.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Jan 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 link1.5kShares Advertisementcenter_img Robin van Persie urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to become ‘angrier’ after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal (BT Sport)More: 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 CityWhen criticising Solskjaer for his manner during his post-match interview, Van Persie said: ‘I listen to Ole, he sounds like a really nice guy.‘But I would like to see him a bit more edgy, a bit more mean at times.‘[Angry] yeah, sometimes, it’s part of his job as well. Just be angry.‘I see him smiling now, after a game like that, you know.‘This is not the moment to smile.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has branded Robin van Persie ‘medieval’ for his comments (MUTV/BT Sport)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at Robin van Persie following the Dutchman’s criticism after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal on New Year’s Day.Van Persie was working as a pundit for BT Sport for the match at the Emirates Stadium as Solskjaer’s side were beaten 2-0 by Mikel Arteta’s men.And after the game, Van Persie hit out at Solskjaer for briefly smiling during his post-match interview.When asked about Van Persie’s comments before United’s FA Cup clash against Wolves on Saturday, Solskjaer replied: ‘I don’t know Robin and Robin doesn’t know me.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Premier League gets green light to resume in June

first_imgThe Premier League has been halted since March 6 (Getty Images)However, supporters will be unable to attend matches at stadiums and all games for the rest of the campaign are set to be played behind closed doors.In its plan, the Government has warned that the opening of stadiums and places which attract large crowds ‘may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections’.More: 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 CityThe Premier League is aiming for matches to resume on June 12 but that plan would need to be approved by a 14-team majority.Among the proposals has been the use of eight to 10 neutral venues to stage the remaining fixtures.But several clubs, including Watford and Norwich City, have opposed that suggestion.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ has been given a huge boost (Visionhaus)The Premier League has been given the green light to resume in June.The UK Government released a 50-page plan on Monday afternoon, detailing how lockdown restrictions will be eased in five steps.In ‘step two’ of the Government’s road map, it states that ‘cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact’ will be permitted from June 1.However, any easing on lockdown restrictions and reaching ‘step two’ of the plan is entirely dependent on whether coronavirus infection rates fall to an acceptable level, meaning that June 1 date could be pushed back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Premier League has been suspended since March 9, while the final games of the season were due to take place this coming Sunday.All 20 clubs have held extensive talks over when the season can safely resume, while some teams have already allowed players to return to the training grounds individually. Advertisement Advertisement View 8 comments Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 May 2020 2:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Premier League gets green light to resume in Junelast_img read more

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inspires Arsenal FA Cup win over Chelsea

first_imgAubameyang was brought down by Azpilicueta (Picture: AFP via Gettys)Azpilicueta’s afternoon was over just beyond the half hour mark as he hobbled off in tears with a hamstring injury, with Andreas Chrisensen brought into the fray.Having looked so assured in the opening stages, Chelsea were now rattled. Individual errors crept in under pressure from their opponents as Arsenal began to dominate proceedings.Immediately after the break, Chelsea lost another key man to a hamstring problem as Pulisic was forced off.More: 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 CityA moment of magic broke the deadlock in the second half. Aubameyang stood Kurt Zouma up in the box, skipped past him and lifted the ball over Caballero to put Arsenal in front for the first time moments before the drinks break.AdvertisementAdvertisementKovacic was sent off five minutes later for a second yellow card offence after a challenge on Granit Xhaka.David Luiz hobbled off with three minutes to go, while Pedro was stretchered off after a nasty looking shoulder injury in stoppage time, but it was a largely comfortable finish for Arsenal, who once again will be indebted to Aubameyang’s brilliance.Will Aubameyang still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Pulisic put Chelsea in front (Picture: Getty)Chelsea appeared the sharper of the two teams and Pulisic – the most lively player in the opening 10 minutes and the youngest scorer in an FA Cup final since a 19-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo in 2004 – stung the gloves of Martinez with a crisp drive.Nicolas Pepe stroked the ball home from distance shortly after the drinks break, but the linesman had long had his flag up after Maitland-Niles was offside in the build-up. Arsenal’s pain was short-lived. A long ball over the top saw Aubameyang get in behind Azpilicueta, with the Chelsea captain pulling the Gunners striker down in the box before he stepped up and converted coolly from the spot. George BellshawSaturday 1 Aug 2020 7:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Advertisement Aubameyang scored twice (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to win the FA Cup final against Chelsea in an empty Wembley Stadium, as Arsenal secured qualification for the Europa League with a 2-1 victory. After finishing in eighth place in the Europa League – four places and 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – Mikel Arteta’s side were in danger of missing out on European football next season, but Aubameyang had other ideas.Christian Pulisic, who hobbled off injured in the second half, had put Frank Lampard’s men in front after five minutes but Aubameyang levelled up after being brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta. After slotting home from the spot midway through the first half, a moment of magic from the Gabon international in the second period put the Gunners 2-1 up, with Matteo Kovacic sent off five minutes later for a, perhaps harsh, second yellow card offence. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are the most successful side in the competition’s history and they were good value for their 14th FA Cup success.It was, however, another sign of how much they rely on their talisman, whose contract has less than a year to run. View 3 comments Advertisement Aubameyang dinked it over Caballero to put Arsenal 2-1 up (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Having scored twice in their semi-final win over holders Manchester City, he scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season to round off another fine campaign.It was a high-tempo start. Aubameyang had the first chance inside two minutes, heading wide after good work from Ainsley Maitland-Niles, before Mason Mount called Emiliano Martinez into action with a bent effort from 20 yards moments later.Two minutes later, Pulisic put Chelsea in front. A neat lay-off from Olivier Giroud inside the penalty area allowed the American to weave past Tierney before clipping the ball past Martinez. From Arsenal’s perspective it was a very soft goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inspires Arsenal FA Cup win over Chelsealast_img read more

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Napoli want Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos without paying transfer fee

first_imgSokratis has entered the final year of his deal (Picture: Getty Images)Sokratis is attracting interest from Napoli, who are hoping to acquire the Arsenal centre-back without paying a transfer fee, according to reports in Italy.The Greek defender has entered the final year of his contract and has fallen down the pecking order in Mikel Arteta’a side.Sokratis didn’t feature once for the Gunners after the restart, with Arteta preferring to use David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Tierney in a back three. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Sep 2020 4:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.1kShares The Gunners have brought in Gabriel from Lille (Picture: Getty Images)With the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, the Gunners now have nine centre-backs on their books, including Konstantinos Mavropanos, who has been sent out on a season-long loan to VfB Stuttgart.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal may need to slim down their squad to raise funds for their summer signings and according to Sky Italy, Sokratis is one of the defenders that could be cut loose.The report states that Serie A giants Napoli are in the market for a centre-back and they are interested in the 32-year-old.However, they are hoping for a scenario in which they can attain the centre-back without paying a transfer fee.Napoli lost out to Arsenal on Gabriel, while Manchester City are strongly linked with a move for their star defender Kalidou Koulibaly.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 ArsenalMeanwhile, Rob Holding is reportedly set to join Newcastle United on a season-long loan.However, Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn believes that between Holding, Sokratis, Mustafi and Calum Chambers, Holding is the one most worth keeping.‘I think there’ll be more than one of them going, because Arsenal have got a host of centre-halves and it may come down to which players are going to be limited in appearances going forward,’ Winterburn told Bookmakers.co.uk last month.‘Age may come in to it too – all of those players will be looking at the situation and wondering how often they’re going to be playing and what their chances of being a first choice are.‘And if not, are they happy to sit on the bench and wait for opportunities? The one player out of the four that I think might be worth holding on to is Rob Holding.‘Up until his injury I would have said he was Arsenal’s most consistent defender, but he’s struggled to get back to full fitness and get that consistency back.’MORE: Emiliano Martinez wanted by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery at VillarrealMORE: Paris Saint-Germain submit £30m offer for Arsenal star Hector BellerinFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Comment Napoli want Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos without paying transfer fee Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lyon chief confirms talks with Arsenal and reveals Mikel Arteta’s stance on Houssem Aouar

first_imgAouar had an eye-catching campaign with Lyon (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand raved about Aouar before Lyon’s 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals and compared the midfielder to ex-Arsenal star Samir Nasri.‘He provides the creativity in this team,’ Ferdinand said on BT Sport.‘A kid so young but he’s relied upon so much. That shows the belief they’ve got in him and the belief he has in himself.‘You see his imagination and the pictures he creates and sees on the pitch, the vision and the tactical awareness. ‘The confidence is what exudes out of this boy.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‘He’s a fabulous player to watch. He drives past people and then it’s about decision-making and the timing of the pass. He has it all.‘He reminds me of Samir Nasri at times. He’s someone who can be a top player at one of the top clubs in Europe.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal fans giddy as William Saliba and Gabriel train together for the first timeMORE: What is the point? Kia Joorabchian slams farcical Mesut Ozil situation at Arsenal Advertisement Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Sep 2020 7:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link23.9kShares Juninho held talks with Edu over a possible move fro Aouar (Picture: Getty)On Aouar being linked with Juventus and Manchester City, Juninho responded: ‘I think contacts are happening between agents, not directly with me.’Lyon have set a £45m asking price for Aouar and would prefer an up front offer for their prized possession, which could get in the way of an agreement with Arsenal this summer. Arteta is an admirer of the Lyon star (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Arteta are prepared to let Matteo Guendouzi leave after a series of behavioural issues across his two-year stay at the Emirates and the Frenchman was offered to Lyon in a potential player-plus-cash deal for his fellow countryman.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut according to Lyon chief Juninho, Guendouzi is the ‘wrong profile’ for the club and Arsenal’s proposal was swiftly rejected.‘I get on very well with Edu (Arsenal technical director), we spoke on the phone,’ Lyon chief Juninho told French outlet RMC Sport.‘Aouar is really appreciated by Mikel Arteta. ‘Guendouzi was discussed during the call, he is a great player, but he is the wrong profile. ‘We are not interested in that at all, we cut the conversation.’ Arsenal have held talks to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar (Picture: Getty)Lyon sporting director Juninho has confirmed he’s held talks with Arsenal over a possible move for Houssem Aouar – and claims the midfielder is ‘really appreciated’ by Mikel Arteta. Aouar is regarded as one of the most exciting young players in France and has emerged as a serious target for the Gunners after starring on Lyon’s path to the Champions League semi-finals last term.The north London giants have strengthened in central defence and in attack this summer after wrapping up deals for Brazilian duo Gabriel and Willian and Arteta has now set his sights on bolstering his options in the middle of the park for the new season. Lyon chief confirms talks with Arsenal and reveals Mikel Arteta’s stance on Houssem Aouarlast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Approves Three Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Begin Operation

first_imgWolf Administration Approves Three Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Begin Operation February 02, 2018 Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved medical marijuana dispensaries in Chester, Allegheny, and Luzerne counties to begin operations, bringing the statewide total to six.Keystone Dispensaries in Devon, Chester County; Solevo – Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County; and Justice Grown in Edwardsville, Luzerne County, have passed all Department of Health inspections and can begin operations. Patients will be able to purchase medical marijuana at these locations once it is available.“Each week, we are making great strides in expanding our network where patients will be able to get medical marijuana,” Governor Wolf said. “The approval of three more dispensaries is another positive step forward.”More than 15,700 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with more than 3,000 certified by a physician.“Our team is diligently working to inspect dispensaries,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Each of these inspections ensures that all standards set out by the regulations and their facilities are met, and the sites are safe and secure. The program continues to work to provide operational locations to help get medical marijuana to patients.”In order to become operational, the grower/processors and dispensaries have each undergone several inspections from the Department of Health. Each of the grower/processors are fully integrated with the seed-to-sale tracking system and are now able to begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana.Physicians continue to register to participate in the program. To date, 683 have registered and of those, over 350 have competed the training to become certified practitioners.The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved more than 340 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, physicians, patients, and laboratories, all which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;Approved five training providers for physician continuing-education;Approved three laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Launched registries for patients and caregivers, as well as physicians;Registered more than 15,000 patients for the program;Approved six dispensaries and 10 grower/processers to begin operations; andContinued to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational.The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented in 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Questions about the Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov .For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Critical Funding for Alice Paul House Domestic Violence Shelter in Indiana County

first_img August 07, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Critical Funding for Alice Paul House Domestic Violence Shelter in Indiana County SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Human Services,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the Alice Paul House, a domestic violence shelter in Indiana County, will triple in size to meet a critical community need using new state funding.“I’m especially proud to provide funding to expand staff and services to the Alice Paul House,” Governor Wolf said. “Supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in a safe, spacious shelter can aid in recovery while we work to reduce the incidence of these heinous crimes.”The Alice Paul House was awarded a $1.75 million grant to expand its Indiana facility by constructing a new domestic violence shelter with supportive services and administrative offices. The construction will increase the organization’s facilities from 5,000 square feet to 15,100 square feet and increase the number of shelter beds from 12 to 18. Necessary infrastructure and security upgrades, including energy efficiency improvements, will also be completed as part of the project.“Serving both domestic violence and sexual assault victims, the Alice Paul House is the only community program in Indiana County that provides vital services for those in dire need, and often have nowhere else to turn,” Majority Leader David Reed said. “With numerous problems from a collapsed ceiling to overcrowding, we are glad the governor appreciates the need for state funds to help provide the safe and welcoming environment these people deserve. The Alice Paul House is a lifeline to some, it’s what sometimes stands between victims and further harm.”The Alice Paul House is the only domestic violence shelter serving Indiana County victims. The organization also provides services to adult and juvenile sexual assault victims. In addition to mitigating an overcrowding issue in the shelter, the expansion will allow the organization to increase its staff size by 10, which will allow for more outreach and services across the county.Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.last_img read more

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