Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has died at the age of 82.
Hill-Wood, who became the chairman of the club in 1982 after joining its board in 1962, presided over the appointments of George Graham and Arsene Wenger as managers.
They went on to win five league titles, five FA Cups, the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup between them.
The club, in a statement on Friday said, “It is with deep regret that we announce the death of former chairman, Peter Hill-Wood, at the age of 82.”
Ill-health forced Hill-Wood to step down from the position in June 2013.
Arsenal said he was also ‘instrumental’ in the successful move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium in 2006.
“Peter and his family’s influence on the club cannot be understated… Our thoughts are with his wife Sally and his children Sarah, Julian and Charles,” the statement, posted on the club’s website, concluded.
Born in Kensington, London, on Feb. 25, 1936 and died on Dec. 28, 2018, Hill-Wood attended Eton College. (NAN)
Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has said his side failed to beat Brighton on Boxing Day, because they didn’t control the game enough.
The Gunners took the lead through in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the hosts levelled after a defensive mix-up, shortly before the interval.
“We are disappointed but the first half is they key in the match. We had two chances to score and the goalkeeper saved very well from Aubameyang. We didn’t concede many chances but they scored from one.
“They are a very organised team. I think it’s difficult to win here. We wanted to control the match and in the first half we did this, but the second half we cannot do that.
“We are in our process, we want to be in the top four but we are continuing and improving,” Emery told Sky Sports after the game.
When asked whether the Mesut Ozil’s substitution was due to Brighton equaliser, Emery replied: “No, it’s only tactical. Because we changed from 4-4-2 and this is only a tactical decision.”
Watford v Chelsea @Vicarage
Road @8:30pm on Dec.26
Watford have roared back after a blip while their opponents on Boxing
Day, Chelsea, have lost three of their last six EPL matches and will be tested
against the Hornets on Boxing Day.
Though the Blues have a good
Boxing Day record – they have not lost any of their last 13 EPL matches played.
Maurizio Sarri described his team
as one “in mental confusion” after they conceded to Leicester and this could
mean a recall for Olivier Giroud from the start against a physical Watford
Roberto Pereyra scored the fourth
goal in a 4-1 win over Chelsea last February but believes Sarri’s Chelsea will
be tougher to beat.
“They have more intensity and
possession in midfield. It will be a very tough game for us.”
Current Form: Watford
[W-W-D-L-L]; Chelsea [L-W-W-D-W]
Head to head
Mon 05/02/18 PRL
Watford 4 – 1 Chelsea
Sat 21/10/17 PRL
Chelsea 4 – 2 Watford
Mon 15/05/17 PRL
Chelsea 4 – 3 Watford
Sat 20/08/16 PRL
Watford 1 – 2 Chelsea
PRL Watford 0 – 0
Prediction: Watford 1-2 Chelsea
Man. City @King Power Stadium @4pm on Dec. 26
These two were the protagonists in the two shock
results last weekend.
Leicester City went away to
Chelsea and won 1-0 while Pep Guardiola’s side, against all expectations, lost
3-2 to Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola needs Kevin de Bruyne
in top form to replace the metronome passing of the injured David Silva while
Fernandinho may also miss out at the King Power. David Silva’s vision and range
of passing were missed against Palace and Guardiola acknowledged the fact to
his club’s website.
“He’s one of the best players
I’ve trained. I’ve had a lot at Barca
and Bayern but he’s on that list.”
For Leicester, the win at
Stamford Bridge lifted a load off Claude Puel’s shoulders but another victory
against the defending champions will give him a new lease of life. Jaime Vardy
may have to be rested for this one.
Current Form: Leicester [W-L-L-L-D]; Man. City [L-W-W-W-L]
Head to head
Tue 18/12/18 LEC
Leicester 1 – 1 Man. City
Sat 10/02/18 PRL
Man. City 5 – 1 Leicester
Tue 19/12/17 LEC
Leicester 1 – 1 Man. City
Sat 18/11/17 PRL
Leicester 0 – 2 Man. City
Sat 13/05/17 PRL
Man. City 2 – 1 Leicester
Prediction: Leicester 1-4 Man. City
v Napoli @San Siro @8:30pm on Dec.26
Both Inter and Napoli cannot afford a loss in chasing down Juventus
and a draw would not really do any of them any favours.
Between Napoli and Juventus is an
eight-point gap and between Inter and Napoli is also an eight-point gap.
Napoli manager, Carlo Ancelotti,
will hope his front pair of Dries Martens and Lorenzo Insigne is sufficiently
motivated to end personal droughts at the San Siro. Mertens hasn’t scored at
San Siro in while Insigne has scored only once in 11 visits.
For Inter, Luciano Spalletti has
squad issues with Radja Nainggolan suspended and fined while bigger European
sides are winking at Mauro Icardi and their visitors on Boxing Day have a great
record against the Nerazzurri, losing just once in 11 previous meetings.
Current Form: Inter Milan [D-W-D-L-D]; Napoli
Head to head
Sun 11/03/18 SEA
Inter Milan 0 – 0 Napoli
Sat 21/10/17 SEA
Napoli 0 – 0 Inter Milan
Sun 30/04/17 SEA
Inter Milan 0 – 1 Napoli
Fri 02/12/16 SEA
Napoli 3 – 0 Inter Milan
Sat 16/04/16 SEA
Inter Milan 2 – 0 Napoli
Prediction: Inter Milan 1-2 Napoli
Atalanta v Juventus @Stadio
Atleti Azzurri @3pm on Dec.26
Can anyone stop Juventus from cruising to an eighth consecutive Serie
A title? At the moment, it does not look like it. But if any team will try, it
will be Gian-Piero Gasperini’s team.
Atalanta have scored 13 goals in
eight home league matches and conceded just five though Juventus are yet to
lose in the league this season whilst conceding just four goals in eight away
Atalanta’s task has been made
tougher with Rafael Toloi and Jose Luis Palomino, missing due to suspensions.
Juve have won their last two matches with single goals and another clean sheet
at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo will guarantee another away
Current Form: Atalanta [L-W-W-L-W]; Juventus [W-W-L-W-W]
Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil, has said he is ready to return to action against Burnley and insists he’s been in a “good mood” recently.
Ozil was a substitute in the Gunners’ 3-2 defeat against Southampton last weekend and was left out of the squad to play Tottenham on Wednesday because of “tactical reasons”.
It is believed that Unai Emery is open to selling the German in January and reports claim he will even listen to loan offers.
Ozil signed a new long-term deal at the club last February and it sounds like the 29-year-old will fight for his future at the Emirates.
The midfielder however took to Instagram on Friday and hinted he could feature against the Clarets.
“Training week done. Let’s get back to winning ways tomorrow #goodmood #m10 #yagunnersya #coyg,” he wrote.
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Manchester United interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has urged his players to “express themselves”, as he prepares to take charge for the first time against Cardiff on Saturday.
Solskjaer was appointed following the departure of Jose Mourinho.
The Norwegian has signed a deal until the end of the season, when he is expected to return to Molde.
Speaking ahead of his first game against former club Cardiff, Solskjaer says his focus in the lead-up to the match will be on his players, rather than the opposition.
“We’ve got a great set-up, with all the analysts. When I came in this morning they were watching Cardiff. Of course I’ve watched the Premier League, I’ve seen all the teams so I’ve got a little bit of a view on them.
“But it’s not about the opposition it’s about us, it’s about Man Utd, it’s about our players knowing what they can do, seeing them express themselves.
“So my main focus will be on us, how we want the team play and then will give a few details on the opposition,” Solskjaer told MUTV.
Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette has called on manager, Unai Emery to explain why he dropped playmaker, Mesut Ozil in Gunners’ 2-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup quarter-final encounter on Wednesday night.
Goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli ensured Mauricio Pochettino’s side defeated Arsenal at Emirates.
Lacazette took to his Twitter page following Arsenal’s defeat to Spurs to ask Emery to explain why he dropped Ozil for fellow teammates, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi.
“Dropping fit Ozil for Mkhitaryan and Iwobi two games in a row for ‘tactical reasons’ is a disgrace if you ask me. This needs huge explanation,” Lacazette tweeted after Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.
Arsenal will now tackle Burnley on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League fixture at Emirates.