Arsenal 2 Napoli 0

Arsenal’s Europa League quarter-final tie with Napoli is “still 50-50” according to Gunners boss Unai Emery, despite his side winning the first leg 2-0 at Emirates Stadium. Aaron Ramsey converted Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ pass to finish off a good team move and give the hosts the lead. Kalidou Koulibaly then scored an own goal when he deflected Lucas Torreira’s shot past goalkeeper Alex Meret. The impressive Meret stopped the Gunners winning by more. Napoli, who are second in Serie A, host the Gunners in the second leg next Thursday at the San Paolo Stadium (20:00 BST). “The first leg was very important to take a good result,” said Emery. “We deserved to win, but we know it is going to be very difficult there.

“Their performances at home are usually very strong. We will plan to win the match, but we need to have a lot of respect for them. It is still 50-50. Our challenge is to be competitive away. Sometimes away we lose the spirit we have at home.” Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti said he is still “confident” of progressing to the last four. The only downside of an impressive Arsenal performance is that they did not win by more than two goals to kill the tie off. Ramsey, who is joining Napoli’s Serie A rivals Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season, had a good game and opened the scoring. A flowing team move from the halfway line involving Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette resulted in Ramsey slotting home Maitland-Niles’ flicked pass from six yards. Torreira helped double their lead when he won the ball off Fabian Ruiz and cut inside the midfielder before hammering in a 20-yard shot which deflected off Koulibaly and was later given as an own goal.

Wales midfielder Ramsey had another two good shots saved by Meret – who also denied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang three times. Aubameyang was back in the starting line-up after recovering from an illness which has meant he can only be a substitute in recent games. The Gunners continued to push for a third goal after the break and Maitland-Niles’ shot on the bounce was expertly tipped over the bar by Italy Under-21 international Meret – before Ramsey smashed an effort over from 12 yards. Arsenal boss Emery, who won the tournament three years in a row as Sevilla boss, will hope their dominance at Emirates Stadium is enough to take them into the semi-finals, where they would face Villarreal or Valencia. Another bonus of winning the tournament would be a place in next season’s Champions League, with the Gunners currently outside the Premier League’s top four by one point.

Everton 1 Arsenal 0

Phil Jagielka scored the only goal as Everton beat Arsenal at Goodison Park to claim their third consecutive Premier League win. Jagielka, who was called into the starting XI as a replacement for Michael Keane shortly before kick-off, poked home early on following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header from Lucas Digne’s long throw. Arsenal were poor in the first half and, while they did improve in the second, they never seriously tested Jordan Pickford in the Toffees goal. Everton, meanwhile, had plenty of chances to double their lead in the second half as Bernard, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson all spurned chances. Victory for Everton means they leapfrog Watford into ninth while Arsenal remain in fourth.

Everton only announced Jagielka was starting 15 minutes before kick-off – a late replacement for Keane who dropped out of the matchday squad due to illness. But it only took the club captain 10 minutes to get on the scoresheet as he capitalised on confusion in the Arsenal box to fire home his first goal since April 2017 from close range. The hosts went on to dominate for much of the first half with Brazilian pair Richarlison and Bernard causing problems as they found plenty of space in behind the Gunners’ wing-backs.

While the visitors did improve after the break with the introduction of Aaron Ramsey and Pierre Emerick-Aubemeyang, the Toffees were still largely the better side. Bernard should have doubled his side’s lead on 59 minutes when an error by Ainsley Maitland-Niles presented him with a one-on-one with Bernd Leno which the keeper saved well. And there were more chances for the hosts as the game drew to a close, too, as Sigurdsson could only shoot straight at Leno from Richarlison’s cut-back, while the Brazilian skewed his own effort wide with the goal gaping.

There were further opportunities for Bernard, Andre Gomes and substitute Theo Walcott as the Toffees piled on the pressure but they could not find a second goal. However, they were not made to pay for their lack of cutting edge as they claimed a victory which sees them string together three consecutive league wins for only the second time this season and the first since October.

Arsenal 2 Newcastle United 0

Arsenal beat Newcastle at Emirates Stadium to move above Manchester United and north London rivals Tottenham and go third in the Premier League. Aaron Ramsey, who had an earlier effort disallowed following a foul, put the hosts ahead with a fine low strike from 15 yards out. Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie produced a diving header on the goalline to deny Alexandre Lacazette, but the Frenchman doubled Arsenal’s lead late on when he calmly lofted the ball over goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. The visitors’ best chance fell to Salomon Rondon and his low shot was pushed wide by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Arsenal were 10 points behind Tottenham at the start of February but this victory took the Gunners two points clear of fourth-placed Spurs and United in fifth with seven league games remaining.

This was a 10th home league victory in a row for Arsenal, their best run since a similar sequence from December 1997 to May 1998, as Unai Emery’s team continued a strong second half of the season that could see them secure a return to Champions League action after a two-year absence. Arsene Wenger’s 22-year spell in charge of the Gunners ended with regular protests among the fans as they watched their team drift away from Europe’s elite. But Emery, in his first year in the English game, has galvanised the side with his brand of free-flowing attacking football and this result took them to 63 points – the same that the Gunners managed under Wenger in all of 2017-18. Arsenal started with top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench, but they still had 71% possession and were simply too strong for their opponents. The hosts thought they had taken a 12th-minute lead, but Ramsey’s volley was ruled out as Sokratis was adjudged to have fouled Florian Lejeune.

But the Welshman, who missed his country’s two matches during the international break, scored 17 minutes later with a low strike after DeAndre Yedlin’s clearance inadvertently fell into Ramsey’s path. The home fans were nearly celebrating again just before half-time, but Lacazette’s powerful effort was spectacularly headed off the line by Ritchie with Dubravka beaten. After Sokratis headed wide and substitute Aubameyang had a shot saved, Arsenal got the second goal they deserved through Lacazette’s calm finish after Aubameyang’s flicked-on header set up the chance. The only negative from the evening was Ramsey, who will join Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, going off with an injury midway through the second half. Despite the Gunners fluidity, there was only a combined total of 10 shots from both sides, the fewest in a Premier League game since the nine efforts in the Bournemouth versus Leicester match in August 2015.

Ospina Collapses After Head Injury

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina was taken to hospital after collapsing during Napoli’s Serie A match against Udinese on Sunday. The Colombian, on a season-long loan at Napoli, sustained a blow to the head when he collided with Ignacio Pussetto early in the match. He then fell to the ground shortly before the break after Udinese levelled at 2-2 having been 2-0 down. The 30-year-old received treatment before he was brought off the field. Napoli, who beat Udinese 4-2, later released a statement revealing that Ospina would remain in hospital overnight under observation.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti said: “Fortunately it’s nothing serious, he’s conscious. They did a CAT scan that is negative.” Ospina signed for the Gunners in July 2014 but has only made 27 league appearances for the Premier League side. He joined Napoli on a season-long loan deal in August 2018. It is not yet known whether he will remain part of the Colombia squad which is due to face Japan on Friday and South Korea on Mar. 26.

Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first Premier League defeat since being appointed Manchester United’s interim manager as Arsenal leapfrogged their opponents to move into the top four. Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka beat David de Gea with a swerving shot from outside the penalty area, which the United keeper was expected to stop. Romelu Lukaku hit the bar while the game was goalless, when it appeared easier to score, and, soon after Arsenal took the lead, Brazilian midfielder Fred struck a post for United. Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno also produced two crucial saves to keep out Lukaku, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the hosts’ lead from the penalty spot after Fred’s foul on Alexandre Lacazette.

Soon after Arsenal’s second goal, a fan ran on to the pitch and shoved United defender Chris Smalling before being removed by stewards. The Gunners have won seven out of 10 top-flight games in 2019 and are one point behind north London rivals Tottenham, who sit third in the table, with eight games remaining. United, who started the weekend in fourth, drop to fifth in the race for a Champions League spot next season. Last weekend, Aubameyang left Wembley dejected after his last-minute penalty was saved by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris to deny Arsenal victory in the North London derby. Against United, he stepped forward and beat De Gea from the spot to seal a first victory over the Red Devils in five league and cup meetings. It was awarded after Fred’s forearm nudged into Lacazette, sending the French forward tumbling inside the box. Lacazette inspired one of Arsenal’s finest days under Unai Emery’s command.

The Gunners were sharp, lively and industrious as they made amends after United eliminated them from the FA Cup six weeks ago. Emery named six players who started Thursday’s Europa League defeat by Rennes in his starting line-up, but there was little sign of fatigue as the hosts came flying out of traps. They opened the scoring with their only shot on target in the first half, Xhaka deceiving De Gea with a shot that left the United keeper rooted to his line. Leno was also key for Gunners. The German did well to frustrate Lukaku as the Belgium forward threatened to go around and equalise, before denying the same player with an outstretched leg after half-time. Arsenal have now played all their Champions League chasing rivals – a place in Europe’s most prestigious competition next season is very much in their own hands.

Rennes 3 Arsenal 1

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he has “confidence” his side can overturn Rennes’ 3-1 lead at Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie. Alex Iwobi’s early cross-shot had put Arsenal in front but they lost control of the game after Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ dismissal for a second booking. Benjamin Bourigeaud immediately drew the hosts level with a stunning strike into the top right corner, with Nacho Monreal’s own goal and Ismaila Sarr’s late header compounding a miserable evening for Arsenal. Arsenal go into the second leg having overturned a 1-0 deficit in the last-32 stage. On that occasion, they progressed with a 3-0 home victory over Belarus side Bate Borisov.

Arsenal arrived at Roazhon Park having never lost an away game against French opposition. For large parts of the first half, that record looked like remaining intact as they gathered an early lead courtesy of Iwobi and controlled possession. But while Lucas Torreira’s effort was superbly saved by Rennes goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also tested the Czech keeper they proved architects of their own downfall in an 86-second spell. Having already been booked for a foul on Hatem Ben Arfa, Greece defender Papastathopoulos pulled Sarr’s shirt to earn his second yellow card, shifting the momentum of the game in the hosts’ favour.

With attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan operating as a makeshift right-back, Arsenal faced one-way traffic in the second period. Petr Cech, who replaced Bernd Leno in goal, produced a string of superb saves, denying Adrien Hunou, Sarr and Ben Arfa with the score at 1-1. But he was helpless to prevent Rennes’ second of the night as the Arsenal defence clocked off and Mehdi Zeffane’s cross flicked off Monreal into the top corner. And after carelessly losing possession late on, James Lea Siliki escaped to deliver the perfect ball for an unmarked Sarr to head past Cech at the far post.

Tottenham Hotspurs 1 Arsenal 1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris to cost Arsenal victory and ensure Tottenham retained a crucial advantage over their arch-rivals in the battle for a top-four place after a dramatic north London derby at Wembley. Harry Kane’s contested penalty put Spurs level with 16 minutes left after Aaron Ramsey’s coolly taken 16th-minute goal threatened to inflict a third successive league defeat on boss Mauricio Pochettino for the first time in his reign. Arsenal were then handed a golden opportunity to close to within one point of Spurs after Davinson Sanchez fouled Aubameyang, but the striker’s tame penalty was easily saved low to his right by the diving Lloris. And to add to the late chaos, Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira was sent off for a reckless challenge on Danny Rose in the closing seconds.

After Ramsey’s strike, keeper Bernd Leno kept Arsenal on level terms with a miraculous double save from Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko but the Gunners paid a heavy price for a glaring second-half miss from striker Alexandre Lacazette before Aubamayeng’s wayward spot-kick. Lacazette failed to hit the target from eight yards and Spurs took advantage, Kane scoring from the spot to equalise after referee Anthony Taylor adjudged he was fouled by Shkodran Mustafi. Arsenal were also angry as they believed offside should have been given in the build-up but Kane stayed calm amid the chaos to send Leno the wrong way from the spot for his ninth goal in this fixture and keep Spurs four points ahead of Unai Emery’s side. The Gunners, however, have only themselves to blame after wasting that late chance to seal a league double over Spurs.

And in the end, Spurs will be grateful to Arsenal’s wastefulness for a draw that maintains their four-point gap over their local rivals in fourth, and six over Manchester United in fifth. Emery’s initial team selection, which saw Aubameyang, Torreira and Mesut Ozil on the bench, raised eyebrows but it almost resulted in a win that would have put them within one point of Spurs, only for Arsenal to suffer from self-inflicted wounds. Lacazette was a major culprit having been given the nod ahead of Aubameyang, wasting an early chance then repeating his mistake in the second half, skewing wide from close range after superb build-up play from Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal. It would have given Arsenal a two-goal cushion and only increased the tension mounting around Wembley at that time.This was a result that could have been much better – and Arsenal may yet look back on it as a very damaging one in their pursuit of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Bizarre Chelsea Power Struggle

This was one of the most bizarre incidents I have ever seen in football! A player refusing to go off – and his manager losing the plot. Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga resisted Maurizio Sarri’s attempt to substitute him late in extra time of the Carabao Cup final, which left his manager seething on the touchline. Kepa had just been treated for cramp and, with the game at 0-0, Sarri was preparing to bring on reserve keeper Willy Caballero in his place before a penalty shootout.

But after some furious finger-wagging and screams of “NO!”, Sarri was forced to give in. Referee Jonathan Moss ran over to confirm whether Kepa was going off or not and Sarri, begrudgingly, backed down and then stormed off down the tunnel before quickly returning, leaving Caballero a bemused spectator. Kepa went on to save Leroy Sane’s spot-kick – prompting a fist pump from Sarri – but Raheem Sterling netted the winning penalty as Manchester City won the shootout 4-3 to lift the Carabao Cup for a second year in a row. Sarri didn’t react at full-time and went straight off the pitch, while his players looked dejected in defeat.

Arsenal 2 Southampton 0

Arsenal punished struggling Southampton with two first-half goals to move back into the top four of the Premier League. The Gunners led when Alexandre Lacazette reacted quickest to turn in Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s shot, with the Saints’ claims for offside proving futile. And they doubled their lead shortly after when Mkhitaryan drilled a shot into the bottom corner. Arsenal should have scored more in a dominant first half, but ultimately it mattered little as those goals were enough to move Unai Emery’s side above Manchester United, who drew at home to Liverpool. Saints, who missed good chances through Nathan Redmond and Matt Targett before each of Arsenal’s goals, offered more resistance after the break.

But they remain in the bottom three, a point adrift of fourth-bottom Cardiff, after failing to win for a fourth successive league game. Arsenal have struggled for consistency under Emery in the second half of the season, alternating between wins and defeats in each of their 10 previous matches before Southampton’s visit. In truth, anything other than a home win against the Saints looked unlikely. However, Emery may be concerned with his side’s inability to demolish their lowly opponents. The Gunners looked potent every time they burst forward, particularly in the first half, and in the closing stages, against a Southampton side which looked fragile at the back. Lacazette was allowed the space to turn in the opener, with the visitors’ defence unorganised and too concerned about appealing for offside, for his 13th goal of the season. After Mkhitaryan doubled the lead, the France striker should have added another but somehow scooped over the bar from a few yards out.

Arsenal’s dominance was illustrated by the 11 shots which they attempted in the first half, nine of which came from inside the Saints area. After the break they failed to assert themselves in a similar fashion, until Pierre-Emerick’s Aubameyang’s introduction as a late substitute stretched the visitors again. The Gabon striker was unable to add to his 18 goals for the season, tamely side-footing at Saints keeper Angus Gunn from close range and seeing another effort blocked by Jannik Vestergaard’s sliding challenge. Ultimately, they still had enough to see off Southampton, but are likely to need to be sharper in the final third if they are to stay ahead of United and Chelsea to secure a return to the Champions League next season. That is also particularly pertinent as, despite keeping a rare clean sheet, they still needed keeper Bernd Leno to be alert to prevent Southampton finding a foothold in the game.

Arsenal 3 Bate Borisov 0

Arsenal powered into the last 16 of the Europa League with a comfortable second-leg victory over Bate Borisov at Emirates Stadium. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, they scored inside four minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross was turned in by Bate defender Zakhar Volkov. Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi made it 2-0 before the break with a powerful header following Granit Xhaka’s corner. Substitute Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in the third goal after an hour. After a disappointing performance in losing the first leg in Belarus, Arsenal needed to score at least twice to go through.

Bate were denied an equaliser just four minutes after Arsenal had taken the lead, when Stephan Lichtsteiner slid in to make a goalline clearance from Stanislav Dragun’s header. The visitors also went close when Maksim Skavysh hit the side-netting in the first half, but Arsenal had better chances through Alex Iwobi, Xhaka and Aubameyang. The Gunners looked full of energy in the opening stages – winning two early corners and forcing a save from keeper Denis Scherbitski when Iwobi pounced on Lichtsteiner’s cross. They were rewarded when the ball bounced off Volkov’s shin and into the back of the net to give them a crucial equalising goal in the tie.

Arsenal continued to press high up the pitch and created chances in both halves. They had 22 shots – including 15 in the box – and put in 24 crosses from open play. Xhaka forced Scherbitski into a smart save with a powerful long-range effort in the first half, while Mesut Ozil – making just his second start of 2019 and first in four games – poked a shot wide of the left post and Aubameyang’s free-kick was saved after the break. Bate did come close on a few occasions – Skavysh got in behind Nacho Monreal only to slam the ball into the side-netting, before Dragun’s header was kept out by Lichtsteiner. But Arsenal were dominant throughout and never really looked like conceding a costly away goal.

Bate Borisov 1 Arsenal 0

Alexandre Lacazette was sent off as Arsenal slumped to a disappointing first-leg defeat against Bate Borisov in the Europa League last 32. Stanislav Dragun nodded home Igor Stasevich’s free-kick for the game’s only goal just before half-time. Lacazette had a goal disallowed early in the second half before being sent off for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic. A resolute Bate held on for the win, their first over an English side at home in European competition.

The Belarusian champions will now take a slender lead to Emirates Stadium for the second leg next Thursday. It was no more than Bate deserved as Arsenal faded quickly after a bright start on a bumpy pitch and sub-zero conditions in Belarus. Aliaksei Baga’s side were playing their first competitive match since December and doggedly held on to their lead in the second half. Arsenal, in contrast, managed just three shots on target despite enjoying nearly 77% possession. Unai Emery will have hoped the resumption of the Europa League would have given his side some momentum after an inconsistent few weeks.

The Gunners’ final Europa League group game against FK Qarabag in December extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 22 games. But since then Emery’s side have lost six out of 13 matches, going out of both domestic cups in the process. Emery responded to that patchy form by naming a strong side for the game in Belarus, showing just two changes from the team that won at Huddersfield last weekend. There was early promise as Henrikh Mkhitaryan drew a smart stop from Denis Scherbitski within 90 seconds. Further chances for Lacazette and Alex Iwobi followed, but the Gunners quickly deteriorated.

Huddersfield 1 Arsenal 2

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said finishing in a top-four spot will be “difficult, but we can” after his side’s first away win since November at Premier League strugglers Huddersfield. The result saw the Gunners, who remain sixth, move within a point of fourth-placed Manchester United and level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea, who face Manchester City on Sunday (16:00 GMT). “We have played 26 games and there is one point between Manchester United and us,” Emery said. “If we ask ‘is it easy or difficult for us?’ then yes, I think it’s difficult, but we can. We are on our way.”

Once Alex Iwobi’s strike deflected into the bottom right corner off defender Terence Kongolo, the visitors rarely looked like relinquishing the points in Yorkshire. Alexandre Lacazette’s tidy finish from Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross ensured victory despite a late Huddersfield fight-back. After Iwobi and Lacazette had squandered chances to increase Arsenal’s winning margin, Adama Diakhaby and Laurent Depoitre both went close to scoring for the hosts. And while Saed Kolasinac’s own goal represented the Terriers first, in 597 minutes of football, it was not enough to retrieve a point. Huddersfield remain marooned at the bottom of the table, 13 points from safety with 12 games remaining.

Arsenal arrived in West Yorkshire in the middle of an indifferent period of form, with three defeats in seven outings during 2019 underlining long-standing defensive issues. Unai Emery’s side was able to brush off the absence of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and win without being at their best. In attack, Arsenal’s thrust was generally provided down the flanks courtesy of right wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles and team-mate Kolasinac on the opposite side.

Could Sports See That Your Kids Are Fit For The Working World?

Any parent knows that encouraging their kids to take part in active hobbies is a good thing. If nothing else, this is a fantastic way to encourage fitness. No parent could sniff at that in a world where more than 1 in five children are overweight or obese. Even if your child isn’t suffering with their weight, ensuring that they keep on top of exercise can see them living a happier and healthier life. If you haven’t already signed them up for some sport, then, that alone should see you reaching for your pen.

The benefits don’t end there, either. A regular sporting habit can also set children up for their futures in a lot of ways. That’s because the mentality sports induce isn’t dissimilar to the way we need to think in the working world. Sports are more than physical activities. They also teach a set of values which kids can take forward with them. You could go as far as to say that sporting is a way of life, not just a hobby. But, how exactly can a local sports club set your kids up for proper behavior in the workplace? Keep on reading to find out.

Let’s talk teamwork

You can’t mention sports without talking teamwork. With few exceptions, the two go hand in hand. Group options like baseball and football can certainly teach kids a few things about working with others to get a job done. They can’t very well score all those goals on their own, after all. Instead, every member of the team plays a set and crucial role towards the team’s overall success. And, everyone has to respect those positions to reap the rewards of them. If that doesn’t sound familiar to you, it should. It’s precisely the kind of dynamic we see in workplaces across the world. Again, there are exceptions, but most of us need to work with our colleagues to achieve results. An office is all about different departments working towards a united goal. In industries like retail, you rely on various team members to complete different aspects of a transaction. In a field like construction, an ability to work with others becomes a matter of life or death. Whatever industry your child chooses to work in, then, you can bet they’ll thank their days on the sporting field. Start them here early enough, and they should be able to forge decent relationships in any environment. All thanks to those sports.

You don’t get anything if you don’t work hard

Sports are also all about working hard to achieve results. Most teams will meet at least twice or more a week to work on their game. Leading up to big matches, these practices may even increase to an hour or more every morning. That’s because you can’t win without working for it. And, you can’t achieve a decent career without doing the same. Time on that sporting field will show your child how their efforts impact the results they see. If they skip practice, they’ll lose a game. It’s that simple. This direct correlation is sure to teach them invaluable lessons about the importance of hard work. The teachings of those early morning practices could see them arriving at the office first or staying after hours to ensure that perform to the best of their ability. That outlook alone is sure to see them going far in whatever they opt to try their hand at. It could even see them climbing the ranks pretty sharpish. People who go the extra mile always come to the attention of the right people, after all.

How do you deal with pressure?

Any sport also brings a fair amount of pressure and stress. Often, this is seen as a bad thing. And, there’s no denying that overbearing parents who pile on the pressure to win can do more damage than good. But, in general, a little pressure when you’re young isn’t all bad news. The working world is a high-pressure environment every single day, after all. If you wrap your kids in cotton wool and make everything too easy for them, that shift is going to come as a real shock. So much so that they may be unable to cope with even the slightest pressure on their shoulders. In extreme cases, this can lead to mental struggles such as anxiety. It could even see them avoiding any career which threatens to challenge them. And, that isn’t good. But, it needn’t happen if they’re used the pressure of regular sporting events. The training and day itself are sure to stress them out but in a safe environment. They’ll have you and their coach to see them through and make sure the pressure doesn’t get too much. Gradually, they’ll develop their own coping mechanisms for those stressful situations. And, when they do head out to work, they’ll be able to turn to those methods to see them through the worst meetings or sales pitches.

The importance of dressing the part

Any sporting activity going requires a uniform of some kind. Often, this is a case of ease. In team sports, it’s to do with being able to spot your fellows on the field. And, it could well be the first time your child has ever had to wear a uniform for anything. While some schools in the U.S. do require uniforms, many don’t. As such, your child may only know how it feels to wear clothes they’re comfortable in. That can be problematic when they have to dress the part for work. Even if they aren’t working in a uniform-based space, there will be an expectation for them to dress to impress. And, surprise surprise, this is also a lesson they can learn from all those sports. Whether they’re going to practice or playing a match, they’ll need to have a clean uniform ready to go. And, they’ll need to wear it. Otherwise, they’ll get turned away and miss out. Whether they have to wear youth baseball uniforms or football kits, this will get them into a positive habit. When the time does come for them to head to work, then, they won’t resent that uniform need at all. In fact, they’ll embrace it with fond memories of their early sporting days.

Respect for authority figures

Early sports can also teach kids about respecting authority figures. Their respect for you and their teachers should already take them halfway here. But, the relationship between players and coaches is often far more like that of employees and managers. That sports coach will work those kids to the bone, and there will often be a lot of resentment. Some players may even rally against the workload, or resent their coach at times. But, when they make those winning goals, they’ll be able to see clearly why all that work was necessary. And, this can lead to strong levels of friendship and respect which they won’t experience elsewhere. That’s a good thing considering that this is a lot like the relationship they’ll later have with their bosses. Managers work us hard, and the relationship isn’t always a happy one. Ultimately though, a positive working environment involves some understanding between managers and employees. No matter how much we hate our bosses during the day, we need to put those feelings behind us during  those after work drinks. It’s also important that we bite our tongues if we want to keep our jobs. And, those are all skills that time working with a sporting coach could provide your kids.

How to lead

While this isn’t applicable to every kid who does sports, some will also learn the ability to lead along the way. Those who go on to become team captains or managers will learn what it takes to keep a team in check. They’ll learn about the need to keep everyone onside while maintaining a healthy level of control. They’ll also learn about the need to push themselves harder than their team to ensure the best results. And, these are all qualities which could lead to a future leader in the workplace. If a management position came up in their workplace, they probably wouldn’t think twice about taking it. The chances are that they would do a pretty damn good job, too. And, that’s all because you encouraged them to join the local baseball team. You could go as far as to say that joining a sporting group early can improve their quality of life for the rest of their days. When you think about that, there really is no time like the present to sign them up.

For these reasons and more, you should do what you can to find a sport which suits your child’s needs. Even if they aren’t outwardly sporty, options like yoga or horse riding could still see them experiencing all the benefits they need. One thing’s sure; you can bet they’ll thank you for this when they’re achieving their dreams as an indirect result.

Arsenal Sign Denis Suarez On Loan

It’s complete. Arsenal have completed the loan signing of Denis Suarez. He joins from Barcelona on loan until the end of the season with an option to purchase for £18million.

He’s got five months to really impress and earn that deal. Suarez, who has one cap for Spain, has also agreed a new contract with Barcelona to protect his market value should a permanent move to the Emirates not work out, with his new deal expiring in June 2021.

He will link up again with Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who he worked with during a loan spell at Sevilla during the 2014-15 season. Arsenal will be paying Suarez’s wages during his loan spell. Suarez played 71 games in three seasons with the first team at Barcelona, scoring eight goals and has won five trophies: La Liga, two Copas del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups. Born in Salceda de Caselas, Pontevedra, Galicia, Suárez played youth football in his home country for Porriño Industrial and Celta de Vigo.

Suárez signed for Manchester City on 23 May 2011. Manchester City beat off interest from Barcelona, Chelsea and rivals Manchester United signing him for an initial fee of £850,000 with the potential to rise by £2.75 million depending on appearances and performances. On 22 August 2013 Suárez completed a transfer to Barcelona for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year contract. During the 2013–14 season he played mostly for Barcelona B in the Spanish Segunda División to continue his development. In July 2014, Suárez was loaned to Sevilla for two seasons as part of the deal which saw Ivan Rakiti? move to Barcelona.

He made his competitive debut on 12 August in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup at Cardiff City Stadium, playing 78 minutes before being substituted for José Antonio Reyes in the 2–0 defeat to Real Madrid. On 29 August 2015, Suárez completed a transfer to Villarreal for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year contract which includes a buy back clause. On 4 July 2016, Barcelona announced the return of Suárez after exercising the buy back clause. Barcelona paid €3.5 million and Suárez signed a four-year contract, with an option of a further year depending on the number of appearances. In his first season, Suárez managed only 12 La Liga starts.

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Arsenal secured a hard-fought win over Cardiff on an emotional night at Emirates Stadium as the Bluebirds played for the first time since the disappearance of striker Emiliano Sala. Despite the defeat, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock praised his side’s performance as their “best of the season”. “We talked about Emiliano before the game and I thought it was appropriate that we gave a good account of ourselves against a good side – we could’ve quite easily won the game,” said Warnock. “What a performance. If Arsenal had our chances they would’ve beaten us by four. We had some great chances and with the effort we put in we should’ve got at least a point.”

Argentine forward Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson were on board a light aircraft that disappeared from radar over the Channel Islands while travelling from Nantes following Sala’s club-record £15m move to Cardiff. Tributes were paid to Sala before the game from both sets of players, club officials and supporters. Neither side had a shot on target in the first half, but Arsenal went ahead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 66th-minute spot kick after Bruno Ecuele Manga clumsily brought down Sead Kolasinac.

Alexandre Lacazette doubled Arsenal’s lead with a fine low strike into the bottom corner, although substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing pulled one back for Cardiff in added time when he curled a shot past Bernd Leno. However, it was not enough for Cardiff and the Gunners’ win takes them to 47 points, the same as fourth-placed Chelsea. There was a surprise in the Arsenal line-up as Mesut Ozil made his first Premier League appearance of 2019 and was handed the captaincy by Unai Emery.

Will Arsenal Sign Perisic?

Arsenal already have a personal agreement in place for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and will look to press on with a deal today. That’s according to Italian football journalist Nicolo Schira. The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Croatian winger in recent days and Inter confirmed last night that Perisic has asked to leave the club. Director Giuseppe Marotta told Sky in Italy: “Perisic has asked to leave but there is no offer for him. We will see in the coming days. We will listen to the request of Perisic. We must try to satisfy him but also respect the value of him.”

The 29-year-old played no part as Inter lost 1-0 at Torino yesterday with manager Luciano Spalletti saying: “If he doesn’t want to play then of course he’s going to be left out.” Arsenal can only complete loan moves this month due to their restricted finances but want to strengthen. Having continued to fail to reach an agreement with Barcelona for Denis Suarez, Unai Emery wants to recruit Perisic on an initial loan move. And Schira – a reporter for La Gazzetta dello Sport – said on Twitter that Arsenal and Inter remain in talks over a deal.

It is claimed the player has already agreed to move to north London but that Arsenal sporting director Raul Sanllehi’s offer is a six-month loan with an option to buy in the summer. Schira adds that Inter chief Marotta wants the deal to be a permanent one or with an obligation, rather than an option, for Arsenal to make the move permanent. He adds that the two clubs will be in contact once again today. Perisic, who was heavily linked with Manchester United last summer after helping Croatia to finish as runners up at the World Cup, is a key figure at San Siro. Sky in Italy claim Inter rejected Arsenal will have to pay a €5million (£4.3m) loan fee for the winger.

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Alexis Sanchez made a goalscoring return to Arsenal to set Manchester United on their way to a fourth-round FA Cup win which makes it eight straight wins for interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Sanchez has struggled to produce his best form since swapping Emirates Stadium for Old Trafford a year ago but was at his sharpest to take Romelu Lukaku’s superb reverse pass in his stride and round Petr Cech to give United a 31st-minute lead.

Lukaku was the creator again two minutes later as Jesse Lingard’s precise finish doubled United’s advantage – and even though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back before the interval, Solskjaer’s side were always in control. United keeper Sergio Romero’s superb save from Aaron Ramsey at the start of the second half was crucial in keeping Arsenal at bay and United were rarely troubled afterwards.

Arsenal’s cause was not helped by injuries to key defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Laurent Koscielny; substitute Anthony Martial wrapping up United’s latest success when he pounced after Petr Cech could only palm out Paul Pogba’s shot with eight minutes of normal time left. This disappointing defeat came at a heavy cost for Arsenal and manager Unai Emery – the exit from a competition in which he had high hopes of making progress compounded by further injuries that will drain his defensive resources.

After losing Hector Bellerin for nine months to a knee injury sustained in the win against Chelsea, Emery is now waiting on injury bulletins for Sokratis, who limped off early on with an ankle problem after falling awkwardly, and Koscielny, whose facial injury resulted in 10 minutes of added time.

Will Ramsey Leave Earlier?

Aaron Ramsey could yet be allowed to join Juventus this month if Arsenal can tie up loan deals for Denis Suarez and James Rodriguez. According to the Independent , Arsenal are currently working on temporary deals for the two midfielders and would allow Ramsey to leave in January for a fee of around £10million.

Ramsey is close to signing a pre-contract agreement with Juventus and has already undergone his medical in Turin. He is set to become the club’s second-highest paid player, behind Cristiano Ronaldo. The offer of a new contract for the Welshman at Arsenal was taken off the table at the start of the season, and he has since fallen down the pecking order under Gunners boss Unai Emery. Emery is confident of being reunited with the man he coached at Sevilla five years ago as Suarez has played just 17 minutes of La Liga action this season and has featured mostly in the Copa del Rey.

Arsenal have had a loan bid for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly rejected, according to the Mail. The paper claims that the cash-strapped Gunners made an approach for the centre-back to strengthen their defence until they can make permanent signings in the summer transfer window. But United have no intention of sending a player on loan to a Premier League rival.