Proud Wenger hails Arsenal’s ‘spectacular’ FA Cup win

Proud Wenger hails Arsenal’s ‘spectacular’ FA Cup win

Arsene Wenger insists he will head into Tuesday’s board meeting to discuss his Arsenal future perfectly equipped with all he needs to secure a new contract – namely a replay of Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup final win over 10-man Chelsea. There is no structure aside from Arsène Wenger, and whether it is now or in two years, Wenger will leave the club. We go home with a bad taste because of what has happened but for sure we would rather win the Premier League than the FA Cup.

If I’m right, it will be sad to see him go.

“If the club want to sell me, there’s one club I’d move to”, he was quoted as saying, agreeing that it was Atletico, who he left three years ago to join Chelsea.

So, it should be no surprise that Xhaka and Ramsey have had their best games since the change in formation – made by Wenger only because he felt the need to show the fans and the people above that he can be flexible.

“For once I have taken my medal so that means it’s a special night for me”.

“That’s what I did not accept during the season and I will never accept it”. Granit Xhaka was rock solid in midfield and we have not said that often this season. “You can’t do 35 years as a football manager if you think you are not the right man to do the job”. “This job is basically about trusting human beings so, if you can not forgive, you can not trust”. I do want to be a manager.

I don’t think it should affect the media because I don’t change my commitment. “I was in great form and it was a shame I didn’t start the game”. “Look, you ask me that question at least one time every week”, he said.

It wasn’t the Champions League final or the crucial game in a battle to win the Premier League. You can not be in this job [if not].

The 36-year-old defender plans to go into coaching eventually and would love to return to Wembley as a manager in the future.

Even if you think he should still go now, even if you think he should maybe have gone five years ago, all those football debates fade against the fundamental humanity of a great and decent man ending a hugely hard and tormented season with a moment of happiness; with a moment of vindication.

Chelsea pushed forward in search of the equaliser in the second-half, but the Gunners held firm, with captain Per Mertesacker, who was making his first start of the season, putting in a game-winning shift in the heart of the defence.

His decision is going to get a mixed reaction from Arsenal fans, and many will be angered, although there is a huge section of fans who will be happy with his performance at the end of the campaign, and won’t be too aggrieved by his choice.

No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber falls at French Open

No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber falls at French Open

She found her father, Jiri, and her brother, also Jiri, who greeted her with warm embraces and joyous kisses on the cheek.

On the tennis side, Kvitova stepped up her workouts about 3 1/2 weeks ago. “I think I played well after six months off”, said Kvitova, adding that she regarded herself as a victor already.

Action on Philippe Chatrier centre court starts with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova making her comeback after six months away from the sport spent recovering from potentially career-ending injuries sustained in fighting off a knife-wielding burglar in December. She was knocked out of the 2016 French Open in round three by America’s Shelby Rogers.

“For us, it’s incredible”.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic’s coach Jiri Vanek, left, and another staff member support Kvitova as she plays Julia Boserup. Now I can just enjoy everything – sometimes I just stand outside and see the sun and say, Oh, it s handsome.

“Thank you for everything, you helped me through this hard time”, an emotional Kvitova said.

“I didn’t sleep well the days after, but I wasn’t really staying alone”, Kvitova said about her frame of mind in the immediate aftermath of the attack. So that’s why what we try to show everyone. “That’s one of the things I felt like I needed is new inspiration, someone that knows exactly what I’m going through, you know, on the court, off the court”.

Angelique Kerber became the first women’s top seed in the Open era to lose in the opening round of the French Open on Sunday.

If Petra Kvitova had been just a worthy adversary who lost a competitive match on Sunday, she still would have walked off center court at Roland Garros a victor for her bravery and determination.

After briefly threatening a recovery in the eighth game, in which she held two break points, Kerber meekly surrendered the first set with a forehand that never looked like clearing the net. “It was really special”.

“Of course I’m sad; I don’t want to hide that”, Halep said of her disappointment.

The 27-year-old two-time Wimbledon champion entered the tournament with a protected ranking of No. 16 (she is seeded 15th here) because of her injury, but with no official closure on the incident that violently interrupted her career.

Kvitova raced into a 3-0 lead and had three break points in the fourth game before Boserup finally got on the scoreboard. Her best run is when she reached the semifinals in 2012 before losing to eventual champion Sharapova. “And we’re all happy for her”.

Her surgeon, Radek Kebrele, originally said in a press release that her chances of playing again were “very low” for “multiple reasons”, according to CNN. “Mentally, she is back”.

Ranking LeBron James Top 5 Finals Moments

Ranking LeBron James Top 5 Finals Moments

Those guys are going to challenge me, they’re going to challenge our ballclub …[Durant’s] one of the most risky guys we have in the world already.

The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers are embracing their darkhorse status heading into the NBA Finals. Golden State has had only two games in these playoffs decided by single digits and is winning by an average of 16.3 points, the highest in the history of the National Basketball Association playoffs (minimum 5 games). A student of the game, he’s old school with a fresh perspective.

Kerr addressed the media because acting head coach Mike Brown was under the weather and did not attend practice.

Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland. “He always talks about, at the end of the day, he’s already won in life, so whatever else happens after this is extra credit”. I did everything possible to put myself in a position to feel at least as close to 80 percent, or as close to 90 percent as I could going into that game, knowing the possibility that I could further injure my knee. Klay has to get over the metaphorical hump of no longer being second in line for touches that didn’t seem to bother him all that much during the regular season.

Bosh hit the game-winning shot in a bounce back Game 3 effort in Dallas, righting things temporarily, only to see it all come undone off the court. “It’s the way of the league, and I think the prestige of playing 82 is not what it’s used to be, and this is the way it’s going to be”.

“So it’s the even-keel mentality about our coach and it definitely helps us as players when we’re going out into a war”. “We just went out and did what we were supposed to do and took care of business”.

James and company must continue their spectacular play, as the Warriors will seek redemption for last year’s Finals loss.

Lue’s defensive strategy to this point in the playoffs has been to neutralize the opponents’ top player.

Kerr has been absent from the Golden State bench for 10 straight playoff games as he deals with complications from 2015 back surgery.

With Korver on the floor, Cleveland’s Offensive Rating has climbed to 121.5 during the playoffs, the fourth-highest on the team behind Channing Frye, Kevin Love and James, per NBA.com. With the addition of Durant, Golden State still managed to finish with the best record in the regular season, only losing 15 games.

“Hell yeah”, he said, his voice rising. He said, no matter if he’s coaching or not, he will travel to Cleveland with the team in the Finals. They have a lot of options.

The Warriors then played a defensively tough Jazz team that Curry would normally struggle with.

There’s a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Brown spent two stints coaching the Cavs but beat Lue in a shooting contest almost two decades ago when Lue was an National Basketball Association newcomer.

Spoelstra, Riley’s hand-picked choice to lead the franchise years before the assembly of this Big 3, had to adjust to an alpha in LeBron who did not conform as readily to the Heat culture as Wade had earlier in his career. Lue made subtle tweaks to his rotation, drew up key inbounds plays, then isolated Irving late in Game 7 on Curry.

The Cavs hold him in the highest regard, as anyone might with the league’s single-season all-time 3-point record holder.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: Wembley defeat can’t take shine off season

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: Wembley defeat can’t take shine off season

Chelsea was the clear favorite coming into the FA Cup final, but a poor start saw the league champion going down 1-0 in the fourth minute.

Even after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final on Saturday, Wenger indicated he has to stew until Tuesday to discover whether his 21-year reign will be extended by the record 13-time FA Cup winners.

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has declared that criticism only makes him stronger after he played a pivotal part in his side’s victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final yesterday.

Chelsea were reduced to 10 men in the second half after Victor Moses was shown a second yellow card for diving inside the Arsenal area – but the newly-crowned Premier League champions would still find a way to equalise through Costa. Every 50-50 challenge went to Arsenal, and regardless of how many boots the Blues stuck in, they couldn’t rob Arsenal of possession. The first coach to win the FA Cup seven times.

Hartson told 5Live: “I think there will be protests if he stays”.

And here at Wembley, he answered the critics eloquently as Arsenal delivered an outstanding performance in an enthralling final to secure a win they fully merited.

“I said last week, this team will be in contention to win the title with one or two good buys”.

“Overall I just want to do well for this club and apart from that it’s down to the board members to decide whether I’m the right man to take this club further”. Arsenal was completely dominant, something it was rarely able to claim over the past season.

“I thought I was playing very, very well in the last few months”, he said.

Alexis Sanchez controversially put Arsenal ahead, after referee Anthony Taylor failed to spot the blatant handball by the Columbian and incorrectly deemed the offside Ramsey was not interfering with play.

But the Italian insisted: “Now the most important thing is to give a correct evaluation of our season because for me it was incredible”.

Arsenal produced their best performance for years and Mertesacker said that the high level the team reached was testament to Wenger’s continued management of the club. “We know this team has suffered”.

Victims thank heroes killed in racist stabbing in Portland

Victims thank heroes killed in racist stabbing in Portland

“He would talk to every one of his kids”, Eric Best said.

Police identified the men killed as Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, Oregon, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, of Portland.

Alvin Hall said had just stepped off the train on Friday when he saw a man bleeding from the neck, KATU-TV reported.

Christian’s social media postings indicate an affinity for Nazis and political violence.

Christian was arrested on suspicion of aggravated murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a handgun. His sentiments were echoed by scores of Twitter users who were dismayed by the president’s failure to speak about the double murder.

“The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable”, the President wrote.

Declaring, “We choose love”, thousands gathered in Portland, Oregon on Saturday night to honor three victims of a savage hate crime on a local train, the pernicious, inexorable dross of the toxic times.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has asked the federal government to revoke a permit for what he described as an alt-right demonstration planned Sunday at Terry Schrunk Plaza across from City Hall.

“Well said, Mr. President”, he tweeted Monday afternoon. The mayor says his main concern was the participants “coming to peddle a message of hatred”, saying hate speech is not protected by the Constitution.

“There will be speakers exercising their free speech, live music, flags, and an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom”, according to the Facebook event page for Saturday’s rally. “I just want to say thank you to them and their family, and that I appreciate them”.

“This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House”. A LaunchGood campaign spearheaded by Muslims to support the victims’ families has raised nearly $400,000, and on Monday one of the targeted girls joined the tributes, issuing a tearful thanks to those who “put their life on the line for me”.

The mother of one of the targets of the rant said she was overwhelmed with gratitude and sadness for the strangers who died defending her daughter, 16-year-old Destinee Mangum.

The victims, Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Rick Best, have been hailed as heroes. On Sunday, Hudson posted a video with her daughter saying they were traumatized by the event.

Mangum told KPTV that she and her 17-year-old friend were riding the train when Christian started yelling at them. Anti-Muslim incidents increased more than 50 percent in the United States past year, it said.

Beydoun added that Trump’s policies, including budget cuts that hurt the poor, pursuing the travel ban on several Muslim majority countries and aligning Washington with Saudi Arabia, are based on hate.

Event organizer Joey Gibson has distanced himself from Christian, and told The Oregonian/OregonLive “we were clearly asking (Christian) to leave” the April event.

The teens moved toward the back of the train, preparing to get off at the next stop.

“They lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we look”, Mangum said.

Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, also was injured in the attack.

Telephone messages left at the home of Christian’s mother on Sunday and Monday were not immediately returned. It was not clear if he had a lawyer yet.

Tomica Clark told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she has known Christian since elementary school. She said she was surprised to hear people call Christian a racist.

In a tear-choked voice, Mangum said she did not know the men and thanked them for putting their lives on the line.

$840000 has been raised for the families of Portland ‘heroes’

$840000 has been raised for the families of Portland ‘heroes’

Almost $1 million has been donated to multiple fundraisers in support of the victims of Friday’s train stabbing in Portland, Oregon, and thousands of dollars continue to pour in every hour for the three men being described as “heroes“.

Videos have surfaced showing Christian at various events shouting at people, at one point saying the N-word, as police officers separated him from others. Destinee Mangum, who was travelling with a Muslim friend when the attack began, said the men had saved her life. “I wish we would hear you say these names”, wrote Dan Rather of a story “that may not neatly fit into (your) narrative.They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or ‘radical Islamic terrorist.’ They were killed in an act of civic love”. “We held it together, I just prayed, all I could do was pray”, she recalled. A LaunchGood campaign spearheaded by Muslims to support the victims’ families has raised nearly $400,000, and on Monday one of the targeted girls joined the tributes, issuing a tearful thanks to those who “put their life on the line for me”.

The suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, remained in custody on Monday and will appear in state court on Tuesday on aggravated murder and other charges.

Meche earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2016 from Reed College in Portland and landed a job with the Cadmus Group, a consulting firm in the area. A detective later took a statement from her family, Hudson told the paper.

“Safety while traveling through our community is a basic human right that we need to be able to guarantee to everyone, regardless of where they’re from, or what they believe”, she said. Trump has faced criticism for staying quiet about the attack for so many days, even though he is quick to react to violent acts carried out by Muslim extremists.

In a tear-choked voice, Mangum said she did not know the men and thanked them for putting their lives on the line.

Police said on Saturday that Best died at the scene and that Meche succumbed to his wounds at a hospital after Christian slit their throats.

One of the victims, Ricky Best, was a military veteran with 23 years of service.

The FBI has joined the Portland police-led investigation to gather evidence.

Come Monday morning, the president had not yet commented on the matter – either through the press or his preferred social media platform – which the FBI is investigating as a possible hate crime.

In the video posted on Sunday, Mangum and her mother, Dyjuana Hudson, thanked the public for their support.

“The best thing you guys can help us out with is just giving me and my family time to process everything and for me to cope with what happened and to actually heal from this and get over this somehow”, Mangum said. “But right now it’s all just too much to keep rehashing it over and over again”.

One of the two girls being harassed has also spoken publicly.

Trump’s policies have weakened the West: German FM

Trump’s policies have weakened the West: German FM

Germany’s foreign minister launched a scathing criticism of Donald Trump on Monday, claiming the US President’s actions have “weakened” the West and accusing the US government of standing “against the interests of the European Union“.

Gabriel went on to claim the West had become “weaker”, if not “smaller” under the policies of the Trump administration. “But anyone who puts on national blinkers and has no view of the world around him will ultimately get lost”.Then at the G7 summit on Friday and Saturday, leaders including Merkel failed to convince Trump to commit to stay in the Paris climate deal.

“Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace at risk”, Gabriel added.

Gabriel made the remarks on the sidelines of a round-table discussion on migrant crisis in Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to blame for the way she has allowed US President Donald Trump to treat her, suggests her rival in the upcoming election. -German relations “are a strong pillar of our foreign and security policy, and Germany will continue working to strengthen these relations”, Seibert said.Merkel emphasized the need for continued friendly relations with the US and Britain and also stressed the importance of being good neighbors “wherever that is possible, including with Russian Federation, but also with others”.The relationship between Berlin and new French President Emmanuel Macron had to be a priority, Mrs Merkel said. Merkel is expected to win a fourth term as Chancellor when Germany heads to the polls in September. “Chancellor Merkel receives Prime Minister Modi at Schloss Messeberg before a private dinner”, a Ministry of External Affairs statement on Twitter said, alongside images of the two leaders in conversation in the luxurious gardens of the grand palace. “They were clear and comprehensible”. In Brussels, Trump did not endorse the collective defense principle enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation charter.

This is while Merkel said Berlin was still focused on boosting ties with Washington.

“[They] are a strong pillar of our foreign and security policy, and Germany will continue working to strengthen these relations”, Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told The Associated Press. On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter that he would make the final decision on the U.S. participation in the climate deal “next week”.

“It’s not breaking away from anything she has said in the past”, Möller said. “She’s not looking to push Britain or the U.S. away – she is looking to strengthen Europe”.

Trump Condemns Fatal Stabbings In Portland

Trump Condemns Fatal Stabbings In Portland

Rick Best was a veteran who lived in a Portland suburb with his family.

Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was stabbed in the neck. He has made no mention of the attack on his personal @realdonaldtrump account. Police say man stabbed, killed 2 ppl on MAX after bullying Muslim women.

The suspected killer, Jeremy Joseph Christian – who police say had “extremist ideology” and allegedly said “all Muslims should die” during the attack – was arrested after the attack.

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Sixteen-year-old Destinee Mangum was with her friend on the MAX train on May 26 when they were racially abused by white supremacist Jeremy Christian. They had come to the defense of two teenage girls, one of them a Muslim wearing a headscarf and the other an African-American.

“He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and he told us we shouldn’t be here, to get out of his country”, she said.

The 16-year-old said they were scared, and chose to move to the back of the train, all while a stranger jumped in to help. You guys can’t disrespect these young ladies like that.

“Then they just all started arguing”, Mangum told KOIN. “I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them”, Rather wrote on Facebook.

Several passengers chased after the suspect and called 911, directing officers to his whereabouts, according to local media.

“This has happened so fast, to be able to raise this amount of money in just over 24 hours is incredible”, said Zukin. That’s when Christian attacked three of the people who intervened, Simpson said. Best and Meche were killed in the stabbing. It’s a gut check for everywhere ” and absolutely for Portland”, said Christopher Douglas, who stopped at the memorial.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Portland, died at the hospital.

Meche graduated past year from Reed College in Portland with a bachelor’s degree in economics, the college said on its website.

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Mangum’s mother, Dyjuana Hudson, said she owes everything to the three men and their grieving families.

“He said, ‘Tell them, I want everybody to know, I want everybody on the train to know, I love them.’ He was a attractive man, that’s what I want people to know”. “Shining bright star I love you forever”, she wrote. He was charged with aggravated murder, intimidation – the state equivalent of a hate crime – and being a felon in possession of a weapon and was scheduled to be in court Tuesday. The Oregonian also had video from the April 29 march showing Christian.

The FBI and US Attorney for OR are working with police in Portland on the investigation. On Sunday, Hudson posted a video with her daughter saying they were traumatized by the event.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said she was “heartbroken” by the attack.

“There is too much hatred in the world right now and far too much violence”.

Police have not spoken to the women who were the focus of his tirade, who left the scene following the chaos of the stabbings.

Djokovic and Nadal secure Roland Garros progress

Djokovic and Nadal secure Roland Garros progress

Rafael Nadal’s quest for La Decima at the French Open began with what was an ultimately straightforward victory against Benoit Paire.

It was the flawless way to mark his 50th successive Grand Slam appearance but there is still work to do for the world number two whose form has dropped off since he completed the career Grand Slam in Paris 12 months ago.

Granollers had three break points when Djokovic was serving for the match, but the Serbian recovered to win the next five points and the match when Granollers returned long.

Under watchful eye of new coach Andre Agassi, Djokovic looked his comfortable self as he begins quest to defend the title he won a year ago in fourth attempt. I will try to learn as much as I can from him,”he added”. “Andre (Agassi) has left already. I just say thanks to them for everything that they do for me, and I feel great every time that I have the chance to be back here and to see all of them”.

The men’s singles second seed Djokovic of Serbia recorded a convincing 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Spanish Marcel Granollers in two hours and 27 minutes in front of his new coach Andre Agassi, an eight-time Grand Slam singles victor, reports Xinhua news agency.

“I can not believe in the first round we have two ex-champions”.

“It was really hard physically, but I found my best level on important points”, Djokovic said. The Serb had parted company with his entire coaching staff in the weeks coming into the tournament and amid multiple changes in his life, most things remained the same for The Djoker. But I will not change my wife.

In other results, fifth-seeded Milos Raonic is safely through to the second round after sweeping past Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in 92 minutes, and David Goffin of Belgium beat French qualifier Paul Henri-Mathieu in straight sets. Nadal will face the Netherlands’ Robin Haase in Wednesday’s second round tie.

The 14th-seeded American recorded his worse result ever at the clay-court grand slam, losing 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

He again went 4-1 up before a wobble saw him fail to convert eight set points at 5-3.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark survived a second-set scare to beat Australian wild card Jaimee Fourlis and reach the second round of the French Open.

Paire led the second set 4-3 while breaking Nadal’s serve twice in a row and banking on a largely local crowd who voiced their support for the temperamental World No 45.

Schiavone, the 2010 champion, showed her usual fighting spirit and saved three match points before going down when she sent a forehand volley wide. The fourth seed is to meet Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit for a place in round 3.

On the women’s side, Garbine Muguruza opened her title defense by beating Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-4.