Wenger left with injury headache

first_img Aaron Ramsey restored the visitors’ lead with a sumptuous volley from Carl Jenkinson’s 67th-minute cross, and the Welshman sealed the win nine minutes later after combining with Ozil and Giroud on the edge of the box. However, the Gunners had enjoyed a major escape in the meantime when, after Jozy Altidore had out-muscled Bacary Sagna to stab a shot past keeper Wojciech Szczesny, referee Martin Atkinson called play back for a foul on the United States frontman. Wenger said: “We had plenty of chances in the first half – we had an outstanding first half. In the second half, Sunderland played very well with much more energy. “They came back to 1-1 and we were a bit lucky at 2-1, maybe, but we found the mental resources again to win the game and were much more clinical in the second half. “But overall, it was a very good game.” If Ozil had been the star of the show before the break – Wenger admitted his form had, perhaps understandably, dipped in the second half as a result of his illness – it was Ramsey who ultimately claimed the headlines with two accomplished finishes. The manager said: “Ramsey, definitely compared to one year ago, what he has achieved is fantastic.” Asked what was behind his improvement, Wenger said: “His intelligence, his desire to improve, listening – he has a very learning attitude and he has as well a fantastic engine.” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keeping his fingers crossed that injuries do not ruin a promising start to the season. The Gunners climbed to the top of the Barclays Premier League table on Saturday after a 3-1 victory at Sunderland. However, the win on Wearside came at a cost after striker Olivier Giroud limped off with a knee problem late in the game to join Santi Cazorla on the sidelines. Wenger later revealed that the Spaniard is out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Marseille and is unlikely to play again before the next international break, and with Lukas Podolski currently also on the casualty list, he admits he cannot afford to lose any more attacking players. The Frenchman told the BBC: “We score because we have a good game, lively with a lot of energy, we are dynamic in our game, and a lot of belief as well. “But we are still short now. With the injuries we have, we cannot afford now to lose players.” Despite arriving at the Stadium of Light without defender Per Mertesacker and with record signing Mesut Ozil having only just recovered from the same bug which prevented his team-mate from travelling, the Gunners turned in a superb first-half display and should really have had the game won by the break. Ozil took little time to settle into his new surroundings, expertly controlling Kieran Gibbs’ long ball before sliding a cross into the path of Giroud’s run and watching the striker nonchalantly guide it past keeper Keiren Westwood with just 11 minutes gone. The former Real Madrid star seemed able to split the Sunderland defence at will and twice played in Theo Walcott, only to see the England international denied by Westwood on both occasions. Indeed, Walcott might have had a hat-trick inside the opening 43 minutes, but ended the half empty-handed when he sent a diving header wide from Giroud’s cross. But remarkably, Sunderland forced their way back into the game within four minutes of the restart when Craig Gardner, who had replaced David Vaughan at the break, thumped home a penalty after Laurent Koscielny had tripped Adam Johnson. Press Associationlast_img read more

Official: Real Madrid announce Luka Jovic signing

first_img Source: BBC Real Madrid have signed striker Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt for an undisclosed fee, subject to a medical.The 21-year-old Serbia international has agreed a six-year deal with Zinedine Zidane’s side.Jovic only joined Eintracht on a permanent deal in April, when they activated a clause following a two-year loan spell from Benfica.The forward – who has four caps for Serbia – scored 27 goals in 48 games for the German club this season.He was also named in Uefa’s Europa League squad of the season after scoring 10 goals on their run to the semi-finals, where they lost on penalties to eventual winners Chelsea.While both clubs have decided to keep the fee secret, it is widely reported to be in excess of £50m.Frankfurt are thought to have paid about £6.2m (7m euros) for him in April.last_img read more

Diversity Drives Change

first_imgby, Laura Beck, The Eden AlternativeTweetShareShareEmail0 Sharesdreamstime_s_21875476Principle Two of The Eden Alternative tells us that the creation of a Human Habitat is the most effective cure for the plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.  By definition, a Human Habitat is “an environment where different species live in supportive and empowering ways, eager and able to thrive, not just survive.” A rich Human Habitat involves an array of close and continuing relationships and spontaneity and variety as the spice of daily life.  Diversity, then, clearly lies at the core of a healthy Human Habitat and the life worth living that it supports.While this may come across as a no-brainer, diversity awareness is often dismissed as politically correct mumbo jumbo or something that an in-service or two can cover. Successful change agents, however, know that a deep and ongoing commitment to celebrating diversity is the cornerstone of building meaningful relationships and creating an inclusive team environment, where each voice is heard and honored for its unique contribution.Let’s face it.  Care that is genuinely person-directed can’t exist without a dedication to diversity awareness.  How can we truly know people well, if we aren’t digging more deeply and taking the time to develop a more complete understanding of their cultural heritage and how it influences their preferences and choices?  When diversity awareness becomes a vital part of the organizational culture, culturally-specific communication barriers dissolve, new relationships are forged, and opportunities to grow and learn from each other expand exponentially.This said, facilitating an appreciation for diversity in your organization is a multi-layered endeavor that requires thoughtful attention, creativity, and finesse.  On April 10th from 3 to 4 pm ET, two inspiring leaders, Sandra Place and Arif Padamshi, will share how promoting diversity awareness has deepened and strengthened their culture change journeys.  As a part of the Facilitative Leadership Webinar Series, “Facilitating an Appreciation of Diversity” will focus on how the creation of effective teams requires an organizational culture that respects, honors, and appreciates the unique differences, qualities, and values of each member of the care partner team.  Click here to register.To explore this issue in your teams, consider the following Learning Circle questions:How are we doing when it comes to building diversity awareness?What are the current barriers to deepening awareness of our cultural differences?What access do we have to educational resources to build our skills around this issue?What are some creative ways that we can promote learning and growing between different care partners on the team?Related PostsChautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Begins Eden Alternative JourneyChautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center celebrated the beginning of their Eden Alternative journey last week! The home hosted a large celebration to commemorate the hanging of their “Eden” tree. The home began working on the Eden Alternative’s Milestone 1 at the beginning … Continue reading →Eden Alternative Elim Care Center Builds ‘Human Habitats’The Forum in North Dakota reports that Eden registered Elim Care Center in Fargo broke ground this week in a major $7 million renovation and expansion of their facility that will create 20 private single-occupancy rooms and make rehabilitation services more accessible and person-centered.Eden and CMSTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Care Partner The Eden Alternative three plagueslast_img read more