Arsenal backed to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha by Liverpool legend

first_img Phil HaighMonday 20 May 2019 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link113Shares Advertisement Advertisement Zaha scored against Arsenal in April (Picture: REUTERS)‘He’s already had that stint at Manchester United, which was a complete disaster and was probably part of his maturation. Because he’s been there already, there’s been links to United. I don’t see him doing that.‘I don’t think, psychologically, having had such a disaster there for two seasons that he would go back so we can forget them.‘I think we’re talking Arsenal or Chelsea. If Chelsea are letting [Eden] Hazard go, they will still be able to make some transfers.’That statement about Hazard is certainly not the case if the transfer ban is upheld. Whether the Blues sell the Belgian or not, they will not be able to bring any other players in.Nicol thinks Zaha would be an ideal addition for Arsenal, especially given the lack of threat they possess on the flanks.‘Arsenal, I’m not keen on what they have in wide areas,’ continued the 57-year-old. ‘[Alex] Iwobi, for me, in the final third has no end product and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan has had an absolute disaster.‘I think they would like him and both sides would suit him. I think every player wants to go to the best but for him, he thought he was going to the best before and it didn’t work out.‘I don’t think it’ll be a case of going to the best side, it’ll be a case of going where you’re going to play.’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 Eagles are thought to want a whopping £80m for Zaha, but Arsenal are considering haggling that price down by offering players in exchange.The Gunners may send Calum Chambers and Reiss Nelson across London in a cash-plus-players deal for the Ivory Coast international.MORE: Manchester City set to make move for £75m-rated Manchester United target Harry MaguireMORE: Arsenal hope Matteo Guendouzi can convince Alexis Claude-Maurice to join Gunners Comment Wilfried Zaha is set to leave Crystal Palace this summer (Picture: Rex Features)Arsenal and Chelsea have been put at the front of the queue for Wilfried Zaha’s signature, according to Liverpool hero Steve Nicol.The Crystal Palace forward looks certain to leave Selhurst Park this summer after telling the club he wants a move and there will likely be plenty of offers for the 26-year-old.The likes of Tottenham and Manchester United have been linked with moves for Zaha, but Nicol believes that Arsenal and Chelsea appear to be more likely destinations, with a return to Old Trafford after a poor spell there unlikely.Given that Chelsea are set for a transfer ban for the next two transfer windows (unless they successfully appeal) then that would make the Gunners the most likely to win the race for the winger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think the time is right for him to take a step up,’ Nicol told ESPN FC.‘I don’t believe he’s the type of player or person who wants to go abroad, I think he’s quite happy in England. Arsenal backed to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha by Liverpool legendlast_img read more

A Remade McEvoy

first_imgAndy FateJust moments after Wisconsin beat BYU 27-17 last Saturday — in which transfer quarterback-receiver-safety Tanner McEvoy made his first career interception — Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal queried head coach Gary Andersen about McEvoy’s prospects as a quarterback, either now or in the future, at Wisconsin.It seemed like an odd question to ask, given the context. Andersen was succinct, saying he hadn’t contemplated McEvoy at the quarterback position, which felt like an obvious response. Thoughts of McEvoy playing quarterback this season were dispelled months ago when he faded in the quarterback race and started catching passes more often than throwing them.And it wasn’t long — no more than a few weeks and a few game reps — before his stint at receiver was over following a surgery to repair a broken wrist. It would be a defining moment in McEvoy’s first season at Madison.“He was going to miss a lot of reps because he couldn’t do anything,” safeties coach Bill Busch said. “That’s when it kind of clicked.”McEvoy, at 6-foot-6, 223 pounds, lauded for his speed and overall athleticism, was going to be relocated to the sidelines because his broken wrist impeded his offensive effectiveness. Wisconsin’s noteworthy sophomore transfer was trending down Danny O’Brien’s path as opposed to Russell Wilson’s.Then an idea arose where McEvoy could use his extraordinary frame on the other side of the ball as a safety.“I mean, when you’re 6-foot-6 and can move like that, definitely people notice you,” redshirt freshman safety Nate Hammon said.And so McEvoy found his way onto the field for Wisconsin, even if he intended to play quarterback all along. In just a few short weeks, he had a package of third down plays where he was used. Then Ohio State happened.McEvoy’s role was expanding each week, but following a first drive where OSU quarterback Braxton Miller effortlessly escorted the Buckeyes to a 7-0 lead, largely through the air, Andersen knew McEvoy — who played safety in high school — was needed more than ever.“We needed to get some athletes on the field. We really thought that,” Andersen said following the 31-24 loss. “To throw him in the moment was definitely risky, to say the least. That’s what we felt we needed to do.”Wisconsin fans saw McEvoy’s No. 17 jersey — different from the No. 5 he wore as a quarterback — on the field for most of the remaining minutes in Columbus, Ohio. What they didn’t see was any big plays or mistakes on McEvoy’s behalf.And since then, there wasn’t much for news on the McEvoy front.“I haven’t done anything wrong, but I haven’t done anything great,” McEvoy said, describing his first four games with an ingrained role in the defense. That’s why this past weekend against BYU was important for him.McEvoy was the benefactor of redshirt senior line backer Chris Borland’s pressure on BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, who hurriedly lofted a pass well beyond his receiver, tumbling into McEvoy’s basket. It was an important moment that McEvoy would eventually downplay the significance of. He knew he had another interception opportunity on the last play of the game, where he crossed the field to break up a final Cougar pass attempt.Those two plays are largely why McEvoy has remained a part of the Wisconsin secondary; he can flat out cover ground and stalk the football. Add in his abnormal height and wingspan, and McEvoy becomes quite the asset in any secondary. He says he just likes making plays on the football field, something that his favorite player, Ed Reed, made an NFL career of.Hammon said that one week McEvoy made something “like 11 interceptions in practice.” Each day athleticism is readily apparent. Back in August, backup quarterback Bart Houston likened McEvoy’s speed to a deer. However, it’s more his placement within the secondary than his athleticism that has helped Wisconsin the most.Earlier on this season, redshirt sophomore safety Michael Caputo was forced to guard receivers out of sheer necessity. With McEvoy in the mold, Caputo now generally spotlights opposing tight ends and aids the front seven in run defense, where he made 12 tackles against BYU.With McEvoy on the field, senior safety Dez Southward was able to play man coverage on BYU’s physical receiver Cody Hoffman, a matchup the Badgers defensive coaches sought out. McEvoy has really opened up the options for Busch.With just five weeks of safety game snaps under his belt, there remains plenty for McEvoy to learn and gain from the safety position. Week-by-week the coaching staff warmed McEvoy into the mix.“They kind of eased me into it,” McEvoy said. “They didn’t throw the kitchen sink at me.”Week-by-week he’s gained confidence in his play recognition and tackling tendencies. Week-by-week he plans for safety and covers the back end of the Wisconsin defense. While it seems like he’s a full-fledged safety this week, the question in Andersen’s press conference relayed a bit of uncertainty about McEvoy’s future spot.Andersen ended his answer with, “He’s a safety next week, and we’ll move on from there.”Busch said, “This week, he’s in my room, so we’ll get him ready to play.”So whether he’s a quarterback or a safety right now or if in the future he’s a quarterback or a safety, it doesn’t really matter. McEvoy thinks he can still play quarterback at Wisconsin, but will happily settle with safety.“As of right now, in this season, in this week, I’m focusing on what we have to do against Indiana,” McEvoy said. “I’m just going to stick to playing safety until they tell me to do otherwise.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Air France is now offe

first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Air France is now offering beauty treatments in its Terminal 1 lounge at New York’s JFK International Airport under an exclusive partnership with luxury beauty and skincare specialist, La Prairie. After revamping its dining area in December, the Air France lounge has now drawn its attention to customer wellbeing.This new space, spanning 30 square metres and decorated in La Prairie’s emblematic style, is accessible to La Première and Business customers and Flying Blue Platinum and Gold members. It is equipped with two private beauty booths, with a massage table for longer treatments.Prior to their flight, customers can now enjoy a moment of relaxation and wellbeing in the expert care of La Prairie beauty care professionals and the brand’s high-end products, free of charge. La Prairie beauty experts offer a selection of facial treatments:Art of Rejuvenation treatment (30 minutes), reserved for La Première customersArt of Illumination treatment (20- or 30-minute option)Art of Indulgence treatment (20- or 30-minute option)Customers must reserve these treatments with the Air France agents on arrival in the lounge.New dining areaIn December 2018, Air France unveiled a completely renovated dining area in its New York-JFK lounge.Business customers enjoy the Night Service offer in a brand-new setting, with a more contemporary feel dominated by white and wood tones.New furniture and imitation-leather couches, inspired by a Parisian brasserie, have been custom-designed to offer a convivial atmosphere. Blue and grey tones along with atmospheric lighting have been added to create a more intimate feel. The mezzanine floor has also been redesigned, incorporating light and anthracite grey shades. In total, the area is equipped with close to 34 tables for two, a high table with six seats for dining opposite the runways and a round table seating six.Night Service: dine in the lounge and sleep on boardThis new dining area has been designed to offer customers the Night Service, a service anticipating Business customers’ need to enjoy a good night’s sleep on night flights between New York and Paris. They can enjoy, at no extra charge, the same gourmet French meal in the airport lounge as the one served on board, with their meal served at their table. The meal compromises a starter, hot dish, cheese, dessert and a wine and champagnes list.During the flight, customers can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the comfort of the Business class cabin with a lie-flat bed; or, customers with a healthy appetite can choose to eat again during the flight. Breakfast is served before landing at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.Since the launch of the Night Service in 2016 (AF009/AF011), close to 50% of customers travelling in Business class on night flights dine in the lounge.Art at the heart of the loungeTo mark the new design of its lounge in New York, Air France offers its customers art exhibitions year-round. From January to June 2019, customers can discover the universe of Roger Bezombes through a collection of 16 lithographic posters created by the French artist for an Air France promotional campaign in the 1970s. The collection was also exhibited at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in 1981, and evokes the joy and art of travel. Artwork from the “La vie autour du monde” poster series is presented by Bezombes’ grandson, gallery owner Eric Mourlot.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more