Willian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at Chelsea

first_imgWillian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 11:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Willian missed Chelsea’s last three games due to an Achilles injury (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Arsenal face a potential problem in midfield as reports in Spain claim that Real Madrid are now planning to keep Dani Ceballos.It’s claimed that Madrid’s hierarchy have been impressed with Ceballos’ performances under Mikel Arteta and the midfielder will now be given the chance to impress Zinedine Zidane during their pre-season campaign this summer.Zidane, who allowed Ceballos to leave on loan last year, will still have the final say over the 24-year-old’s future but Arsenal had been confident about keeping the midfielder for another season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal were already in the market for a new central midfielder this summer with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey one of their top targets.But the 27-year-old, who will only be sold if his €50 million (£44.9m) release clause is met, is understood to be demanding a £200,000-a-week salary.Partey’s potential arrival would inflate Arsenal’s wage bill even further as the club also need to commit in excess of £200,000 a week in order for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new deal.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Willian is closing in on his move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Willian has passed his medical with Arsenal as he closes in on completing a free transfer from Chelsea, according to reports in Brazil.The 32-year-old has already announced that he will be leaving Chelsea after spending seven years at Stamford Bridge.Willian has reportedly agreed a three-year contract with Arsenal and is now putting the finishing touches on his move to Mikel Arteta’s side.According to Esporte Interativo, Willian passed his medical tests with Arsenal on Tuesday after the examinations showed no complications.ADVERTISEMENTWillian had missed Chelsea’s last three matches, including the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal at Wembley, due to an Achilles injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Arsenal are satisfied with Willian’s condition following his medical and are now poised to complete their first signing of the summer. Commentlast_img read more

Are They Ready?

first_imgBy Elizabeth E. HoffSince the inception of the newly elected government of President George M. Weah I have sat and listened to numerous remarks and arguments about his appointments in the government, mostly consisting of young people. I am usually amused by some of the things that people say about other people, and now most especially about the youths and their quest for leadership in our country. Don’t get me wrong. I have no objections to young people wanting to be in leadership, or those who are already there. But are they ready?  This question comes against the backdrop of my past experience from working with young people in the previous government. Prior to the recent elections there was a lot of talk going around about generational change. This seems to me, to be the basis upon which President Weah is making most of his appointments.I know that it took the President several bitter past experiences to get to where he is presently, but are the young people who are advocating for generational change and who have succeeded in convincing his leadership that they can make a change in our country, prepared to take on the mantle of leadership? I ask this question for a couple of reasons: if you enter many of the government ministries and agencies where young people are public officials, (and I am speaking from past experience), you will immediately notice the air of rivalry that exists amongst them. In most instances, the young colleagues do not work as a team, mainly due to poor leadership ability from those at the top of the ladder, thus leading to the lack of communication and coordination;  they envy one another, most often because one group is closer to “the powers that be”; for some others, they often find themselves in a predicament if the boss is a god unto himself or herself and believe that no one can touch  them, The working relationship at those institutions or entities  immediately hits the rocks, and sometimes those affected are constrained to ask for “study leave” to escape the wrath of their bosses.Another reason why I am asking if young people are ready for leadership in our country is the high level of arrogance they bring to the job. Most of them, especially those who have never worked in government before, not even as civil servants, come to their appointed positions as if the people with whom they work or with whom they interact, are too far below their standard (the “you know who I am” syndrome) because they are now in “power”; forgetting to know that they, the leaders, are mere servants of the people. This brings to mind a story that my father told me several years ago before he died. He said, “There lived a Liberian man, whom I knew very well, admired and respected. He left a shining mark in public service. He worked in government for many years but never acquired wealth. He had no PhD or Master’s degree. Sometimes I wish he had lived long enough to infect the minds of our young “wannabe” leaders with the true spirit of self worth and trust based on a healthy and enlightened identification of self esteem and humility.He was a humble man who had the capacity to make room in his life and career for so many people without fear of losing his own ground and without desiring that they lost theirs. That man was the late Liberian writer and poet Bai T. Moore.” In my mind, that is what leadership or team spirit is all about. Unfortunately, it is crumbling all around us because most of our young people are too arrogant, afraid and envious to give people around them the opportunity to mentor them so that they can excel. And these are the people who are now the new “power brokers.” Lord, have mercy!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more