NSU’s Larkins, HBU’s Boon Tabbed Men’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Micah Larkins and Houston Baptist’s Scott Boon are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.The award marks the second of the season for Larkins after the senior competed at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. Larkins took first place overall in the 100-meter dash with a 10.11 time while also boosting the Demons to a fourth-place team finish in the 4x100m relay with a 40.22 clip.Boon, a freshman, took on the field in the decathlon for Houston Baptist also at the Texas Relays. He concluded the event with an eighth-place individual finish after compiling 7,207 points.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Micah Larkins, Northwestern State – Sr. – Princeton, La.Won the 100m dash finals with the third-best current time in the country of 10.11. The next day, Larkins’ 4×100 relay finished fourth overall.Honorable Mention: Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Denim Rogers, Houston Baptist; Jordan Rowe, Lamar.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Scott Boon, Houston Baptist – Fr. – Dronten, NetherlandsPlaced 8th at the Texas Relays, breaking the program record in the decathlon by nearly 250 points. He ranks 8th in the West region and 9th nationally. His effort earned him a program record in the pole vault (4.70m/15-5.0) to go with improved PRs in the javelin (50.27m/164-11) and the 100m dash (11.14).Honorable Mention: Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian; Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin; Rodney Littlejohn, Incarnate Word.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Geyse Ferreira’s goalscoring return at Madrid CFF

first_imgits winter signing it wasn’t him only profitable in terms of offensive level for Madrid CFF. The white team has also hit the key with the incorporation of the Nigerian Rita Chikwelu, who has written down four goals in seven games in which he has participated in the First Iberdrola. He Madrid club He looked for quality reinforcements last January and found them. The goal was get out of the crisis of results that kept you in a dangerous area of ​​the table, where you are now two points of descent. Madrid CFF’s face has changed since the return of Geyse Ferreras to their ranks. The Brazilian, who returned to wear the white elastic andThis month of Januaryor after terminating his contract with Benfica, has signed an unbeatable return to the Madrid team, in which he already played in the 2017-18. Geyse has signed nothing more and nothing less than five targets in five games disputed in the First Iberdrola.its debut wine sweetened by The goal, with a bit in the rout 4-1 against Athletic and saw goal in the following three league duels, with a bit in the victory before Espanyol (1-3) and another in the defeat of the derby with the Heel (3-4) and a decisive double in the draw 2-2 against him Passion fruit. However, it remained unmarked in the derby Madrid before the Athletic, with a 0-1 defeat (Charlyn’s goal) and in the two Cup matches played by White against Real Sociedad and Sevilla. last_img read more

Victory against Aussies ‘gives extra boost’ for ICC World T20 – Bravo

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has said their warm-up victory over Australia has lifted the team’s confidence ahead of their opening group game of the T20 World Cup today. West Indies defeated Australia by three wickets on Sunday in a nail-biting game in Kolkata, with one ball to spare. The win came after the Windies had lost their first official warm-up match against hosts India. “It (the win) has done a lot to our confidence. We had a two-week camp in Dubai. We won all our games there in Dubai. We came here and lost our first warm-up game against India, and then to win last night definitely puts us in a good place,” said Bravo. “You know Australia is one of the better teams in world cricket, so to beat them always gives you that extra boost and confidence.” Bravo was part of the Darren Sammy side which defeated Sri Lanka to win the T20 World Cup in 2012. “The World Cup is always a great tournament to be in. I am very excited to be part of yet another World Cup. I was lucky enough to win one (World T20 in 2012). We lost in the semi-finals in the last one (World T20 in 2014),” Bravo recalled. “For us as West Indies team, we want to take one game at a time, and want to obviously qualify from our group and take it from there.” His presence, along with T20 specialist Andre Russell and big-hitting Chris Gayle, is expected to enhance the chances of West Indies, already considered a favourite next to host India. “I focus on my bowling a lot because most teams that I play for in T20 cricket rely on my bowling,” said Bravo, after launching a video, ‘Champion’, by Vega Entertainment and Venus Entertainment. “Yes, my batting is important, but they (the teams) rely on my bowling in tough times and in death overs. Variation is key for my success as a bowler.” West Indies play England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today.last_img read more

Lesnar survives to retain Universal title at SummerSlam

first_imgBrock Lesnar successfully defends his WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam. Photo by WWE.comBrock Lesnar escaped his toughest test yet to successfully defend his WWE Universal Championship in the fatal-4-way main event of SummerSlam Monday (Manila time) at Barclays Center.The Beast Incarnate survived Roman Reigns spearing him through the barricade, Braun Strowman driving him through two announce tables and crushing him with another, and Samoa Joe locking him in a Coquina Clutch as he fought back and defied the doctor’s orders.ADVERTISEMENT Lesnar reversed a Spear attempt from Reigns and turned it to an F5 for the pinfall victory.The win assured the WWE Universe that Lesnar will stay with the company after Paul Heyman’s earlier pronouncements that they will leave WWE if he loses the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Jinder Mahal continued his reign as the WWE Champion, beating Shinsuke Nakamura thanks to the distraction of the Singh Brothers.The King of Strong Style was primed to hit the Modern Day Maharaja with the Kinshasa before the Indian twins interjected themselves in the match, allowing Mahal to connect with the Khallas. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Teen gunned down in Masbate PH squash team unhurt after bus crash ahead of SEA Games event 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ In the kickoff show, The Usos reclaimed the SmackDown Tag Team Championships from The New Day after they hit Big E with a double superkick followed by a double frog splash.Neville also became a two-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion, avenging his loss against Akira Tozawa last Monday on Raw after nailing a Red Arrow on the Japanese champion’s back.In the night’s other matches, Finn Balor showed his demon side against Bray Wyatt, topping the Eater of Worlds following his Coup de Grace.John Cena beat Baron Corbin with an Attitude Adjustment to open the show, while Randy Orton survived a pre-match attack from Rusev and needed only one RKO out of nowhere to come away with the quick victory.Big Cass, on the other hand, needed a pair of Big Boots and an Empire Elbow to pin the Big Show despite his former tag team Enzo Amore escaping the Shark Cage suspended above the ring.The Miz and his Miztourage gained a measure of redemption against Jason Jordan and the Hardy Boyz after the reigning Intercontinental Champion connected with a Skull Crushing Finale on Raw general manager Kurt Angle’s son for the pinfall win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite AJ Styles also completed the trifecta of titlists who retained their title as he beat Kevin Owens with the Styles Clash to keep his United States Championship.However, other champions weren’t so lucky as five titles changed hands in the night.Uneasy as their alliance was, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins wagered on and claimed the Raw Tag Team Championship from Sheamus and Cesaro after Rollins nailed Cesaro with the Ripcord Knee, followed by Ambrose hitting the Dirty Deeds.Sasha Banks won her fourth Raw Women’s Championship, forcing Alexa Bliss to tap out to her Bank Statement.Natalya submitted Naomi with the Sharp Shooter to win the SmackDown Women’s title, her first in six years.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangaslast_img read more

Ebola, Our Primary School Kids & Government:

first_imgThe word EBOLA has been around for some time now, but Liberians, especially, non health practitioners, did not know the proper effect of the virus until recently when we learned that the virus has crossed over to Liberia from the North by a petty trader. When this information was gathered, many Liberians expressed their fear of the virus, while a significant portion of the society, especially critics of this government, termed the information as fabrication by health authority to dish out money from government’s coffers to enrich themselves.An emergency budget was planned and funds and logistics were made available to combat of the virus.  In a  few days the momentum of the virus dropped, resulting in  the commencement of normal activities in the country.Quite recently, news of the virus resurfaced, thereby attacking not only ordinary citizens, but major health and medical practitioners who are the ones that are supposed to help prevent the virus from spreading in the society. Dr. Sam Brisbane of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center died of the virus last week, while two Americans medical personnel from Samaritan  Purse and the Sudan Interior Mission are among those prominent individuals that have fallen prey to the virus.Though there has been no major news of infants attacked, yet something needs to be done to avoid our children from been harmed from this mercilessly spreading virus that is highly contagious. Few weeks from now our schools will be opening and our children, mainly in the  primary division, without knowledge of the danger of this disease, will be returning to school to interact with their fellow colleagues for hours before returning home.  Some of these schools have poor  hygiene premises, which are harmful to the children’s  health.  Among such inadequate conditions are congested classrooms, one or two bathrooms for significant number of students, one or two drinking buckets with few cups that the children share to fetch water and drink.  These poor facilities help to buttress the spread of the disease and also serve as major factors that could lead to an uncontrollable outbreak.  With all these existing facts, the Government of Liberia, the health authorities, World Health Organization, Ministry of Education and the school authorities need to formulate a common plan that will help stop the spread of this deadly disease before the opening of schools.Though, I am not a policy  maker, I would like to propose few steps that would help in addition to what government may be doing to curb the spread of the disease.TASK FORCE FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST EBOLAIt was announced that a task force headed by the President of the country, Madam Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, has been established to combat the spread of the disease.   This is something every well meaning Liberians welcomes.  I would like to suggest that this task force divide the country into zones and select an individual to head each of the zones for the  fight against this disease.  This is because the President cannot be everywhere at the same time.  Tackling the disease one place at the time may not help the situation, but doing it simultaneously will be an effective approach. For the schools, I would kindly appeal for the Chief Executive to permit me as an ordinary citizen to recommend Madam Mary Broh to reach out to our schools, check their premises and hygiene conditions to report back to her.  Madam Broh should be given the task to recommend the closure of schools whose surroundings are not conducive for the safety of our kids.Information dissemination or public awareness If I may borrow a common saying from our late comedian, Peter Ballah, commonly called Flomo that says “What you don’t know is older than you” could be one of the major reasons while Ebola is spreading in our society.  The spreading of  information regarding the danger and prevention of Ebola should not only be left with the Executive branch of Government, WHO and health authority,  but rather every sector of the society, including the private sector, NGOs, civil society, religious groups, most especially, those in parliament.  They should move into their various constituencies and educate the people in their local dialects about the danger and prevention of this deadly disease.  They should sensitize the people in their various districts as though they are campaigning for political power.ADJUSTING THE 2014/2015 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR As part of the process to prevent the spread of Ebola, the Government through the Ministry of Education needs to adjust the 2014/2015 school year calendar for grade schools.  The reason for this is to help the schools and the government to put in proper mechanism to save the lives of our innocent kids.  The process can involve the teaching of staff of these schools, checking the various campuses to ascertain how hygienic their premises are.  Those with poor sanitary conditions should be closed until improvement is done. THE PROVISION OF MEDICATIONS AND PERSONNEL AT SCHOOLSGovernment may complain about the lack of staff to post nurses at schools across the country to immediately arrest cases of suspected Ebola. It will be necessary that Government and its partners put into place a mechanism that will result into the provision of logistics posting of   nurse (s) on these campuses to monitor our kids.  The Government also needs to have medications that can help in curbing the spread of the disease on these campuses.If these measures are not considered, this could result to poor attendance in our schools this year or wide spread of the virus that my lead to a massive lost of lives.About the authorAlexander B. Gbartea, was born in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County March 15, 1978 unto the union of Johnson T. Gbartea and Dougbormar Tarr. He obtained his elementary education from the Bethlehem Baptist Elementary School. Upon graduation, he enrolled at the Barnes Foundation School where he underwent his junior high education.  Upon graduation with a successful passed in 9th Grade WAEC, he matriculated to the Haywood Mission Institute where he obtained a high school diploma on April 3, 1995. He has a vast wealth of experience in computer studies from the West Africa Institute of Computer Technology, Smartlink Institute and the Sight & Sound Secretarial Institute, all of Accra, Ghana. Upon his returned to Liberia, he enrolled at the University of Liberia and graduated on April 6, 2006/2007 class with a BBA Degree in Accounting major and Economics minor.  He is presently a student at the IBB studying International Relations and is the Financial Comptroller at Nexium Petroleum Limited.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mining stalwart Edward Shields dies

first_imgThe Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) on Thursday announced the passing of its former executive secretary and founder member, Edward Anthony Shields. Shields passed away on Wednesday in the United States of America (USA) after a brief period of illness. He was 72 years old.A former veteran of the USA war with Vietnam, Shields joined the miningEdward Anthony Shieldsassociation in 1984, and served it faithfully until his passing.The GGDMA has said it mourns the loss of the mining stalwart, noting that “his guidance and tenacity will be missed”. He has been described as a friend of the miners and a champion for miner’s rights in Guyana.The late Edward Anthony Shields will be cremated in the USA, and a memorial service and wake will be held in Guyana at a date to be announced later.last_img read more

Senior giving 49ers a big lift

first_imgCan a gymnasium’s or arena’s location make that much difference in coach Larry Reynolds’ team’s performance? Apparently, it has a lot to do with the opponents’ mindsets in front of their home crowds and the mindsets of the 49ers in buildings other than the Walter Pyramid. “It was like we almost had no `sense of urgency’ until we were down (by 25 points) at Irvine,” said Houston, averaging 10.6 points and 4.5 assists per game, before a practice in the Walter Pyramid last week. “We can’t allow that to happen again. Hopefully, we’ve learned our lesson.” The 5-foot-10 graduate of San Gorgonio High is operating with his own “sense of urgency” these days, on and off the court. He’s enrolled in the four classes he needs this semester to finish up his coursework and pick up his bachelor’s degree in communications in late May. “It took me a while (at Long Beach) to find out what I wanted to do,” he said, the day after the spring semester had started last week. “But then I took a couple of communications classes, liked them, and decided I wanted to major in it. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do (for a career) but it will give me a lot of options. It’s given me the skills that can help me in almost any kind of business or profession I get into. And it definitely prepares you to speak and communicate in crowds or in front of groups and not be very nervous.” And there is the urgent on-court business on hand, not only for Houston but each of the other six Long Beach seniors: This is their final opportunity to play in an NCAA Tournament. “Long Beach State vs. …” hasn’t popped up on the television screen during a CBS NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Show since 1995, when Utah was the “vs.,” Seth Greenberg was the 49ers’ coach and UCLA ultimately was the national champion. “Going through our whole (college) careers without being a part of it (the NCAA Tournament)? That would be kind of messed up,” he said. “We got close last year (losing in the Big West Tournament final to Pacific) and this year I think we can do it.” Houston started 26 of the 57 games he played in during his first two seasons, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 assists per game as a freshman and 6.7 and 3.3, respectively, as a sophomore. But there was no talk of a trip to the NCAA Tournament by February of those seasons, which ended with 6-21 and 10-20 records. “It was tough,” he said, “because I came here wanting to be a part of something that would turn things around (right away) and obviously that didn’t happen. Like most of the guys who were here, I had never been in a losing program.” He looks back on the seasons with a heavy dose of perspective, though. “I’d take back the record, but not the experience,” he said. “You learn so much through the adversity.” Statistically (he led the 49ers in steals and assists, shot .460 from the field and was fifth in scoring at 8.6 ppg) he turned in his best performance last season, when Long Beach won seven games in a row before losing in the conference final to finish 18-12. But, immediately following the season, when, with the addition of guards Aaron Nixon and Kejuan Johnson, he started only 12 times and averaged 22 minutes per game, he wasn’t sure he wanted to play as a senior at Long Beach. And he said as much to Reynolds. “I can’t complain, because we had some good guards on the team,” he said, measuring his words carefully. “But I wanted to make sure that me, the coach and the rest of the team were on the same page. Yeah, I was considering it (leaving). But I loved the school, too, and I knew we were going to be good. It took some time and I had to consult with my parents and they gave me some good advice. And I think I made a good decision (to stay), just as I think I made a good decision when I came here (originally).” Houston has been exceptional during conference play, averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and only 2.0 turnovers per game. “He’s playing at a very, very high level for us and doing a great job of distributing the ball and getting everyone involved,” Reynolds said. Was there much of a concern Houston wouldn’t be in uniform this season? “You don’t begrudge guys who want to play more; you want that,” Reynolds added. “That’s natural for guys who are very competitive and have a good deal of talent. “He wasn’t happy and he expressed that. But I didn’t think, at any point, that he wouldn’t be with us (this season).” 49ERS NOTES: The 49ers beat Cal Poly, 77-70, on Jan. 6. Since that trip to the Walter Pyramid, coach Kevin Bromley’s team has won five of six games to improve to 3-4 in conference and 11-9 overall. … Six-five Derek Stockalper, a first-team all-Big West selection last season, leads the Mustangs in scoring (12.9 points) and rebounds (6.8 per game). … In the absence of Kejuan Johnson and Mark Dawson during the 49ers’ games with Cal State Northridge and Pacific last week, freshman guard Tim Island (10 points and four rebounds in 26 minutes) and junior post Travon Free (10 points, while hitting all five shots, and five rebounds in 21) gave the team a big boost off the bench. Frank Burlison can be reached at frank.burlison@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1320. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During six Big West Conference games in the Walter Pyramid this season, the Long Beach State 49ers are 6-0 and have outscored opponents, 90.5 to 70.2 points per game. In two conference games on the road, they’re 0-2 and have been outscored, 89.0 to 83.5. So, what gives? center_img The 49ers, atop the Big West standings, at 6-2, and 15-6 overall, can’t do much about the former. But they hope to do something about the latter, beginning tonight, when they take on Cal Poly in a 7 o’clock game in the Mustangs’ Mott Gymnasium. “We’re going to have to step it up, that’s for sure,” senior guard Kevin Houston conceded. “We know teams are going to get after us hard, in their houses, so we have to be more intense right from the beginning.” The 49ers found themselves in big first-half holes – with, of course the host Cal State Northridge Matadors and UC Irvine Anteaters doing a lot of the digging – while falling behind by 17 and 25 points, respectively, before rallying to nearly pull the games out. last_img

Snowfall warning continues in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada says this region could still see up to 10 cm of snow before the day is over.  A snowfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and the Pine Pass.Snow started falling around midnight Sunday and should continue until Monday evening with up to 10 cm in total expected.  Highways in the B.C. Peace are listed as snow covered with slippery sections.  For more road reports, visit www.drivebc.ca.Below are the warnings from Environment Canada.Snowfall Warning- Advertisement -4:26 AM PDT Monday 21 March 2016Snowfall warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverSnowfall, with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected.Snow began to fall overnight and will continue through the day today before tapering off this evening. 5 to 10 cm of snow are expected today and another 2 to 4 cm tonight.Advertisement Snow began to fall overnight and will continue through the day today before tapering off this evening. 5 to 10 cm of snow are expected today and another 2 to 4 cm tonight.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.Advertisement Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.center_img Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.4:26 AM PDT Monday 21 March 2016Snowfall warning in effect for:Highway 97 – Pine PassSnowfall, with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected.Advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United unveil official spirits partner

first_imgThe partnership was revealed to fans in advance of the Club’s first Premier League home game of the 2018/19 season against Leicester City set for this Friday.Throughout the season, Chivas will be collaborating with Manchester by encouraging fans to celebrate the blend that makes them unique, and showing that when players collaborate with their teammates they can achieve the greatest success.The partnership will be brought to life through a 360 campaign activated across all touchpoints globally from August 2018. Chivas branding will also be displayed on digital perimeter boards at Old Trafford as well as throughout the stadium from the first game on Friday.“Partnering with Manchester United was therefore a natural fit; we both firmly believe that great things can be achieved when we come together – from balancing the perfect blend of malt and grain whiskies that go into our Scotch, to using the perfect combination of players’ skills on the pitch to create a winning team,” Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chairman and CEO at Chivas Brothers, commented.Manchester United Group Managing Director Richard Arnold added;“Manchester United’s history is built on teamwork and we embrace Chivas’ belief that ‘blended is better.’ Our success both on and off the pitch allows us to bring together the best mix of people who help to make our Club the global name it is today.”0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The partnership was revealed to fans in advance of the Club’s first Premier League home game of the 2018/19 season against Leicester City set for this Friday.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 8 – Ahead of the New English Premier League season which kicks off on Friday, Manchester United has teamed up with luxury blended Scotch whisky, Chivas, in a three-year global partnership.The collaboration will see Chivas and Manchester United join forces to celebrate their collective belief that blended is better – in life, football and Scotch.last_img read more

Five reasons why this decorated Real Madrid defender could be a good signing for Arsenal

first_img1 Alvaro Arbeloa is being linked with Arsenal Strong reports in Spain claim that Arsene Wenger wants to sign Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa this summer. The Spaniard played for Liverpool from 2007 until 2009 before returning to boyhood club Madrid, and while he may not be the most exciting name in the summer market, he could be a smart transfer. talkSPORT looks at five things the player could offer the Gunners…1: VersatilityArbeloa would be coming in to replace Thomas Vermaelen at the Emirates, and the Madrid man ticks an important box in that capacity: he can play across the back four. As well as his usual role at right back, Arbeloa has regularly filled in at left back during his career, while he can also play in the middle of the back four. That’s an attractive quality for any club, and Arsenal are no exception.2: ExperienceWith 56 Spain caps to his name, over 100 games for Real Madrid in the Champions League and La Liga, as well as time at Liverpool and Deportivo in the top flight, Arbeloa has a huge deal of experience across all competitions. While Mathieu Debuchy is already the finished article, Calum Chambers is only 19 and relatively untested at the highest level, so if the Gunners are going to bring in a third defender as is being suggested, it makes sense to look for someone at the opposite end of the spectrum from the former Southampton man.3: Ease of adaptationThe big concern when signing any player from abroad is how well he will adapt to the Premier League, and that’s particularly important in a key position like centre back or full back. In Arbeloa, Arsene Wenger has no such doubts, given the 66 appearances he made for Liverpool in the English top flight. The Spaniard should be able to hit the ground running if he does end up at the Emirates.4: AvailabilityAlmost every top European side is looking for a new defender this summer, but the reality is that not many with proven experience are available. If the Gunners do lose Thomas Vermaelen as seems to be the case, then they will have a big task finding someone of similar stature ready to join the club. Crucially, Arbeloa is available: Real Madrid have plenty of cover at full back with Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao, while at centre back they have Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, so it makes sense for the Spaniard to look elsewhere for regular football. Arsenal are unlikely to find a better option this summer.5: PersonalityArbeloa isn’t afraid to stick his head above the parapet and is known to be an extremely driven footballer, a quality which endeared him to Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese manager’s time at the Bernabeu. With Arsenal looking to push on from their FA Cup win to a sustained challenge for the Premier League, a proven winner like the Madrid man would be a natural fit. Personalities are important in any dressing room, and Arsene Wenger may find the Spaniard’s mentality attractive when looking towards the club’s goals for next season.Arsenal fans, are you convinced? Could Arbeloa be a good signing? Let us know below…last_img read more