Emery stands by Lacazette substitution after boos

Posted in yemiwbag on October 27th, 2019

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has defended his decision to substitute Alexandre Lacazette late on against Fulham, which was met with boos from the home crowd.The Gunners secured a 4-1 win over the Cottagers at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka, Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The French striker was lively throughout and managed to add to his goal tally for the season with a cool finish on 55 minutes, after a typically flowing move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Emery replaced Lacazette with Ramsey with 15 minutes to go and the switch ultimately paid dividends, as Arsenal added two more goals to add gloss to the final scoreline.The Spanish boss was berated by fans after initially making the substitution and while he acknowledged that the supporters have every right to voice their opinion, he felt that his decision was in the best interests of the team.”I understand the supporters,” Emery said post-match. “I need to do my work. Tactically we thought at that moment we needed to change for more balance”Above all we knew that [Jean Michael] Seri was coming on and we needed a player close to him, not to let him play easily with the ball. Ramsey can do that and also help us in the attack, and he scored”In my career, I have different moments when I made similar decisions. We need to decide with a cold mind what is the best decision.”Arsenal remain fifth in the Premier League after their latest victory, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea having played a game more.December proved to be a difficult month for the Gunners, as they only managed to pick up three wins from seven top-flight matches, which has left them facing a tough task to qualify for next year’s Champions League.An FA Cup third round clash against Blackpool now awaits Emery’s side on Saturday, before a return to Premier League action the following weekend against West Ham.last_img read more

US builders began work on fewer houses in November though 2012 likely

Posted in yemiwbag on October 6th, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years. Superstorm Sandy likely slowed starts in the Northeast.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that builders began construction of houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. That was 3 per cent less than October’s annual rate of 888,000, the fastest since July 2008.Still, the decline follows months of strong gains. Housing starts remain on track for their best year in four years, and the housing market overall appears to be sustaining its recovery.An encouraging trend was that applications for building permits, a sign of future construction, rose to 899,000 in November, the most since July 2008.“Growth in housing starts was extremely strong in the prior three months … so some giveback is not a concern at this point,” said Robert Kavcic, an economist at BMO Capital Markets.Housing starts fell 5.2 per cent in the Northeast from October to November. Starts in the West fell 19.2 per cent. Over the past year, housing starts have declined nearly 26 per cent in the Northeast, the only region to record a year-over-year drop. That suggests that Sandy slowed construction in the region.Thousands of homes destroyed by the storm will likely be rebuilt in coming months, economists say. But the increase in construction starts won’t likely be noticeable on a national scale or in any single month.Patrick Newport, a housing economist at IHS Global Insight, estimates that about 40,000 destroyed homes will be rebuilt over the next three years. The rebuilding will boost housing starts by 16,000 next year, 16,000 in 2014 and about 8,000 in 2015, Newport estimates. Next year, housing starts could reach 900,000, so the rebuilding from Sandy will scarcely move the national data.The overall slide in construction in November was due mostly to single-family homes. Builders began work on 4.1 per cent fewer single-family homes than in October. Construction of apartment buildings, which tends to fluctuate sharply, dipped 1 per cent in November.Housing starts were 21.6 per cent higher last month than in November 2011. Housing starts are far above the annual rate of 478,000 touched in April 2009, the recession low. They’re still well short of the roughly 1.5 million annual rate consistent with a healthy market.But numerous signs suggest that the housing market is picking up. Builder confidence rose in December for a seventh straight month to the highest level in more than 6 1/2 years, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.The index of builder sentiment rose two points to 47, the highest since 2006. Builders are more optimistic, in particular, about current sales and buyer traffic, the survey found.Readings below 50 still signal negative sentiment about the housing market. But the index has been rising since October 2011, when it was 17.More people are looking for a new house or apartment, encouraged by modest job gains, a gradually improving economy and mortgage rates near record-low levels. At the same time, fewer homes are available for sale. The low supply is helping lift prices.Sales of previously occupied homes rose 2.1 per cent in October. New-home sales fell slightly that month, slowed by steep declines in the Northeast from Superstorm Sandy. But they were still 17 per cent higher that month than in the same month a year ago.Sandy struck the East Coast on Oct. 29, disrupting businesses and cutting off power to 8 million homes in 10 states.Though new homes represent less than 20 per cent of the housing sales market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to data from the homebuilders association.___Follow Christopher Rugaber on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber . US builders began work on fewer houses in November, though 2012 likely to show big gains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 1:22 pm MDT read more