Emery: I don’t know if Ozil, Kolasinac will play next week

first_imgArsenal head coach Unai Emery has admitted that he is not sure if Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will feature in next week’s Premier League clash with Burnley.The pair were victims of an attempted armed robbery outside Kolasinac’s house two weeks ago, with the left-back fighting off the attackers while Ozil was chased in his car.After being given some time off, they played in Arsenal’s final pre-season fixture against Barcelona – a 2-1 defeat in the Joan Gamper Trophy. Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, Arsenal announced on Friday that “further security incidents” had taken place that were under investigation by the police, and two arrests have been made outside Ozil’s house.A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday, 8 August.”Ferhat Ercan, 27, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, of Tottenham, were charged on August 9 following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September.”As a result, neither player travelled to Newcastle for Arsenal’s 1-0 opening-day win at St. James’ Park in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed the three points for the Gunners after converting Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross in the second half.And Gunners boss Emery has suggested that the two players may not play next week either, when Arsenal host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.“The club is managing that circumstance [the safety of Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac],” Emery told Arsenal’s official website.“We want to be with them as soon as possible and with normality in training and normality to be ready to play. I don’t know now [if they will play next week].”In their absence, Nacho Monreal will continue at left-back, with summer signing Kieran Tierney still recovering from a hernia operation after arriving from Celtic, while youngster Joe Willock and on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos will endeavour to fill in for Ozil.The good news for the Gunners is that the club will be able to rely on Aubameyang​ to carry the load up front, with the forward having posted the best shot-conversion rate in the Premier League since his debut in the league in February 2018.last_img read more

Syria UN begins delivery of safe water supplies for 10 million people

“This shipment is very timely as supplies of chlorine in Syria have fallen dangerously low, making access to safe water challenging for many families,” said Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF Representative in Syria. “This puts the population – and children especially – at high risk of contracting diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases.” The first four trucks carrying 80 tons of sodium hypochlorite water chlorination supplies crossed the Jordanian border into Syria on Sunday, heading for Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Homs. Approximately 420,000 people – half of them children – need urgent humanitarian aid in Homs, UNICEF said last week, following a recent inter-agency mission to the country. Over the coming weeks, UNICEF, in coordination with the technical department of the Ministry of Water Resources and the Syrian Aran Red Crescent, will deliver 1,000 tons of chlorine to cities and communities across all 14 governorates in Syria. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has co-signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia to provide $2.1 million worth of essential medicines, vaccines and medical equipment. As many as three million Syrians will benefit from the donation, which will cover a one-year period starting this month. A shortage of medicines in Syria is becoming more critical, as is waste management and the availability of safe drinking water, WHO has said. Poor hygiene is increasing the risk of infectious diseases such as lice, hepatitis A and leishmaniasis, a sore-causing disease transmitted by sandflies. More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which has also left more than four million people in need of humanitarian assistance. The international community has committed more than $1.5 billion for humanitarian aid to Syrians. Supporting reconstruction of critical infrastructure, such as water pumping stations, and providing essential relief supplies like medicines are among the top four priorities inside the country, along with helping people who have fled their homes and the communities hosting them and helping the poorest avoid total destitution. read more