Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin sends classy message to Cork City Women’s star after ACL injury

first_imgHector Bellerin is close to a first-team return after recovering from an ACL injury (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin has sent a personal letter to Cork City Women’s player Shaunagh McCarthy urging her to be ‘strong and positive’ after she suffered a serious ACL injury.The Arsenal defender made his first competitive appearance in nine months during Arsenal U23s match against Wolves on Friday after he ruptured the ACL ligaments in his knee against Chelsea in January.Our full back Shaunagh McCarthy received a huge boost this morning as she continues her recovery from ACL reconstruction. A letter from @Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín has lifted her spirits massively.Muchas gracias Héctor and good luck with your own return from injury#Legend#AFC— Cork City FC Women (@CorkCityFCWomen) September 23, 2019 Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin sends classy message to Cork City Women’s star after ACL injury Hector Bellerin’s letter in full Dear ShaunaghI have recently been informed of your injury. I am so sorry to hear this and on behalf of everyone at Arsenal Football Club I send you best wishes.No words are enough in this situation but I urge you to be as strong and positive as possible. I always think that in life and in sport, you will face many challenges along your personal journey, but it’s very important to stay strong, positive and focused on your recovery.On behalf of the players, staff and management at Arsenal Football Club, once again I send you best wishes for a bright and happy future and thank you for your personal support, which I truly appreciate.Yours sincerelyHector Bellerin Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Sep 2019 9:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link334Shares Bellerin has slowly been re-integrated into full training at Arsenal’s London Colney training base in recent weeks and came through 62 minutes unscathed on his comeback appearance against Wolves on Friday.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s £25m summer signing from Celtic, Kieran Tierney, also stepped up his recovery in that game by playing the same amount of time and the return to fitness of both first-choice full-backs is a welcome boost to Unai Emery.Bellerin, Tierney and Rob Holding could all be in contention to feature during Arsenal’s EFL Cup clash against Nottingham Forest with Emery set to rotate his squad heavily from Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League.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 CityDiscussing their prospects of playing, Emery said: ‘Holding for example, he will play on Tuesday and we are going to decide tomorrow with Hector and with Tierney [if] we will want to use them. I don’t know if that’s starting in the first XI or after from the bench, or if they are feeling well.’Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has deputised for Bellerin during his time out injured, has endured a difficult start to the campaign and was sent off against Aston Villa at the weekend.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 Arsenal Comment Having gone through an arduous time on the sidelines himself, the 24-year-old was quick to offer encouragement to Arsenal supporter McCarthy as she continues her recovery from ACL reconstruction surgery.ADVERTISEMENT‘No words are enough in this situation but I urge you to be as strong and positive as possible,’ Bellerin wrote. ‘I always think that in life and in sport, you will face many challenges along your personal journey, but it’s very important to stay strong, positive and focused on your recovery.’last_img read more

REVIEW: UMI delivers bedroom R&B perfection with fourth project

first_imgUMI shares the details of her artistic exploration of the human condition in a 15-minute YouTube video titled “Introspection [The Film].” In it, she thoughtfully notes, “I’m the main character in my own story but a background character in other people’s,” and proceeds to feature each track through the eyes of different “main characters” at the same house party. “I call it introspection.”  Since the 2017 release of her first single, “Happy Again,” USC alumna and self-described bedroom R&B artist UMI, born Tierra Umi Wilson, rose to popularity as a genre-bending pioneer of lo-fi electronics and R&B. With multiple hit singles, including “Remember Me,” UMI establishes herself as more than just a vocal artist, pairing her unique sonic style with aesthetically imaginative, often self-directed video visualizers on her YouTube channel. Over the past few years, she’s garnered a following of more than 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Her fourth EP, “Introspection,” becomes another masterpiece to add to her growing discography. Vulnerable and intricate, yet smooth and ambient, the six-song record allows listeners to peek into the candid inner workings of her mind in all its complexity, contemplation, hope and self-doubt.   (Photo from @whoisumi via Instagram) UMI created a 15-minute YouTube video to accompany her fourth EP, “Introspection,” where she shares her creative process for the six-song track.  Complete with a dark, smoky video visualizer, the EP’s title and opening track “Introspection” speaks to UMI’s fear of fully exposing her inner self and the resulting sense of detachment in her relationships. Echoing, distorted vocals and heavy, hazy synths pair seamlessly with lyrics such as “Wish the thoughts would go away / floatin’ farther away” and “Your pretty curls hide your pretty pearls” that might reflect a deeper frustration of putting up a facade for people who may never fully understand her thoughts. “Introspection” is a strong opening to the EP; its explicit vulnerability and somber, captivating melody is custom-made to be the socially anxious overthinker’s anthem. On the other hand, “Pretty Girl hi!” taps into a lighter, floating synth and conveys the feeling of giddy hope when falling in love. While addressing a similar theme as “Love Affair” from her third EP “Love Language,” UMI’s intentions have clearly evolved, as she now pays closer attention to the little details of love rather than the mission of achieving it. As she excitedly lists out hopes for her future with this lover, the bubbly optimism to “Dance in just our baggy jeans” is sure to put a familiar fluttering in any listener’s stomach.  While maintaining a slow, weighty sound, UMI strays from regret and declares freedom in “Where I Wander.” Over a relaxed, echoed synth and bass-heavy beat, her siren-like vocals call her to set herself free from a toxic relationship: “No need to keep fighting what you’re dealt … You were given options where to sail.” While dealing with more serious themes, this song’s energy is relatively low and difficult to catch onto compared to the previous two tracks. A gifted artist in multiple respects, UMI proves through “Introspection” that she can deliver more than notable singles. Her relatable and humanizing self-reflection — paired with an impressive artistic intuition for cohesion, filmmaking, instrumentals and lyrics — undoubtedly shine through on this release, making a perfect late-night R&B soundtrack and captivatingly provocative film. “Introspection” is not only a fantastic listen but also an impressive career landmark of a noteworthy artist that listeners everywhere should keep their eye on. Similar musical and lyrical themes are found throughout the record. With smooth, glassy vocals and cool, dense acoustic riffs, the next track, “Open Up,” addresses a melancholy farewell and apology to a romantic relationship damaged by her emotional guardedness. UMI’s ethereal, angelic vocals through the second verse are exceptionally electrifying in this gorgeously landscaped song.  Meanwhile, the second half of the EP transitions into lighter, more hopeful themes. The fourth track, “Bet,” is a dramatic shift in tone as UMI boldly cuts ties with a destructive, one-sided romantic relationship. Carrying a similar tone as her 2017 single “FRIENDZONE,” UMI swaps her typical muted electronic synths for a more traditional R&B sound as she calls her ex-partner out for their dishonesty, failure to commit and “clown shit,” making for a brutally spectacular breakup anthem. The final track, “Broken Bottle,” ultimately showcases UMI’s reflection on and acceptance of both her and her partner’s shortcomings in a failed relationship. With soft piano themes and rapid, celestial synth scales, it might be one of the most expertly crafted instrumentals in the entire EP. Lyrically, it delivers a resolution of forgiveness for all “broken bottles” that had been created in the relationship. As she admits, “Crazy I was a mess / Crazy you were so hollow” and “I did not get to say, to you / That I did have somethin’ to say / Forgive you’re from the ways, my dude.” With these lines, UMI suggests that perhaps the true ability to release emotional trauma stems from absolution and self-reflection.last_img read more