Pep Guardiola speaks out on Mikel Arteta after Arsenal talks

first_imgArteta sat alongside Guardiola as Man City beat Arsenal on Sunday (AFP via Getty Images)Q) If Arteta goes, what will you do?Guardiola: ‘The organisation, the staff, the club, is always alive. It’s not a position that always stays like it was today.‘Maybe tomorrow the people will not be here. Now he’s part of our group and our staff and [he will] stay here.‘When we have new news I will know it and you will know it and after we will know what happens.‘Now he’s here, he’ll travel with us, he trained today, prepared the training session and the game.’ Pep Guardiola has spoken out on Mikel Arteta’s likely move to Arsenal (Man City)Pep Guardiola admits Mikel Arteta has been ‘transparent and honest’ with him after the Spaniard held talks with Arsenal on understands that the Gunners are confident of reaching an agreement with Arteta this week after the two parties held talks after Manchester City’s 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend.Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy held talks with Arteta at his home and the 37-year-old is now expected to be appointed as Unai Emery’s permanent successor.Arteta has taken City’s training session as usual this week but Guardiola admits he is unsure when his assistant will finally leave to join Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBelow are the questions Guardiola answered about Arteta’s situation during his press conference on Tuesday…Q) Any update on Arteta’s situation?Guardiola: ‘No, I know what you know.’ Advertisement Comment Pep Guardiola speaks out on Mikel Arteta after Arsenal talks Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 17 Dec 2019 2:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link507Shares Mikel Arteta is set to become Arsenal’s new manager (AMA/Getty Images)Q) Have you seen him?Guardiola: ‘Today I saw him yes.’Q) Will he be part of the game against Oxford?Guardiola: ‘He’s travelling, yes.’Q) What makes him such a good coach?Guardiola: ‘Because we were so smart to pick him up, and after the other clubs want him.’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 CityQ) What are his qualities?Guardiola: ‘I’ve said many times, he’s an incredible person, a good manager, work ethic, that’s why he’s with us.’Q) Will he stay or go?Guardiola: ‘He’s talking with Arsenal so I don’t know what’s going to happen.’Q) Were you aware of Arteta’s meeting before the pictures were released?Guardiola: ‘Yes. I knew it, yes.’Q) Any advice for him?Guardiola: ‘Nothing, he’s an adult, he knows exactly what he has to do.‘He was incredibly transparent and honest with me.’ Arteta spent five years as a player at Arsenal (Getty Images)Q) A club the size of Arsenal going for Arteta?Guardiola: ‘It happens, last season we had Lee Nobes [City’s former head physio] here then he went to Liverpool.‘Now it’s happened with Mikel that teams want him.‘He knows exactly what we want, what we would like but in the end the final decision is individual, it’s personal.‘He’s still here because he wants to be.‘We decided to work together three years ago, what happened in the last few days I don’t know, honestly. I would like Mikel to be here, he can explain better than me.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Police, Grove Hi-Tech secure wins in Turbo football

first_imgPOLICE and Kuru Kuru FC are into the semi-finals of this year’s Turbo knockout football tournament, following contrasting wins in the quarterfinals last evening.At the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue there were many surprises in store for the spectators.The Police side, although they were the better team on the night, struggled to find the back of the net, due to some excellent goalkeeping.Raul Haynes 40th-minute goal for Police was the only one scored in the clash, but the game could have easily gone into extra time if the Kuru Kuru side had scored a penalty awarded to them.Nonetheless, the boys in blue move into the next round and can now relax until next week.On the other hand, the Grove Hi-Tech guys were conducting steady raids on the goal of their Georgetown opponents Pele FC.Domini Garrett was the chief in this regard, scoring first in the 7th minute before Denzil Crawford sent the Grove side 2-0 up.Garrett returned to add his second on the resumption in the 59th minute, nailing the coffin shut on a dismal performance by the Pele side.Matches continue tonight with Camptown FC against Silver Shattas and Pouderoyen against Mahaica Determinators.Matches commence at 18:30hrs.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