Mkhitaryan: I wasn’t happy – maybe English football didn’t suit me

first_imgHenrikh Mkhitaryan admits he wasn’t happy at Arsenal and struggled to adapt to English football, with his loan spell at Roma the chance to rediscover his enjoyment of the game.The Armenia international is set to spend the rest of the 2019-20 campaign on loan in Italy.Arsenal agreed to a season-long agreement towards the end of the summer transfer window, with Unai Emery deeming the 30-year-old playmaker to be surplus to requirements. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The Gunners were able to take that decision after seeing Mkhitaryan struggle to make the expected impact following his arrival from Manchester United in January 2018.Like Alexis Sanchez, who moved in the opposite direction as part of the deal which took him to north London, the former Borussia Dortmund star flopped in new surroundings.Both men are now in Serie A and seeking to rekindle the passion which once made them so highly regarded – with Sanchez taking in a loan spell at Inter.Mkhitaryan is determined to make the most of his opportunity, telling reporters at his official unveiling: “Now I am in Rome and I focus on them.“This is not a step backwards as a great football is played here. I wanted to change scenery and for me it is an opportunity to be seized. “I have to enjoy playing football, no matter the place. “I no longer felt happy. Maybe I was not fitting so well in English football.“The messages after the two national matches made me happy, but now I have to concentrate on Rome. “I will never give up and I will fight to the end. I’m not afraid of pressure, I’m used to it having already played with great teams. “I know that the slightest mistake is criticised while a good performance is exalted. If you agree to play soccer you must be ready to face criticism. “Serie A is a great opportunity, I accepted immediately with enthusiasm. We didn’t even talk about money.”That is probably a good thing as Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claims Mkhitaryan has given up “lots of money” in swapping Emirates Stadium for Stadio Olimpico.He said: “The idea was to invest in important young people.“In situations where we found ourselves at the end of the market, we made investments in young people or operations like those for Micky.“He is a top player with very high costs, the boy has given up on lots of money to come to Rome. Time will tell if we have the chance to keep players like that.”last_img read more

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Boosting urban farming can help feed fastgrowing cities – UN

On the occasion of World Environmental Day, the United Nations agricultural agency said today that farming in and around urban areas needs to play a bigger role in feeding city populations. Growing, often impoverished urban populations face many difficulties in accessing fresh, nourishing food, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Agency (FAO). In addition to being expensive, 10 to 30 percent of produce is spoiled in transit due to long distances, bad roads and urban crowding. To ease the situation, FAO advocates expanding the practice of raising crops and small animals on vacant lots, gardens or roof-tops in the city, as well as just outside the city in the so-call peri-urban areas. Urban and peri-urban farms already supply food to about 700 million city dwellers – one quarter of the world’s urban population – and more could benefit if efficient methods were introduced, the agency said. Roof-top gardens of only one metre square introduced by an FAO project in Dakar, Senegal are yielding 18 to 30 kilos of tomatoes per year, it said. Celebrated 5 June, World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. read more

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Wanted bulletin issued for man who assaulted Trini soca artiste Benjai

The police have issued a wanted bulletin for Maverick DeAbreu who, they say, is wanted in connection with the recent incident where Trinidadian Soca artiste, Rodney LeBlanc also called Benjai was assaulted outside a popular Main Street nigh club.Maverick DeAbreuDeAbreu, 27, is accused of hitting LaBlanc to his face with a glass bottle, causing him to suffer severe injuries, during an argument moments after the soca artiste wrapped up his concert in Guyana on February 1, 2016.He is also accused on discharging a loaded firearm at Tiffany and Jamele Hubbard at the Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, Georgetown on April 16, 2017.It was reported that, on the night the incident occurred, three of six ladies, who were with Benjai, were bracing on a hire car in which DeAbreu was seated and although the driver of the taxi asked them to desist from doing so, they reportedly continued.Rodney Le Blanc who is known as ‘benjai’It was at this time, that an inebriated Benjai reportedly started to hit the back of the car with a Ciroc bottle he had in his hand.  The driver allegedly came out of his car and Benjai reportedly advanced towards him.However, after seeing the commotion outside, De Abreu allegedly rushed out of the vehicle and dealt one blow to Benjai’s face with a bottle. The injuries Benjai received required 25 stitches.He was rushed to a city medical facility, where he was treated; and he subsequently left for his home in Trinidad.The Police are asking anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of De Abreu to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 226-1389, 911 or the nearest police station. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMaverick charged for shooting at pregnant lover, sisterMay 12, 2017In “Maverick charged for shooting at pregnant lover”Attempted murder charge slapped against Imran Khan for Palm Court beatingNovember 1, 2018In “Court”Man severely beaten at Palm CourtOctober 28, 2018In “Crime” read more

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