The former Blues defender believes his old club can still finish strongly (Picture: Sky Sports)Ashley Cole has backed former club Chelsea to finish in the top four despite Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool if they can maintain the levels they showed at Anfield.Although the west Londoners were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat, they had chances to score against the Premier League leaders, with Eden Hazard hitting the post, and Cole felt there were encouraging signs to build on.However, the result means Chelsea would fall out of the top four if Arsenal win their game in hand against Watford – though Cole is backing them to finish strongly. Advertisement Ashley Cole urges Chelsea to build on Liverpool display in Premier League top-four race Chelsea lost their eighth Premier League match of the season at Anfield (Picture: EPA)‘It’s tough but like you see, they’re three points ahead,’ said Cole on Sky Sports, with Chelsea’s goal difference currently four worse than rivals Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Okay, Arsenal could overtake them, but I think they’ve got to take heart out of that performance. They played well.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 City‘If they can keep playing like this, then I think they’ll be okay. But again, they’ve got difficult games as well.’Maurizio Sarri has come under fire for not playing Chelsea’s youngsters more often, though both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek started at Anfield, and Cole believes giving youth a chance could be key to Sarri keeping his job. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Apr 2019 8:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link455Shares Sarri has given more game time to Chelsea’s youngsters recently (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘I think the fans are probably more pleased than before, you can see the younger kids getting chances and I think they’re good enough to play.‘But whether he [Sarri] stays at the end of the season… it’s a tough job to be in. But if he keeps playing the young kids and kind of investing in them, then maybe he’s got a chance. But to come top four is still difficult.’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
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Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, is ready to listen to more bids for Nigeria striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, to help fund a £40m Celtic swoop. Only on Sunday Aston Villa came up with an interest but they were yet to be specific on their terms. But the Foxes are said to be keen on landing in-demand Parkhead star Odsonne Edouard this summer but must raise funds if they wish to land the 22-year-old. Edouard kicked off his season in the SPL with a hat-trick on Sunday, hitting three in his side’s 5-1 win over Hamilton.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeRidiculously Expensive Things The Rock Spends His Money OnDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeDeepika Padukone’s Most Memorable Looks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks And there will be plenty of interest in his signature this summer. read also:Aston Villa show up as Leicester City listen to offers for Iheanacho Iheanacho, meanwhile, joined Leicester in 2017 for a fee believed to be in the region of £25m and, if reports by Daily Mail to be believed, could depart this month to raise funds for an Edouard swoop. The Nigerian forward, who started his career with Manchester City, scored ten goals this season in just 26 appearances with many of those coming from the bench this term. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
Theo Walcott believes Arsenal’s ability to grind out a victory over Newcastle on Saturday proves they have title-winning credentials. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum came closest to scoring for the visitors, who came up against an inspired Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal. But it was Koscielny, scoring his third goal of the campaign, who ensured the points stayed in north London and Walcott feels Arsene Wenger’s side have now matured into one capable of winning ugly when required. “The three points are crucial at this moment in time, especially when teams slip up as well,” he said. “We’ve had a blip at times but it’s important that we get those hard-fought three points today. In previous seasons we would have lost that or drawn, so that’s a very good sign for 2016. “The title is anyone’s to be honest but there’s such a belief in this team that we can do it this year. It’s been a long time and everyone understands that, but you could just sense with that performance that we know what we need to do. “It’s up for grabs but we have the strength in depth in this squad and I believe that we can push on this season and hopefully be successful. “A lot of games have been like that this season. The Premier League is starting to open up a little bit and a lot of teams are ready for the battle this year. “The performance wasn’t there to be honest, but the work rate is always there and when you have work rate you always get the success that you need, want and deserve.” The Gunners opened up a two-point gap at the top of the Barclays Premier League as Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal in a scrappy 1-0 win. Newcastle actually created the better chances at a wet and windy Emirates Stadium but were made to pay for their continued wastefulness. Newcastle have now drawn a blank in their last three matches, losing all three by a tight 1-0 scoreline as they remain in the Premier League bottom three. Steve McClaren’s side have now taken one point from their last four outings after back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Tottenham gave them renewed hope of survival. Wijnaldum may have passed up one of the better chances of the game at Arsenal but insists the players will keep going as they look to end their goalscoring hoodoo. “I thought we were the better side,” he said. “We had good precision play and created chances but we didn’t take them, so it was going to be difficult. They had one set-piece and scored. “We had a lot of confidence that we could play football here, but in the end we have nothing and we’re sad – it’s really frustrating. You know they have the quality to score but if we had taken two chances we would have won. “You must keep faith that you are going to score goals, but every time you don’t you get frustrated and disappointed. But we have to keep our heads up and we must fight to get the points.” Press Association
FREEHOLD – Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli is frustrated over his attempts to get a designated bike path throughout most of the Two River area.Lucarelli has been in discussions with the county Board of Chosen Freeholders—the most recent being on April 22—for his proposal to establish designated bike lanes along county-owned and maintained roadways throughout much of the Two River area. But he says he’s getting mixed messages from county government and is frustrated by the lack of progress in the nearly year’s time since he’s first floated this proposal.“I’m totally at wit’s end,” he said dealing with county officials—especially the county engineering department, which Lucarelli said appears resistant to the idea of installing the lanes, causing Lucarelli and supporters to attend the freeholders workshop meeting last Thursday afternoon to reiterate their belief that this is will be a benefit to the area if it comes to pass.He’s gotten the support of just about all of the members of the Two River Council of Mayors—a coalition of area elected officials who meet regularly to discuss issues of common interest—and for those municipalities to pass supporting resolutions, which the freeholders had asked for, according Lucarelli.Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore sees it differently. “We want to make sure any bike lanes installed are installed after they’ve been properly designed,” Ettore countered, “to make sure they’re safe and to make sure we comply with current design standards before they’re implemented in the field. That is our concern.”Lucarelli, along with Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl met on Wednesday, April 22, with Freeholders Thomas Arnone and Serena DiMaso to discuss the proposal.DiMaso and Arnone had previously seemed supportive of the plan “and when we reconvene it’s no, no, no,” was Lucarelli’s description. “There’s always a new issue,” with county officials expressing concern over cost and liability issues, according to the mayor.DiMaso, on the other hand, maintained “We had a good meeting,” and the freeholders would take the information back to the full freeholder board to eventually formulate a comprehensive plan and go from there. The freeholders and engineering department are using the Ocean County plan as a potential template, DiMaso added.“It’s not just somebody saying make the lanes 11 feet wide, draw some white paint on the ground,” DiMaso said. “That’s really where our concerns come from.”Arnone said last week that the issue is more involved than just painting lanes because it involves on-street parking, trash pick up and leaves and brush pick up as well.Lucarelli last spring first floated an idea of establishing a connected network of bike lanes largely along county roads, running east from Red Bank, through Fair Haven and Rumson, into Sea Bright, along Ocean Avenue to Monmouth Beach and Oceanport, bordering Long Branch, making its way back to Red Bank.Lucarelli and other proponents believe that designated lanes offer additional protection to cyclists and pedestrians. One of the events that spurred this effort was a vehicle had struck and killed Fair Haven Borough Councilman Jerome Koch last fall as he was out riding his bike. The area has had an increase in bicycling, for recreation and transportation and this may encourage more, getting people out of their cars—offering a healthy and environmental benefit, Lucarelli and others have argued.“The safety factor goes up dramatically when you separate bicycles from car traffic,” said Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, a statewide advocacy organization. Studies have shown that simply by having designated bike lanes, vehicular traffic slows down, making the roadways inherently safer, this week said Steiner, who accompanied Lucarelli to the freeholder workshop last week to voice her support for lanes.“At the end of the day what it does,” Lucarelli said of the bike lanes, “is it makes it more comfortable for the moms and kids to ride on the side of the road.”The county is currently finishing up its repaving and milling work on Rumson Road, but will only put the center stripe at this time, holding of f on other striping until a plan can be drafted and discussions continue. Work on Ridge Road, another county thoroughfare, will be put off until the fall, to give local and county officials a chance to formulate a plan, according to Ettore and DiMaso.The cost to install the designated bike path is approximately $15,000 per mile, based upon county engineering estimates, according to DiMaso.Lucarelli disputed that cost, saying, “The people I’ve spoken to upfront have said that’s a totally false number.“All you’re really doing is moving a white stripe over and maybe adding an extra sign,” he countered.The final cost, whatever the price, would likely have to fall to the municipalities,DiMaso acknowledged. “At this point in time it wouldn’t be the county,” she said. “We don’t have that in our budget.”Lucarelli plans to continue to advocate for the proposal, hoping to win the support of the freeholders and work on finding sources to help pay for it, he said.