View post tag: Navy The Scorpions Return Home from USS Gary View post tag: Scorpions View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas April 21, 2015 The “Scorpions” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49 hosted a welcome home ceremony for Detachment 4 at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) April 17 following the detachment’s seven-month deployment aboard USS Gary (FFG 51) to the U.S. 4th and 3rd Fleet areas of operation.HSM-49 Detachment 4’s two SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters and aircrew returned to NASNI April 16, and the remainder of the detachment, maintainers and aircrew, returned to San Diego aboard Gary April 17.The return of Detachment 4, also known as the “Omegas,” marked the last active-duty deployment of the SH-60B.During the seven-month deployment, HSM-49 Detachment 4, along with the crew of the Gary and a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment, played an integral role in Operation Martillo, a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort launched in January 2012 targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.Detachment 4 aided in the detection and monitoring of suspected illicit drug traffickers and the interdiction of 13,921 kilograms of cocaine, with a wholesale value of $278.4 million and 18 pounds of marijuana, valued at $17,100.Detachment 4 flew more than 700 hours of flight operations in the SH-60B throughout the deployment.The SH-60B has been operational since 1985 and to date, the aircraft has completed more than 198,000 flight hours serving in combat missions. The sundown ceremony for the SH-60B is scheduled May 11 at NASNI.[mappress mapid=”15724″]Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Gary Authorities View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today The Scorpions Return Home from USS Gary Share this article
21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Thank you for tuning in to episode 85 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.Credit union leaders can learn a lot about navigating difficulty from the amazing work being done at the international level for our movement. On this week’s episode, I’m sitting down with Joanne Todd, President and CEO of the Northeast Family Federal Credit Union in Connecticut, to learn more about the importance of development work and how it has benefitted her credit union and the community they serve.During the episode, Joanne tells us about her time working with credit unions and nonprofits in Trinidad and Tobago, Uzbekistan, Kenya, and more. We also talk about how those experiences helped to inform the work she and her team are doing to ensure their small credit union survives and thrives in this new “normal”. We also learn about the work her credit union is doing to deepen their outreach efforts to underserved communities. Joanne and I also talk about how she got her start in credit unions at a very young age. Joanne shares what inspired her to take the position at Northeast Family Credit Union, how she learned to make hard decisions, and why it’s important to have the courage to change the things that need to be changed. We also learn that Joanne loves to travel and go to flea markets when she has a day off and wants to recharge.In the rapid-fire section of the show, we find out that Joanne wanted to be an engineer before she began her career with credit unions. She shares that she got into memorable trouble in high school by skipping school with her then boyfriend, now husband. She also shares that her mother and grandmother are the two people she thinks of when she hears the word success. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation with Joanne! Find the full show notes on cuinsight.comSubscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Joanne:Joanne Todd, President and CEO of Northeast Family Credit [email protected] | Twitter | LinkedIn Show notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the outstanding work that Joanne and her team at Northeast Family Federal Credit Union are doing here. Shout-out: The Credit Union League of ConnecticutLearn more about the Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago hereShout-out: Lois KitschShout-out: George OmbadoShout-out: Mary Beth SpuckShout-out: ACCOSCAShout-out: American Friends of Kenya, Inc.Shout-out: Jill NowackiLearn more about the Juntos Avanzamos designation hereShout-out: Willimantic, ConnecticutShout-out: University of ConnecticutShout-out: HaitiShout-out: Joanne’s husbandShout-out: Kathy Chartier, President and CEO at Members Credit UnionArtists mentioned: 30 Greatest Hits by Aretha FranklinArtists mentioned: Greatest Hits by Al GreenArtists mentioned: The Ultimate Collection by Ray CharlesArtists mentioned: The Essential “Weird Al” Yankovic by Weird Al YankovicBook mentioned: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg Book mentioned: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers Shout-out: Nairobi, KenyaShout-out: Joanne’s Mom and Grandmother Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Lois Kitsch, George Ombado, Mary Beth Spuck, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) In This Episode:[01:46] – Welcome to the show, Joanne![02:25] – Joanne shares the benefits her work around the world brings to her credit union.[05:54] – Joanne discusses the American Friends of Kenya Inc.[08:51] – Joanne speaks about a book discussion group she was a part of in Kenya.[10:30] – Do you think the pandemic will change how the members interact with credit unions?[12:49] – Joanne shares how the pandemic has changed the way her credit union works.[15:29] – Joanne discusses what she thinks small credit unions need to do to stay relevant.[17:14] – Listen as Joanne tells us what she will be the proudest to have accomplished in the next year.[18:42] – Joanne shares what inspired her to take the position at Northeast Family Federal Credit Union.[21:20] – Joanne speaks about what her team has heard her say over and over.[22:02] – Making hard decisions is still hard for her.[24:32] – Joanne debunks a common myth about being a leader.[25:34] – The serenity prayer is something that Joanne goes back to time and time again.[27:02] – When Joanne has a day off, she loves to travel and go to flea markets.[29:47] – Joanne shares how she was in high school, and the first time she got into memorable trouble.[30:44] – When Joanne was young, she wanted to be an engineer.[33:31] – What is the best album of all time?[34:26] – What book do you think everyone should read?[35:22] – Joanne says that stuff has become less important, and the people she surrounds herself with have become more important.[37:09] – Joanne’s mother and grandmother are who she thinks about when she hears the word success.[38:54] – Joanne shares her final thoughts.[39:54] – Thank you so much for being on the show!
The late USC All-American and NFL All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Jan. 31. Seau was the only first-time eligible candidate elected into the class of 2015. His induction ceremonies will be held on Aug. 7 through Aug. 9 in Canton, Ohio. He was represented by his sons in the announcement ceremonies.Seau is among a 2015 class that includes Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Tim Brown, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, Ron Wolf and Bill Polian.The former Trojan linebacker was a letterman in 1988 and 1989, and earned All-American first team and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1989. During his tenure at USC, the Trojans went 19-4-1 and made two Rose Bowl appearances. He made 107 tackles while donning cardinal and gold, including 33 for a loss. He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.With Seau’s induction, USC now has 12 Pro Football Hall of Famers. Seau will join the ranks of fellow Trojans Marcus Allen, Red Badgro, Frank Gifford, Ronnie Lott, Bruce Matthews, Ron Mix, Anthony Munoz, O.J. Simpson, Lynn Swann, Willie Wood and Ron Yary.Seau was drafted fifth overall in the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and played 20 years in the league. Seau is the only defender in the history of the NFL to play 20 years in the league. He left the Chargers after the 2002 season and played for the Miami Dolphins (2003-2005) and the New England Patriots (2006-2009).Seau was selected to 12 Pro Bowl teams, was an All-Pro eight times and appeared in Super Bowls XXIX and XLII. Seau helped the Chargers reach their sole Super Bowl in 1994, resulting in a loss to the 49ers. At the conclusion of his NFL career, Seau had recorded 1,849 tackles with 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions.Seau’s legacy ended tragically with his suicide on May 2, 2012, at age 43. Following his death, tests done on his brain revealed that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease linked to frequent head trauma common in the NFL, and can cause insomnia and depression, both of which plagued Seau.Aside from his performance on the field, Seau is remembered for his commitment to community service through the Junior Seau Foundation, which helps at-risk children in the San Diego area.
A fine Wednesday morning to you from former Oakland Athletics lightning rod Jose Canseco, who wishes to share a couple of thoughts.Our science is totally irrelevant to aliens— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) January 30, 2019 This is going to rock Bill Nye’s world. But wait, there’s more:Time travel puts 42,651 pounds of pressure on a human skeletal structure…. can you detach the brain from the body and equalize the pressure it could be done— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) January 30, …
Besides, the Pacers are doing better when George is at his comfortable small forward slot anyway. This year, they’re outscoring opponents by 14.5 points per 100 possessions when George is the designated small forward in a five-man unit,2According to Basketball-Reference.com’s data. versus 7.8 when he’s the power forward. For all the concerns about how George would have to change his game to fit a new role, he’s been able to play a style that’s still both familiar and highly efficient this season.(We should point out that it being early in the season, one particular lineup over- or underperforming can make the data insanely noisy. Still, there’s some reason to look past that here. Among five-man lineups in the Pacers’ rotation, the one that has Jordan Hill playing with Ian Mahinmi is one of only two with a negative net rating; Hill also plays on the other. So it could be that George is even better at small forward than the above split is showing and it’s not as noticeable as it should be because Jordan Hill is just the worst.)That being said, the team around George is very different from the one that lost to the Heat in the 2014 playoffs. For one, the Pacers are now much quicker up and down the floor — they rank 10th in pace factor, as opposed to 20th in 2013-14 — the residue, in part, of using smaller lineups such as those featuring George at the 4. They’ve also tweaked the tendencies of the roster around their star: George’s teammates this year are, collectively, about 2 points better per 100 possessions3According to Box Plus/Minus. on offense than in 2013-14 and 1.9 points worse defensively. Goodbye, Roy Hibbert and David West; hello, C.J. Miles and Monta Ellis.And speaking of roster changes, the offensive effect of losing PF West can be seen clearly by looking at the differences in the team’s shot chart between now and 2013-14. Here are Indiana’s shot charts from those two seasons, from NBA.com: Scan the NBA standings and you won’t find many surprises. The record-breaking Warriors lead the Western Conference (as is usual) over the Spurs, Thunder and Clippers, the LeBron-led Cavs sit atop the East, and the Sixers and Lakers may as well be at the bottom of a lake — all of which is as it should be. But the team right behind Cleveland in the East, the Indiana Pacers, might raise an eyebrow. Indiana is good again. You probably heard something along those lines early this season, but to be clear: Indiana is good again. Like, Eastern-contender-good. When did that happen — and can it last?You’d be forgiven if the Pacers have drifted in and out of your basketball-watching consciousness since August 2014, when Paul George fractured multiple bones in his right leg during a Team USA scrimmage in preparation for the FIBA World Cup. George had spent the previous three seasons building his case as a top-10 NBA player, culminating in a dream season that saw Indiana earn the East’s No. 1 seed and make a second consecutive run to the conference finals. But without George’s services for all but six (grim, unimpressive) games in 2014-15, the Pacers dropped below .500 and missed the playoffs.1They lost out on a tiebreaker with the Nets.Not much more was expected this season, even with George returning. With Lance Stephenson and David West leaving through free agency the past two years and Roy Hibbert departing through a Romanian body-snatching coven, the core of Indiana’s conference finals runs had dispersed, and this year figured to be for rebuilding and working George back into the lineup. Yet, here Indiana is, with the league’s eighth-best Elo rating — our metric for tracking a team’s strength over time — and the fourth-most-improved Elo since preseason; the sixth-best rating (third in the East) in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index; and a higher SRS rating than the Cavs, behind just the Warriors and Spurs.The temptation is to say that the Pacers are picking up exactly where they left off in 2013-14 after a one-year hiatus caused by George’s injury, and there’s certainly some truth to that. That Indiana squad was led by the most efficient defense in basketball, and this year’s Pacers have bounced back to post the league’s second-best defensive rating in the early going. George is healthy again, even playing like an MVP candidate so far thanks to one of his trademark hot streaks from downtown. (He’s currently knocking down 45.5 percent of his 3-pointers, a run the likes of which he’s gone on — for months! — before.) And while much was made before this season about him playing more power forward — and his displeasure with the notion — George is still playing roughly half (43 percent) of his minutes on the wing.In practice, George is doing a few more PF-like things — his rebounds are slightly up and he’s drawing more fouls — but the core of his game hasn’t dramatically changed since 2014. If anything, the biggest shift in George’s playing style, as illustrated by Synergy’s play-type data, has been away from off-ball plays (spot-up jumpers and shots off screens) and to more on-ball ones (pick-and-rolls and isolations). In 2013-14, 21.5 percent of his possessions were as the pick-and-roll ball-handler; this season, that’s up to 25.2 percent. The spot-ups and off-screens dipped at about the same rate. In other words, George is being used even more as a facilitator, exploiting his matchups, not banging down low. One of the Pacers’ bread-and-butter plays two seasons ago was the midrange jumper, a West specialty. Now West is on the Spurs, and no team has shed more shots between 3 and 16 feet4As a percentage of all field goal attempts. over the past two seasons than Indiana has in 2015-16 so far. Eschewing the midrange game is typically a good thing for an offense, and the new-look offense has yielded the franchise’s best offensive ranking in a half-decade, even if the Pacers are also being aided by a sky-high 3-point percentage that may not be sustainable.Add it all up, and the Pacers probably aren’t far from where they were in 2014. For the sake of illustration, their Elo rating today (1566) is almost exactly what it was (1564) after they beat Miami in Game 1 of the 2014 East finals. This season’s version is doing things differently than that vintage, and the formula isn’t as simple as the old-fashioned Eastern Conference wrestling matches Indiana deployed not too long ago, but for now, the Pacers are back — and they look just as good as they ever were.
You should ignore what this year’s Big Ten awards list tells you, because this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament made something perfectly clear: Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Thad Matta are the best player-coach combo in the conference. Despite laying claim to the conference’s top coach and top player — as named by the media and Big Ten’s coaches — Purdue was upset in the second round of the conference tournament, and for the second time in as many weeks, the Boilermakers fell two games shy of a Buckeye conference crown. Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson, who earlier in the week was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Boilermakers’ second-round matchup with Michigan State, but his effort wasn’t enough to keep the Spartans from picking up the win. Conversely, Sullinger scored 20 points and pulled down 18 boards in OSU’s second-round overtime victory against Northwestern. When the moment mattered most, the Buckeyes depended on the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, who scored 10 points in overtime and connected on 16 of 18 free throws in the game. And, thanks to his team picking up the win, Sullinger kept on playing, as he averaged 16.3 points and 14 rebounds over three games — all OSU wins. But Sullinger doesn’t deserve all the credit for the Buckeyes’ weekend success. Matta, who less than a week ago was passed over in favor of Purdue’s Matt Painter as the Big Ten Coach of the Year, led the Buckeyes to their second consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, the third of his career. When it came to the conference awards, however, Matta was hurt by what he does best: recruiting. The Buckeyes boast four returning starters from last year’s Big Ten championship team, and added two incoming McDonald’s All-Americans before the season. Nevermind that recruiting is part of the coach’s job — his team is supposed to win, and people don’t get rewarded for doing only what’s expected of them. Painter, however, benefited from having his best player, Robbie Hummel, tear his ACL before the season. Expectations were lowered, so losing the conference title by two games was not a disappointment, but rather an accomplishment. Hummel’s injury also deserves some credit for Johnson’s Player of the Year award. Getting Purdue’s top player out of the way opened the door for Johnson to lead the conference in scoring en route to earning the Player of the Year award. Sullinger, on the other hand, was punished for playing with superior talent surrounding him. Apparently, leading your team in scoring and rebounding while playing alongside three other All-Conference selections is viewed by the voting coaches and media as a negative, not a positive. But Sullinger and Matta gladly will take a pair of conference titles over a pair of individual awards any day. And if this weekend wasn’t enough, the Buckeyes have another three weeks to show why they have the best coach and player in the conference — if not the nation.
Two horrible mistakes by Loris Karius and a wonder goal by Gareth Bale led Real Madrid to its third consecutive Champions League title in a final that was overshadowed by Sergio Ramos dislocating Mohamed Salah’s shoulder.Since this was a Champions League final, the chances of coaches coming up with something unexpected in the starting lineups were extremely low. Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp went with their best available. For Real Madrid those players were: Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Liverpool’s starting eleven were: Loris Karius, Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Liverpool was off to a furious start. Its high pressing was choking Real Madrid, not affording its technicians space to manoeuvre. Klopp’s team was showing electric energy. There were a couple of situations on both sides where goalkeepers had to intervene in order to prevent potential danger. Real was trying to calm the pace and curb Liverpool’s enthusiasm. A mistake by Firmino gave Cristiano Ronaldo his first shot of the match in the 16th minute. It went slightly over the cross bar. Before that, Real’s defenders blocked three consecutive shot attempts on the other side of the pitch.In the 26th minute, Sergio Ramos made a vile move by hooking Salah’s arm while tackling him to the ground, dislocating the Egyptian’s shoulder. There was definite intent in Ramos’ actions. Salah tried to continue, but couldn’t. With tears in his eyes he left the field in the 30th minute. Madrid’s captain had destroyed the final and went unpunished. Much like with Robben in the semi-final, Real got lucky again. We can only hope that this year’s best player in Europe will recuperate in time for the World Cup. Adam Lallana came in to replace him. Unbelievably enough, another player was crying on the pitch five minutes later. It was Dani Carvajal, who had suffered a muscle injury that by the look of his reaction was serious. Nacho replaced Spain’s right back.In the 43rd minute, Loris Karius made a fantastic reaction save on Cristiano’s short-range header. Benzema scored on the rebound, but he was offside. Replays showed Ronaldo was also slightly offside, but the assistant referee didn’t raise the flag on his attempt. Liverpool’s fans, who were singing and shouting, became silent after Salah’s exit. The atmosphere in the stadium had completely died out. The electricity was gone. After three minutes of injury time, Milorad Mazic sent the players to their locker rooms.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.At the beginning of the second half, we saw the clearest opportunity of the final. A mistake in midfield and a careless clearance by Lallana led to an open shot for Isco, who should’ve scored. Instead, Real’s player hit the cross bar. What happened in the 51st minute will go down as the biggest mistake by a goalkeeper in Champions League final history. I can’t understand what Karius was thinking. He tried to hand the ball off to his teammate while Benzema was right in front of him, almost as if the German didn’t see the French striker. Karim stretched his foot, blocking Karius’ pass and scoring a ridiculous goal for any match, let alone a CL final.Sadio Mane, Liverpool’s most active player during the first half, equalized four minutes after the opener. It was a response Klopp and his lads needed desperately. It happened during a corner kick, which ended up on Lovren’s head. The Croatian’s header was closely followed by the aware Senegalese, who tapped the ball in, tying the score at 1-1. In the 61st minute, Gareth Bale substituted Isco. If Benzema’s goal was absolute nonsense, Gareth Bale’s overhead strike three minutes after he entered the pitch was an absolute wonder goal. Marcelo sent a cross with his weaker right foot, the Welshman went up in the air and did his best Ronaldo impression while scoring a spectacular goal that gave the lead back to Real Madrid. It was a very similar goal to Mario Mandzukic’s in last year’s final and a goal that will be on Champions League highlight reels for years to come.In the 70th minute, Sadio Mane hit the post with a shot from just outside Real’s penalty box. In the 74th minute, Andy Robertson’s perfect last-moment tackle saved The Reds from going down by two. Ronaldo was in an excellent position to score. The fact that he was on his weaker left foot gave Robertson just enough time to react and block his shot attempt. If you thought Karius couldn’t do anything worse, he did. In the 84th minute, Bale fired a shot from about 25-30 meters out. The ball was coming right into Karius’ hands, yet he somehow managed to let it slip through his fingers and allow it to go into the net. I just have no words to describe how pathetic his performance was tonight – the worst I’ve ever seen in an important match in my life. He basically gifted the title to his opponent. A true disgrace. If I was a manager, I wouldn’t let him step on a football field ever again.Zidane made his last switch two minutes before the end, changing Benzema with Asensio. That was it. Real Madrid is the back-to-back-to-back champion. Congrats to Los Blancos! They won in what was one of the weirdest finals I’ve ever seen. Gareth Bale was the difference-maker and the final score was 3-1, just as I predicted.
France boss Didier Deschamps has backed Zinedine Zidane to succeed him one day as the new head coach of the national teamAfter delivering Champions League glory to Real Madrid for the third straight season, Zidane stunned the football world by announcing that he will be stepping down from his role at the club.The 45-year-old has stated his intentions to take a break from football management.But Deschamps, who won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Zidane for France, has backed his former teammate to eventually succeed him as the new boss of the national side.“If I will be proud to hand him the keys of the French team? I don’t have them!” said the 49-year-old, according to AS.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“It’s up to the president [of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët]. I don’t know what he [Zidane] decided. I think for now, he wants to enjoy the rest, his family and loved ones. And then after, and as I said, he will definitely be a coach of the French team someday. When? I cannot say. But it seems logical. It will happen when it happens.”The former AS Monaco manager understands the motives behind Zidane’s shock decision.“It’s his decision and it must be respected. He had to think for a long time and if he made that decision, he had to be convinced that it was the best for him,” he continued.“Looking at what he has achieved over these three years is something fantastic. For him and his club. I don’t have all the ins and outs, but I can understand that he made that decision. To leave while being at the top, he has that freedom. Some take it, some don’t. And some are obliged too. I don’t have all the details, but I can understand. The moments and success he has known. We know each other well enough and we have mutual respect.”
Retired Welsh international footballer Rob Edwards has returned to Wolverhampton Wanderers as the coach of the U23 squad.Edwards was also an interim manager of the first team in 2016, where he made 111 appearances as a player between 2004 and 2008. The 35-year-old left AFC Telford United in May after just one season, leading them to a 14th-place finish in National League North.“Rob Edwards has come through a recruitment process and we are delighted to welcome him back to the club, as our Under-23 lead coach,” Wolves academy boss Gareth Prosser told reporters via Sportsmole.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He will be assisted by Sean Parrish and the rest of the performance team and will be tasked with leading the Under-23s on a daily basis. Rob has the development of players at the heart of everything he does.“I am sure he will fit back into the club very quickly to continue the development of our young players. There is no doubt the standard of football at this club has risen in the last 12 months and we all have the responsibility to ensure our players hit these new standards.”Edwards had five Wolves players on loan at Telford last campaign, including Aaron Hayden and Aaron Simpson.
Nigerian international Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.The 22-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal when he was nine years old and has come through the club’s Hale End Academy. After breaking into the first team in 2015, he has made 98 appearances and netting nine goals. As well he scored six goals in 20 games for his country’s national senior team.While reacting to the new contract extension, Arsenal’s head coach Unai Emery said as quoted in the club’s website:Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’m very pleased Alex has signed a new contract with us. He is a great example of a player who can succeed from the Academy through hard work and I look forward to working with him and our other talented young players in the squad.”“We would like to congratulate Alex on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution to the club.”