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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool move was ‘hardest decision of his life’ and explains reason for Arsenal exit
Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Apr 2020 12:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link217Shares The Ox joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 (Picture: Getty Images) ‘It was a big decision for me to leave a club like Arsenal. It was everything I knew at the top level for seven years.‘When you’ve been at a club like that for seven years… it’s a club where you love being and it’s more than just a football club, it’s a family culture.‘When I had to make the decision to leave, it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make and to be honest there was a part of me that didn’t know if it was the right thing.’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 ArsenalFormer Gunners boss Arsene Wenger deployed Chamberlain in a multitude of roles such as winger and wing-back, which he felt did not suit his game.He added: ‘I feel a lot of my best performances for Arsenal came in midfield but I never played consistently in that position.‘The first game of that season I switched with Hector [Bellerin]. First game I played on the left [wing-back], he played on the right and second game we switched.‘I thought, “I’ve got to take the risk, I’ve got to take the chance. I don’t want to look back at the end and think I didn’t try”.’MORE: Carlos Soler’s agent speaks out on Arsenal transfer target’s futureMORE: Arsenal slap £22m price tag on Roma target Henrikh MkhitaryanFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool move was ‘hardest decision of his life’ and explains reason for Arsenal exit ‘I just didn’t believe I was going to be able to play where I wanted to play and that was it.‘Me winning the Champions League was obviously a dream come true and a massive bonus but I didn’t feel like, “Ah, I told you so”.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Video Settings 1 min. story PLAY Advertisement Full Screen About Connatix V67539 Chamberlain has already won silverware in his short time at Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has opened up on the ‘hardest decision’ of his life to leave Arsenal, revealing the move was based on being played out of position rather than a lack of trophies.The England international spent seven years in north London, winning three FA Cups before making the switch to Merseyside in 2017. After spending the majority of the 2018-19 season out with a serious knee injury, Chamberlain returned towards the end of the campaign as the Reds were crowned European champions for the sixth time.However, the 26-year-old says his move was not motivated by a desire for silverware, telling Ian Wright: ‘I wouldn’t say I wanted to leave Arsenal because I didn’t believe we could win.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Advertisement
Teresa Isele, AP1’s acting CEO, said: “As a consequence of the First AP Fund’s assessment of lower expected market returns in the future, the board of directors of the fund has decided to lower the medium-term return target after costs by one percentage point.”The background to the change was the extremely low interest rate level, she said, but also lower growth expectations over the next few years.“It is our view that after an initial low-return environment, normalisation usually takes place where a real return of just over 4% should again be possible to achieve, which means that we would achieve our long-term return target.”The step taken by AP1’s board mirrors the move made by fellow buffer fund AP4 two years ago, soon after Niklas Ekvall joined the fund as CEO.In its 2017 report, AP4 said it was revising its 40-year target down to a real 4% on an annualised basis from 4.5 %, and complementing that long-term goal with a medium-term 10-year target of an average 3% annualised real return because of the low returns expected over the following 10 years.Meanwhile, in AP3’s 2018 annual report, the fund’s CEO Kersten Hessius noted that since the pension fund’s real return target was set in 2004, US 20-year real interest rates had fallen by a percentage point from over 2%.However, Hessius said AP3’s board of directors had decided to postpone any changes to the 4% target until after the completion of an in-depth ALM analysis to be performed in 2019.In other news from AP1, the pension fund invited applications over the holidays for the job of permanent CEO – in a bid to find a replacement for Johan Magnusson who was sacked in September after breaching internal rules by investing personally in an IPO the fund participated in.AP1 said it was working with Swedish financial recruitment firm Lager & Partners in the hiring process, which had a deadline for applications of 3 January. AP1, one of the four main national pension funds backing Sweden’s state pension, is winding down the shorter of its absolute return targets in response to the slimmer market returns that are now available.The Stockholm-based buffer fund, which had SEK352bn (€33.4bn) under management at the end of June 2019, revealed just after Christmas that its board decided in August to lower the fund’s return target on its total portfolio after costs to a real 3% a year when measured over rolling 10-year periods.The new target is one percentage point below the previous goal and applies from the beginning of this year.However, the board also decided to stick with the long-term return target – which is measured over rolling 40-year periods – of 4% in real terms.
Justin Kay’s Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models feature win at Farley Speedway Friday, April 21 was the 20th of his career. (Scott Swenson photo)FARLEY, Iowa (April 21) – The Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models headlined Friday’s season opener at Farley Speedway under the new direction of Farley Speedway Promotions. Fans were greeted by a field of 36 touring Late Models at the facility, which has already undergone numerous improvements this spring with many more to come throughout the season.While the facility is undergoing a facelift, it was a familiar face lifting the trophy in victory lane as Justin Kay led all 35 laps to earn his career 20th series victory.Kay withstood pressure from Jesse Sobbing following a pair of cautions in the first half of the event and then held Cayden Carter at bay late to secure the $2,000 payday.Kay, who started outside of row one, burst into the lead on the start and built a half straightway lead before the first stoppage on lap eight. Sobbing gave chase on the restart and briefly worked to the low side of Kay as they navigated through traffic on lap 21.While Kay held the lead, the yellow flag waved again with 13 laps to go. He maintained the point through two late cautions to take the win, becoming the third different winner in as many series races this season.“I felt the line was good for around two laps after the cautions,” Kay said from victory lane. “I could go where I wanted to. Being out front helps. It allows you to move around.”Carter ran second ahead of hard charger Richie Gustin, who advanced 19 positions to finish third. Matt Ryan ran fourth after starting 20th and 17th starting Luke Goedert ran fifth.By virtue of a seventh place finish, Tyler Bruening held onto an eight point lead in the series standings over Ryan.Carter was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.Carter, Ryan Dolan, Denny Eckrich and Curt Martin were $50 Malvern Bank heat race winners.Next up is the series’ second event of a three-race weekend Saturday, April 22 at Independence Motor Speedway before completing the Highway 20 Triple Crown Sunday at Dubuque Speedway. Both of those events also pay $2,000-to-win.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 4. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 5. Luke Goedert, Guttenburg; 6. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 7. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 8. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 9. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb.; 10. Curt Martin, Independence; 11. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 12. Nick Marolf, Wilton; 13. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 14. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 15. Paul Conrad, Colo; 16. John Emerson, Waterloo; 17. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 18. Spencer Diercks, Davenport; 19. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 20. Rick Wendling, Hazleton; 21. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque; 22. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill.; 23. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 24. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque.1st heat (top three) – 1. Carter; 2. A. Eckrich; 3. DeFrance; 4. Goedert; 5. Bruening; 6. Troy Hovey, Decorah; 7. Conrad; 8. Bryce Carey, Ionia; 9. Kyle Krampe, Baxter.2nd heat – 1. Dolan; 2. Diercks; 3. Kay; 4. Ryan; 5. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 6. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 7. Denning; 8. Luke Merfeld, Dubuque; 9. Joel Callahan, Dubuque.3rd heat – 1. D. Eckrich; 2. Sobbing; 3. Marolf; 4. J. Merfeld; 5. Emerson; 6. Lyle Klein, Sherrill; 7. Rory Metcalf, Iowa City; 8. Kip Siems, Cedar Falls; 9. Scott Fitzpatrick, Cedar Falls.4th heat – 1. Martin; 2. Hurst; 3. Wendling; 4. Aikey; 5. Tharp; 6. Neal; 7. David Webster, Monroe, Wis.; 8. Gustin; 9. Holladay.1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Bruening; 2. Emerson; 3. Goedert; 4. J. Merfeld; 5. Conrad; 6. Hovey; 7. Carey; 8. Siems; 9. Krampe; 10. Klein; 11. Metcalf; 12. Fitzpatrick.2nd “B” feature – 1. Aikey; 2. Holladay; 3. Denning; 4. Ryan; 5. Gustin; 6. Tharp; 7. Johnson; 8. Neal; 9. Schroeder; 10. Callahan; 11. Webster; 12. L. Merfeld.
RelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Vardy primed for another prolific season after brace at West Brom Former Nigeria boss Sunday Oliseh is surprised Wilfred Ndidi is not playing at a higher level than Leicester City. Ndidi has been a key component in Brendan Rodgers’ midfield with the Foxes currently sitting third in the Premier League. The Nigeria international has had his injury problems of late, but in his 21 league appearances, few have been more consistent in the City side. According to WhoScored, only Ricardo Pereira has performed at a higher level across the season. Though a former manager of Ndidi’s, Oliseh can’t believe the holding midfielder is still at the King Power Stadium. Speaking to Brila.Net, the former Nigeria boss said: “The point is that in the past three or four years, maybe five, he’s been the best midfielder we have, and he’s not just been the best we needed to run with, he’s been the best we have. “When you see him doing what he’s doing in a club that is average, with all due respect, like Leicester, imagine what Ndidi will do if he was playing at Manchester City. “He is a man that isn’t the tallest like me, but look at the heart. He has a big heart.” Ndidi is under contract at the King Power Stadium until 2024 having penned an extension last year.Tags: Brendan RodgersLeicester CityRicardo PereiraSunday OlisehWilfred Ndidi