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first_img“We expect Grab and Gojek to also scale back on discounts in order to become profitable, especially so as investor funding could potentially slow amidst weaker global economic activity,” researchers at Fitch Solution wrote in the note, adding that despite rapid growth, both companies were unprofitable in 2019.Gojek announced earlier this month that American tech companies Facebook and PayPal had invested an undisclosed amount in its new round of funding while Grab at the time was vying for one of two Singapore digital banking licenses set to be allocated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in this year’s second half.Indonesia ICT Institute executive director Heru Sutadi said the decision was part of the companies’ survival strategy while they were evaluating their services as the COVID-19 pandemic severely affected the core ride-hailing business.Read also: Grab contributes Rp 77.4 trillion to Indonesian economy: Research“In normal times, start-ups do aim to become an all-in-one service provider, but along the way they will evaluate which services are not relevant to their consumers,” he told The Jakarta Post in a phone call on Wednesday.“There is a possibility that Gojek and Grab will re-hire some of their teams once the economy is stable,” he stressed.Gojek, which currently operates in five countries in Southeast Asia, plans to close down its lifestyle division GoLife, which includes massage and cleaning services, as well as its food court division GoFood Festival, as both saw a “significant decrease in demand” during the pandemic, according to the company’s press statement following the layoffs announcement.Both companies reported a downward trend in their passenger transportation services while seeing an uptick in food and grocery deliveries during the social-distancing period.Venture Capital and Start-up Indonesia Association (Amvesindo) chairman Jefri Sirait, however, was of the view that the two companies would still receive ample funding from their regional and international backers, adding that the decacorns were agile and big enough to plan for strategic growth in the future.“It has been four months since the COVID-19 outbreak and they are trying to be sustainable businesses by deciding to cut services that are no longer a source of growth,” he told the Post on Thursday.He went on to say that both companies would likely focus on e-payment solutions as it has been a growing sector during the pandemic along with other “meat and potato” sectors such as consumer goods, health care and communications.Read also: Start-ups help SMEs digitalize during pandemicMeanwhile, researcher from the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF), Hanif Muhammad warned that other start-ups might soon also lay off their employees to scale back businesses amid the pandemic. “Lay-offs would be harder to do in normal times because they would indicate problems within the company, and would negatively affect their image. However, using the pandemic as the reason, companies do not have to worry about their public perception so much,” he said.He added that investors might grow skeptical about business growth and profitability trajectories during the pandemic and, as such, seek to have their portfolio companies rationalize their plans. He also urged companies that had to lay their employees off to be transparent in their finances.Topics : On June 16, Grab, which is valued at US$14 billion, announced that it would lay off 360, just under 5 percent, of its region-wide employees due to the pandemic. The Singapore-based company, which is present in eight Southeast Asian countries, said it would “be eliminating non-core projects” without elaborating further.Read also: Gojek lays off 430 employees amid pandemic impactA week later, its rival Gojek did a headcount cut of 430 workers, around 9 percent of its total workforce, as the company aims to focus on its ride-hailing, food delivery, e-payment and logistics businesses.Fitch Solutions projected the decacorns would gradually exit low-margin services, such as hotel and ticket booking, and put more focus on their respective financial service solutions since they have competitive advantages as early adapters of e-wallets. The recent layoffs in Indonesia’s two decacorn ride-hailing apps Gojek and Grab have forced the start-ups to reassess their pursuit of becoming “super-apps” as the pandemic has pushed them to retire some of their non-core businesses, experts have said.Starting their businesses as ride-hailing applications, both Grab and Gojek have been racing to become apps that meet all users’ needs. They now offer various services from passenger transportation and food and goods delivery to financial services and hotel and ticket booking.“The COVID-19 pandemic will force both Grab and Gojek to reorganize and focus on three core services: ride-hailing, food/grocery delivery and financial services,” Fitch Solutions wrote in a research note on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Harry Kane faces ban for Arsenal clash after headbutting Cesar Azpilicueta during Chelsea defeat Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Feb 2019 8:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Harry Kane headbutted Cesar Azpilicueta during Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea (Getty Images)Harry Kane could miss Tottenham’s clash with Arsenal this Saturday after he escaped punishment for headbutting Cesar Azpilicueta during Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday evening.The incident appeared to be missed by the match officials at Stamford Bridge and should referee Andre Marriner note that he did not see the headbutt in his post-match report sent to the Football Association on Thursday, retrospective action could be taken against the Spurs striker.If found guilty, Kane would receive a three-match ban for violent conduct.‘Harry Kane can count himself lucky not to have been sent off on Wednesday,’ Clattenburg told the Daily Mail.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘There looked to be minimal contact with Azpilicueta but it does not matter how severe it was.center_img Comment Kane faces a three-game ban for violent conduct (AMA/Getty Images)‘Even if it was an attempted headbutt, that still carries the same punishment – a red card.‘Fortunately for Kane, Azpilicueta did not make a meal of it.‘The incident seemed to be missed by the match officials and the FA could now take retrospective action against Kane.’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 CityPedro gave Chelsea the lead in the 57th minute before Spurs’ misery was compounded when Kieran Trippier scored an own goal with six minutes remaining.Spurs remain third after the defeat to Chelsea but Arsenal are now only four points behind their north London rivals. Pochettino unhappy with lack of end product during Chelsea lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:42FullscreenPochettino unhappy with lack of end product during Chelsea losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/pochettino-unhappy-lack-end-product-chelsea-loss-1872706/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.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 Arsenallast_img read more

first_imgValencia has spent ten years at United (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Antonio Valencia will leave Manchester United at the end of his season.The club captain has been left out in the cold this campaign, first by Jose Mourinho and then by Solskjaer.Valencia’s contract expires in the summer and Solskjaer announced the 33-year-old would not be getting a new deal.‘We’ll see who’s here for next season and I’ve got a couple of players in my head that could be captain,’ he said.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarryFriday 12 Apr 2019 10:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link482Shares Advertisement (Picture: Getty)‘We’ve had Antonio (Valencia), he’s going, we’ve had Ashley (Young), we’ve had Paul (Pogba), we’ve had David (de Gea), Chris (Smalling) has been captain, so there are players here who can be captain on the pitch.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We just need to decide who’s the club captain. Who’s going to be the voice in and around [the place].’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 CityValencia has made over 300 appearances for United in his ten years at the club and has been tipped to stay in the Premier League.Arsenal have been mentioned as a suitor, but Valencia recently hinted he wants to play in America after being linked with a move to DC United.Valencia’s former United team-mate Wayne Rooney plays for DC United and the 33-year-old could link up with the Englishman in America. Antonio Valencia to leave Manchester United this summer, confirms Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Solskjaer hopeful of another Nou Camp comebackTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:25FullscreenSolskjaer hopeful of another Nou Camp comebackhttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-hopeful-nou-camp-comeback-1903202/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette sends message to Arsenal fans after injury blow Comment James GraySaturday 14 Sep 2019 11:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link234Shares Arsenal are not short of attacking talent to replace him, having smashed their club transfer record over the summer to bring in winger Nicolas Pepe while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 35 goals in 53 Premier League appearances since joining in 2018.However, Emery appears willing to give some fans what they want and offer some of the club’s up and coming talent the chance to prove themselves in the heat of battle.‘It’s our philosophy and our idea to give them chances to be with us in training and taking confidence and playing minutes and if they achieve the performance we want, then continuing,’ Emery said.‘They can take experience being with us, training with us, playing with us and also helping them with our experienced players and sharing with those players our way.’Those words will be music to the ears of the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson, both teenagers with just six league appearances between them for the Gunners.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 Advertisementcenter_img Alexandre Lacazette is desperate to be back in first-team action as soon as possible (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has promised Arsenal fans he is already thinking about his comeback after he was ruled out until next month with an ankle injury.Lacazette has already scored twice in three Premier League appearances so far this season but has been managing the problem and has only played 147 minutes in total.The France international initially picked up the injury in a pre-season friendly against his old club Lyon with manager Unai Emery insisting at the time that it was ‘not a serious’ problem.However, the Spanish boss was forced to confirm yesterday that Lacazette would need a break from first-team action in order to recover.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 Alexandre Lacazette got injured over the summer playing against Lyon (Picture: Getty)‘After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness,’ Emery said.‘Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks.‘He is likely to be back in action in October.’Lacazette responded with a message to concerned supporters on his Twitter account, reassuring them that he would be making swift progress on his recovery.‘Already started my rehab and looking to the future,’ Lacazette wrote.‘Thanks everyone for your messages!!’Already started my rehab and looking to the future.. Thanks everyone for your messages !! #Coyg #Laca 9️⃣♣️ pic.twitter.com/qGFYtLyv99— Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) September 13, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Mesut Ozil is one of three players Arsenal players who have reportedly refused to accept a 12.5% pay cut (Picture: Getty)Former Rangers striker Ally McCoist believes Mesut Ozil has been deliberately damaged by one of his Arsenal teammates following reports that the club’s highest earner has refused to take a 12.5% pay cut. Arsenal chiefs have been embroiled in tense negotiations with the playing staff and head coach Mikel Arteta over the course of the last 10 days, with the club attempting to find ways of offsetting the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday the club announced that the majority of its playing and coaching staff had accepted a cut, on the condition that any losses incurred would be repaid should Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementSubsequent reports emerged, however, citing Ozil as one of three players who had refused to accept a salary deduction. The 31-year-old earns a reported £350,000-a-week but is said to have wanted to defer a sizable portion of his wages.ADVERTISEMENTOzil has been roundly criticised for his decision, but former Scotland international McCoist believes the Arsenal playmaker has been deliberately hung out to dry and fears the leak only serves to highlight the lack of unity in the dressing room. Mesut Ozil signed his most recent Arsenal contract extension in February 2018 which was worth £350,000-a-week (Picture: Instagram)He told talkSPORT: ‘It tells you about the quality of teammate you’re dealing with because you’ve effectively got a snitch. And no matter what you think about Mesut Ozil, it’s completely out of order that a private conversation over a wage reduction has been made public.‘It’s been made public for a reason, to make him look bad. Taking the issue of a wage reduction to one side, straight away he’s got a problem with someone in that dressing room or somebody at that club.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‘I’ve read so many good things about Mesut Ozil and what he’s done for charities all over the place. I think it says more about what’s going on inside Arsenal at this moment in time. ‘Could you imagine a story like that coming out of Liverpool or Man City at this moment in time regarding one of their players? It just wouldn’t because they are solid as a unit, solid as a team and I think it tells you more about Arsenal and his standing in the dressing room that someone has tried to damage him.’MORE: Piers Morgan ‘sickened’ by Mesut Ozil refusing to take a pay cut and slams Arsenal starMORE: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil refuses to take pay cut on £350,000-a-week wagesRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Apr 2020 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been deliberately damaged by an Arsenal snitch, claims Ally McCoistlast_img read more

first_img‘It’s a joke!’ – Emmanuel Petit slams ‘clueless’ Arsenal over David Luiz contract decision Petit has run out of patience with Arsenal’s hierarchy (Picture: Getty)‘If I was David Luiz, of course I would sign a new deal and I would also say a prayer of thanks to the Arsenal directors every time I wake up. ‘Even when he last won the Premier League with Chelsea, he’s not the same player any more. This guy has lost something.‘To be honest, it’s a joke. Find some proper defenders. Are you telling me there are no young talented defenders on the market? I just don’t get it.’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 ArsenalPetit believes the club are badly lacking in any ‘vision’ and says the situation is ‘far worse’ than it was towards the end of Wenger’s tenure.The Frenchman added: ‘Does anyone think the Arsenal executives and directors know what they’re doing on the football side of things? ‘For the last few years they have been splashing out on the transfer market – and have brought in some decent players – but I don’t know what their target or project for the future is.‘It’s far worse now than in the last years under Wenger. ‘What is the point of being one of the richest clubs on the planet with no reason or vision behind it?’Were Arsenal right to hand David Luiz a new contract?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Kieran Tierney reveals how Arsenal players reacted to their dismal defeat at BrightonMORE: Claudio Bravo speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer interest Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jun 2020 3:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Shares Advertisementcenter_img The Brazil international accepted responsibility for Arsenal’s defeat at City (Picture: Getty)Much of the talk following Arsenal’s defeat at the Etihad surrounded Luiz’s future after the centre-back admitted that he should have made an earlier decision over his contract situation. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut the former Chelsea man put an end to the uncertainty this week as Arsenal confirmed that he had signed a new one-year deal at the Emirates.Reacting to the announcement, ex-Arsenal midfielder Petit told Paddy Power: ‘David Luiz hasn’t been a proper footballer for about three years. ‘But I’m not surprised that he has been given a new contract at Arsenal, because I’ve been very disappointed in relation to the club’s activity in the transfer market.‘I’ve been particularly upset in relation to the defenders. We all know one of Arsenal’s major weaknesses is their defence and nothing has changed. This makes me miss Arsene Wenger. Advertisement David Luiz has agreed a new one-year contract at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Emmanuel Petit has hit out at Arsenal’s ‘clueless’ decision to hand David Luiz a new contract and claims the error-prone defender ‘hasn’t been a proper footballer for about three years’. Luiz, 33, produced a horror show performance in the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat at Manchester City and accepted full responsibility for the result for his part in Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne’s goals either side of the break. The Brazilian’s sending off meant he was suspended for the side’s trip to Brighton which also ended in disappointment.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea completed a deal for Timo Werner last month (Picture: Getty)‘Sometimes, he went too far but it was okay because he is a nice young guy. He had a good upbringing and he knows what respect is.‘Werner is a big, big talent. In Germany, he shocked everyone because he got so good so fast. Right now, it is a new day because the Premier League is a step up from the German Bundesliga.‘It will show what level he can reach for the rest of his career, especially in one of the biggest clubs at Chelsea.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The expectation will be high because he cost a lot from Germany and he will have to pay back that money.‘The pressure will be on every day and it will be interesting to see if he can handle his pressure. I hope he can, I think he is a really good young player.‘He is able to help the German team and change history there too.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck rates Frank Lampard’s first season as managerMORE: Frank Lampard ‘likes’ Kai Havertz video amid Chelsea transfer links Comment Kai Havertz has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz has been compared to Michael Ballack and Mesut Ozil by former Bayer Leverkusen team-mate Roberto Hilbert.The Blues have expressed interest in signing Germany international Havertz, who has scored 45 goals in 149 appearances for Leverkusen.Frank Lampard has already brought Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to Stamford Bridge this summer but wants to bolster his squad further and has identified Havertz as his next top target.Former Germany defender Hilbert spent two years with Havertz at Leverkusen and says his former team-mate can help Chelsea win the Premier League.ADVERTISEMENTAnd he has also likened Havertz to Chelsea and Germany legend Ballack and current Arsenal midfielder Ozil.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He is the next big, big player to come from Germany. I was there when he made his debut in our team at 17,’ Hilbert said, as quoted by Goal. Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz compared to Michael Ballack and Mesut Ozil by former team-mate Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 17:35FullscreenBayern Munich v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/bayern-munich-v-chelsea-frank-lampard-press-conference-2225874/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘In this generation, I think he will be a game-changer. He is a really smart player, quick and he is a nice person.‘He has some things Ballack had, some things Ozil had but he puts it into one package which is what makes him so dangerous.‘I think he has a level of talent that nobody else has. When Chelsea sign him for the next years then I think it will be a great chance to help them win titles in the Premier League.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‘That’s how good he is. He worked hard, but he is a smart and humble person. That comes from his good family unit and he will continue to work hard and improve every day.’Hilbert has also paid tribute to new Chelsea striker Timo Werner, who completed a move from RB Leipzig last month.He added: ‘Timo is really fast! When I played against him I saw he was young and he wanted to earn respect against other players.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 10 Aug 2020 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Mikel Arteta has been active in the transfer market already this summer (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has been impressed with the way new signings Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian have adapted ahead of their possible Arsenal debuts against Fulham on Saturday.The Gunners will begin their new Premier League campaign at Craven Cottage against Scott Parker’s newly promoted side amid something of a defensive injury crisis. Five of Arsenal’s senior central defenders have been ruled out of the London derby, which could force Arteta to select his £27million recruit from Lille at the earliest possible opportunity. Arsenal enjoyed success during last season’s run-in operating with a 3-4-3 formation, but with Gabriel, fellow new boy William Saliba and Rob Holding the only three fit recognised central defenders available, the Arsenal manager could be forced into switching systems. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAt the other end of the pitch, Gabriel’s compatriot Willian is likely to make his first competitive Arsenal appearance since his summer switch from Chelsea and Arteta believes both will prove to be hugely influential throughout the course of the new season. Advertisement Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba could make their Arsenal debuts against Fulham (Picture: Getty)‘They have been training really well,’ said Arteta when asked if Gabriel and Willian were in line to feature at Fulham. ‘They have adapted quickly. ‘They are really excited to be here with us, really good energy from both of them. Big talent, both in very different phases of their career. ‘One is already very established in the Premier League with incredible quality. And another one that has to adapt to this league but has huge potential to become a key player for us in the future.’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 ArsenalArteta will be without David Luiz, who would almost certainly have started tomorrow were it not for a neck injury, as well as the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Pablo Mari.Asked about a possible change in formation, Arteta added: ‘We have a few issues around the squad. That’s something normal that we have to try to adapt to. ‘We’ve been trying with the players that we have fit at the moment. It’s not an ideal to start the season with some key players out but again, we have enough really good players and tomorrow we will have the best possible plan to try and win our first game.’MORE: Arsenal bad boy Matteo Guendouzi has rejected three offers to leaveMORE: Barcelona ready to include player in cash-plus-swap deal for Arsenal star Hector BellerinFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta drops hint over possible Willian and Gabriel debuts against Fulham Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 1:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kShareslast_img read more

first_imgArsenal have won their last two matches against Alisson’s Liverpool side (Picture: Getty)Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits the Premier League champions failed to maintain their usual high standards towards the end of last season, but last week’s win at Chelsea has helped restore confidence and build momentum ahead of Monday’s heavyweight showdown against Arsenal.Jurgen Klopp’s side cantered to the title last season but displayed signs of vulnerability during the run-in and began the current campaign by losing to the Gunners on penalties in the Community Shield and conceded three times in an opening day seven-goal thriller against Leeds at Anfield. Liverpool returned to their ruthless best at Stamford Bridge last weekend, recording their first clean sheet in nine matches in the process, and will put their 100% start to the season on the line on against rapidly improving Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe signings of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota have given an added boost to the feelgood factor around Anfield and, after a slight wobble, Alisson is confident Liverpool are returning to their best form. ADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘We know that we dropped a little bit, we don’t know why,” he said. “It wasn’t something we wanted to do but we knew we had to go back to our path if we want to be competitive this season for the title, because I believe this season the level is higher. Alisson makes admission over Liverpool form ahead of Arsenal showdown Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Sep 2020 10:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link31Shares Advertisement Comment Jurgen Klopp looks ahead to Arsenal visitTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:39FullscreenJurgen Klopp looks ahead to Arsenal visithttps://metro.co.uk/video/jurgen-klopp-looks-ahead-arsenal-visit-2257114/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It is just the beginning of the season, we had a difficult game against Leeds, it was an open game where anything can happen. It was 4-3 and a good game for anyone who is watching football, but a really hard game to play.‘Then you have Chelsea away and it’s a tough opponent and then the way we went to the pitch from the mental perspective, I really liked this. I like the intensity of the game, I like the way we defended also, the opponent had some opportunities to score but it was from the quality of the opponent. But what I like was our mentality on that game. I think we are on the right path again.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‘With their quality, I believe they have a really good team on paper and they are putting out the things on the pitch. You can see they are playing together, really well organised in the defensive phase and they have fantastic strikers with really good quality who can take decisive decisions on the pitch.‘But also, I believe now with more games played, our team will do better against them. Also back with the clean sheets, it is something mental that gives you the confidence to keep on going and I believe it will be a really good match.’MORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Liverpool vs Arsenal & Brighton vs Man UtdMORE: Arsenal legends Michael Thomas, Liam Brady, Lee Dixon and Alan Smith pick between Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgClick or tap here to register for the webinar Adam joined Alpro UK & Ireland as sales director in April 2019 and is responsible for managing Alpro’s long-term strategic relationships with customers across the multiple retail, wholesale and convenience, and foodservice channels – offering sales, category and shopper marketing support within the fast-growing plant-based & dairy-free sector. Adam has specialised in health and nutrition throughout his career, previously acting as head of consumer health care for Nestlé Health Science and head of pharmacy for Danone’s Early Life Nutrition business – working to bring health, through food, to as many people as possible in a sustainable way.Katharine Shipley, head of innovation, Delicious Food Team, Co-op Gill was appointed to the role of marketing director at Quorn Foods in May 2020 and is responsible for overseeing all marketing communications and innovation in the UK and Europe. She also has ownership of the overall brand positioning, strategy and design, globally. Gill previously worked as Quorn’s international marketing & innovation director for three years and prior to her career at Quorn Foods, Gill held senior marketing positions at Merlin Entertainments and Kellogg’s.Tesni Steele Jones, consumer insight director, Kantar Katharine Shipley joined Co-op’s Delicious Food Development team in 2015. Her current role as head of innovation sees Katharine lead a team of insight and culinary experts to shape and influence strategic direction using global trends, consumer behaviour and retail insight. Katharine also leads the Co-op Foodology Programme to bring food back to the heart of the business creating advocacy and supportive educational tools for colleagues.Gill Riley, marketing director, Quorn Foods UKcenter_img Part of Kantar’s FMCG team, Tesni is an expert in consumer trends and shopping habits and works with some of the UK’s largest manufacturers. She is a frequent commentator on all things grocery, including the ever-growing plant-based market. Her five years of experience working with Kantar’s impressive data resources means she has a unique view of what sells, when, and why. There’s now just a couple of weeks left to register for The Grocer Vision’s webinar on the next big growth driver of plant-based food.The webinar, hosted in partnership with Alpro, is due to broadcast on 22 October at 11am and will see a panel of expert speakers from grocery retail, dairy-free, meat-free and consumer insights explore the key trends set to shape the category over the next few years.Moderated by freelance writer and editor Julia Glotz, our panel will discuss where the next wave of growth is going to come from, where the gaps in the market are, how Covid-19 has changed shopper demand for plant-based and what the sector needs to do to safeguard the ongoing success of the category.You’ll also get a chance to submit a question to the panel when you register your interest here. So who are they?Adam Womersley, sales director, Alpro UK & Irelandlast_img read more