Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the frantic Christmas schedule can expand the Barclays Premier League title charge beyond a two-horse race. “The fact that we got so many important injuries at the back has cost us too much.” Wenger would like to see the Premier League’s traditional festive schedule preserved, but has called for the introduction of the type of winter break seen in Germany. “Maybe it would be good for the English national team to have a break in January. Respect the English tradition and give a winter break in January,” he said. “If you look at the history, is it a coincidence that the German national team has always done well in the big tournaments when England hasn’t done so well? “It is just Germany who has the longest winter break in Europe, among the big countries. “And by coincidence, they always do well in tournaments because they have refreshed players.” “It can still change. Let’s see how the schedule goes over Christmas. We’ll have a much better idea at the beginning of January,” Wenger said. “The next three or four games are important. Chelsea will be in the fight for the title, for sure, but will it only be Chelsea and Man City? “Today you can say maybe, but it is still a long way off. Chelsea are in the Champions League, Man City as well. “Then you have the FA Cup and Chelsea play in the League Cup. There is still a long way to go. “But what is for sure is that the teams like us and those around us need to be massively consistent to have a chance of coming back.” Arsenal topped the table on January 1 of this year only to finish the season fourth, seven points adrift of City. Wenger denies his team have regressed, however. “I don’t think we have gone backwards in the quality of our squad because if you look at the five players that we bought, you cannot say that one of the five is a failure,” Wenger said. “I can’t deny we are behind much more than last year, but we have had a depleted squad since the start of the season and no stability. The Gunners trail leaders Chelsea by 15 points and while it appears to be a straight shootout between Jose Mourinho’s side and reigning champions Manchester City, Wenger insists the landscape can change over the next week. Three games in seven days has convinced Wenger that if Arsenal and those trailing the pacesetters can stitch together a series of results, a new contender could emerge. Press Association
Ireland have received another boost ahead of tonight’s Euro qualifier with Germany with the news that Andre Schurrle has withdrawn from the squad.The Chelsea forward is the second member of the German squad to fall victim to flu after midfielder Christoph Kramer.Two wins in two games have given Ireland the strongest possible start to the campaign, with Germany wounded from their defeat to Poland at the weekend. Kick-off tonight is at 7.45.Elsewhere in the group, Scotland are in Warsaw to face Poland while Gibraltar take on Georgia in Faro.Northern Ireland begin the night top of Group F ahead of their trip to Greece.
Dick Tanner of CR Primo Fishing Tackle and Raul Barrantes from the Environment Ministry (MINAET) will entertain the Central Pacific Women’s Group at Hotel Cocal May 16, from 9-11 a.m. Guests will learn what brings people from all over the world to fish in our waters.The experienced Tanner will weave his “fish stories” to answer many of our questions, like, what is the difference between a sailfish and a marlin? What is long lining? How does catch and release work? What is the government doing to protect our waters? Tanner will be joined by Barrantes, who does some volunteer work for MINAE and whose family owns a coffee plantation. Join us as we combine fish and coffee for an informative meeting.Jacó’s library is an amazing community resource. Liana Robinson from Jacó’s Library & Learning Center has announced a new monthly schedule of activities. On the schedule, you’ll find homework tutoring and English and Spanish lessons by appointment with Genavive 8518-0517, in addition to kids activities that include a book report club, and classes in art and science on Thursdays from 9-10:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. Beth Holden, who can be reached at 8705-2687, will be hosting weight loss challenge workshops on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. If you have a workshop or seminar you would like to offer at the library, please call Liana at 8378-9978.With Cinco de Mayo falling this weekend, it is sure to be a fun time in Jacó Beach. Kurt Dyer plays live at Los Amigos tonight and there’s live Latin music every Saturday at Clarita’s. Lots of beautiful people will be in town this weekend with the National Men’s and Women’s Physical Fitness Competition. It will be held at Morgan’s Cove Hotel on the south side of town. For more info, call 2643-3147 or 8390-3115.Tomorrow: Sueno Sobre Las Olas (Dream on Waves) will be holding a special event at 7 a.m. on the beach in Jacó. With the help of local surfers Anthony Fillingim, Anthony Segura, Carlos Múñoz, Mauricio Umana, Jair Pérez, Emily Gussoni, Manuel Mesén, Freddy Camacho (Salsiboy) and lots of volunteers from the community, this not-for-profit group will be teaching surfing as a tool for life. Their program is designed to work with people with disabilities, children at risk, seniors and cancer survivors. If you would like to help this organization, visit www.misolas.org. In the afternoon, you can check out the local surfing in the Saturday Surf Series in front of Backyard Bar in Playa Hermosa. Lastly, mark your calendars for next week’s 6K run. It takes place Saturday, May 12, and will help save the turtles in the Refugio of Playa Hermosa. For more information or to sign up, visit www.costaricarace.com.-Christina TruittChristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Comments No related posts.