Following the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat, Gunners fan and Young Guns blogger Jamie Sanderson explains how important January will be for the club…It’s no secret Arsenal were short on defensive bodies at the start of the season, and while manager Arsene Wenger acknowledged it, he failed to address the problem in the closing stages of the transfer window.So it’s no surprise that just a few weeks into the campaign, we’re already dreadfully exposed at the back. Mathieu Debuchy is out for three months, Nacho Monreal one month and Kieran Gibbs is Kieran Gibbs. It’s not good.Arsenal have looked at free agents but there’s nobody useful around, and we’d be better saving our time and effort for the January transfer window.But not for a back up. Far from it.I think it’s time we finally solve our defensive nightmares for good, and purchase a new back four. Yep.Gibbs is class, but needs better back up, Debuchy would be a good second choice and there’s room for two more centre backs.Where will these bodies come from? I’d look strongly at the Bundesliga. Dortmund have great options in defence, so do Schalke. Let’s go all out.Arsenal will tick along nicely this term but with some quality injected at the back, we could really kick on this term and do something.The new year might seem a way off but it will be here soon, and we should now work on getting players signed on 1 January. Arsenal should have better options on the bench to support Kieran Gibbs 1
Brand South Africa will join hands with the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Constitution Hill on Wednesday 10 May 2017 to launch a new theme for the Nelson Mandela International Day ‘Action Against Poverty’.More than 63 percent of South African children live in poverty and it is the reason why Brand South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation are joining to take action against it. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)Johannesburg, Friday 5 May 2017 – Nelson Mandela Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world and it calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place.“More than 63% of South African children live in poverty; one in five – 12-million – South Africans live in extreme poverty. Our intention is to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth. We have to be that bold,” said the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Director of Communication and Outreach, Mr Luzuko Koti, on 11 April 2017 at the first announcement of the theme ‘Action Against Poverty’Brand South Africa has had a long-standing relationship with the Nelson Mandela Foundation over the years. This has resulted in a partnership that focuses on primary flagship projects that contribute towards improving the lives all citizens and communities.Speaking about the partnership, Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager: Civil Society, Ms Thoko Modise says, “Brand South Africa is pleased to continue its relationship with the foundation. We strive to continuously reiterate the words of Nelson Mandela to create a better world for all who live in it, to encourage everyone to play their part. As the custodian of the Nation Brand, we have a responsibility to drive pride and patriotism amongst South Africans to take care of one another whilst contributing to the National Development Plan.”The launch will take the form of an exhibition showcasing “Footsteps of Madiba”, as well as promote his lifelong vision of freedom and equality for all. This will be an all-day event, open to civil society, business and government with some influential citizens such as Unathi Msengane and Randall Abrahams sharing messages of support.“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson MandelaMedia is invited to participate in an engaging programme as follows:Date : Wednesday, 10 May 2017Time : 06h00 – 15h00Venue : Constitution Hill11 Kotze Street in Braamfontein, JohannesburgContact/RSVP : Ntombi [email protected] 704 1488
On December 31, Under Armour and Stephen Curry, who serves as the Global Ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, released a limited-edition Curry 4 Low colorway to support the fight against malaria.For every pair sold, Stephen will donate an insecticide-treated bed net to Nothing But Nets, protecting kids, refugees, and families from malaria.Stephen wore the new colorway, aptly named “Nothing But Nets,” as he worked out before a recent game against the Utah Jazz. The bright red colorway with netting design found on the heel is inspired by his involvement in the campaign’s efforts to send nets and help save lives from malaria.“As a father, I can’t imagine a world where kids are still dying unnecessarily from a preventable disease like malaria,” said Curry. “With my partners at Under Armour, we’re releasing this special colorway of the Curry 4 so that fans can be part of the solution with me.”First learning about malaria while at Davidson College, Stephen has supported the Nothing But Nets campaign for many years and conducted his own Three for Three Challenge for the past five NBA seasons, donating three bed nets for every three-pointer he makes.In 2013, Stephen traveled with Nothing But Nets to Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania, operated by Nothing But Nets partner UNHCR. Nyarugusu is one of the largest refugee camps in the world and malaria is the leading cause of illness and death. There, he helped deliver more than 38,000 bed nets to refugees and hung nets in a few homes. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $65 million dollars and delivered more than 12 million bed nets and other life-saving malaria prevention and treatment to families in 31 countries.“We have made tremendous progress in the fight against malaria, but the fact remains that a child dies every two minutes from this disease,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, executive director of Nothing But Nets. “Stephen understands how something as simple as a net – or in this case a net per shoe – can help us save lives. We are so proud to have him and Under Armour on our team to defeat malaria.”The Curry 4 Low “Nothing But Nets” colorway was released for $120 USD at Under Armour Brand Houses and UA.com in the United States, Canada, and China on December 31. Each shoe purchased delivers a life-saving anti-malaria bed net and educates the recipient on its proper use.To learn how you can join Stephen Curry and Under Armour to support Nothing But Nets to save lives and help defeat malaria, click here.