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  • Heineken beer sales slide amid lockdowns, worse to come

    first_imgTopics : Bonuses in 2020 for senior managers would be cancelled, it said.Heineken added it would pay its planned final dividend for 2019, but would not provide an interim dividend after its half-year results in August. Last year, it gave an interim payment of 0.64 euros per share.Its annual results would be hit by lower volumes and other effects, including increased credit losses from customers, issues of small suppliers and impairments and the devaluation of emerging market currencies versus the dollar and euro.Heineken’s major markets are Brazil, Mexico and Vietnam and is also the largest brewer in Europe.Heineken said it had reduced discretionary spending by suspending corporate events and hiring and pausing or scaling down projects and technology upgrades.With bars closed, Heineken said its business focus was on replenishing store shelves and aiding store deliveries. It was also pushing e-commerce beer sales.Danish rival Carlsberg said earlier this month it was expanding cost-cutting as consumers in Europe opted more for less pricy multi-packs of mainstream lagers than craft or specialty beers. Beer volumes fell 2.1% in the quarter while overall volumes, including cider and soft drinks, fell 3.9%, confirming guidance given two weeks ago.The second quarter would be worse, Heineken said, with an impact also in the second half of the year as lockdowns may be lifted but the impact on the economy endured.The company said the lack of clarity on the impact of COVID-19 meant the company has withdrawn all guidance for 2020.Bosses’bonuses canned center_img Heineken, the world’s second-largest brewer, reported a 14% slide in beer sales in March, with sharp declines in all regions as the COVID-19 pandemic closed pubs and restaurants across the globe.In some countries, such as South Africa, the Dutch brewer was forced to shut down production. In France, Italy and Spain, increased beer sales in stores failed to compensate for the collapse of bar trade.The maker of Heineken, Tiger and Sol beers, and Strongbow cider, said first-quarter net profit fell by 68% to 94 million euros ($102.1 million), the company said on Wednesday.last_img read more

  • Tiptoeing back to normality, Germany gears up for 2nd virus wave

    first_imgLeft empty as the coronavirus pandemic forced events to be cancelled, Berlin’s exhibition center Messe is getting a makeover with the help of German soldiers — to reemerge as a hospital in a few weeks’ time.Wires are still hanging from the ceilings, but when construction is finished, the vast site will be able to host up to 1,000 patients.Even as Germany begins easing curbs on public life to halt contagion of the virus, authorities are busy ramping up their capacity to deal with a second wave of infections. Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly warned that Germany must not rest on its laurels even if the infection rate has dropped, saying it is still “on thin ice”.Virologist Christian Drosten of Berlin’s Charite hospital has also warned that the virus could return with a “totally different force”.”The virus will continue to spread in the course of the next weeks and months,” Drosten told public broadcaster NDR, adding that a second wave would be dangerous as it could pop up “everywhere at the same time”. “We may be in the process of completely squandering our headstart,” he said, warning against complacency.  ‘Step by step’ Berlin’s current strategy is to pursue a step-by-step return to normality, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of tests a week.Merkel has said the aim is to be able to return to a stage where infection numbers are low enough to allow contact chains to be traced and isolated to prevent flare-ups elsewhere.To that end, a contact tracing app is expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks. Masks are now also obligatory on public transport across the country and, in some states, in shops as well.”We have now learned that a dynamic development in infections means an immediate burden for the health system,” said Gass.”That means we need to use tests to very quickly identify what effect the step-by-step lifting of restrictions is having.” ‘Prepared’ At the university hospital in Aachen, close to the Dutch border, dozens of  beds lie empty in case of a resurgence in cases.”We are ready to react dynamically,” said Gernot Marx, director of intensive care at the hospital, which treated some of the first serious cases earlier this year.”We have not yet had to decide [to treat one patient over another]… due to the high bed capacity and good preparation,” added fellow doctor Anne Bruecken. “I hope it stays that way.”.Almost 13,000 of Germany’s 32,000 intensive care beds remained free at the last count.From the start of the crisis, Germany had much more breathing room than its European neighbors, with 33.9 intensive care beds per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 8.6 in Italy and 16.3 in France.And it has since drastically expanded intensive care and screening capacities. “Germany is prepared for a possible second wave,” said Gerald Gass, president of the German Hospitals Society (DKG).”In the coming months, we plan to keep around 20 percent of our beds with respiratory assistance free, and we want to be able to free up a further 20 percent at 72 hours notice… if a second wave comes,” Gass told AFP.Europe’s biggest economy currently has a coronavirus mortality rate of 3.5 percent, with latest figures showing 150,383 confirmed cases with 5,321 fatalities.While that figure is rising, it remains far below that of other countries such as Spain or Italy, where the death rate hovers at 10 percent. With Germany’s health system yet to become overburdened, Gass has called on hospitals to slowly return to treating patients whose cases were suspended during the crisis as they are deemed to require less time-pressing operations.”In general, our hospitals are less busy now than they are usually,” he said. center_img So Germany, which has won international praise for its widespread testing system as well as huge capacity in treating patients, is still throwing vast resources at increasing the number of intensive care beds equipped with ventilators. Topics :last_img read more

  • 19 dead as Iran warship hit by ‘friendly fire’ in tense Gulf

    first_imgThe armed forces said in a statement that 19 crewmen were killed and 15 injured.It said the Konarak had been involved in an “accident” during the exercises, without elaborating.The vessel had been towed ashore for “technical investigations”, it added, calling on people to “avoid speculation” until further information is released.Tasnim news agency said in an English-language tweet that the Konarak was hit by the missile fired by another Iranian warship. The vessel had been hit by “‘friendly fire’ after Moudge-class frigate ‘Jamaran’ accidentally shot (it) with a missile during live firing exercise in Jask area of #PersianGulf waters”.The 15 injured were hospitalised in Sistan and Baluchistan, said Mohammad-Mehran Aminifard, head of the province’s medical university.Two of the sailors were in intensive care, he told the semi-official news agency ISNA.Trump ‘shoot down’ threat The Konarak is a logistical support vessel made in the Netherlands and purchased by Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution.Weighing 447 tonnes and 47 metres (154 feet) long, the Hendijan-class vessel is equipped with four cruise missiles, according to state television.It was not immediately clear how many crew members were on board the warship at the time of the accident.Iran and its arch enemy the United States have traded barbs in the past year over a spate of incidents involving their forces in the sensitive Gulf waters.Their latest high-seas confrontation came on April 15, when the United States claimed Iranian boats had “harassed” its navy ships in the waterway.US President Donald Trump then tweeted that he had ordered the US Navy to “shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea”.Tensions have escalated since 2018 when Trump withdrew the United States from a multinational accord that froze Iran’s nuclear programme and reimposed crippling sanctions on its economy.Iran’s armed forces in January mistakingly shot down a Kiev-bound Boeing 737 passenger jet shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard.The military admitted to the catastrophic error, saying it came as Iran’s air defences were on high alert after firing a barrage of missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq.Iran launched the missiles in retaliation for the United States’ killing of its top general Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike days before that.Topics : An Iranian warship was hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, killing 19 sailors, state media and the army said Monday, amid tensions with the US in Gulf waters.The incident involving the Konarak vessel occurred on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, state television said on its website.”The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target,” said the channel.last_img read more

  • Experts warn of turbulent ‘new normal’ amid COVID-19 data, testing issues

    first_imgTopics : LaporCovid-19 had recorded at least 5,021 deaths among suspected cases by May 29, comprising 4,814 deaths among patients under surveillance (PDP) and 207 deaths among persons under monitoring (ODP). Along with the 1,503 deaths among confirmed cases, Indonesia’s cumulative total was at least 6,232 deaths by May 29.“Based on the data we gathered from 479 regencies across 34 provinces, the number of deaths among suspected [cases] have far surpassed the number of deaths among confirmed cases. Seventy-seven percent of all deaths [occurred] among suspected cases,” Irma said. Read also: 102 areas with zero COVID-19 cases allowed to start ‘new normal’Irma continued that the official government data contradicted the data of individual regions and merely illustrated the tip of the iceberg, and stressed that the lack of data transparency remained a major problem ahead of moving toward the government’s “new normal” framework. Experts and volunteers with the LaporCovid-19 (Report Covid-19) community movement have warned of a potentially tumultuous “new normal” period following the easing of the large-scale restrictions (PSBB), pointing to the country’s numerous issues in data gathering, testing capacity and risk perception. These factors are essential to ensuring a safe post-epidemic environment for resuming economic and social activities.LaporCovid19 spokesperson Irma Hidayana said on Sunday that Indonesia’s COVID-19 data did not live up to the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. In particular, the government had not taken into account the number of deaths among suspected COVID-19 cases, which comprised the majority of coronavirus-related deaths in the country.center_img “Take North Sumatra, for example. On May 29, the provincial administration updated its data, which now includes the number of [suspected COVID-19] deaths. As a result, the number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in the region has shot up to more than 150,” she said.The government must incorporate deaths among suspected cases to fill the holes in its COVID-19  data before ushering in sweeping changes to establish “the new normal”, she said.“The public deserves to know the true scale of the emergency,” Irma said, and that the government’s daily updates on COVID-19 cases was “simply insufficient to fully capture the gravity of the situation”. Executive director Elisa Sutanudjaja of the Rujak Center for Urban Studies concurred with Irma, saying that several regions had rushed to lift the PSBB despite questionable data on COVID-19 transmission and poor public compliance with physical distancing measures.Read also: Dentists continue services via teledentistry and with tighter protocols“It remains to be seen whether [these] regional administrations, such as Makassar in South Sulawesi, Tegal in Central Java and Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan, had conducted epidemiological studies [with] health experts and sociologists prior to ending the PSBB,” Elisa said during the same event.The three regions she referred to had all lifted the PSBB just a few days ahead of Idul Fitri, which fell on May 24-25.The Palangkaraya administration last week implemented more lenient restrictions at the subdistrict level to replace the PSBB, which it said had yielded lackluster results. At least 15 new COVID-19 cases have since been reported in the region following the measure.Over the past few weeks, the central government has called for its citizens to adapt to what it refers to as “the new normal” as it looks to relax restrictions and reopen businesses under strict health protocols. Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto earlier claimed that several regions had shown a decline in COVID-19 transmissions and suggested that they might be ready to welcome the “new normal” phase. The regions he mentioned included Jakarta, the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak.[RA::With policy flip-flops, ‘new normal’ looks gloomy for Indonesia]University of Padjajaran epidemiologist Panji Hadisoemarto said, however, that it was simply “impossible” to determine whether the timing was right for Indonesia to enter the “new normal” phase, as the country lacked the testing capacity that was critical to making such a determination.“Our testing capacity is currently at 10,000 [test] per day, which still falls short of the capacity of other countries that have entered a ‘new normal’ period,” said Panji.As for the situation in Jakarta, he warned that new clusters of infection and wider community transmission could occur leading up to June 4, when the PSBB in the capital would end.June 4 is also the expected starting date of the “new normal” phase.“We have to be careful, as the end of the current PSBB period in Jakarta will occur about one week following the high movement of individuals recorded over Idul Fitri, [and] which is when new cases might be reported,” Panji said.Read also: ‘New normal’ aims to keep economy running: MinisterSociologist Sulfikar Amir at the Nanyang University of Singapore said that the successful rollout of the “new normal” phase would also hinge on the perceived risks of the pandemic among the public.He said risk perception – an individual’s subjective impression of perceived threats to themselves or their environment – was highly dependent on the government’s ability to provide credible information that fully illustrated the COVID-19 health crisis.“As more people perceive the dangers of COVID-19, they will try and adopt what we call ‘safe behavior’ to avoid contracting the disease, which will in turn  contribute greatly to flattening the curve of transmission,” Sulfikar said.He also noted that risk perception would vary depending on an individual’s socioeconomic condition.As of Tuesday, the government’s official count recorded 27,549 confirmed cases and 1,663 deaths.last_img read more

  • One Championship MMA fights to resume next month

    first_imgTopics : One had already put on fights in its Hero series, feeder events for the main championship, in China in June, before deciding to resume major shows. The US-based Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 10 became one of the first sports to restart post-coronavirus. UFC has so far successfully put on six shows in tightly controlled environments in Jacksonville, Florida, and Las Vegas. With virus outbreaks slowing in many parts of Asia, the company said its flagship events would restart with an event without fans in the Thai capital Bangkok on July 31.”Most national borders remain closed in Asia, and this has posed unique logistical and operational challenges,” One’s CEO Chatri Sityodtong said.The first three major bouts of the “One: No Surrender” event have been confirmed.Among fighters taking part are ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy, and “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex.center_img Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion, One Championship, will return behind closed doors in Thailand next month after a five-month break because of the coronavirus, officials said on Monday.One, which promotes cards across the region in mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing, last put on a major show at the end of February.The Singapore-based company has since cancelled several events and slashed 20 percent of staff, although it has also revealed a $70 million funding boost from institutional investors.last_img read more

  • Arrest of fugitive Djoko Tjandra took a week to plan, minister says

    first_imgHandcuffed and wearing an orange shirt, Djoko arrived with police personnel at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta on Thursday evening. He was immediately taken to Bareskrim’s headquarters, where he is currently being detained.Djoko, a convict in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, made headlines last month after he managed to return to Indonesia undetected, have his new identity documents issued and file for a case review for his two-year prison sentence with the South Jakarta District Court.He was at large for more than a decade after fleeing to Papua New Guinea a day before the Supreme Court convicted him in 2009.The South Jakarta District Court, however, announced before his arrest on Thursday that Djoko’s plea could not be accepted because he had repeatedly failed to show up for his hearings.But Mahfud said Djoko still had the change to file another case review because the court had not officially rejected the plea but had merely dropped the case because it did not fulfill the administrative requirements.”There is a possibility that Djoko will resubmit his case review request to the court. However, once he files his plea, it is no longer under the government’s jurisdiction because the judiciary is under the Supreme Court,” he said.Read also: Court drops fugitive Djoko Tjandra’s case review plea after consecutive no showsThe failure to detect Djoko’s sudden return to Indonesia in June has implicated three high-ranking police generals who were removed last week for their alleged role in helping the convict travel within the country.Of the three, only Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo has been named a suspect by the police for allegedly assisting and issuing forged travel letters for Djoko in the one-star general’s capacity as the head of Bareskrim’s Civil Servant Investigator Supervisory and Coordination Bureau.On Thursday evening, the National Police named Djoko’s lawyer, Anita Kolopaking, a suspect and brought multiple charges against her for her alleged role in using the forged letters to travel and helping a criminal on the run.Antigraft activists have lauded the police for their efforts in tracking down and arresting Djoko, but watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) reminded them that they needed to look into the possible involvement of other police generals in the case.“The police should examine the possibility that more National Police top brass are involved in covering Djoko Tjandra’s tracks,” the ICW said in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday. The group also urged the police to immediately name Djoko a suspect for allegedly forging a letter for his personal interests as stipulated in Article 263 of the Criminal Code.  Topics : The National Police planned the arrest of graft fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra more than a week before they finally ended his 11 years on the run on Thursday, a senior minister has revealed.Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said he was first informed on July 20 about the police’s plan to capture the convict, who had been staying in Malaysia after filing a case review against his conviction in June.center_img At that time, the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) chief Insp. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo came to Mahfud’s office and told him that the detective unit would cooperate with their Malaysian counterparts to make the arrest.”He told us that the police would begin the operation that evening as they had already located [Djoko’s] whereabouts,” Mahfud said on Thursday.Besides himself, the minister said only President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis knew about the operation.Read also: Indonesia brings graft fugitive Djoko Tjandra back from Malaysialast_img read more

  • Japan PM returns to hospital as he breaks term record

    first_imgAbe’s health has been the subject of growing speculation, with reports before his check-up that he had been vomiting blood.The prime minister resigned just a year into his first term in 2007, citing his health among other factors.He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and spent months undergoing treatment.Upon his return to power, he said he had overcome the illness. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday set a new record for the longest consecutive term in office but faced growing speculation about his health as he returned to hospital.Abe, 65, spent more than seven hours at a Tokyo hospital last week during a previously unannounced medical check-up that his aides insisted was routine.Local media cited sources as saying Abe’s return visit Monday was to receive the results of that check-up, but no further information was provided. Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga has denied Abe is sick, but members of the prime minister’s party have expressed concern about his health.The return to hospital comes as Abe breaks the record for the longest consecutive term as prime minister.He was already the country’s longest-serving prime minister, counting his first and second terms in office.But as of Monday, he has been in power for 2,799 uninterrupted days, breaking the record previously set by his great uncle Eisaku Sato.The record comes at a difficult time for Abe, who in addition to his possible health woes faces plummeting public support thanks to his handling of the coronavirus.A poll published Sunday by the Kyodo news agency found the approval rating for his cabinet stands at 36 percent, the second lowest since he returned to office in 2012.The survey conducted over the weekend found 58.4 percent were unhappy with the government’s handling of the coronavirus.While Japan has seen a comparatively small outbreak — with nearly 62,000 infections and close to 1,200 deaths — Abe has been slammed for his economic response as well as a widely mocked program to distribute reusable cloth face masks.center_img Topics :last_img read more

  • Rob Holding rubbishes Patrice Evra’s branding of Arsenal as ‘babies’ after Sheffield United defeat

    first_imgRob Holding rubbishes Patrice Evra’s branding of Arsenal as ‘babies’ after Sheffield United defeat Comment Advertisement Holding insists there is not a mentality issue in the squad (Picture: Getty)‘I used to call them “my babies” 10 years ago, and they are still, when I look at them and think they are “my babies”… that’s the truth.‘I’m not being disrespectful when I say that.‘They look pretty, but they don’t look like a winning team.‘They like playing good football, but I was so happy to play against them, because I knew I was going to win.’MORE: Rob Holding confident over Arsenal’s top-four chances – but admits he’d prefer to win Europa League Coral BarryWednesday 23 Oct 2019 4:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link622Sharescenter_img Advertisement Patrice Evra delivered a stinging assessment of Arsenal (Picture: Sky Sports)‘He’s got his opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Just as a group of players we knew it would be a fight.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We made sure everyone know that in the changing room [before game]. It was going to be a fight. We know how they’re going to play.’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‘We knew they’d go for second balls and play off set-pieces and we just had to match that.’Evra held nothing back in his assessment of Arsenal’s character, claiming he always knew as a player they were a fragile side.‘Sheffield United deserved the win, but I’m not surprised about Arsenal,’ Evra said on Sky Sports. Holding was on the bench for the loss to Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)Rob Holding has dismissed Patrice Evra’s criticism of Arsenal after he labelled the Gunners ‘babies’ following their defeat to Sheffield United.Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat away at Sheffield and former Manchester United defender Evra laid into the players’ mentality after the result.Holding was on the bench for the loss, but insisted Evra was wide of the mark with his comments.He said: ‘What [Evra] says doesn’t affect me personally. I know what I am and how I like to play.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Granit Xhaka rubbishes Unai Emery’s claim he isn’t ready to play for Arsenal again

    first_imgXhaka still hopes to win back his place despite falling out with Arsenal’s fans (Picture: Reuters)‘I’ll continue to stay positive, give my all to an even greater extent and prove that I’m an important part of this great team.’Xhaka was replaced as captain by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and there had been suggestions that Arsenal would look to offload the Swiss midfielder – who skippers his national team – in the January transfer window.Should Granit Xhaka be given a second chance?No0%Yes0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal hierarchy still ‘100% behind’ Unai Emery and will not sack him despite Leicester City defeatMORE: Granit Xhaka hits out at Arsenal fans in new interview after being stripped of captaincyMore: 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 Comment The Swiss midfielder insists he is still happy at Arsenal and eager to play (Picture: Getty)Axed Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka feels the controversy that surrounded his bust-up with supporters is now behind him and believes he is ‘ready’ to return to Unai Emery’s starting XI.The Swiss midfielder had a very public falling out with fans in last month’s draw with Crystal Palace, responding to jeers when his number was shown on the substitution board by cupping his ear to the crowd and telling them to ‘f*** off’.He has not played since, with Arsenal winless in the matches he has missed against Wolves and Leicester City in the Premier League, Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and Vitoria in the Europa League. Granit Xhaka rubbishes Unai Emery’s claim he isn’t ready to play for Arsenal again Advertisementcenter_img Emery suggested Xhaka would not be returning to the team any time soon (Picture: Reuters)Manager Emery says he ‘does not know’ if Xhaka will play for the club again, while he also claimed the midfielder said he was ‘not feeling good enough to play’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Xhaka – who was stripped of the captaincy for his conduct – has contradicted Emery’s remarks and says he is keen to return to action, while he believes he does still have a future at Arsenal.Asked if he still intends to continue with Arsenal, Xhaka told Blick: ‘You can be sure that I’ll keep fighting and putting myself out there in every training session.‘I feel that last week has been dealt with and now I’m ready.’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 ArsenalDespite recent drama, he still loves playing for Arsenal, explaining: ‘For me, looking back it’s been very positive for a long time. After a difficult start, I played a lot and overall I’ve had a great time at Arsenal.‘My family and I also feel very well in the city of London. The events of the last week don’t change that at all. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Nov 2019 12:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

  • The two reasons why Arsenal favour Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery

    first_img Comment Advertisement Arsenal are ready to tempt Brendan Rodgers away from Leicester City (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will approach Brendan Rodgers about replacing Unai Emery because they want a manager who speaks good English and has a strong media profile, according to reports.Emery’s 18-month tenure as Gunners boss came to an end of Friday morning after he was sacked with Arsenal eighth in the Premier League.The Spanish manager led PSG to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla but struggled at the Emirates after succeeding Arsene Wenger last year. Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal on Friday morning (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of the club while the board draw up a a shortlist of potential managerial candidates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTCarlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Mauricio Pochettino have all been linked with the position but the Daily Mirror say Leicester City manager Rodgers is high on the list of targets.It is claimed Arsenal will look at appointing a manager with a strong media profile and excellent communication skills, two things which were said to be flaws in Emery’s armoury.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 CityFormer Liverpool and Celtic boss Rodgers fits the bill and, under his leadership, Leicester have climbed to second in the Premier League table.Asked about the speculation linking him with Arsenal on Friday, Rodgers said: ‘We’re at the beginning of something here [at Leicester].‘My relationship with the people here and the players is very strong. We think we are starting something exciting. The two reasons why Arsenal favour Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emerycenter_img Advertisement Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt 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 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt loss 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.‘Arsenal is a fantastic club. One of the greats in this country. I’m sure they have an idea of who they want to bring in.‘There’s disappointment whenever a coach loses his job. Unai has proved himself over a number of years. I have sympathy for him.’Arsenal, who dropped to eighth in the Premier League under Emery, travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Sunday.MORE: Petit names the top three candidates to replace Emery after Arsenal sackingMORE: Kroenke wanted to give Emery more time at Arsenal before sacking Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 5:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link775Shareslast_img read more