Freddie Ljungberg explains why he has axed Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal squad

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Dec 2019 7:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link201Shares Advertisement He continued: ‘With one day to train things you need to take small steps to get better, but of course we want to get the points and that’s why we’re here.‘We need to play good football and then they [the fans] will be with us. The only thing I hope is maybe sometimes if we make a mistake, the fans are with us. They give the players that little extra lift and then we will play some good football I think.’MORE: ‘No team can defend against that’ – Freddie Ljungberg teaches new approach in Arsenal trainingMORE: Thierry Henry warns it will take time for Freddie Ljungberg to turn Arsenal aroundMore: 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 There was no place for the German centre-back in the 18-man squad to face Brighton (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg admits Arsenal were too open at the back in their last outing against Norwich and has taken Shkodran Mustafi out of the squad that faces Brighton on Thursday as a result.The German, along with centre-back partner David Luiz, were both at fault as the Gunners conceded twice in a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road in Ljungberg’s first game in charge – a result that means they have not won a Premier League match since the start of October.Ljungberg makes his Emirates bow tonight and has made three changes from his first match, with Sokratis, Lucas Torreira and Hector Bellerin all starting. Freddie Ljungberg explains why he has axed Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal squadcenter_img Comment Ljungberg says he has been working on stopping counter-attacks in training (Picture: Getty)But far from just dropping to the bench, Mustafi has been omitted from the 18-man squad entirely for the visit of Brighton, and Ljungberg feels he did not need another centre-back with Calum Chambers able to play there.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about his changes, Ljungberg told Amazon Prime Video: ‘If we look at the Norwich game I think offensively we took a big step, how we played and how we kept the ball.‘But we were very vulnerable on the counter-attack and that’s what we’ve tried to rectify and tried to sort out in training and maybe with the line-up a little bit.’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 ArsenalProbed on Mustafi not even having a place on the bench, Ljungberg added: ‘No, we need to find a balance between the team, and we have Calum for example who can play in different positions so that’s just about the balance of the team.’Ljungberg, who made over 300 appearances for Arsenal as a player, admits it will be a bit strange to sit in the manager’s chair in the Emirates dugout but is hopeful of getting a good result.📍 Emirates Stadium👋 @FreddieThat welcome from Charlie George 🤩#ARSBHA pic.twitter.com/zKbi7K80Hp— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 5, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Thurston County Boys & Girls Clubs to Benefit from UnitedHealthcare Donation

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by UnitedHealthcareUnitedHealthcare Community Plan donated $40,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State (BGCWA) to support youth mental health programs across the state, including in rural areas. With these funds, multiple Thurston County clubs are implementing anti bullying programs, anti-drug and peer support programs designed to build self-confidence. Funds are also going toward programs focused on nutrition and physical activity which can play a role in improving mental health.The Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County benefiting from this donation include the Rochester Boys & Girls Club and the Lacey Boys & Girls Club. All have received funds to support existing or new programs to help youth live healthier lives.“We know that good health depends on more than good health care. Boys & Girls Clubs have a unique ability to support vulnerable youth and teens in Washington’s communities and create programs that can have a positive impact on their health and quality of life,” said Doug Bowes, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.Clubs in Thurston County offer a variety of activities aimed at creating healthy lifestyles including one-on-one and small group mentoring and other locally developed youth initiatives focused around academic success, character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles.“We are so grateful for our partnership with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. Early engagement and support is crucial to improving outcomes for mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety,” said Katya Miltimore, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State.Mental health issues put youth at an increased risk for substance abuse, dropping out of school, involvement in the juvenile justice system and suicide. Studies show that about half of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health disorder sometime in their life, with first onset usually in childhood or adolescence.“For many youth, the club is the first place they turn to for support as they experience challenges at home or school,” said Miltimore. “This funding enables us to provide a safe environment to educate young people.”Made possible through the Healthy Lifestyle Partnership, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan has identified these clubs and 18 others across the state in need, including many in rural counties. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month.UnitedHealthcare Community Plan presented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State with a check at the annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington Youth of the Year gala in March, a program that recognizes Washington youth for their service to the Boys & Girls Club and the community.last_img read more

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