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22 Ноя 2020, 23:15
Mikel Arteta SLAMS Nicolas Pepe for picking up ‘unacceptable’ red card in Arsenal’s draw at Leeds

Mikel Arteta slammed Nicolas Pepe, branding his red card for head-butting Ezgjan Alioski unacceptable.

Pepe saw red for a second-half, off-the-ball moment of madness when he responded to provocation from the Leeds midfielder.

Arsenal manager Arteta said: ‘It’s unacceptable. I told him it’s unacceptable. We knew the level of intensity, aggression and how alive they [Leeds] are in every action.

‘You need to be able to deal with that because it’s part of the plan against this team.’

There is a feeling among some of Arsenal’s players that, if given a regular chance, Pepe has what it takes to make a real impact.

The one he made on Alioski’s head on a day when he was handed a big opportunity was not quite what they would have had in mind.

Making just his second Premier League start of the season, Pepe’s afternoon ended prematurely after he allowed Alioski to get under his skin.

There had been an initial off the ball flashpoint between Alioski and Pepe minutes earlier as the Arsenal winger tried to wriggle free and keep possession in his own half.

Then they clashed again outside the Leeds box while play went on around them, Pepe leaning his head in towards Alioski’s and what followed was inevitable.

The speed of referee Anthony Taylor’s pitch side monitor check – two replays needed at most – underlining that Pepe’s subsequent red card was a formality.

It could have been a costly moment for Mikel Arteta’s side who were forced to play the final 40-plus minutes with just 10 men.

But to their credit they dug in, but also rode their luck a little, as they ground out a goalless draw.

Instead it is Pepe himself who might have the biggest price to pay. This was a major missed opportunity for Arsenal’s £72m club record signing to stake a claim.

Arteta is searching for a solution to Arsenal’s attacking struggles.

In an attempt to find one he turned to Pepe, along with restoring captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a central role.

What he then saw from Pepe was in keeping with his inconsistent and largely-underwhelming Arsenal career since his much-heralded arrival last summer, flashes of hope but also moments of frustration.

Pepe caused panic with a mis-hit cross that grazed the bar and then had Illan Meslier scrambling with a second effort later in the first half. Then he was needlessly sent off.

That left him forced to watch on as Bukayo Saka emerged as Arsenal’s most eye-catching attacker, before he limped off injured, while half-time sub Reiss Nelson was also given 45 minutes to give Arteta some food for thought.

Pepe’s main contribution to the game, in Arteta’s words, left his teammates with ‘a mountain to climb.’

It is now 476 minutes since Arsenal last scored a Premier League goal from open play, netted by Pepe against Sheffield United at the start of October.

With a three-game ban coming his way it will be a while before he gets another chance to trouble a Premier League scoresheet and opportunity to make amends to his teammates and a less-than-impressed Arteta.

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26 Ноя 2020, 05:14

He became the youngest ever winner of the Great British Bake Off after the 2020 final aired on Tuesday night.

But Peter Sawkins, 20, isn't getting carried away by his newfound culinary fame.

The student - who studies finance at Edinburgh University - has insisted he'll finish his degree before taking on any Bake Off related offers.

'I am studying at Edinburgh University, and it's my third year in a four-year degree,' he said, as reports The Mirror. 'I'm looking forward to baking a few things at a relaxed pace for friends and family who won't be scrutinising quite as closely as the judges.

'I don't know what will come out of this but I hope there are a few fun opportunities that I can take up!'

Of his experience on the much-loved show, Peter said: 'I can't recommend doing it enough. You get to meet enthusiastic, energetic and passionate people that all love a shared common interest!'

Peter revealed how he celebrated his win, watching the final, which was recorded over the summer, with his university flatmates.

The baker was unable to tell his housemates that he had won the show, and as he explained to Radio 2 they all sat down to watch the final together, as they have done for every episode of the 2020 series.

Speaking on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, the University of Edinburgh student explained his three housemates' epic reaction as they found out he had won at the same time as millions of other viewers on Tuesday.

'It was great fun, it was just celebrations, lots and lots of cheering so apologies to the flats above and below,' he laughed. 'It might have been a bit loud just after 9 o'clock.'

'We just watched it as we've been watching the whole series. It was really nice, it was quite relaxed. It was a shame that we couldn't do a big party… but we had a lovely time, the four of us in the flat, nice and chilled out.'

'I made a cake. We ate that alongside it. It was a really lovely time.'

He also celebrated virtually with his Bake Off family, revealing the group are still in constant contact.

'We've got the Bake Off bubble WhatsApp group. It's popping off every day. We've just become a wee family, we've got so close so fast, we're all in together, 24 hours a day and it couldn't be a better group to share the whole experience with.'

Peter beat Laura Adlington and Dave Friday in the tense finale, and he admitted to Radio 2 that while his journey in the tent may have looked like smooth sailing, there were some stressful moments.

'It was in the quarter final, it was just my bane throughout the entire process, and that was the jelly cake,' he said of his darkest day.

'I'm so proud that I managed to get a standing up jelly cake out, but that one still gives me nightmares everyone once in a while.'

The sizzling summer temperatures also caused issues for the bakers, with Peter explaining that 'the general rule of thumb is that whatever temperature it is outside, the tent can get 5 to 10 degrees hotter - all the ovens in there, all the cameras, all the people. It gets stinking hot, it's not particularly pleasant in that respect.'

As for what's next for the talented baker, Peter insisted he is concentrating on his studies for his accounting and finance degree, explaining: 'I've got an assignment due next Friday, a couple of exams in two weeks' time, so I think that's what right next on the agenda!'

The Great British Bake Off finale on Tuesday garnered the show's largest ever audience since its move from BBC to Channel 4 in 2017.

The official Twitter account for the show shared details of the numbers on the big night, including that peak viewing numbers were 10.4million, an average of 9.2million people tuned in and 63.5% of the share was young viewers.

01 Дек 2020, 15:15

Manchester City have held talks over a potential deal for highly rated young Argentine winger Dario Sarmiento.

The 17-year-old plays for Estudiantes and was handed his first-team debut last year by coach Gabriel Milito. The left-footed Argentina U17 international is valued around £18million and City have been following his progress closely.

Reports out of Argentina say talks have intensified in recent days with City willing to agree a deal that would potentially see Sarmiento sign next year when he turns 18.

City are always looking for exciting new youngsters for their academy - this year they have already invested in Pablo Moreno from Juventus, Yann Couto from Brazilian outfit Coritiba and Filip Stevanovic from Partizan.

With manager Pep Guardiola recently signing a new deal, he'll be hoping to secure the next batch of talented starlets who are ready to push for a first-team breakthrough in the coming years.

The likes of Phil Foden have already made that transition, with the England midfielder now pushing for a regular spot under the Spaniard, while Guardiola has also given opportunities to defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Cole Palmer in cup games.

27 Ноя 2020, 19:47

Для выработки популяционного иммунитета к коронавирусной инфекции будет необходимо вакцинировать и тех, кто уже переболел, заявил министр здравоохранения Михаил Мурашко. Его слова передает «РИА Новости».

«Формируя популяционный иммунитет, мы должны понимать, что лица, которые переболели в весенний период, те, кто перенес заболевание легко, также потребуют вакцинации», — сказал Мурашко.

Это необходимо в связи с тем, что сейчас появились случаи повторного заболевания, пояснил министр. Кроме того, после заболевания у переболевшего вскоре может исчезнуть выработанный иммунитет. В качестве примера он привел случай с одним из сотрудников Минздрава, который переболел коронавирусом весной. «Его иммунитет снизился до нуля. Мы контролировали уровень его иммунного ответа, клеточный иммунитет», — рассказал Мурашко. Затем министр прошел вакцинацию, после чего его иммунный ответ значительно усилился и на сегодня находится на уровне защищенности, уточнил он.

Определить уровень иммунитета к вирусу перед вакцинацией можно будет при помощи порядка 90 разработанных в России тест-систем, сообщил Мурашко.

Хотя Мурашко заявил о повторных случаях заражения коронавирусом в России, три дня назад глава Роспотребнадзора Анна Попова говорила, что достоверных подтверждений случаев повторного заражения нет. В мире, по ее словам, зафиксировано 24 повторных случая заражения, что является «крайне низким показателем», если учесть общее число зараженных.

По словам Мурашко, массовая вакцинация россиян от коронавируса начнется в январе–феврале. При этом в декабре будут привиты группы риска, куда входят медработники, педагоги, сотрудники служб жизнеобеспечения. В конце октября президент Владимир Путин также говорил, что массовая вакцинация может стартовать в стране в конце 2020 года, однако отмечал, что главным препятствием для этого является наращивание массового производства из-за отсутствия определенного объема оборудования.

По состоянию на конец ноября в России разработаны и зарегистрированы две вакцины от коронавируса: «Гам-Ковид-Вак» («Спутник V»), которую разработал московский Центр им. Н.Ф. Гамалеи, и «ЭпиВакКорона», разработанная новосибирским научным центром «Вектор».

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