Xhaka stormed off the pitch (Picture: Visionhaus)‘These whistles against me, this hatred, that was brand new for me,’ Xhaka told Sport 1.‘What happened happened. You cannot undo it. Maybe it was a misunderstanding and both sides overreacted to some extent.‘But that’s done for me, you have to look ahead now, motivate yourself positively in the current situation and don’t get caught up in the negative.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 Arsenal‘As I wrote in my statement back then: As a team, the club and the fans, we should work together hand in hand towards the next game and the challenges ahead with mutual respect and in memory of what makes us love this game.’Hertha Berlin had put an offer on the table for Xhaka to move to the Bundesliga in January but he had already decided to stay in north London, despite the incident. Granit Xhaka speaks out on ‘hatred’ from Arsenal fans after telling them to ‘f*** off’ Comment Xhaka lost his cool (Picture: Visionhaus)Granit Xhaka admitted he’d never felt such ‘hatred’ directed towards him as he lost his cool and told Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ earlier this season. Xhaka was taunted by supporters as he was substituted during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates last October and lost his temper.Reacting angrily, the Swiss international swore at the fans, removed his shirt and stormed off down the tunnel. Former Gunners boss Unai Emery stripped him of the captaincy after the incident and dropped him from the side. ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAbuse followed online for the midfielder, who released a statement attempting to explain his actions, and a January exit appeared inevitable. AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the 27-year-old has turned his Arsenal career around and has become a key figure under Mikel Arteta, who replaced Emery in December. And Xhaka is keen to move on from the early season incident and not ‘get caught up in the negative’. Advertisement Xhaka has come back into the fold under Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘It was really no longer an issue for me,’ he added. ‘Yes, there was contact and also an offer, but in the end I decided to stay here in London.‘After three and a half years I did not cancel everything that I had built up.‘I am now concentrating on this with all my strength and motivation and hope that we can get back on the pitch soon.’Should Arsenal keep Granit Xhaka?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Apr 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link433Shares Advertisement
Big Boi and Phantogram will be the headliners of USC’s annual Conquest festival tonight, held to rally students before the UCLA rivalry football game this upcoming Saturday.Conquest!: The Ultimate Trojan Experience is a yearly event hosted by USC Concerts Committee, Office of Campus Activities, Undergraduate Student Government Program Board and Trojan Pride. It will be held on McCarthy Quad and give students the opportunity to come together and show their Trojan pride. Conquest will celebrate accomplishments in USC athletics and academics.This is the 11th annual Conquest rally.“The purpose [of the event] is to celebrate and capture the incredible pride on display during Troy Week and bring the student body together to rally around the team and school before the cross-town rivalry game,” said Abigail Harris, the assistant director of Concerts Committee.The event will open with a food truck fair and sponsor booths at 5 p.m. Food trucks at the event will include Kogi, The Lime Truck, Waffles de Liege, Coolhaus, The Grilled Cheese Truck and The Boba Truck.There will be a rally at 7 p.m. with appearances from USC sports teams and coaches, the Trojan Marching Band and the USC Song Girls. USC performance groups scheduled to perform are the hip-hop dance crew C3, a capella groups Troy Tones and Underscore and Competition Cheer.There will also be returning traditions such as the Ferris wheel that lights up cardinal and gold, a Bruin bonfire, a fireworks show and a concert.This year’s headliners have collaborated before.Big Boi is a six-time GRAMMY Award winner and has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide as half of the musical group OutKast. Outside of OutKast, he is also a successful songwriter and record producer.The other headliner, electronic rock duo Phantogram, made SPIN’s list of the 50 Best Albums of 2014, has played at many major American music festivals, and has had songs featured in movies such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and TV shows such as Skins, Teen Wolf and Shameless. The band has previously performed with Big Boi on three songs from his second studio album.“We decided on [this] lineup because we wanted to do something truly special and thought bringing Big Boi and Phantogram was the perfect way to achieve that goal, as they’re both highly acclaimed performers, bring very different audiences together and are working on a joint EP,” Harris said.Previous Conquest! concert headliners have included Jason Derulo, Childish Gambino and Cobra Starship.Typically around 5,000 students attend throughout the course of the night, according to Concerts Committee.Conquest! is a closed show for USC students, alumni and community members. USC students must show their USC IDs, and guests must show proper government-issued ID to enter McCarthy Quad.
CASTAIC — With the ominous warning “Our day begins when your day ends” emblazoned on a black enamel coffin, sheriff’s homicide detectives served up a killer blend of chili at the first-ever Fun In the Sun chili cookoff at Pitchess Detention Center. Held in jail’s Jack Bones Equestrian Center, the fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Special Olumpics drew some two dozen cooks, some award-winning, some first-timers. “We’re hoping to clear about $10,000 today,” said Stephanie Wilke, who with India Inez organized the event. “We wanted to do something more family-oriented than just Tip-A-Cop and we’re hoping for bigger crowds next year. We have 23 booths with chili cooks and I’m sure the word’s going to get around so this event grows next year.” While most of the cooks carry badges, the elaborate booths showed that the participants included some skilled carpenters, decorators and, um, recyclers. A homemade stove fashioned from a metal commode and sheltered by a two-story outhouse was operated by Pitchess assistant facilities director Ken West, who handed out samples of “FSB Outhouse Chili.” A middle-of-the-road taste was what cook Wilson Lee from Sheriff’s Headquartets Bureau was looking for. The popular booth sported a military Meal-Ready-to-Eat package hanging from the sun shade. “I could have made mine hotter, but I want it to move. I want people to enjoy it,” Lee said. Tasters in the mood for spicy and hot didn’t have to look farther than the Hotter Than the Serengeti booth. Decorated with camoflage netting and finger puppets of wild animals, the booth served chili containing antelope meat, courtesy of chef Sgt. Michael Bailey’s aunt in Montana. “There’s three or four really good chilis out there,” he said, settling into the cool of the shaded booth. “I’m glad they did this. It’s such a good event and to raise money for the Special Olympics.” “I have two children who are healthy and I really feel I should be thankful and give back,” Bailey said. “We raise money for a good cause and we get to interact positively with the public. “When we see someone in a restaurant or here at something like this, it’s much better than the encounter they’re used to. This is such a positive thing, it’s a no-lose situation.” Doing their best to attract tasters with their bright floral sarongs, Danielle Caples and Dori McCoy danced in front of the Chili Chicks, where Cari Carlson stirred a sweet red mixture for sampling. The real intimidators were next door, where firefighters Philip Lourito and Mauriello Velasquez cranked a siren to bring attention to their collection of chili trophies. Traffic investigator Dennis Campbell of the Lancaster sheriff’s station was behind the cauldron of “Pepe’s Mystical Chili,” an homage to Deputy Pierre Bain. a motorcycle deputy killed in a crash in March. “This is my first competition,” Campbell said, “It’s a basic recipe, but I took my time cooking the tri-tip real slow and tender. No beans in this one.” Homicide detectives Larry Brandenberg and Tom Harris, the latter a retired investigator who came back to work cold cases, shared the credit for their spicy brew. “I’ve been cooking with this recipe for 16 years,” Brandenberg said, recalling a 1991 win at a previous sheriff’s chili event. “And Tom let us use his finger to stir it. Guess that’s our secret ingredient.” Four judges, armed with clipboards and serious expressions, went from booth to booth to judge appearance, performance and taste, escorted by Capt. Joaquin Herran and Lt. Chris Cahhal. “We wanted to make sure nobody tried to unduly influence them,” Herran said with a smile. — Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 firstname.lastname@example.org AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!