Unai Emery says Arsenal need Mesut Ozil at his very best as the German prepares to return to the squad for the first time this season.After enjoying a promising tour of the United States this summer where he showed glimpses of his best form, Ozil has endured an incredibly difficult few weeks – on and off the pitch.He and Sead Kolasinac were the victims of an armed robbery attempt outside the latter’s house last month and although both escaped unharmed, there have been incidents since which led to the two players being withdrawn from the squad to face Newcastle on the opening weekend of the new campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Kolasinac has since been integrated back into the fold, but illness saw Ozil miss out against Burnley and Emery did not feel his playmaker had recovered enough to feature against Liverpool last weekend.But the former Real Madrid star has now had a full week’s training ahead of Sunday’s north London derby and has been declared fit to play a part when Spurs visit the Emirates.And Emery believes having the 30-year-old available will be vital to Arsenal’s chances going forward.“Mesut Ozil, it’s the same message to him that I can say to you: we need him,” said Emery.“We need him first to be consistent in training and to be available in each match.“Last week he wasn’t ready to play 100 per cent in Liverpool. This week, he is getting better with each training and I think physically he is now better. He is closer to helping us.“We need him because he is a different player in our team. We have different ways to prepare one match thinking to win and different qualities with the players, different characteristics from them.“Really, for us, we need him to be available and he can help us with his quality.”Arsenal go into Sunday’s game on the back of their defeat at Liverpool last time out, but they still sit above Spurs in the table and would open up a five-point gap on their rivals with victory in the derby.It’s been a frustrating start to the campaign for Tottenham, who slumped to a shock home defeat at the hands of Newcastle last weekend – with boss Mauricio Pochettino admitting his squad felt unsettled.Meanwhile, there is a mood of optimism around Arsenal – mainly due to the work that was done during the transfer window when six new faces arrived.Two of the new additions, William Saliba and Dani Ceballos, could have joined Spurs – but ultimately decided that a move to the Emirates was the better option.So does that mean that Arsenal remain a more attractive proposition than Spurs, despite the fact they can only offer Europa League football?Emery is not so sure.“We signed the players we wanted and we are very happy with those players,” said the Spaniard. “They [Spurs] signed as well very good players, Ndombele and Lo Celso, I know him good.“I think our capacity and their capacity is very similar. The last year they are getting better in the table than us, but our challenge is now to reduce [the gap] and have the possibility to become better this year than them.“Sunday is the first match, the first challenge for them and for us. Really I am looking forward to seeing our team with our supporters, how we can respond, how we can do that test against them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Frank Lampard will be tougher than ever on Tammy Abraham after the Chelsea striker scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over Wolves on Saturday. Abraham moved to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with a fine treble at Molineux, following up doubles against Norwich City and Sheffield United to take his tally for the season to seven.The 21-year-old, who spent time on loan at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa in the past three years, said after the match he hopes to make 2019-20 “my season”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Abraham hobbled off in the 77th minute and was replaced by Michy Batshuayi, and Lampard warned the matchball hero will need to continue hitting the high bar he has set himself if he is to keep the Belgian and Olivier Giroud out of the side.”I felt that knowing his abilities and watching him in the Championship have two great seasons and in the Premier League, I felt it was more than time for him to have his opportunity,” Chelsea boss Lampard said of Abraham.”He needed to show it in pre-season and at the start of the season, hence he started at Manchester United.”I have competition up there. I definitely don’t want to down-talk Giroud and Batshuayi because we need them as well and Batshuayi looked sharp when he came on and Oli always gives something of a high level, so it was up to Tammy to show it.”I’ve got confidence in him and I’m prepared to give him chances, but even more now I’ll be tougher on him because he’s shown what he can do. So the moment he wants to come off that and think that goals will just drop at his feet will be a moment when maybe he will be rested, so it’s important he makes sure he stays on his game.”I’m happy because I see him every day with a feeling like he wants to play every day, to score goals every day and that’s something a bit special. You don’t see that in all young players and it’s a great gift in him.”Abraham was left out of the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo, but Lampard thinks it will be impossible for Gareth Southgate to overlook the Blues youngster again if he maintains his form.”The way he’s going it’s obviously going to put him in that bracket, without telling Gareth what to do,” added Lampard.”To score seven goals in three games and be top scorer and play with the quality he’s playing in his all-round game – the three different types of goals he scored are exactly what you want from Tammy: a messy one, a good header and then a fantastic feet and finish goal.”He has to sustain it and he has to get even better. He has to be hungry, which I know he is. He can never rest on his laurels because there is more work to be done and that England squad is a few weeks away. He needs to keep playing at that level and he’ll have a great chance, I’d suggest.”Asked if he had talked to Abraham amid reports Nigeria are keen to offer him an alternative route into international football, Lampard said: “No. No, that’s not my choice. I know Tammy’s been in England squads before and I’m not surprised Nigeria would want him, but that’s a question for him I suppose.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Deasy Penner Podley At over 5,000-square-feet, Rados House is one of the largest homes ever built by Neutra. Sitting on 1.47 acres, the two-story home sprawls out across the land, offering impressive views of the basin as well as the San Gabriel and San Jacinto Mountains. Outside, walls of glass face an oversized swimming pool and patio. The low, flat roofline allows the home to visually blend with the line of trees in the back. The color palette of the home was kept neutral, inspired by nature, but with pops of Kelly green sprinkled throughout. These color pops can be seen from the outside and appear to make the home glow in the evening.Inside, Rados House is perfectly preserved with original details around every corner. Nods to Rados’ career were cleverly included into the design, like the marine-grade mahogany wood (typically reserved for yachts) used as the ceiling support beams. Neutra even “borrowed” an old ship door and porthole to use in one corner of the home. Along with these boat-inspired details, classic mid-century modern features abound. Terrazzo flooring, a floating staircase, built-in seating, and floor-to-ceiling windows in every room are just a few of the original parts of the home that were lovingly maintained since it was erected in 1957. One of the coolest parts of the home is the round fireplace that acts as a visual divider for the second-floor family room. Set into the floor, the fireplace is capped by a chrome-covered chimney that would have been futuristic back in the ’60s, but now feels whimsically retro. Along with the main family room, the home also features an additional family room and lounge on the lower level. Overlooking the pool, this space has a stone-clad fireplace, two seating areas, and a full bar.Along with the two family rooms and a full bar, the home also includes three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large gourmet kitchen, and two dining rooms. Plus there is a grilling station outside next to the pool. It’s the ultimate swagger-filled bachelor pad, perfect for hosting a Don Draper-worthy bash. And when it’s all done, you can relax in the sunken hot tub in the master suite. Like we said, Rados House is worth the $4,000,000 price tag.Looking for something a little more up to date? Check out Riviera Residence and how it has brought mid-century modern style into the 21st Century. Deasy Penner Podley Deasy Penner Podley Deasy Penner Podley Deasy Penner Podley Deasy Penner Podley Previous Deasy Penner PodleyWe love a good mid-century modern home. Simple lines, open floor plans, and a visual connection to nature keep these dwellings feeling timeless. There has been increased interest in the style in recent years, with new homes being built in a mid-century revival theme. But nothing beats an authentic mid-century, especially when it comes with a famous name attached to it. That’s why we are so excited about Rados House. The 5,000-plus-square-foot home designed by architect Richard Neutra has hit the market and it has been perfectly preserved, proudly showing off its mid-century swagger.Located high in the hills of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Rados House is currently listed for over $4,000,000 and for good reason. Created for shipbuilder John Rados, the home offers a 270-degree view of the Los Angeles basin and harbor, which allowed Rados to keep an eye on his empire from the comfort of his spacious abode.Unlike other architects of the mid-century modern period, Neutra stands out for his lack of a clearly defined “look.” While other architects’ designs are easy to spot, like the iconic Eichlers all around California, Neutra’s homes were client-specific. While his designs may be hard to spot visually, they all adhere to the mid-century philosophy of open spaces, plenty of natural light, and a strong connection between indoors and out. Is It a Home of the Future or a Nod to the Past? On the Rocks is Both For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Redefining Rustic, Rancho Buena Vida is the Classic Texas Ranch Made Over Next 1 of 6 Editors’ Recommendations
“There is a crying need for individuals with experience in local government who are willing to serve the United Nations as short-term volunteers, assisting with such operations,” UNV Executive Coordinator Sharon Capeling-Alakija told a conference of the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) late last Friday in Rio de Janeiro.Throughout the developing world, UN Volunteers work in shantytowns and inner cities, often taking up activities in post-crisis areas such as Kosovo and East Timor, where the UN is called upon to fill the gap when government authorities break down or are in transition.Pointing to the challenges posed by urbanization, Ms. Capeling-Alakija called on local authorities to promote strong community institutions that are needed to solve complex problems – including HIV/AIDS – associated with poverty in cities. She urged IULA delegates to take the lead in efforts to expand and redefine volunteerism through city-to-city projects where people volunteer in other countries as “diplomats, advisers and learners.” Ms. Capeling-Alakija also suggested that municipal authorities could look into new forms of volunteer effort, such as the UN Information Technology Service (UNITeS) – a brainchild of Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched in his Millennium Report. The worldwide programme helps bridge the digital divide by mobilizing IT-savvy volunteers to work with developing country partners in the application of technology to human development in such areas as health, education, the environment, small enterprises and micro-finance.