Ian Wright slams ‘fool’ Ivan Gazidis after Nicolas Pepe signing Pepe cost Arsenal £72m but has won Ian Wright’s approval already (Picture: Getty)Wright was also quick to praise Arsenal for attempting to tie Matteo Guendouzi down to a new contract even though he only arrived at the club last summer.‘This is what we should have been doing years ago. Now, someone upstairs has actually got their finger on the button, knowing we need to sign players,’ Wright added.‘We signed Matteo last year ago for £8m. People are now in for him for £30m. That’s the kind of business that we are starting to do.‘This is why the people upstairs now are starting to get it. We are getting into people before their contracts run down and that is great business. I love what they are doing.’Pepe is the second major signing of Arsenal’s summer transfer window with defender William Saliba having already put pen to paper in a deal worth around £27m. James GrayThursday 1 Aug 2019 6:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Wright was happy to see Pepe sign but could not hide his past anger at Gazidis (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has hit out at former chief executive Ivan Gazidis in the wake of Arsenal breaking their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe.The Gunners have shelled out £72million to capture the Ivory Coast winger who had scored 37 times in his 79 appearances for previous club Lille.Former Arsenal striker Wright has been critical of the club’s decline from the dominant force in English football to a Europa League team and took the opportunity to remind Gazidis, now chief executive AC Milan, of exactly what he thought his time at the Emirates.‘I’ve got to give credit to Raul [Sanllehi, head of football] and the senior leadership of our club. This is exceptionally good business. This is unbelievable. This is the kind of business Arsenal have missed for so long,’ Wright said.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 could mention that other fool that was there – but I won’t because I’m in a positive vein now. This is the kind of player [about whom] we’d usually be saying ‘I wish we’d have got him’. Well, we’ve got him.‘It’s a deal we assumed would never be done but it’s brilliant. This is the kind of player who, once he settles in, I personally think we’ve got a world-class player on our hands.‘I’m not being over the top, I’m not being over-excited. I genuinely believe that from what I’ve seen of him. He ticks so many boxes in terms of goals and assists but for me it’s the directness. We miss that.‘We miss a player that can take players on one-on-one and beat them. A player who can receive the ball, dribble, turn and run at players. No defenders want to face that. I’m very excited about it.’ Unai Emery still has work to do in the last week of the transfer window (Picture: Getty)However, he has rejoined St Etienne on loan and Wright is more than aware that Emery still needs to shore up his defence.‘We do need a left-back and a centre-back. Hopefully Hector [Bellerin] will come back firing but is there cover for Hector? We need to start looking at that,’ Wright said.‘We’ve still got a little bit of time to go so hopefully that can happen. But you’ve got to say now that when you look at the players that we’ve got and this squad – young players, offensive players, Reiss [Nelson], Eddie [Nketiah], Joe [Willock], who had decent pre-season – you have to say it’s not a Europa League squad any more.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Arsenal and Unai have got a massive season ahead and if those last two deals go ahead, then there are no excuses for the boss or anyone.‘That team and that squad should be more than good enough to get us into that top four.’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
BOKA Constructor / Image by BoskalisDutch offshore services provider Boskalis won a subsea services contract in the Middle East with an undisclosed client.Boskalis on Tuesday said the contract the base value of the three-year contract was $40 million with an option to extend.Under the terms of the long-term service agreement, Boskalis has said it will carry out a broad spectrum of subsea IRM services including integrity assessments for offshore platforms and tripods, wellhead jacket inspections, integrity assessments and inspections of pipelines and light ad-hoc construction work.Boskalis will deploy the diving support vessel BOKA Constructor with ROV for this contract, fully crewed with air diving/ROV teams and options for saturation diving.According to VesselsValue, the diving support vessel is currently moored in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – Thurston County authors are invited to take part in a special gathering this summer. There will be an “Author’s Corner” at this year’s county fair (August 1-5), featuring only Thurston County authors. Writers can bring their books to sell and/or sign, talk to their fans, and generally promote their books. Participants will be signed up for 4-hour shifts (10-2, 2-6, or 6-10pm) and will be housed in the Heritage Hall annex.Fair staff is now extending the invitation to any Thurston County authors who might like to participate. If interested, contact Ann Shipley at [email protected] or 360-791-6086 for further information and application forms.
By Emma Wulfhorst |Send your kids back to school this season ready to conquer the classroom and look good while doing it. We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best in trendy school essentials. From stationery and school supply storage, to technology accessories and lunchtime items, your student will be prepared for success.This article was first published in the August 10-17, 2017 Back to School edition of The Two River Times newspaper.