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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang matches Thierry Henry Arsenal record with Leicester goal

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jul 2020 7:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link210Shares Thierry Henry was unstoppable for years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)The Frenchman finished his Gunners career with 174 Premier League goals in 254 games and 226 goals in all competitions.Ian Wright, somewhat surprisingly, didn’t manage the feat despite scoring 128 Premier League goals in 221 appearances.Wright managed 20+ on three occasions, but never consecutively.Robin van Persie, Arsenal’s third most prolific striker of the Premier League years, only scored over 20 goals in a season once, although this saw him come close to the achievement, netting 18 in 2010/11 and then 30 the following season.Aubameyang’s Arsenal contract expires next year and talks are ongoing over an extension, which the club are keen for their captain to sign.More: 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 CityWith Vardy being the other goalscorer on Tuesday night at 33-years-old, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was asked if Aubameyang could still be scoring goals in two years and he was unequivocal.‘Absolutely,’ said the Spaniard. ‘I would like to see where Leicester were today without Vardy in the last three years.‘So I think it is a really good example to consider at least. And, as well, considering both players they are always available.‘They are players that are so resilient and they are able to play 50, 55 games every year and they have been scoring in a consistent way. That’s why I don’t doubt Auba.’MORE: Mikel Arteta reacts to rumours Arsenal have done U-turn over William Saliba’s participation in the Coupe de France finalMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals what Eddie Nkteiah told Arsenal teammates in dressing room after red cardFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season on Tuesday night (Picture: Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrote his name into the Arsenal record books when he opened the scoring for the Gunners against Leicester on Tuesday night.The 31-year-old scored after 21 minutes at the Emirates, a goal which was later cancelled out by Jamie Vardy as the match ended 1-1.However, it was a significant strike for Aubameyang as it was his 20th Premier League goal of the season.This means that he is now only the second Arsenal player, after Thierry Henry, to score 20 or more Premier League goals in consecutive seasons.ADVERTISEMENTThe Gabonese striker arrived in January 2018 and scored 10 in his first 13 games. Last season he netted 22 league goals and is already on 20 with four games to play in this campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementHis two goals against Norwich last week already made him the quickest Arsenal player to ever get to 50 Premier League goals and his tally now stands at 52 in 81 games.Henry, who is Arsenal’s all-time top goalscorer, scored 20+ goals in five consecutive seasons from 2001-06, peaking in 2003-04 when he netted 30 times. Advertisement Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang matches Thierry Henry Arsenal record with Leicester goallast_img read more

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Upon this rock I will build my Church

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews Upon this rock I will build my Church by: – August 20, 2011 Share 44 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Photo credit: Myspace.comThere are two interpretations of this famous text. We are more familiar with one rather than the other, though the second is the more theologically accurate of the two.Both interpretations are St. Augustine’s, and what he underlines in the first is the ironic word play Jesus uses to describe Peter. This comes across best in Latin, I’m afraid. The Latin for Peter is Petrus, and for rock it’s petra. Jesus is saying in effect: ‘Petrus, you are petra, and on you I will build my church.’ Jesus says this ironically, Augustine observes, because rock is not the metaphor you think of primarily when you think of Peter.  Peter had a big heart; he meant well; but he was weaker than he thought, and he couldn’t help putting his foot in his mouth.  He would go on to betray Jesus, after saying he loved him greatly, “whatever about these others.” We will see irony again after the resurrection, when Jesus says to him: Simon Peter, do you love me “more than these others do?” The irony is gentle. Jesus doesn’t rub Peter’s nose in it.So Jesus chose an unrock-like person to do important things with. St. Paul would himself say later on, looking at the hodge-podge that comprised the first communities, that God chose the weak things of the world to be instruments of his message. This is always true, of course. There’s further irony in Jesus’ choice. The soon-to-be head of the Church was the first apostate, Augustine noted — an observation one hardly sees anywhere, though it shows the mind of Jesus as much any of his more famously quoted positions.Augustine’s second interpretation focuses on the fact that the rock is Peter’s faith in Yahweh, not Peter himself. It is Yahweh who reveals Jesus’ identity to Peter; and the foundation of the Church will be Peter’s faith in that source.In the traditional interpretation of the passage we looked entirely to the future, forgetting the past. We forgot that the only Bible the early Church had was the Old Testament, what we call today the Hebrew Scriptures. Peter did not hear in the words of Jesus what we have traditionally heard, namely, support for papal primacy. That doctrine was more than nineteen hundred years away. What he heard were all the traditional associations of Yahweh as the rock of his peopleOn the lips of Jesus, ‘upon this rock’ therefore means ‘upon the rock you have faith in’ – that will be the foundation of my Church. The rock was the great Old Testament symbol of Yahweh’s durability and strength. It is from the rock that living water flowed in the wilderness, and rock-likeness is what came to symbolize Yahweh’s very nature.  He was, as the famous song put it, the rock of ages.  Those are the association in the mind of Jesus regarding the foundation of the Church.Faithfulness is still a prized quality in our morally uncertain times. It is also a quality we think reserved for marriage. But whether married or not, we all have to be faithful – to our promises, commitments, loved ones, and to God.The word itself derives its meaning from faith.  To be faithful is to keep faith with someone.  At a basic level that means keeping faith over something.  People, for instance, borrow books or money from you, and promise faithfully to return what they borrowed, and very often that’s the last time you see them.  Even at that ordinary level, though it’s not so ordinary sometimes, you can see that unfaithfulness does not in the first place mean sleeping around.  It means not being true to one’s word.One can also speak of being faithful in terms of a way of life.  It was said of Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher, that he was so faithful to his constitutional at four in the afternoon, that people set their watches and clocks by him. A basic meaning of faithfulness is thus dependability.  But the idea contains much more than this.  You can take a walk every day at four in the afternoon because the doctor says to you, if you don’t, you won’t live for more than five years. We find you dependable, but you’re really not being faithful to a way of life. You’re just being prudential; you want to live longer.By comparison we can say of someone like Mandela, and I think of the time especially before he became famous – we can say that he was faithful; and you’re in another realm altogether.  Or of Mother Teresa that she was faithful to her vision regarding the poor, and the same thing applies.Faithfulness here means being true to a vision, not to something given to you with lightning and trumpets, but to some deep call in the recesses of your being.  Faithfulness means that you hand yourself over to that.  Faithfulness essentially means self-surrender.  That’s why in persons who are faithful, what resonates from them is not so much their particular individuality, but the vision they have surrendered or given themselves to.Jesus himself was faithful – to a way of obedience, which is what all faithfulness is ultimately about, and he let his faithfulness take him where it wherever it would.In our text then, Jesus guarantees that the Church will stand, not because of Peter the individual but because of Peter’s faith in the faithfulness of Yahweh, the rock. It is for that reason that nothing untoward can ultimately prevail against the Church.  The key to understanding what Jesus declares is his trust in Yahweh’s faithfulness – the model for our very fallible efforts at being the same.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph. dlast_img read more

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Barcelona Sack Valverde, Appoint Setien

first_imgBarcelona have sacked coach Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.Valverde, 55, helped the club to two successive La Liga titles and they lead on goal difference this season.However, the Catalan side have produced a series of unconvincing displays under his leadership and have failed to reach the Champions League final. Setien, 61, led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May.He has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal on Tuesday.In a statement, Barca said they had reached an agreement with Valverde to terminate his contract and thanked him “for his professionalism, his commitment, his dedication and his always positive treatment towards all that make up the Barca family”.Valverde was under pressure towards the end of last season following the ignominious Champions League semi-final defeat by Liverpool, having led 3-0 after the first leg, and the Copa del Rey final loss to Valencia.The defeat by the Reds particularly rankled, because it was reminiscent of the collapse at the hands of Roma in the competition the previous season and suggested he had failed to correct a weaknesses in his team.Valverde did guide the Catalans to the top of the table at the halfway stage of this season, but the fluid displays that fans had become accustomed to during the past 15 years were only sporadic.Their away form was especially disappointing with losses at Athletic Bilbao, Granada and Levante plus draws at Osasuna, Real Sociedad and Espanyol.After managing lower-league sides, he led Las Palmas to 11th in La Liga – their best finish for 40 years – and enjoyed further success at Betis, where in his first season he led them to sixth place and qualification for the Europa League.Betis also secured wins over Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid during his two-year tenure. He left the Seville outfit by mutual consent in the summer.Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi had been strongly linked with the head coach’s role. He confirmed media reports that he spoke to the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau over the weekend, before he reportedly rejected the club’s offer,.Other names to have been linked with the club included former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who managed rivals Espanyol, and current B team manager Xavi Garcia Pimienta.‘Setien is a devout disciple of Cruyffian football.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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