first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Liverpool Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2017 Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Liverpool Liverpool Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Friday Arsenal’s last Premier League match against Liverpool saw them dismantled 4-0 at Anfield in a game which drew headlines for Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave Alexis Sanchez on the substitutes bench.This time round it’s likely that Alexis will feature from the start at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners aim to secure revenge against Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Fab Four’ with Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Robert Firmino all posing a huge threat in attack.The Friday night clash will be Arsenal’s last before Christmas until tough away trips to Crystal Palace and West Brom – two away grounds where Wenger’s men were defeated last season.”It is very demanding, especially because we already have a tough schedule behind us,” he said. “I will have to sit down and analyse what we can do.”Carabao Cup quarter-final duty proved fruitful for many of Arsenal’s second string in their win over West Ham on Wednesday but Wenger, who lost Olivier Giroud to a hamstring injury in midweek, will be determined to minimise the amount of injuries his squad have over a packed festive period.ARSENAL INJURIES Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out “at least another 10 days” with a hamstring injury and won’t feature against Liverpool, with Olivier Giroud also sidelined with the same injury.In defence, Arsenal are boosted by the return of Shkodran Mustafi to the squad after he recovered from a thigh problem.Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.Steven Defour Burnley Aaron Ramsey ArsenalARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger is likely to stick with four at the back after moving away from the three-man defensive system which worked so well towards the back end of last season.Mustafi has returned to training and looks likely to start in defence alongside Laurent Koscielny while it remains to be seen whether 20-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles is given the nod over Sead Kolasinac at left-back.Nigeria international Alex Iwobi was one of many players rested for the midweek Carabao Cup quarter-final win over West Ham, and he’s likely to be part of an attacking trio which includes Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.Similarly, Jack Wilshere didn’t play against the Hammers and could make his third consecutive Premier League start alongside Granit Xhaka.Arsenal XI Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS Liverpool are one point ahead of Arsenal in fourth place and come into Friday’s game off the back of a convincing 4-0 victory over Bournemouth.Joel Matip has returned to training following his injury but Klopp “isn’t sure” if he’ll be ready for the Arsenal game while Daniel Sturridge (illness) is also a doubt. Alberto Moreno has been ruled out for several weeks with an ankle injury.Mohamed Salah is the club’s top scorer with 20 goals to his name so far this season.Jurgen Klopp Philippe Coutinho LiverpoolBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal have lost their last three Premier League games against Liverpool – they haven’t lost four in a row against them since May 1998. Liverpool have scored at least three goals in each of their four Premier League matches against Arsenal under Jurgen Klopp, scoring 14 goals in total (W3 D1). This is just the third post-war league match between these sides on a Friday – in April 2004, Arsenal won 4-2 at Highbury with Thierry Henry scoring a hat-trick; the other was the title decider in May 1989 at Anfield with Michael Thomas scoring a last-minute goal to clinch the title for Arsenal on goals scored in a 2-0 win. There have been 17 goals scored in the 90th minute or later in this match in Premier League history; more than in any other fixture in the competition. Arsenal have won 13 of their last 14 Premier League games at the Emirates, losing the other against Manchester United (1-3) at the start of the month. Petr Cech (199 clean sheets) is one clean sheet away from becoming the first ever goalkeeper to record 200 shutouts in the Premier League – however, he’s conceded 14 goals in his five games against Liverpool for Arsenal; at least six more than he has against any other side. Roberto Firmino has been involved in six goals in five Premier League appearances against Arsenal (four goals, two assists) – however, the Brazilian has neither scored nor assisted in two matches at the Emirates. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised on Sky Sports in the UK, while in the United States (US) Arsenal v Liverpool can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgIndia is a land of different languages, religions, ethnicities and cultures with a variety of food items and clothes. If anything should make India proud in the global forum, it is this diversity which has existed here for ages. It is not that there are no countries in this modern century that pledge for diversity. Obviously, there are many countries with a rich linguistic heritage. But, India is among the rarest of countries in this world, which has inherited a long history as a civilisation of flourishing cultures with an incredible linguistic and cultural plurality. Not to mention, even in Europe, the continent known for its liberal values in modern times, there were wars in the name of the language, creed and religion in the last millennium — with instances of different factions of Christianity engaging in war among themselves for supremacy. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyRecently, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, courted controversy by iterating on Twitter that there should be a language in the country which will act as the identity of India. Shah didn’t stop and continued further to say that if there is any language, it is Hindi which can be the unifier of the country. Although, following criticisms, he clarified later that he didn’t mean Hindi imposition and that he believes in the importance of propagating every mother tongue. Also Read – The future is here!However, despite clarification, the meaning of Amit Shah’s statement still remains the same — that India needs Hindi as the mediator language — which cannot be supported. The wording of his tweet was very clear on that, particularly given how it was written on the occasion of Hindi Diwas and that too in Hindi. This one language theory only undermines the strength of India’s linguistic plurality that has already become its identity all over the world. The proponents of Hindi always argue that it is the most widely spoken and understood language in the country. Undeniably, this is a fact. Around 41 per cent people of the nation speak Hindi. As far as the question of understandability of Hindi is concerned, the figures are higher than speakers. One of the reasons for Hindi’s propagation is Bollywood, or the Hindi film industry and also the dominance of the Hindi entertainment channels in Indian television. But that doesn’t mean it is the medium of communication all people in the country. One shouldn’t forget that every language has its own culture. So, propagating one language will only undermine the other existing cultures that are not related to that tongue. One must not forget that Hindi is only 300-400 years old. There are many languages which are even older than Hindi. Tamil, which is spoken by 90 per cent of denizens of Tamil Nadu, is the oldest widely spoken language in the world, like its contemporaries – Sanskrit, Hebrew and Latin are almost lost in the pages of history. Tamil is considered being in existence for the last 2,000 years and the majority of its speakers live in India. So, no doubt, this ancient existing language is definitely a feather in India’s diversified lingual culture. The example of diversified linguistic culture can be known from the different existing versions of the Ramayan, one of the two epics of Hinduism which undoubtedly has emerged in the years as one of the prominent cultural symbols of India. The text originally written by sage Valmiki in Sanskrit, historically dated around 7th-6th century BCE, exists in many versions across the country. It has been written in many regional languages over time with each version having its own respective cultural flavour. The first regional Ramayan is the Kamban Ramayan, written in Tamil around the 12th century, which is quite different from the main text — both in spiritual concepts and in respect to the storyline. The same goes for the other Ramayans like the Shri Ranganath Ramayan written in Telugu (14th century), Kumendu Ramayan, a Jain version, written in Kannada (13th century), Saptakanda Ramayan written in Assamese (14th century), DandiRamayan written in Oriya (14th century), the 15th century Konkani Ramayan of Goa and the Bengali version called the Krittivasi Ramayan written in the 15th century. It must be mentioned that all these Ramayans were written much before the 16th century Tulsidas Ramcharit Manas written in Awadhi, which is widely regarded as the Hindi Ramayan. They are also Ramayans written in other languages like Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, etc. Although the main story remains the same, the regional ones carry their own traditional taste with them. This history of many Ramayans only throws light on the rich linguistic heritage of the country which has been strongly rooted for thousands of years. Not to forget that the eight northeastern states, which although are smaller in areas with a reduced number of population, have many spoken languages within itself only. Arunachal Pradesh is one of the main samples with many distinct native tongues — which is also considered as the richest linguistic region in Asia. So, propagating Hindi as the language as a unifying thread is not ideal as it undermines the spirit of those non-Hindi cultures of south, west and the east, including the most varied north-east. That’s also the main reason for not naming Hindi as the national language by the members of the Constituent Assembly, who drafted the Constitution. Instead, India’s constitution has officially 22 recognised languages. Only because Hindi is spoken and understood by most of India’s population doesn’t present it as a reconciler of the country’s varied lingual society. India’s traditions have always been defined by its pluralistic features and this has been the strength of the Indian culture. As far as the medium is concerned, English presently does that. It would be unfair to look English only through prisms of slavery as the truth that it is currently the dominant tongue in the global forum cannot be ignored. That doesn’t mean that the Indian languages should not be promoted. They must be but not in the present form. Hindi must not be promoted as a unifier language as it has the potentiality to ignore the other regional Indian languages, which have their own rich heritage. Also one must not forget what happened to our neighbour, Pakistan which lost East Pakistan (modern Bangladesh) in 1971 due to the former’s imposition of Urdu on the latter’s largely Bengali speaking population, which also dealt a big blow to Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s much prophesied two-nation theory.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgInterpreted as a show of brute power and a display of institutional dominance, the detention of the senior most leader of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah under Public Safety Act (PSA) also speaks of disregard for the mainstream politicos of the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir. The two sections of the 1978 Act are public order and threat to security of the state. Its provisions warrant that any person can be detained without trial for 3 to 6 months under public order and for two years for being a threat to national security. There is also a need for the administration to constitute a committee which confirms the action under PSA. The senior leader is said to have been booked under PSA to prevent him from participating in a rally planned by opposition leaders ahead of the UNGA session next month. The former CM had last addressed the media on August 6 in dismay over the Centre’s decision to scrap the special status of J&K accorded under Article 370 which was made inoperative on August 5. 81-year-old Farooq Abdullah was thrice the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, a Union Minister, and five times Member of Parliament. At present, an MP from Srinagar, his father and National Conference founder, Sheikh Abdullah, was instrumental in integrating Kashmir with India upon Independence from the colonial rule. He led Kashmir’s Muslim population to reject the two-nation theory that led to Partition and the formation of Pakistan in 1947. The third generation of this family, Omar Abdullah is also a former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and a Union Minister. The role of Sheikh Abdullah at the time of Independence and was critical in winning the confidence of the local people in the state. It was established way back then the value of local leadership and how important that is for the Indian government. The government must acknowledge that respecting the regional leadership is only of gain to them and erratic decisions will have very serious long term ramifications.last_img read more