Unai Emery makes admission about Arsenal top-four chances after Manchester City defeat

first_imgUnai Emery makes admission about Arsenal top-four chances after Manchester City defeat Comment Advertisement Advertisement Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick against the Gunners (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘They showed their superiority in 90 minutes. They held their level in 90 minutes and our level in the second half was worse than the first.‘Our challenge now is the next week, continue to work and improve, and think how we can work and be better.’After his hat-trick helped down Arsenal, Aguero told Sky Sports: ‘It was important to win. The other day I scored early and we lost, today I am very happy.’Manchester City have reduced the gap to leaders Liverpool to two points. The Reds face West Ham on Monday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Feb 2019 7:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Unai Emery’s Arsenal were beaten by Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits Arsenal will need ‘big help’ from their rivals to finish in the top four of the Premier League after the humbling defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.Reigning champions City outplayed Arsenal at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero’s tenth Premier League hat-trick helping the hosts clinch a 3-1 win.Aguero scored in the first minute before putting City back in front on the stroke of half-time as Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser proved futile.Argentine superstar Aguero completed his hat-trick with a controversial goal that appeared to go in off his arm.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityThe defeat sees Arsenal remain in sixth position, a point behind Manchester United, who defeated Leicester City on Sunday.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether he is still confident that Arsenal can secure a top-four finish, Emery said: ‘Yes, but after losing 3-1 it’s not easy to say that.‘I have confidence in our work and in our way. I know now we need to pick up and have some big help.’City created a number of opportunities against the Gunners and Emery felt Pep Guardiola’s side showed their ‘superiority’ in the Premier League encounter.last_img read more

APG increases Vesteda stake as institutions eye Dutch housing

first_imgThere is renewed attention on the Dutch residential market after prices started to recover, and the government has sought to shake up a rental market long dominated by housing associations.New rules introduced in January are expected to force housing associations – which control approximately 90% of the rented sector – to focus on social housing and open the PRS sector to private and institutional investors.The regulated rented sector – where rents are controlled – has been largely liberalised for tenants paying €700 and above per month.Mark Frequin, director-general for housing and building, told delegates the changes were part of a number of measures intended to liberalise the PRS sector in the Netherlands.Wienke Bodewes, chief executive at Amvest, which manages a number of institutional residential funds in the Netherlands, said there were some 400 housing associations.“The challenge will be to form new portfolios” for institutional investors, he said, because many of the housing associations are small, and portfolios coming to the market could be fragmented.It was also noted during discussions that some housing associations might sell social housing assets, potentially in “packages” mixed with non-regulated assets.Bodewes said most investors would focus on core and core-plus residential investments, but he said there could also be an opportunity for value-added strategies in this area.He said this would be “the exception”.When asked, Kanters did not rule out APG investing in the regulated part of the rental market, although he said social housing assets were more challenging to underwrite and any investment would need to compensate APG for the added risk.APG has recent experience of investing in a mixture of regulated and non-regulated rental assets in Finland, having bought a 22.8% stake this year in Finnish company SATO.It has been building up its exposure to the UK PRS sector, investing in existing assets through Grainger and providing capital for Delancy to develop new homes.It has also been providing construction financing for PRS through LaSalle Investment Management.Kanters said APG was seeking to increase its 18% weighting to residential real estate to meet its target allocation of 25%.A spokesman confirmed APG would close on a deal on Monday to increase its stake in Vesteda.The portfolio of Vesteda used to be owned directly by ABP – the largest pension fund in the Netherlands and APG’s biggest client – before it sought to become an entirely indirect investor.APG’s latest investment marks a reversal of its strategy to decrease its stake in Vesteda.The spokesman said: “We are looking into making further investments in the Dutch residential sector.” APG is increasing its stake in Vesteda and likely to be among investors taking advantage of deregulation in the Netherlands to snap up housing assets.The Dutch pension fund asset manager will close on a deal on Monday to increase its €1.05bn interest in the housing fund by a further €30m.Patrick Kanters, managing director of global real estate and infrastructure, told a delegation in London this week that APG was looking to make further investments in Dutch housing, potentially through other platforms.Kanters, who was speaking at a Holland Property Plaza Symposium at the Dutch Embassy, said APG could look to invest in private-rented residential (PRS) being offloaded by housing associations.last_img read more

Runner proposes to girlfriend at the finish line of the Great North Run.

first_imgThere was love in the air as New Zealander, Jake Robertson went down on one knee to declare his undying love to Kenyan girlfriend and fellow runner, Magdalyne Masai at the finish line of the Great North Run half marathon in Newcastle. Robertson had just finished the race six seconds behind Olympic legend, Mo Farah.23-year-old Masai who has finished fourth in the women’s race, approached her boyfriend of six years to congratulate him but was left stunned by his sudden romantic gesture as he asked her to be his wife. The crowd cheered as she gladly accepted.Speaking with the media, Jake Robertson (27) said: “I didn’t have it planned or anything. In the last mile it just randomly came to my mind that today was the day. Six years together and I thought it was due time. We’ve been speaking about it for a long time.”Congratulations to the lovebirds! Relatedlast_img read more