Arsenal deliver fitness update on Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka ahead of Napoli clash

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Apr 2019 10:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal deliver fitness update on Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka ahead of Napoli clashcenter_img Arsenal are hoping to have Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka available for Thursday’s game against Napoli (Getty Images)Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Granit Xhaka are both being assessed by the club ahead of the Europa League quarter-final first leg against Napoli on Thursday.Koscielny has endured a stop-start campaign having missed the first three months of the season after rupturing his Achilles in May and has been absent since last month’s win against Rennes due to a foot problem.Xhaka, meanwhile, had been a mainstay of Unai Emery’s side until suffering a groin strain at the end of January and aggravating the problem last month. Neither player was available for Sunday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.AdvertisementAdvertisementAfter that game, Emery said: “Maybe Laurent could’ve come back to play today but yesterday we knew it wasn’t possible. I want to be positive for Thursday but it depends how he’s progressing. Xhaka is the same. They are doubts for Thursday.’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 CityEmery will be hoping to have both players available for the visit of Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side in order to maximise Arsenal’s chances of getting a positive result at the Emirates prior to the return leg in Naples next week. Arsenal have lost both of their away knockout games in the Europa League this term.Should Xhaka be deemed fit enough to be involved on Thursday night, he is one of three Arsenal players at risk of suspension for the second leg having picked up three yellow cards during the competition. He along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sokratis Papastathopolous are all one booking away from a suspension.Emery has virtually a full squad to pick from otherwise although Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding all remain long-term absentees.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 Advertisementlast_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