Aubameyang, Ozil fire Arsenal to 3-1 come-from-behind win over Leicester City

first_imgArsenal substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in three minutes and captain Mesut Ozil played a starring role as they extended their winning run with a 3-1 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday.Substitute Aubameyang was in the right place to tap into an empty net in the 63rd minute to give Arsenal the lead and was on hand to finish a team move in the 66th that was orchestrated by Ozil, who had scored their first goal to put them level.Arsenal stretched their winning streak in all competitions to 10 games and rose to fourth with 21 points from nine games, two points behind Manchester City and Liverpool and level with third-placed Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in fifth.After falling behind to a Hector Bellerin own goal just past the half-hour mark, Arsenal grew into the game and midfielder Ozil stroked in an equaliser off the post just before halftime.Ozil, who was skipper for the night, hit a left-footed first-time shot past goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel after surging from the halfway line and exchanging passes with Bellerin.The German was at the heart of Arsenal’s third goal too, sparking the move with a flicked backheel, then dummying a pass before continuing his run to receive a first-time ball from Alexandre Lacazette before dinking it over the onrushing Schmeichel to leave Aubameyang with the simplest of finishes.”SEXY” FOOTBALLOzil tweeted that Arsenal had played “sexy” football and that he was proud to be captain. Manager Unai Emery agreed with the assessment of the performance but said the midfielder could lead the team by example even when he does not wear the armband.advertisement”From Mesut Ozil today, it’s a very good performance,” Emery said. “I think he can play very much with this commitment, behaviour, also with his quality, (as) captain or not captain.”Leicester had started stronger at The Emirates and wing-back Ben Chilwell forced the opening goal when his cross deflected off Bellerin into the Arsenal net in the 31st minute.They could also have had a penalty after Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding handled the ball seconds after being booked.”For me it was a penalty and a sending off,” said Leicester manager Claude Puel. “At this moment, with our domination in the game, we could have continued our performance, this great performance, 11 against 10.”Arsenal’s next game is at Crystal Palace on Sunday, after they play Sporting in the Europa League in Lisbon on Thursday, while Leicester City will host West Ham United on Saturday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Small Hotels Occupancy Up by 6.8 per cent in 2012

first_imgMONTEGO BAY: Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is reporting a 6.8 per cent increase in the occupancy levels of small hotels islandwide, by visitors to Jamaica in 2012, compared to 2011.  “This is significant and we look forward to this segment (small hotels) holding its own, in light of the anticipated increases in visitor arrivals from the new and emerging markets (this year),” he stated, while addressing a special reception hosted by the operators of the Sandy Haven Hotel, Negril, Westmoreland, on Saturday (April 27) to mark the establishment’s first anniversary of operations.  Noting projections for increased global travel this year, particularly out of the United States, Dr. McNeill said accommodating anticipated greater numbers of visitors could prove challenging for several global destinations. This development, the Minister contended, could prove advantageous for Jamaica’s hoteliers, particularly small property operators. He pointed out that of Jamaica’s 175 hotels currently in operation, some 127 are small or medium sized properties with less than 100 rooms each. He further informed that these small and medium properties account for approximately 5000 of the over 20,000 rooms currently available. In this regard, the Minister urged the operators to prepare and position themselves to tap into potential opportunities for increased business by reviewing and, as best as possible, tailoring their products and services to fulfill the diverse needs of the visitors. In so doing, he said they would lend pivotal support to enhancing overall efforts at promoting brand Jamaica. “Although we tend to look to the larger resorts that market heavily internationally, we must also recognize the appeal of our small boutique hotels to an exclusive high end visitor,” he stated. Dr. McNeill also commended small and medium hotel operators for continuously supporting Jamaica’s agriculture sector, noting that a significant percentage of local produce is used in their establishments.   “It is commendable that the small and medium sized properties are supporting local communities and that their continued success is significantly impacting the wellbeing of many Jamaicans at the community level,” he said. In congratulating owners of the 35-room Sandy Haven Hotel, Stephen and Antoinette Ucker, for investing in the property, which commenced operations in March 2012, Dr. McNeill encouraged other investors in the sector to take the steps that will better position them among the first to “reap the benefits” of the anticipated increase in visitors travelling to Jamaica. By Bryan Miller, JIS Regional Office Reporterlast_img read more