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Essex & NE London: Talk of the towns

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Unai Emery admits Marco Asensio injury is ‘bad news’ in Arsenal’s pursuit of Dani Ceballos

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first_imgUnai Emery admits Marco Asensio injury is ‘bad news’ in Arsenal’s pursuit of Dani Ceballos Arsenal have been closing in on the loan signing of Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits he’s concerned that Marco Asensio’s knee injury during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid may have ended their chances of signing Dani Ceballos.Asensio was taken to hospital with a suspected ruptured cruciate ligament in the 62nd minute at Washington’s FedExField and it appears the attacking midfielder is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 10th minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead with a composed finish midway through the first half.Second-half substitute Gareth Bale pulled a goal back for Madrid and Asensio leveled for the La Liga giants before going down in a heap after an innocuous tussle with Aubameyang.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsensio was in tears as he was stretchered off the pitch and Arsenal will no doubt be sweating over their move for Ceballos, with Madrid losing a player in attack.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 CityArsenal were on the verge of a season-long loan deal for Ceballos but, after the final whistle, Emery claimed that Asensio’s injury could be ‘bad news’ for the Gunners.Asked whether the Ceballos deal could be affected by Asensio’s injury, Emery replied: ‘I don’t know.‘Really our target in the match was not to take injuries and they have maybe a big injury with Asensio, it’s bad news for them and also for us.‘I don’t know if it can change something.’ Asensio broke down in tears as he was stretchered off the pitchMadrid boss Zinedine Zidane admitted Asensio’s injury put a dampener on an otherwise entertaining match in Washington.‘We’re a little worried ]by Asensio],’ Zidane said.‘It’s the knee. He went straight to the hospital to get tested and see. But it looks bad.‘It’s the bad thing of the day for us. because we lose a player and we are a little touched, yes.’ Advertisement Asensio went down in the 62nd minute after tussling for the ball with Aubameyang Comment Emery praised Aubameyang and Lacazette after the draw (Picture: Getty)On the success of the tour, Emery said: ‘Really we are very happy we finished today that match with the same spirit we played before and also you see different players taking minutes, taking confidence and I think the result is not important.‘But really, really I think also we play one match today showing a good level and when we needed young players also the performance was perfect.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‘I’m really, really, happy, the players are working really well every day.‘The tour was perfect for us to be here in the United States and also because we have a lot of supporters here in LA, in Denver, in Charlotte and here and it is really great to feel them is for us, important.’MORE: Unai Emery sends message to Manchester United over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 7:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShareslast_img read more

NFF: We won’t beg Saka to play for Super Eagles

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first_img Loading… The NFF boss made a number of trips to England to convince the players and despite his closeness to Abraham’s father, the striker went to play for the Three Lions. Pinnick, however, has stated the federation will not plead with any player to don the Nigerian jersey and explained in the case of Saka, there are a number of quality players doing well for the Super Eagles in his position, although if he desires to play for the country he would be given an opportunity. “Saka is an excellent prospect but we have other players in his position who are playing so well,” Pinnick said in an Instagram Live chat. “We have talents everywhere so we won’t beg people to play for Nigeria. It is about ardour and fervour, If it’s their desire and they merit it, they’ll be given a chance to represent Nigeria.” Nigeria are three-time African champions, after claiming the Africa Cup of Nations in 1980, 1994 and 2013. The Super Eagles finished third in the 2019 edition of the competition in Egypt behind Senegal and Algeria, who claimed the diadem. The West Africans are currently top of Group L of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with six points after victories over the Republic of Benin and Lesotho. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, has insisted the country is blessed with talent and will not beg Arsenal starlet,Bukayo Saka, or any player to represent the Super Eagles. The 18-year-old has been in fine form since breaking into the Gunners first team and this season he has become a key member of Mikel Arteta’s side. The versatile player has scored four goals and provided 11 assists in 37 appearances across all competitions for the Emirates Stadium outfit in the current campaign. His stock has continued to rise following his eye-catching performances and he recently extended his contract to ward off other clubs who are interested in signing him. The winger was born in England to Nigerian parents and has represented the European country at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels but since he has not yet featured for the Three Lions, he is still eligible to switch his allegiance to the West Africans. Pinnick has failed in the past to persuade Chelsea duo of Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham to play for the Super Eagles. read also:Midfield Battle: Saka Among Arsenal Players In Contention Against Man CityAdvertisementcenter_img Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Best Cars Of All TimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?8 Most Beautiful Chinese WomenImpressive Caricatures Of Marvel Characters By Xi DingThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Artlast_img read more

Paddy McDermott: SportCaller – Racing coming out on top for retention

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first_img Related Articles SportCaller grows US footprint with Betfred USA Sports deal July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Submit SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Paddy McDermott – SportCallerSportCaller’s Paddy McDermott (Digital Performance Director) unpacks the rapid rise of free-to-play games, explaining how horse racing is reducing client churn levels and boosting customer value._____________ The free-to-play value proposition for bookmakers is happily a clear and provable one. Chiefly, the general perception is that they provide the mechanism to acquire players in great numbers at a low cost. However, the increasing and ongoing use of free-to-play by the major players in the industry reflects the degree to which players of games engage with the products – resulting in increased customer loyalty and value.This isn’t confined to one game, sport, or territory but is prevalent across all. Football games are the key drivers of new customer acquisition, as expected due to the mass market interest. Yet it is horse racing games which consistently drive the highest levels of engagement and resultant retention.Horse racing is where the SportCaller story first started, having originated the model of a free-to-play jackpot game with Sky Bet on Channel 4 Racing way back in 2014. This evolved into the ITV 7 game with William Hill, and more recently into their own product in Lucky 7. They are also currently running two concurrent horse racing FTP games with TVG in the USA.On average in this domain, over 70% of weekly game players are returning to play in the following round of a game – a figure which rises as high as 85% for daily returning players on high profile events such as Cheltenham. It is not only in the short term that players return. In fact, on any given round, approximately 50% of the player base have also played in each of the previous four weeks.This is a key element of our strategy for game-development over the coming months, not only to further understand retention benefits, but also how we can leverage that to improve on conversion to bet rates.Although acknowledging the fact that football games are the key drivers of player acquisition, it is not to say that horse racing FTP cannot fulfil this purpose. Events such as Cheltenham drive huge spikes in player numbers for UK and Ireland audiences, while TVG have successfully leveraged the acquisition potential of high profile events through offering increased jackpots.TVG’s regular Saturday game, Super 8, offers a jackpot of $100k for picking the winner of 8 races, and this has been a significant acquisition driver for them. In order to further boost the appeal to a wider audience, they increased the jackpot to $250k for the Breeders’ Cup then $1m for each of the Triple Crown races.Each of these jackpot boosts drove unprecedented levels of acquisition for TVG, and a huge positive is that they were not followed by massive spikes in churn – approx. 60% of players returned to play in the following weekend’s game. Each enhanced jackpot therefore served to drive a strong increase in the overall player base for the game.It is not just the appeal of life-changing jackpots that drives player engagement, however. TVG have launched a further midweek racing game, Super 5, which offers a jackpot of $5k for picking 5 winners. The appeal in this game is that it offers a much more winnable proposition. Although only running for a few months, compared to a year for Super 8, player numbers are at 75% of the larger jackpot game and closing rapidly.The common features shared by all current racing games, across all operators and territories, are that game-on-game retention exceeds 70% in all cases – while over 50% of the player base on each game round, in every game, is made up of players that have also played in the previous 4 game rounds.FTP has been the first uniquely new proposition in years. The games are fully compliant with tightening regulation while allowing operators to avoid the costs associated with generous sign-up offers.FTP games work incredibly well across a wide range of sports – we have seen huge success in everything from basketball to Australian rules football, but when it comes to retaining customers, it’s the horses that are still winning the race._____________________Paddy McDermott – Digital Performance Director – SportCallerlast_img read more