Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has called on the team’s younger players to seize the opportunity presented to them as the Gunners continue their pre-season.Arsenal’s youth have played a vital role in the club’s opening pre-season matches, as the Gunners have beaten the Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina as part of their U.S. tour.Eddie Nketiah has been the team’s most prolific scorer over the three games, having fired three goals, while youngsters Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka have stepped up with goals as well. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Gabriel Martinelli, the club’s only completed summer signing so far, provided a finish of his own on debut, making a positive start to his Arsenal career to ease some doubts over the club’s lack of transfer movement.Like several of this summer’s goalscorers, Parlour came up through the Gunners academy, having joined the club in 1989 before making his debut three years later.The midfielder ended up making more Premier League appearances for Arsenal than any other player, winning three Premier League titles as part of a 12-trophy haul during his stay with the club.And, having made the rise from academy product to a midfield fixture, Parlour says it’s up to the current group of young players to take the chance presented to them and make their own case for a bigger role as the Premier League season looms.”It’s so important for these young players to get an opportunity,” Parlour told Goal.”The older of the younger generation, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, will get that opportunity to get into the first team. Saka, who played on the left-wing has been very good.”These guys have to put the effort in this pre-season, improve and try and show the manager that we can rely on you to go forward. I came through the ranks. Everybody needs that opportunity to show that you can be as good as you show in the pre-season.”While Martinelli has impressed in his initial minutes, the club is expected to make further signings in the weeks to come with less than three weeks remaining before the club’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.Deals for Dani Ceballos and William Saliba appear to be on the horizon, with the Spanish midfielder nearing a £27 million ($34m) move to the Emirates while the Frenchman is also nearing a transfer that will see him remain with Saint-Etienne on loan next season. Those deals are not yet completed, though, with manager Unai Emery saying the club is determined to sign their primary targets and not settle for the wrong deals.Parlour admitted that he believes further reinforcements are needed if Arsenal are to compete with the best the Premier League has to offer as he hopes the club can take a step forward after what he saw as a frustrating end to the 2018-19 campaign.”I was disappointed with the last season, but you have to move on and be optimistic this season,” he said. “I’m sure they’re working very hard behind the scenes to get transfers done. I don’t know what sort of positions they want to improve. Probably centre-half, full-back has been mentioned, a winger. Hopefully, when it comes to the end of the window, we’ll have a few more players in. He added: “This is a very important time for the team, pre-season. [Emery] would have been as disappointed as anybody last season with the run-in, losing a few games and couldn’t come fourth place.”Obviously, the Europa League final, losing that game, you can’t look back. You have to look forward. Hopefully, they can progress and get better next season.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Residents in Middle River, Victoria Co., now have a cleaned-up area at the site of the former Crowdis Mountain septage facility. The Department of Environment released its final report to the community liaison committee today, April 9. “The department committed to remove the solids and liquids, implement a groundwater and surface-water monitoring program, and site reclamation,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment. “I am pleased to say we’ve accomplished that for the people of Middle River. “I also want to thank the members of the community liaison committee for their hard work and support to ensure proper environmental management of the former septage lagoon.” The site cleanup was complete in late November. About 4,250 tonnes of material was disposed of at approved composting facilities. Surface and ground-water testing done throughout the cleanup concluded that there was no impact on MacDonald Brook. During the site reclamation, old oil contamination was found. The property owners will be responsible for assessing the site to determine the most appropriate action. “The oil-contaminated soil is a different issue than the removal of the septage waste,” said Mr. Parent. “The department has advised the property owners of their responsibilities under the Environment Act. “An assessment of the site can not begin until it becomes accessible later this spring. The results of the assessment will determine our next steps.” The department agreed in July 2006 to site reclamation of the septage lagoon site, based on the recommendations of the community liaison committee. To obtain a copy of the report, call 1-902-563-2100. read more