Iwobi: Arsenal Nearly Released me as a Teenager

first_imgAlex Iwobi has lifted the lid on just how close he was to being released by Arsenal as a teenager, revealing he was “almost” let go at 14.Iwobi joined Arsenal’s youth ranks in 2004, spending nine years in the set-up before appearing on the first-team’s bench in 2013. However it wasn’t until last season that the 20-year-old made his breakthrough under Arsene Wenger, featuring in eight of their last nine Premier League games, making 13 appearances in total.Such was his impact, Iwobi has now established himself in the Gunners’ squad, looking to continue his development at the club for the long-term. His journey to the first-team was a perilous one though, as the Nigerian international admitted he could’ve been released on a couple of occasions in the past. “I was almost released at 14, again at 16 and just about got a professional contract after that,” Iwobi told the London Evening Standard. “Especially at 14, I thought I was very close to not making it. It was stressful as I was going through school, trying to balance that and make sure I was still signed for Arsenal.“It was really difficult for me. We usually found out in December who might be kept on but I kept on getting the question ‘is he good enough?’ So they extended it to see if I could do something and it went to March and then April. Luckily I did enough.“At 16 I got the option to leave but I always felt at home at Arsenal and that was where I wanted to be. At 16, there were a lot of good players, a few internationals in the team at a young age so it was difficult for me to stand out in the games. They always want the best and I wasn’t really up there at that age.“The fact that I kept getting chances makes me feel lucky,” he disclosed to Papilonews.com yesterday.Iwobi has created six chances and won 58% of his average duels in four Premier League appearances this season, with a shot accuracy of 100%, as Arsenal sit third on 13 points from their opening six fixtures, one behind Tottenham Hotspur in second and five adrift of leaders Manchester City.Next up for them is an away clash at Burnley this weekend, before taking on Swansea City following the international break.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Quantis delivers RNG lift to Digitain’s gaming partners

first_img Industry provider Digitain has bolstered both its betting and skill gaming portfolios by launching Quantis, a new proprietary random number generator (RNG) engine. Running off the very latest in technology, ID Quantique’s physical RNG engine exploits the elementary process of quantum optics via the transmission of photons (light particles) to generate random events, allowing for the ultimate game of chance.The launch, said the company, will help to “cement its market-leading position position” by offering the cast-iron guarantee of a truly randomised gaming experience for its customers.Arsen Tadevosyan, Product Manager at Digitain, explained: “If you want to be the industry’s favourite platform provider, you have to ensure your operator partners know they’re getting the very best.“Our integration of Quantis is testament to our ambitious plans for global growth across developed and emerging markets. “We’re constantly evolving our gaming portfolio to deliver the best user experience, and utilising this new software brings even greater sophistication to our offering.”Quantis has been primed in time to support Digitain’s ambitious expansion plans in 2020, which includes creating the definitive sportsbook solution for Africa – a market Digitain’s Hmayak Arakelyan recently described as “arguably the world’s fastest developing region”.It is the second new betting-based engine in just two weeks for Digitain. Quantis quickly follows Bet Generator, which allows players to set desired betting amounts and potential returns based on their appetite for risk – and in turn generate a customised bet. Digitain and LSports double up for simulated tennis roll out June 30, 2020 SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

Lockdown will end when fights do

first_imgCASTAIC – After nearly two weeks of deadly clashes, a top jail official went cell to cell Wednesday, telling inmates that a systemwide lockdown will end when they stop fighting. “When the smoke cleared, I began trying to dialogue,” said Chief Sam Jones, head of custodial operations for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “House rules are, every man has a right to come into the system and do his time without having to worry about being attacked, injured or ultimately murdered. I told them I owed them that, and I owed their family and friends that.” Jones delivered his ultimatum Tuesday to jails in Castaic’s Pitchess Detention Center, where racial brawls last week killed one inmate and injured dozens more. About 3,000 inmates in nearby Riverside County were in the sixth day of a lockdown there, but officials said cells were peaceful and described the lockdown as a precaution in case Los Angeles County violence spilled over. In adjacent San Bernardino County, black and Hispanic inmates on a jail bus fought with fists and razor blades Tuesday morning. Fifty-five handcuffed and chained inmates were heading from the West Valley Detention Center to a court when a fight broke out in the bus and the driver turned back, said Robin Haynal, spokeswoman for the county Sheriff’s Department. As the inmates were being removed from the bus, fighting broke out again and deputies used a “sting ball” grenade to stop it. Two inmates were slightly injured by the rubber pellets and a third “had been severely kicked by another inmate,” Haynal said. It was the third fight on a jail bus from the detention center. Two earlier clashes injured 14 inmates. It was unclear whether the fighting had a direct link to the violence in Los Angeles County, which has the nation’s largest jail system, but San Bernardino inmates were aware of the problems, Haynal said. In Los Angeles County, Hispanic and black evangelical pastors announced plans Wednesday for a 24-hour vigil in suburban Gardena to pray for an end to the jail violence. Sheriff’s officials have been under intense pressure to quell the fighting. On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors criticized the department for failing to isolate high-risk inmates. A report to supervisors a year ago warned that it was “not permissible” to mix inmates considered to pose a greater threat of violence with offenders of lesser risk. The report by Merrick Bobb, who oversees the Sheriff’s Department for the supervisors, was commissioned after five inmates were killed in seven months in late 2003 and early 2004. The inmate who died Tuesday had been arrested on suspicion of drug possession in Long Beach and was considered a moderate security risk while several others in his six-man cell were in the second-highest risk classification. Some prisoners identified as ringleaders of the recent violence have been shifted out of dormitories and into one- and two-man cells, Jones said. “I feel that we’ve identified most of them,” he said. Whitmore and Jones said they believed the battles are losing momentum. Fights have been shorter, more infrequent, and resulted in fewer injuries, they said. The latest clash was reported Tuesday night and involved about 100 Men’s Central Jail inmates. Blacks and Latinos traded punches shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday in a dormitory but deputies using tear gas and sting-ball pellets quickly broke up the fight, Whitmore said. Four inmates were treated for minor injuries, he said. “We’re winning. We’re doing OK,” Jones said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant On Wednesday, he went to the downtown Men’s Central Jail, where an inmate collapsed and died after a scuffle in a cell Sunday and a brief brawl erupted Tuesday night. More than 18,000 inmates have been denied visits, phone calls, TV access and other privileges because of the violence between black and Hispanic inmates. Jones told The Associated Press that he promised inmates they would get their privileges back when peace is restored. “When I left last night, each dorm applauded and said thank you,” he said. “These people want their mail,” Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “They want to watch TV. They want to get back to, if you will, some kind of regular existence behind bars.” last_img read more