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first_img All the Way How cool is it to be working with Bryan Cranston, who is at the height of fame right now— You don’t know that! He could get even more famous. [Laughs.] Michael McKean Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 See McKean in All the Way, opening March 6 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Would you ever want to star in another Broadway musical? You really hit the ground running with Hairspray. Hairspray was a lot of fun to learn—but a year and a half later I was back with The Pajama Game and that was hard. I had two big spotlight dances but also all the choral dances and everything. Getting into that stuff, at the time I was 58, and it’s like, enough is enough. There are parts I’d love to play, but I don’t think it would be on Broadway. But you never know! This is your second political play on Broadway in a row—what about All the Way hooked you? I was in Ashland, Oregon—my daughter [Nell Geisslinger] is an actress up there—so we were up there seeing some shows, and this play about LBJ sounded interesting to me, it was called All the Way. The very next day, [producer] Jeffrey Richards called me and said, “Hey, I hear you’re up in Ashland, why don’t you see this play called All the Way?” I said, “Well, I already saw it!” So a couple of months went by and he called me again, and he said, “Well, we’re gonna do the play, and do you want to play Hoover?” After two political roles on Broadway, would you ever want to run for office? Never! Never! I can’t imagine a worse life. I have my own superpowers. I don’t need someone to elect me to have power over other people. It’s awful just to have your life turned upside down and shaken loose. It’s just crazy. I don’t need that House of Cards thing. I love watching, but I ain’t gonna be in it! Star Files Do you remember the incident? Yes, I was standing on the curb and that controversial yellow light came up and one woman decided she wanted to make a left at exactly the same moment that a guy thought he was gonna charge through the yellow light, and they collided and double-teamed me. I’d love for there to be a cautionary tale, but you can’t tell people not to stand on the corner and wait to cross, ‘cause that’s what you’re supposed to do! [Laughs.] Touché! How does having this superstar in the cast change the experience? I’m a big Breaking Bad fan, and the guy’s incredible, but it’s turned out to be more than that. He’s transformative. This is a guy who finds whatever there is to be found and he makes strong choices. He’s right on the money. Bryan’s star is very bright, but his LBJ is brighter. It’s active and it’s a real guy and he’s just doing a magnificent portrayal. Speaking for theater fans everywhere, why hasn’t Waiting For Guffman [which McKean contributed lyrics to] become a musical? Chris [Guest] and Eugene [Levy] looked at it—there are people who want to do Best in Show and Spinal Tap as musicals… The main problem, I think, in adapting any of these for the stage is these films were created improvisationally and because they were documentary-style, the viewer was essentially a character. I don’t think that works the same way on stage. Plus, Guffman’s got some great songs in it, but you can’t do a musical with only five songs. Related Shows This is a juicy role—how did you approach embodying J. Edgar Hoover? A lot of characters in this play, online, you can find them speaking extemporaneously, but you can’t find that with Hoover because he never did anything that wasn’t rigidly prepared. He was a stammerer when he was a kid, so I think his control of his image became very important to him. So I did some research on his life and tried to get a feel for what the guy is like inside. In this case, it’s a very simple action in this play, just to destroy Martin Luther King. He felt that King was a communist, and an organized black revolution could be the kind of trouble that he couldn’t address. He had a pretty good-sized ego and he thought he could defeat world communism. He was afraid of anything he couldn’t control. It’s so wonderful to see you back on Broadway after your accident—how are you feeling? Oh, I’m fine. I broke my leg, and I’m really lucky that that’s all that happened. I did some physical therapy in Los Angeles and I encountered people who are in much worse shape than me. I was up on the stage about six months after it happened, so I’m very lucky. View Comments Has it changed the way that you walk around the city? No. My wife, [actress Annette O’Toole] won’t use that corner now. If we’re walking together and we get to that corner, she says, “No, let’s go down and cross over here.” I say, “Well, the corner isn’t what hit me.” In over two decades on the Great White Way, Michael McKean had never missed a performance—but in 2012, on his way to perform in The Best Man on Broadway, the stage and screen star was struck by two cars, sending him to the hospital in critical condition. Now, the Laverne and Shirley, This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and SNL funnyman is back with a vengeance in a new dramatic role, playing FBI director J. Edgar Hoover opposite Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way. Below, McKean chats with Broadway.com about returning to Broadway after his accident, sharing the stage with Walter White—err, Bryan Cranston—and his thoughts on a Best In Show musical.last_img read more

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first_imgBy ShareAmerica October 06, 2020 The illegitimate Maduro regime wants Venezuelans to denounce their neighbors who are sick with COVID-19, calling them “bioterrorists.”Nicolás Maduro’s National Bolivarian Armed Force encouraged citizens to look for sick Venezuelans, saying a returning migrant “is a bioterrorist who puts everyone’s health at risk.” They also provided an email address and asked anyone with information to send them “the information of the person and their exact location” so the Maduro regime could detain them.“They told us we’re contaminated, that we’re guilty of infecting the country,” Javier Aristizabal, a nurse from Caracas, told the New York Times. He said he spent 70 days in detention centers after he returned from Colombia in March.Once these Venezuelans are detained, they are placed in unsafe containment conditions even if they do not display symptoms of COVID-19.“In commandeered hotels, disused schools, and cordoned-off bus stations, Venezuelans returning home from other countries in Latin America are being forced into crowded rooms with limited food, water, or masks,” the New York Times reported.While the illegitimate regime continues to create more problems for Venezuelans during the pandemic, legitimate Interim President Juan Guaidó and the legitimate government developed a program to help deliver better medical care to all.The Health Heroes program (Héroes de la Salud) helps frontline health workers save lives by giving them the funds and resources they need to fight the virus, according to the National Assembly.The interim Guaidó government recently accessed frozen funds with the support of the U.S. Treasury Department to pay the salaries of health care workers, providing close to $20 million for the program. Over 60,000 frontline doctors and nurses in Venezuela will receive $100 a month, considerably more than their pay under the Maduro regime.The program recognizes the “men and women who save lives in the middle of an emergency, a pandemic, and a dictatorship,” Guaidó said on Twitter, “so that we can continue fighting for the freedom of Venezuela. In the face of challenges, we are going to triumph.”last_img read more

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first_imgMay 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Technical barriers have prevented the widespread use of human monoclonal antibodies as potent diagnostic and treatment tools, but scientists now say they have found a way to produce antibodies against seasonal influenza much faster than was previously possible.The researchers, from Emory University in Atlanta and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in Oklahoma City, produced influenza-specific monoclonal antibodies in about a month, rather than the typical 2 to 3 months, using blood from volunteers who had received a seasonal influenza vaccine. They said the new technique could be used to rapidly create monoclonal antibodies for a range of infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza and anthrax.The scientists released their findings on Apr 30 in a letter in an early online edition of the journal Nature.Monoclonal antibodies—highly-specific infection-fighting proteins made in a lab in cell lines derived from a single antibody-producing cell—are used to treat some cancers and immunologic diseases.Only 20 therapeutic monoclonal antibodies have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and only two of them are from humans, according to an Apr 30 press release from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which supported the study through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and National Center for Research Resources.The authors reported that antibody or serum therapy is effective for a wide range of conditions, but the treatments are not widely used because they sometimes cause fatal anaphylactic reactions and serum sickness. “These obstacles can only be overcome by using fully human monoclonal antibodies,” they wrote.In developing the new technique, the researchers explored whether immune system cells called antibody-secreting plasma cells (ASCs) could be used to produce monoclonal antibodies. ASCs play a key role in the initial response to infection or vaccination, the NIH said, but their activity drops sharply and is barely detectable after 2 weeks.Emory University researchers found a way to capture the ASCs that produce the initial wave of influenza antibodies, the NIH said. A notable finding was that 80% of the purified ASCs produced influenza-specific antibodies, the investigators reported.In the next phase of the study, researchers from the OMRF used the vaccine-generated, influenza-specific ASCs to create the monoclonal antibodies. After the volunteers were vaccinated, it took researchers only a few weeks to produce a purified human monoclonal antibody that had a high affinity for the influenza virus, the NIH said.Patrick Wilson, PhD, an immunologist at OMRF, said in the NIH press release, “With just a few tablespoons of blood, we can now rapidly generate human monoclonal antibodies that potentially could be used for diagnosis and treatment of newly emerging strains of influenza. In the face of a disease outbreak the ability to produce infection-fighting human monoclonal antibodies swiftly would be invaluable.”Though the study did not involve a potential pandemic flu strain such as H5N1, Rafi Ahmed, PhD, an immunologist at the Emory Vaccine Center, said in the press release that the team plans to use the technique to generate monoclonal antibodies against the H5N1 virus and other pathogens.Wrammert J, Smith K, Miller J, et al. Rapid cloning of high-affinity human monoclonal antibodies against influenza virus. Nature 2008; Apr 30 early online publicationSee also:Apr 30 NIH press releaselast_img read more

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first_imgVolunteers selected by the government through the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry will begin working to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on March 23. Registration will close at midnight on Friday.  “The selected volunteers will receive guidance and training on Sunday and start work on Monday,” he said in a written statement on Friday.Healthy people in Greater Jakarta who are under 40 years old and single will be prioritized.In addition to accepting volunteers, the government is also accepting donations of rapid test equipment.As of Thursday, Indonesia has recorded 309 COVID-19 cases with 25 deaths, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia. Nearly 70 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the country have been recorded in Jakarta, according to the Jakarta administration.   President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has also urged hospitals to prepare contingency plans in case they were overwhelmed by patients. Hospitals have been advised to use the athletes apartment complex in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, which can accommodate 15,000 people, and state-owned hotels as emergency wards.Topics : The volunteers will be assigned to handle logistical and operational affairs in preparing alternative facilities for COVID-19 patients in case the current referral hospitals are no longer able to accommodate patients.They will be trained by the Indonesia Healthcare Corporation before carrying out their duties. In addition to that, they will also be equipped with protective gear and given health insurance while volunteering.SOE Minister Erick Thohir said the government would announce the selection results on Saturday.Read also: Indonesian SOE Ministry searches for volunteers to assist with coronavirus handlinglast_img read more

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first_img June 28, 2018 Economy,  Press Release,  PSA,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation to reduce fraud and increase consumer protections by increasing penalties for the possession and use of a skimmer device, as well as transferring stolen information, making it a felony for the first offense. House Bill 1918 updates the crime code to establish the crime of possession and use of skimmer devices.“Skimmer devices and fraudulent activity costs retailers billions and make consumers feel uneasy about transactions,” said Governor Wolf. “This important legislation will help to increase protections for Pennsylvanians.”House Bill 1918 updates the crime code to establish the crime of possession and use of skimmer devices. Skimmers are malicious card readers that illegally gather data from a credit or debit card’s magnetic strip. Skimmers can be placed over or even inside authentic card readers which allow criminals to steal credit or debit card data by reading the information contained on the card when it is swiped or inserted. Devices are often combined with a concealed camera that can also record Personal Identification Numbers (PIN).This legislation accompanies the administration’s collaborative efforts through the Department of Banking and Securities, State Police, Department of Agriculture, and the Office of the Attorney General to educate consumers, business owners, law enforcement, and gas pump inspectors statewide on the dangers of card skimmers.The Department of Agriculture inspects gas pumps on an annual or as needed basis, and its inspectors are trained to recognize skimmers. If and when one is found, the inspector will notify the appropriate authorities and cooperate with investigations upon request.The Pennsylvania State Police and its local law enforcement partners work diligently to respond to instances of credit card skimming and other types of fraud. Information gathered in individual cases may reveal larger trends, which can help law enforcement better allocate resources to prevent these types of crimes as skimming devices become more sophisticated.If you believe you’ve been scammed, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or e-mail at atscams@attorneygeneral.gov.Today, the governor also signed House Bill 1644, House Bill 1738, House Bill 1782, House Bill 1898, House Bill 2067, House Bill 17, House Bill 152, House Bill 159, House Bill 594, House Bill 824, House Bill 994, House Bill 1124, House Bill 1232, Senate Bill 431, Senate Bill 499, SenateBill 564, Senate Bill 817, Senate Bill 892, Senate Bill 934, Senate Bill 978, Senate Bill 1002, Senate Bill 1037, Senate Bill 1056, Senate Bill 1091, Senate Bill 1101, and Senate Bill 552. Pennsylvania Increases Consumer Protections, Criminalizes Skimmer Device Possession and Usecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenYoung builders create buzz with new home01:00A Paddington property has become the “talk of the town” for the second time, after Graya Constructions, a dynamic brother duo, have transformed what was one Queenslander, into two homes on separate titles.Graya Constructions’ new build Woodrock has become the “talk of the town”.Rob Gray, 29, and his brother Andrew, 32, purchased 33 Rockbourne Tce in May 2017, Rob said the listing had turned heads due to the size of the home, and the size on the land.But this time, he said, it was the architecture and materials used that was creating a buzz.The Paddington home was architecturally designed by Tim Stewart.“I can’t believe it still to this day, every single person literally stops, but it’s just really unique with a huge glass window out the front,” Rob said.“The architecture and the materials are just like nothing else around here, if not in Brisbane.”They commissioned award-winning Brisbane-based architect Tim Stewart after working on previous projects, including the design of each of Rob and Andrew’s own homes.“Tim’s clearly in the top, one, two or three architects in Brisbane, and it’s pretty easy to see why, his portfolio of beautiful houses is endless,” Rob said.Architect Tim Stewart delivered on the brief to create a memorable property to passers by.“The brief was to create a memorable property, so those driving past won’t forget where and what Woodrock is.“It’s a head-turner and nearly every car that goes past slows down or stops.“Woodrock is super modern, contemporary with lots of angles and a view across Paddington to the old water tower.”The project wasn’t without its challenges, but nothing innovative thinking couldn’t solve.“The previous owner had actually subdivided a 405sq m block on the corner, off from his house, from where the Queenslander sat in the middle of the block,” Rob Said.The open plan living, dining and kitchen at the new Rockbourne home.“A lot of people were doing their sums … off how he divided the land, whereas Andrew and I, from day one always saw a lot more value in moving the Queenslander.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“It’s actually a really big house, so it didn’t look like it was very movable, but we always new it was doable.”Included in its impressive design are five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a luxe four-vehicle garage, multiple living spaces, swimming pool and wine cellar.The wine cellar greets you upon entry.Among Woodrock’s premium features are resort-style landscaping and pool with glass window, Miele appliances, glass wine display, marble benchtops, ducted airconditioning, polished concrete floors, a vast barbecue entertaining zone and 60m combined dual street frontage.About four years ago, the brothers established Graya Constructions and have completed several successful projects since.>>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<<“My brother Andrew and I, we basically build and sell high-end houses, predominantly in the western suburbs, most of our success has been in Paddington,” Rob said.“So we’ve got a really good grip on the market here in Paddington.”Ray White New Farm principal and marketing agent Matt Lancashire takes a dip at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington.Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire is marketing 33 Rockbourne Tce, as well as the original renovated home next door at 29.last_img read more

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first_imgRon Rivera is the coach of the Carolina Panthers.  Even though they were favored this year, they lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.  If history is anything, look for Ron Rivera to bounce back and win a Super Bowl in the very near future.  After all, he had 3 losing seasons in his 5-year career with the Panthers.  Each of those years it was widely rumored that he would either be fired before the season ended or surely after.  He always survived.His record includes 6-10, 7-9, 12-4, 7-8-1, and this year his record was 15-1 and a Super Bowl Runner-up.  He has been quite lucky because in most pro sports you seldom get 3 years to prove your worth.  Evidently, his boss saw something special in him and was rewarded quite handsomely this past year.last_img

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first_img Press Association Ryan Giggs gave the Manchester United board food for thought as he enjoyed a dream debut in the home dugout at Old Trafford. The home fans cheered their team on as they emerged from the tunnel for the first time since Moyes’ departure. But they reserved their greatest cheer for Giggs, who responded by saluting all four corners of the ground as he confidently strode down the touchline just after his coaches Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville. Wearing a smart suit with the club’s crest on his top pocket, Giggs looked the part. It was as if he had done that walk to the manager’s seat in the dugout a thousand times. The United fans yelled “Attack, attack, attack” immediately after the first whistle, but the players failed to respond initially. What was going on the pitch was something of a sideshow. All the focus was on Giggs, who was the subject of several supportive chants from the stands. When Giggs came off his bench into his technical area for the first time after six minutes, he received the kind of applause especially reserved for club greats. United’s record-appearance maker and most decorated player had come to the edge of his box to urge his players to up their game. In truth, for the first 10 minutes there was little difference from the Moyes era. Just after Norwich had a Jonny Howson goal ruled out for a foul in the build up, United had their first chance when Danny Welbeck slammed a powerful half-volley at John Ruddy, who punched the ball away. Old Trafford was quiet. The only noise came from a group of season ticket holders who held up a banner protesting about the singing section which will be introduced in their block next year. Another banner then appeared – this time trailing from a plane overhead. The message read “Thank U Moyes”. Who paid for the plane was unclear. Back on terra firma United were still struggling. Tom Cleverley swung his right leg at the ball and missed. The tempo increased just before the break. Shinji Kagawa turned home Phil Jones’ cross, but it was ruled out for offside. Antonio Valencia then belted a low ball at Ruddy which he saved. The increased pressure resulted in United winning a penalty. Steven Whittaker pulled Welbeck back and Rooney drove a low shot past Ruddy. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward – the man in charge of finding Moyes’ successor – rose to his feet and Old Trafford rocked again. Less than three minutes after the restart, United were 2-0 up thanks to some inept defending from Norwich. Four defenders failed to come out to challenge Rooney, who, despite slipping, curled a right-footed shot past Ruddy and into the net off the far post. Ruddy fumed at his defenders for backing off. Moments later he was at full stretch to deny Welbeck as United upped the pressure. Sir Alex Ferguson and many more United fans got to their feet to clap Welbeck off on the hour as he was replaced by Mata. Three minutes later Mata found the net as he turned home Jones’ cross from close-range. Soon after Mata had his second after he nodded home Valencia’s shot from close range. Substitute Javier Hernandez should have made it 5-0 late on. Martin Olsson’s deflected shot looped towards goal in injury time, but hit the bar instead. Nothing was going to spoil Giggs’ special day. The Welshman received a huge standing ovation after the final whistle as he walked off with “Ryan Giggs’ Red and White Army” ringing out from all four corners of the ground. Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata both scored twice as Giggs oversaw a comfortable 4-0 win over Norwich. Giggs assumed temporary control of United on Tuesday following the sacking of David Moyes. Although the United board are searching for an experienced successor, Giggs has made no secret of his desire to become full-time manager. And the 40-year-old interim manager did his chances no harm with this display. Once United had put a slightly cumbersome first half behind them, they strolled to victory. And what is more, they did it with the style and panache that has been missing from the men in red for most of the season. There was no sign of the slow, tentative play United exhibited under Moyes. Instead, it was like the 1990s all over again. United played with fluency, width and potency – all components of the Manchester United ‘philosophy’ Giggs had talked about with so much pride before kick-off. There was a clear attempt to make a break from the Moyes era. The ‘Chosen One’ banner had gone, Moyes’ big summer signing Marouane Fellaini was not even on the bench, and United fans sang the name of their new manager throughout. Giggs was hailed like a Hollywood star throughout the match by the home crowd – many of whom will want the Welshman to take the job ahead of Louis van Gaal, who is the frontrunner to replace Moyes. last_img read more

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first_img Press Association Midfielder Ben Reeves has withdrawn from Northern Ireland’s squad and been replaced by Billy McKay. Manager Michael O’Neill also has doubts over Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward (hamstring), who has yet to link up with the squad, but is more positive about Chris Brunt’s chances after he was injured on West Brom duty. O’Neill told BBC Northern Ireland: “Chris Brunt is working separately with the medical team but we’re optimistic rather than pessimistic about his chances of being involved on Friday night (in the Faroes). “Jamie Ward we’ve left at Forest for the time being, we’ll basically asses that on a day by day basis but Jamie, realistically, has the least chance of making it. “Ben Reeves unfortunately has withdrawn and we’ve added Billy McKay.” Northern Ireland have defied expectations to sit second in Group F heading into the next round of matches. center_img Reeves is receiving treatment at his club, MK Dons, and has been ruled out of the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Hungary. Stiker McKay, who recently joined Dundee United on loan from Wigan, has been added in his place. last_img read more

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first_img Press Association Chelsea may have to play their games away from Stamford Bridge if their proposals to redevelop the ground come to fruition, while Spurs will need to relocate from White Hart Lane when it is rebuilt. Wembley has been suggested as a possible temporary home for both clubs, but Arsenal did not perform well when they used the national stadium for Champions League games during the late 1990s, before the Emirates Stadium was built. Gunners boss Wenger told www.arsenal.com: “When you move into a new stadium, you have to feel at home. You have to feel that it is the right place for you. That is only created by the history that you build slowly through the games. “I still think it’s a little bit of a disadvantage, even for the fans, they do not feel completely at home, and that can transmit to the players. “That was a big problem for us. In hindsight it was maybe a mistake to move to Wembley, but we had no real choice as UEFA did not accept us holding the games at Highbury. “Looking back today, I say it was a handicap for us. “The players were comfortable at Highbury and the teams that visited us weren’t comfortable. Suddenly it was like we were playing games on a neutral ground, basically.” center_img Arsene Wenger has warned Chelsea and Tottenham they could struggle if and when they move to temporary homes.last_img read more

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