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Towering ambition

first_imgSilaja Suntharalingam and Christopher Whalen meet the man behind Oxford’s bid to become the 2008 European Capital of Culture “I’ve never had an aspiration to strive for second best. I believe in going to win and I believe in trying to be best.” Were we listening in on grand plans of world domination or the aspirations of the next Olympic gold medallist? No, this was simply PR babble from our man from the council, Joe Simpson. Oxford’s coordinator of the bid to become European Capital of Culture 2008 shared his vision with Cherwell. “It’s about putting invention and innovation centre stage,” says Simpson who sees the strength of Oxford’s bid as coming from its people, rather than its architecture. He says the city inspires “every generation that comes through the place to make a difference.” Unlike the offers required to get into the prestigious university, 3Bs are good enough for Simpson – Books, Business and Bioscience. The bid will focus on Oxford’s cultural lead in these three spheres. “Find me a Booker Prize shortlist that doesn’t have an Oxford author on it. Compare this with south Tyneside: its Catherine Cookson country. That’s the one literary talent that south Tyneside has produced.” He goes on, “If, forty years ago, you said that this university would be at the centre of business creativity, people would have laughed at you.” Now the joke is on the cynics. In terms of bioscience, Simpson points out that the University has nurtured “thirty millionaires courtesy of the spin-offs in science” – a vast improvement on the situation twenty years ago. This is why “Oxford is a jewel that is worth celebrating.” Simpson sees this accolade as a recognition of existing cultural prowess, rather than an excuse for “ghastly” urban regeneration, such as that promised by rival bidder Newcastle-Gateshead. On this criterion alone, he believes Oxford can swipe the prize from under the noses of other competitors. Speaking of this opposition, he says, “Consider it from the position of the consumer: what would you like to do? Would you like to go and see something that is excellent, or would you like to see something that is a bit third-rate? Imagine the first people you are going to tell this decision to. I just find it unbelievable that Blair would say to Chirac, ‘It’s Bradford”. Not happy to sit back and let the dreaming spires alone wow the judges, Mr Simpson hopes to use the lead up to the bid to add a fresh slant to the city’s existing culture. Simpson cited the example of the Saïd Business School – where he chose to launch the bid – to explain his philosophy. He hopes to make Oxford reassess its “not always inclusive environment”, symbolised by its introspective quadrangles, towards a more all-embracing, outward-looking atmosphere such as that conveyed by the Saïd’s glass frontage. Whilst Britain’s cynical media would argue that Oxford will never escape its enclosed world of fantasy, Mr Simpson sees it as a simple process based around the question of access. By starting a “park and glide” system using the city’s waterways, he seeks to capitalize on the hitherto under-developed east and west sides beyond the tourist trapping trinity of the High Street, St Aldate’s and Broad Street. In theory, his vision for the city is rather attractive. In practice, the plans do not hold much water. The “dirty back yard” of the west side beyond the station could, apparently, with sensitive treatment become the “jewel” of the city. With these plans, Simpson would seem to be contradicting his own views, suggesting that instead of celebrating and enhancing the already well developed cultural centre of the city, tourists should instead be ferried towards its periphery. Will the appeal of a poor imitation mini-Venice stay afloat? In many ways, development of the east and west sides is the only way in which Oxford can progress culturally without opposition. Yet after his first-hand experience with the doomed Millennium project, Mr Simpson stresses that Oxford will not be putting all its jewels in one casket with this bid. “What we are talking about are some new uses and enhancements for the buildings. This is a project which is predicated around celebrating creativity, not celebrating building construction.” Improving the access to and use of the existing architectural gems would be greeted with open arms by both locals and tourists. Yet his vague unwillingness to discuss specific strategies suggests that these aspirations will merely remain a twinkling in Mr Simpson’s eye. “Imagine”, “Inspire” and “Innovate”: not the names of Calvin Klein’s latest range of fragrances, but the hollow keywords around which the bid is focused. Grounding these vague ideas in reality before they float past the dreaming spires themselves will be Simpson’s hardest task. If Oxford is marketed with these household labels, the city’s magical mystique, which Simpson hopes to capture, will be dispelled. It seems that Simpson’s imagination may have taken a step too far when he dreamily invited us to “Come and join us on the journey!” It would have been as hard for us to leave our cosy tearooms as it will be for Oxford to change its deep-rooted outlooks. If Simpson’s hot air balloon ever gets off the ground, it will only too soon be burst by Oxford’s stubborn spires. ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

BECKER, FREDERICK A.

first_imgA funeral service was held April 16 for Frederick A. Becker, 94, of Secaucus. He passed away April 10 at the Hudson Regional Hospital. Born in Secaucus, Frederick was a lifelong resident. He was a pig farmer for many years before working in the trucking industry. Predeceased by his wife, Dolores (Muszynski) Becker, and his brothers Charles and Otto Becker, he is survived by his sons Thomas and wife Shirley and Donald Becker. He is also survived by his five grandchildren Brian, Gwendolyn, Kimberly, Amy and Thomas Jr., as well as two great-grandchildren.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.last_img read more

Reasons why you should enter Britain’s Best Loaf

first_imgIncredible Bakery CompanyIncredible Bitter and Aromatic Boule, Gluten Free winner 2018How have you marketed your win? We told everyone through our social media and website, and made a special leaflet for our wholesale and individual customers. We also sent press releases to the local media. We basically use it all the time – it’s with great delight we can say our loaf won.How did your customers react? Our posts about winning were shared far and wide, and we believe it has drawn people to our brand who otherwise wouldn’t have known about us.How has the win impacted sales? Since we started we have seen an increase of sales year on year.Have you gained new business as a result of the win? It is difficult to quantify if business has been won solely on the basis of the award. However, the award gave us more credibility with members of the public in general and, as a result of that, we have probably got more business.What would you say to someone considering entering? Just do it – you won’t regret it. Winning such a prestigious prize is priceless, and having your company recognised by the industry experts is a seal of approval. Joe’s BakeryEaster Bread, Innovation winner 2018How have you marketed your win? We posted the win on our social media accounts, on our website, and on a local traders’ Facebook group. We also had articles in the two local community magazines. And we made a display of the trophy, certificate and photos in our shop window.How did your customers react to the win? Very positively. We had a lot of congratulations and comments about how we deserved the win.How has the win impacted sales? The winning product was a seasonal line, so we are just about to put it back into production now.Have you gained new business as a result of the win? It is difficult to attribute the sales increase directly to the win, but sales have remained very healthy.What would you say to someone considering entering the competition? Give it a go! It involves a bit of effort but the benefits from winning make it very worthwhile, not just the sales but staff satisfaction and pride as well. Also, entering the competition makes everybody involved think seriously about the quality of bread they are making and raises ideas for improvement. British Baker is once again delighted to be running Britain’s Best Loaf – a competition that can deliver real benefits to your business.If you produce a loaf that could be a winner in one of five categories – Gluten Free, Innovation, Sourdough, White or Wholegrain – then we want to know about it.The 2019 Britain’s Best Loaf competition, sponsored by Craggs & Co, takes place at the Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 8 April.Judged by a panel of leading industry figures, it is a great chance for bakers to showcase their skills and the quality of their work to peers and potential customers.“Winning such a prestigious prize is priceless, and having your company recognised by industry experts is a seal of approval,” says Valeria Mizuno-Turner, co-owner of the Incredible Bakery Company, which won last year’s Gluten Free category with its Incredible Bitter and Aromatic Boule.We asked previous winners to tell us what success on the competition had meant to them, and how it had benefited their business – see below.Bakers interested in taking part in this year’s contest should visit the website britainsbestloaf.co.uk for more information and to enter online. The deadline for entries is 11 March, and there is an entry fee of £20+VAT for each product.The Farm Shop & Deli Show is being held from 8-10 April 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham, and will once again offer a fantastic selection of products from local and regional suppliers.Winners’ stories:The developers of some of last year’s winning loaves explain what the competition success has meant for them and their businesses.FoodhavenWhite Seeded Sourdough: Britain’s Best Loaf winner 2018How have you marketed your win? We have created posters for our shops and got very good coverage on radio and local press.How did your customers react to the win? Our customers have always enjoyed our bread and our products are priced very competitively. This has not always worked in our favour – people often think they need to pay a lot for a quality product. The award gave our customers a feelgood factor by endorsing their decision.How has the win impacted sales? Our sales have increased by about 7% year on year since the win.What would you say to someone considering entering the competition? In our case it takes no additional effort other than the trip to Birmingham to drop off the samples. We don’t do anything different for the competition – we make the same loaf for our shops.center_img Luke Evans BakerySmall Country Grain: Wholegrain winner 2018How have you marketed your win? We did some local PR at the time, which gave us some great coverage. We use it with potential customers when we approach them.How did your customers react to the win? They were pleased they were able to stock Britain’s best wholegrain loaf.How has the win impacted sales? It has enabled us to do more marketing and have something to be proud of. One of the best things that came from it was the pride of the bakers themselves. We did a PR piece on them with a photo and they loved it – it was great for morale.Have you gained new business as a result of the win? Very likely, but it’s difficult to pin down. We always mention it at the time to a new customer.What would you say to someone considering entering the competition? It is definitely worth doing. It gives you, as a business, something to talk about. It also gives your customers something to be proud to have on their shelves, and gives them something to talk about. And it’s great for staff morale.last_img read more

On the Blogs: ‘Teenage’ Coal Plants Are Being Retired Too

first_imgOn the Blogs: ‘Teenage’ Coal Plants Are Being Retired Too FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Coal Wire:Whether in Italy, the US or the Netherlands, the trend to the retirement of teenaged coal plants — or even younger in the case of one of Luminant’s Sandow units — is something new. In the space of a month, three separate announcements have slated 6600 MW of young coal plants to be closed long before their technical life is over.Where once the life of a coal plant of 40 years or more was determined by what physical shape the plant was in, political and economic factors are fast emerging as the key determinants of how long they will run.Two of the key drivers for long plant life — a stable pro-coal political climate and favourable economics — are evaporating fast. The politics of climate change are shifting, often across the political spectrum, with support for phasing out coal plants growing rapidly. The plummeting cost of renewable generation is making running existing coal plants ever more marginal.A series of announcements over the last few weeks suggests that the storyline that only old coal power plants are being closed down is rapidly becoming redundant as plants that are barely teenagers are being targeted for closure.Last week the Italian Government announced it will close all 8980 megawatts (MW) of its coal power plant capacity by 2025. The government’s new energy strategy is not due to be publicly released until November 7, so it is still possible the devil may be in the detail. However, with nearly all of the plants reliant on imported coal, Italy’s decision is yet another hit for thermal coal exporters.While Italy’s announcement is big news in itself, even more remarkable is that the 1980 MW Torrevaldaliga Nord power station in Rome province, the three units of which were only commissioned in 2009 and 2010, will be closed before it has even been running for 16 years.Earlier this year Climate Analytics, a consultancy firm, put together a list of the top 20 plants in the European Union that would have to close to have a chance of meeting the Paris Agreement climate targets. Climate Analytics suggested that, at best, the Torrevaldaliga Nord power station might be closed by 2029 and, at worst — under a “business as usual” scenario — by 2061.Another plant on Climate Analytics’ high priority list for shutting down is Enel’s coal-fired 2640 MW Brindisi Sud power station, which was commissioned between 1991 and 1993. However, the consultancy expected that the plant would operate until sometime between 2028 and 2044. Now the plant will be closed before it makes it to 35 years old.While the life span of coal plants varies, well-maintained plants are commonly expected to last for at least 40 years and — with major upgrades — can even stagger on until they are well over 50 years old. The Hazelwood plant in Australia, which closed earlier this year, was 52 at the time it was shut down. According to CoalSwarm’s global coal plant database, the average age of US coal plants at the time of retirement is 53 years. In India, the Central Electricity Authority expects key coal plant components to last for just 25 to 30 years.While the norm may have been for coal plants to run for decades longer than their original design life, that may be changing rapidly.Two weeks ago, the Texas-based utility Luminant announced that it plans to close its 1182 MW Sandow plant in mid-January 2018, after Alcoa paid out the remainder of its power purchase agreement.The plant, which comprises two operating units, originally supplied electricity for Alcoa’s Rockdale aluminium smelter under a binding contract which was set to run until 2038. However, after the closure of the smelter in 2008, Alcoa sold power into the deregulated Texas market. When new renewable and gas generation came onstream, this became a losing strategy.Luminant stated rather euphemistically that the Sandow plant was “economically challenged.”To break its contract, Alcoa agreed to pay Luminant US$237 million and transfer 30,000 hectares of land to compensate the utility for lost income.Even so, it was a good deal for Alcoa. In announcing the settlement, Alcoa stated it would be US$60–70 million a year better-off after closing the plant.More: Rejected teenagers: the trend of closing young coal plantslast_img read more

US Army Reserve, Ministry Of Health Partner To Bring Medical Care To Cortés

first_imgBy Maria Pinel / Joint Task Force Bravo December 19, 2019 Twenty-two U.S. service members assigned to Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) worked alongside Honduran military and relief organizations to conduct a medical readiness training exercise in the department of Cortés, Honduras, November 5-7, treating more than 800 patients.The exercise, which involved more than 70 American and Honduran participants providing critical medical services to local residents, also offered Honduran and U.S. officials a chance to engage in the combined effort to enhance cooperation in the region.“The work our medical professionals have been doing alongside our Honduran partners makes a significant impact,” said U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Woody Caulder, JTF-Bravo deputy commander. “We were honored to be in the community caring for residents with Honduran medical officials, as the U.S. commitment to promoting security and prosperity continues with our Honduran partners.”During the multi-day exercise, local patients were able to receive primary care, preventive health, and dental and pharmacy services from JTF-Bravo medical personnel and local medical professionals. By partnering with the Honduran Ministry of Health to involve local doctors in the exercise, the impact extends beyond the last day of the event, ensuring local residents can benefit from follow-on care in their community.Additional participants included the Honduran Red Cross and Honduran Navy personnel, who provided security assistance and translation between the patients and U.S. military personnel.Dr. Dinorah Nolasco, regional health director in the department of Cortés, said the joint medical mission is a great source of support that helps the regional office compensate for some of the health challenges present in the region, including combating the high incidences of dengue and how preventative measures are important.“We have had an ongoing relationship with the Task Force because we have been planning different activities in the Choloma municipality and they have also provided assistance at the Catarino Hospital. I hope you can continue supporting us, especially in preventive health,” said Nolasco. “I appreciate the support you are giving us and the collaboration from every institution present, this is a great help for us. On behalf of the department of Cortés, we say thank you, and we hope we can continue counting on your support.”The medical engagements also benefited participants’ overall readiness by allowing them to operate in remote locations — skills that are key to being prepared to support disaster relief or humanitarian assistance operations at a moment’s notice.“Not only do we have the opportunity to build partnerships and stronger neighboring communities by providing care with our Honduran hosts, but the participants are also honing valuable skills and competencies in the process,” Lt. Col. Caulder said.last_img read more

JD.com wants network of 5 million physical stores in China

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In the Zagreb County, the implementation of three EU projects is underway, which will enrich the tourist offer

first_imgA record tourist year in Zagreb County The third project is being implemented by the Zagreb County with the City of Zagreb, and it is about Greenway, the first bicycle highway in the Republic of Croatia with a length of about 115 km and a total value of 123 million kuna. “A number of property-legal relations had to be resolved on the entire section, and this is finally coming to an end, so we are about to make the main project.”, Said Prefect Kožić, emphasizing that the project will further encourage the development of rural tourism. Greenway, the first bicycle highway in the Republic of Croatia, about 115 km long The Greenway Project Photo: Zagreb County Tourist Board In Zagreb County, the implementation of three EU projects is underway, which will significantly enrich the tourist offer in the coming period. Zagreb County Prefect Stjepan Kožić commented on the branches of tourism to which the County pays special attention. “I am primarily thinking of health tourism and the Naftalan Special Hospital in Ivanić-Grad, where reconstruction and extension works worth HRK 50 million should be completed soon. As this is a unique deposit of medicinal naphthalene, an oil derivative whose deposit is still the only one in Azerbaijan, we expect the return of this investment in a very short time.”, Said Kožić, emphasizing the importance of shopping tourism thanks to two large investments in Rugvica – IKEA and Designer Outlet Croatia. “There is also cycling tourism that we are developing throughout our county, as well as religious tourism in the Krašić region, for which interest is growing from year to year.”, Concluded Kožić. The project plans to build a bicycle road “GREENWAY” that follows the course of the Sava River from the border with Slovenia to Lijevi Dubrovčak with a total length of 121,6 km with additional equipment that includes: lighting, bicycle chargers (pedals), rest areas, parking lots, info signs, traffic counters. It is also planned to arrange access to bridges, as well as to arrange access and connections to the existing bicycle and road infrastructure. In 2018, Zagreb County was traditionally most visited by guests from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Poland, and a significant increase in the number of tourists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other Asian countries was recorded. The most visited cities were Velika Gorica, which recorded a 60 percent increase in tourist overnight stays, followed by Sveta Nedelja and Jastrebarsko, which recorded eight times more arrivals and overnight stays, thanks in large part to the newly opened hotel next to the famous congress center.center_img The second million euros is the In cultura veritas project, which the Zagreb County is implementing together with Slovenian border subregions. The project will be implemented until November 2020, and it aims to develop an attractive cultural and tourist offer on cultural heritage sites and wine roads.   “This is the first time since we measured the tourist indicators that arrivals have reached the six-digit number”, Said the director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board Ružica Rašperić, expressing satisfaction because it is not just about seasonal arrivals, but a continuous influx of domestic and foreign guests. “We are known as an excursion destination for relaxation, but also an active vacation, and we plan to continue to build that image “, said Rašperić, emphasizing the rich eno-gastronomic culture and offer, wine and cycling roads and numerous events thanks to which the Zagreb County is widely known. In 2018, Zagreb County recorded 122.922 tourist arrivals, which is 41 percent more than in the same period in 2017 (87.139). Of the total number of arrivals, 93.279 guests were foreign guests, and the remaining 29.643 were domestic guests.  According to the Zagreb County, this is a project to build the “Visitor Center Sošice”, an investment worth almost 27,5 million kuna, which aims to improve the system of visits and education in the Nature Park Žumberak – Samoborsko gorje, and which should be realized by February 2020.  See more about the Greenway project HERE The number of overnight stays also increased by 33 percent, from 154.345 to 204.818. Out of the total number of overnight stays in the Zagreb County, 149.925 overnight stays were realized by foreign guests, and domestic by 54.893 overnight stays. The conceptual design plans to build a trail through the City of Zagreb on both sides of the Sava River, while a trail through the Zagreb County is planned with only one. The total planned length of the route through Zagreb County without bridge access is 56.806 m, while for the City of Zagreb it is 50.794 m.last_img read more

New houses at slump levels

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Manchester United hero Dimitar Berbatov slams Arsenal fans and Granit Xhaka over ugly Emirates clash

first_imgManchester United hero Dimitar Berbatov slams Arsenal fans and Granit Xhaka over ugly Emirates clash Comment Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka clashed with his own fans (Picture: Getty)Dimitar Berbatov says Arsenal fans were ‘wrong’ to boo Granit Xhaka but has slammed his shocking outburst during the draw with Crystal Palace last weekend.Xhaka has been widely condemned after he antagonised Arsenal fans and told them to ‘f**k off’ as he left the field at the Emirates on Sunday.The Arsenal captain reacted badly after his substitution during the 2-2 draw with met by cheers and now faces a fight to keep hold of the captain’s armband. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Nov 2019 12:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link305Shares Manchester United hero Dimitar Berbatov (Picture: Getty)Manchester United hero Berbatov described the incident as ‘painful’ but says blame can be attached to both parties.ADVERTISEMENT‘Arsenal fans were wrong to boo their captain Granit Xhaka against Crystal Palace last weekend but the player’s reaction was unacceptable,’ he told Betfair.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s not the first time Arsenal fans have booed their own players as I remember it happening to Emmanuel Eboue. It’s not pleasant at all and I found it painful to watch the Xhaka incident.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 City‘For a player, it dents your pride if fans boo your contribution or cheer that you’re going off.‘You want to defend yourself but no player – especially the club captain – should ever react like Xhaka.‘When he took off his shirt, I was thinking: “Please don’t throw your shirt down, because if you do that you’re finished at the club.”center_img Emery on Cup defeat to Liverpool: ‘there were positives’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:01FullscreenEmery on Cup defeat to Liverpool: ‘there were positives’https://metro.co.uk/video/emery-cup-defeat-liverpool-positives-2038934/This 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.‘I was playing for Tottenham in 2007 when Hossam Ghaly threw his shirt to the ground after being substituted. It is terrible for a team when that happens.‘Fortunately, Xhaka stopped short of doing that, but it will still be difficult for him to come back from this unpleasant incident.‘Unai Emery has a challenging job if he’s to mend the relationship between Xhaka and the Arsenal fans.’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 movesXhaka missed Arsenal’s dramatic Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday night but could return for the Gunners on Saturday when they host Wolves.While a number of Arsenal legends have slammed Xhaka, Paul Merson defended the Swiss star by saying: ‘Xhaka’s behaviour was shocking but at the same time, he’s hurt.‘It’s not nice and no one wants to get booed off the pitch, I don’t care who you are. I’m one of his biggest critics but he does care.’MORE: Dani Ceballos apologises to Arsenal fans after missing penalty during Liverpool defeat Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Rio Ferdinand names the three Arsenal players Mikel Arteta must build his team around

first_img“Thank god for this very proud moment for me and my family.” ✍️@BukayoSaka87 joined @ReshminTV earlier to discuss his fresh deal at the Gunners…What a year for the youngster! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/C8GJf4LX7S— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 1, 2020 Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 9:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares The former Man Utd defender says Arsenal must focus on academy products (Pictures: Getty)Rio Ferdinand has praised Bukayo Saka’s passion for Arsenal and believes Mikel Arteta needs to build his team around the teenager and two other young, hungry Gunners players.The 18-year-old put any doubts over his future to bed by signing a new long-term contract on Wednesday, having cemented his status as an integral part of the first-team squad after an excellent breakout campaign.Saka spoke of his love for the club upon penning his extension and Ferdinand believes that attitude needs to be the basis around which Arsenal mould the rest of their squad. Fellow pundit and Arsenal legend Martin Keown agreed, adding: ‘When I was coming through the ranks and was part of an outstanding youth team, you look back at [David] Rocastle, [Michael] Thomas and Tony Adams, it was very important when you look back that we really loved the club.‘Saka mentions that, he loves the club, and you need that type of player, the fans need to identify with that. He is the fan on the pitch. So build it around those players.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal team-mates react to Bukayo Saka signing new contractMORE: Bukayo Saka thanks Unai Emery after signing new Arsenal contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Rio Ferdinand names the three Arsenal players Mikel Arteta must build his team around Comment Advertisement Saka has risen up from Arsenal’s academy and into the first team (Picture: Getty)Asked how important that attitude is, Manchester United legend Ferdinand said on BT Sport: ‘Yeah I think attitude but the right characters and people that want to be at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘And I think the great thing about Saka, and seeing his tweet there and his statement when he was talking there, is that he loves the club and he believes in the philosophy and he wants to move forward with the club and improve here.‘They’ve got to get more players to build around that. And I’d build this club around him, around [Gabriel] Martinelli, and around [Joe] Willock.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘These young players that have come through and the badge means something to these young boys.‘And they need players around that to build within that as well, to understand that, to come in and accept that this is the place they want to be and they believe in the management and they want to go forward together.’last_img read more