Bernd Leno rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Manchester City clash

first_imgBernd Leno rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Manchester City clash Comment Leno is refusing to rule out Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League (Picture: Getty Images)Bernd Leno is refusing to rule out the possibility that Arsenal could still qualify for the Champions League, despite being eight points behind fourth-placed side Chelsea.The Gunners will resume their Premier League campaign next week in ninth position and face a tricky test against Manchester City as their first game back.The north London club’s results have slightly improved since Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December and they remain the only Premier League side not to have succumbed to defeat in 2020.With Manchester City awaiting the result of their appeal against their two-year ban from European football, there is a possibility that the fifth-placed side in the league could qualify for the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough a trip to the Etihad is scarcely an enjoyable experience for Arsenal, goalkeeper Leno is looking forward to the test and feels his side are still in with a shot of getting back into Europe’s elite competition. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 9:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares The Gunners have had an upturn under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)‘It’s a great way to start because we have to go full throttle right from the off – they’re an absolutely top team,’ said Leno in an interview with the DFB.‘It’ll be strange to play again after such a long time out and with such little time to prepare, but I’m optimistic about the rest of the season.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‘I hope we can get into Europe. We’re not ruling out the Champions League places because we might get it with just fifth place, given Man City’s possible ban.‘We were in decent form before the break, I just hope we can get back to that when we return and end up in a European spot.’MORE: Mikel Arteta looks ahead to Manchester City clash and provides Arsenal fitness updateMORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in friendlyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

​Norwegian councils band together to form €705m pension fund

first_imgØstfold municipality’s contract with KLP would cease on the same date, it said.From the beginning of next year, all employees of Akershus and Buskerud who are members of AFPK, BFPK and KLP will become members of the Viken Pension Fund.The Viken Pension Fund was a direct continuation of AFPK merged with BFKP, it said.“Members of Viken Pension Fund will experience the same good personal service as in today’s AFPK and BFKP,” the Akershus fund said.At end of 2017, KLP – which manages NOK675.6bn (€69.6bn) – had approximately 1,100 employees and 1,000 retirees from Østfold municipality among its customers. The premium reserve capital relating to them was around NOK1.2bn, according to Sissel Bjaanæs, director of information at the pension provider.“We regret their decision,” she said. “KLP has had a good opportunity to argue for another outcome, so we respect their decision and wish Viken all the best with their pension scheme.”She said KLP would work to make sure the transfer of these customers was smooth.According to its 2017 annual report, the Akershus pension fund – then known as Akershus Interkomnuale Pensjonskasse – had NOK3.7bn in assets under management.BFKP, meanwhile, had NOK1.9bn in assets under management at the end of 2017.The map of Norwegian local authorities is changing considerably as a result of multi-year municipal reform, which is set to reduce the number of administrative regions.One effect of the consolidation has been to create the opportunity for larger independent pension funds in cases where several municipalities are coming together as a single authority. Three Norwegian local authorities have formally decided to bring pension provision for all staff together into a single independent pension fund.The move will create a single municipal pension fund managing NOK6.8bn (€705m), and will take NOK1.25bn away from the main municipal pensions provider Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP).The joint board of Viken county municipality – the new local authority being formed from Akershus, Buskerud and Østfold – resolved at a meeting on 23 March that it would establish its own pension fund for the three former municipalities.Akershus Municipal Pension Fund (AFPK) announced on its website: “The supervisory boards of AFPK and Buskerud Municipal Pension Fund [BFKP] are requested to work as soon as possible with the aim of merging the two pension funds from 1 January 2020.”last_img read more