Losing to Chelsea “would’ve done Arsenal a favour”, says Paul Merson, with the Gunners not good enough to compete for a top-four finish in the Premier League and chase down Europa League glory.Unai Emery’s side, who have raised their game for the big occasion of late, secured derby spoils when beating their London rivals 2-0 at Emirates Stadium last time out.That result has seen them close to within three points of the Blues and the final Champions League spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Forcing their way into that pack is considered to be a priority, having seen Arsene Wenger’s reign end with failures in successive seasons, while they are also still in the hunt for a continental prize.Arsenal have reached the last 32 of the Europa League, where they will face BATE, and Merson believes an enforced narrowing of the focus on that competition would have aided the Gunners’ cause for 2019.He told Sky Sports: “It would’ve done Arsenal a favour to get beat the other day, I think, and then they could have put all their eggs into the Europa League.“Now they’ve got to go for the league too but I just don’t think they’re good enough.“They’re hot and cold, you’ve got to be consistent. One minute they’re getting well-beaten by West Ham, but then they’re well-beating Chelsea. The manager’s got to be scratching his head.“This is Arsenal, they need to be playing Champions League football, not Thursday night.“I think Chelsea will edge it, but only just. It’s more the three-point headstart if I’m being honest.”Merson added on the inconsistency which could work against Arsenal, with Manchester United also in the top-four picture after enjoying a resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Arsenal will get beaten by a team in the bottom half next week probably, they were getting beaten by West Ham last week and they were very poor.“They won’t have the consistency, I think Manchester United will get found out – they can’t keep on being that lucky, and I say lucky but they’re poor at the back.“Tottenham’s games they’ve got without [Harry] Kane are winnable, so I don’t see a problem with them, the top two will look after themselves and I think Chelsea will get it.“Man for man they’re a lot better than Arsenal I think. Defensively, they’ll be more reliable before the end of the season.“Manchester United have got a couple of nice games coming up, they’ve had some nice games, but I’m a great believer that what follows easy games is difficult games. What about when PSG get hold of them?”Arsenal’s next game is set to see them take on United, with a heavyweight FA Cup fourth round clash to be staged at Emirates Stadium on Friday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Concluding its annual world conference today, the United Nations labour agency approved a programm for its next year that focuses on the creation of decent work for more of the word’s population, in a global economic environment that it said is creating jobs much too slowly.”Faced with a global jobs crisis that involves trillions in GDP growth but just a trickle of new jobs, we need as many good ideas as we can generate to guide our future course of action,” Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia said in his wrap-up of the 93rd International Labour Conference in Geneva. “The credibility of democracy and open markets are at stake,” Mr. Somavia added. “This conference has risen to the challenge by providing a rich laboratory of ideas for our efforts to make decent work a global goal.”In a press statement, the ILO said its new program includes action at the local, national, regional and international levels to create decent jobs for both men and women to address the crisis. Other priorities include the need to eliminate forced labour, create jobs for youth and improve safety at work.Guest speakers at the conference addressed globalization and the need for decent work. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria and current President of the Arab League, called for the social consequences of globalization to be considered at the Millennium Summit in September. President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, the current Chair of the African Union (AU), urged Africa’s development partners to help make decent work agenda of the ILO a global goal.During the course of the meeting, ILO’s 178 member States also discussed the situation of workers in the occupied Arab territories, the state of labour standards in Belarus, Colombia and other countries and ongoing efforts to stop the use of forced labour in Myanmar. Delegates also considered the current state of working hours and how to balance the need for flexibility with measures to protect workers’ security, health and family life, ILO said.The Conference marked the fourth World Day Against Child Labour by calling for the elimination of child labour in one of the world’s most dangerous sectors – small-scale mining and quarrying – within five to 10 years. This “call to action,” it said, was aimed at freeing the estimated 1 million or more children aged five to 17 who currently toil in dangerous conditions in small-scale mines and quarries around the world.More than 3,000 representatives of governments, employers and workers participated in the conference, which began on 31 May.
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