Arsenal will ‘rip Tottenham to shreds’ says Merson and shocking stats show why

first_imgARSENAL will “rip Tottenham to shreds” in this weekend’s North London derby, according to Paul Merson.And while you might expect the ex-Gunner to side with the red half of North London, the stats do make pretty grim reading for Spurs.3 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has it all to do as he takes his side to Arsenal this weekendCredit: GettyThe team from White Hart Lane have won just ONE of their last 26 Premier league visits to Arsenal.This came back in 2010 when they came from 2-0 down to triumph 3-2.And while Mauricio Pochettino’s side did beat the old enemy 2-0 in the Carabao Cup last season at the Emirates, Spurs have won consecutive away matches at Arsenal just once, victors in 1925 and 1926.What’s more, Spurs are seemingly having a bit of a wobble, and their away form is certainly grounds for concern.Tottenham are winless in their last seven away league games (drawn one, lost six), last enduring a longer winless run on the road between December 2011-April 2012 (eight games).Their last away triumph in the league came on January 20 with a 2-1 success at Fulham.A Fernando Llorente own goal had put the Cottagers ahead, but Dele Alli and a 93rd-minute from Harry Winks saw Spurs sneak it.3ARSENAL COULD ‘SCORE A FEW’And it’s not just the Emirates that seems to be the issue.Arsenal boss Emery has won all four of his home league games against Pochettino.This was three wins with Valencia against Espanyol between 2009-10 and 2011-12 and with Arsenal last season against Spurs.Speaking about the eagerly-anticipated clash, Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate: “I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1.”I think they [Arsenal] will rip Tottenham to shreds.”I think Spurs are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few.”The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think.”LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool, Rangers vs Celtic and Arsenal vs Spurs scores this weekend and win £100Most Read In FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBoth teams will head into the game on the back of defeats.Arsenal were always going to be up against it at Liverpool, and so it proved as they went down 3-1.But Spurs were stunned at home by Newcastle, Joelinton scoring the only goal of a lacklustre game.3 Paul Merson is unsurprisingly backing his old club Arsenal to beat Tottenham this weekendCredit: Getty – Contributorlast_img read more

In policy shift Cuba welcomes back doctors who deserted

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: Cuba, US reopen embassies to end 54-year estrangement Cuba marks Castro uprising anniversary with call for US embargo end What the US can learn from its ‘Cuban immigration policy’ No opening date for US, Cuba embassies; more talks set HAVANA, Cuba – Cuba has decided to allow doctors who deserted while on foreign missions to return home without punishment or loss of position in the state health care system, the government said Friday.The action comes amid worries of a brain drain of Cuban medical professionals as the Communist-ruled island loosens long-time restrictions on emigration.Doctors in particular have faced stringent restrictions on travel since the 1960s, and stiff sanctions awaited those who deserted from government-sponsored missions in foreign countries.Under the new policy announced by the Health Ministry, doctors who deserted while on foreign missions are being welcomed back. They “have the opportunity, if they so desire, to rejoin our National Health System, and will be guaranteed work placement in conditions similar to those they had before,” a ministry statement said.Likewise, Cuban doctors who have emigrated under a more open policy introduced in 2013 can also return, although with no guarantee of working for the state system. In the past, deserters and emigres alike were barred from visiting the country for periods of five to 10 years, or even for life in some cases.An estimated 25,000 doctors and a similar number of health professionals currently serve in international missions in 68 countries. But the missions have been plagued by complaints about comparatively low pay and defections.In recent weeks, about 100 medical deserters turned up in Colombia seeking to travel to the United States under a program adopted in 2006 during the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush.Although better off than most of the Cuban population, doctors make much less than their Latin American counterparts. But the international missions allow them to make 10 to 20 times their normal salary, which in Cuba averaged 1,600 pesos, or a little more than $50 a month, last year.Cuba insists it still has one of the highest doctor-patient ratios in the world. The island receives about $10 billion a year for the medical services it provides other countries, mainly Brazil and Venezuela, making it the top source of hard currency revenues. Facebook Commentslast_img read more