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Ozil and Emery now understand each other (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)‘He’s working very well and I’m very positive about his commitment. He has a high, high commitment today.‘He’s one of the captains of the team with Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal. I’m looking forward to seeing the best Mesut Ozil this season.’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 CityOzil also confirmed that the manager and player had spoken, and while he wouldn’t confirm the details of the conversation, it appears the two have reached a level of understanding that wasn’t there last season.‘What we spoke about between me and the coach I can’t say, I can’t tell you because if I say something now to you, in the future he doesn’t want to speak to me again, so I have to take care of that!’ Ozil said.‘I’ve had a lot of coaches in my career so of course every coach is different and wants something different from you as a player.‘I had a few injuries before last season started so of course I had a tough time but especially the end of the season I played a lot of games.‘I have a really good relationship with the coach. We are speaking a lot and he wants to help me – I know that because he has a lot of experience – and I want to help the team.’With signings proving difficult to come by for Arsenal, one of Emery’s key tasks will be to get the best out of the former Real Madrid man this season.MORE: Mesut Ozil tips Emile Smith Rowe to make Arsenal breakthrough next seasonMORE: Arsenal and Everton target Armando Izzo signs new deal with Torino Arsenal boss Unai Emery explains how he’ll get the best out of Mesut Ozil this season Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Jul 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link119Shares Advertisement Advertisement Mesut Ozil could still be a key player for Arsenal this season (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Unai Emery has a plan to get the best out of Mesut Ozil this season as it seems like the playmaker is going to stay at Arsenal for the foreseeable future.The Germany international has had an inconsistent time in recent seasons with the Gunners and was often a bit-part player under Emery in his first campaign as manager.He has had injury concerns with his back and knee, and has often struggled to win over fans at the Emirates.Being the club’s highest earner, there was much speculation that he was going to be moved on this summer, if possible.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt appeared he had not won over Emery either, but the Spaniard has faith in the German and is impressed with his level of commitment ahead of a fresh campaign.‘I spoke with him last week at the beginning of pre-season and wanted to get his best performance,’ said Emery. ‘The way to achieve that is with daily commitment. Comment
Asset manager Candriam is extending its thermal coal and tobacco exclusions policy to all its assets under management, it announced today.The exclusions had already been in place for socially responsible-invested (SRI) assets, but would now be applied to the full scope of its assets under management. This would take in all funds and segregated mandates, a spokesman noted.As of the end of June, Candriam has €113bn of assets under management across active, smart-beta, indexed and alternative strategies.The asset manager, which is a subsidiary of New York Life Company, indicated it would also be fully divesting from companies that produce chemical, biological and white phosphorous weapons. Divestments triggered by the new measure would be implemented by the end of this year, according to the manager.Companies with an “exposure level” of more than 10% to thermal coal will be affected by the exclusion, which the spokesman noted was a stricter criterion than that set by many other investors. The asset manager would ban all companies launching new coal projects.The exclusion of tobacco targeted both manufacturers and their suppliers, it said.Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, CEO of Candriam and chairman of New York Life Investment Management, said: “Coal is the most polluting energy source and the first stranded asset in an energy transition pathway, while the harmful effects of tobacco are increasingly exposed.“We recognise the important role asset managers play in tackling major global issues such as health and climate.”Vincent Hamelink, Candriam’s chief investment officer, added “health, social and environmental costs are key in a risk-return analysis”.“Extending our divestment strategy to our mainstream funds is a logical next step as investments in these companies are increasingly incompatible with our long-term risk/return objectives and our sustainability targets”.Candriam’s announcement coincides with a climate summit and the annual responsible investment conference of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in San Francisco this week.Fossil fuel divestment on the riseAccording to a report from philanthropy and impact investing firm Arabella Advisors, nearly 1,000 institutional investors with $6trn (€5trn) in assets have committed to divesting from fossil fuels, up from $52bn four years ago.Released ahead of the climate summit, the report said the recent growth was primarily driven by insurers, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.The growing success of the divestment movement had accelerated in recent years because of “the intersection of ethical, financial and fiduciary imperatives to divest and invest,” it said.The report can be found here.