Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stripped of penalty duties Advertisement Phil HaighSunday 17 Mar 2019 11:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Aubameyang scored from the spot against Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)Talking of the penalty kick against United, Nicholas said on Sky Sports: ‘It’s not an awful penalty because it hits the back of the netAdvertisementAdvertisement‘You can hit a sweet penalty and the keeper gets a hand to it and it crawls over the line, you don’t care.‘A perfect penalty is that it goes over the line and it’s a goal. That’s all you care about.‘But, as an Arsenal fan, I don’t want him taking the next one.’ Hugo Lloris saved Aubameyang’s penalty in the north London derby (Picture: Getty Images)Former Crystal Palace and Birmingham striker Clinton Morrison added: ‘I wouldn’t have taken a penalty like that.‘I’m not that confident to go up and take a penalty like that. The run ups nowadays and the way they take the penalties, they put it right down the middle.‘I think you should pick your spot, pick your corner, and pout your laces through it.’More: FootballChelsea 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 CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerArsenal are not back in action until Monday 1 April when they take on Newcastle in the Premier League.The 2-0 victory over United last Sunday took them into fourth place in the table, just one point behind Spurs in third.MORE: Ernesto Valverde warns Lionel Messi and Barcelona players about facing Manchester United in Champions LeagueMORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demanded urgency from Manchester United players in team talk during Wolves defeat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been hit and miss from the spot (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has called for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to be stripped of penalty duties at the club.The 29-year-old is the Gunners’ top scorer this season with 17 Premier League goals and 22 in all competitions, but he has drawn criticism for his technique and strike-rate from the spot.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starAubameyang missed a penalty in the last minute of the north London derby against Tottenham, costing Arsenal two points against their bitter rivals.He showed his mettle by scoring from the spot against Manchester United the following weekend, but Nicholas is still unconvinced by his abilities after missing two of the six pens he has taken for Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement
Growing up Muslim American, I frequently encountered stone-cold glances or looks of disapproval, but it wasn’t until the fifth grade that I experienced overt racism. It happened during a school field trip to the annual Children’s Water Education Festival in Irvine. My peers and I were eating Subway for lunch when a young boy from another school looked at me and yelled, “Terrorist!” Judging others is habitual: We judge and are judged constantly. Various studies, time and time again, demonstrate how frequently individuals both judge and misjudge people based on appearance and actions without giving time to understand their behavior. A 2016 study by Allure noted that 80% of people surveyed agreed that everyone judges other people’s looks. Even though the study emphasizes that being judgemental is an innate human characteristic, I believe there is a greater problem of us being narrow-minded. Oftentimes, we don’t accept differing viewpoints, stunting our ability to understand varying perspectives. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view,” Atticus said. “Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Acquiring the skill to climb in and walk around in someone else’s skin before reaching a conclusion is a lifelong journey — one I invite everyone to embark on. It wasn’t until I read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” in the eighth grade that I truly started to comprehend the boy’s hostile behavior. Published in 1960, Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows the story of a child’s view of race and justice in the South. I learned alongside Scout as her father, Atticus Finch, taught her to be a morally responsible person. Enriched in wisdom, Lee’s prose contains life lessons applicable to any day and age — taking form in the words of Atticus. A snippet of a larger conversation, Atticus explains the importance of understanding others before judging them in terms that both Scout and I could understand. Struggling to put his advice into practice, Scout ultimately succeeds in living with empathy as she grasps and accepts her neighbor’s perspective near the end of the novel. Like Scout, I applied this suggestion to my pressing questions regarding the boy’s remark. I realized there was no justifiable answer: His comment came from a place of judgment and ignorance. I told myself that he probably didn’t know any better. My hijab — a headscarf — was enough for him to instantly judge and label me as something I’m not. So many emotions flowed through me in that very instant. I was shocked, but confused. Angry, yet sad. Disgusted, though helpless. Feelings beating against each other, I mainly concerned myself with understanding why the boy called me that. Spending the next few days and nights pondering why, my young simple-minded self gave up. On almost every page, I cultivated a new understanding of ethics and morality from my literary hero. But, the greatest lesson I learned from him came in the third chapter when Atticus enlightens his daughter with unforgettable insight regarding judgment. I was 10 years old when I faced racism for the first time in my life. And I still remember it vividly. I came to the conclusion that there wasn’t anything I could do to change what he said, but I could choose to grow from the experience. Though the boy hadn’t given an extra second to view things from my perspective, I knew I wouldn’t do the same. I chose to give him the benefit of the doubt and not blame him for being ignorant. And if he was, I hope that he learned to be tolerant toward others. So to the boy who judged me before knowing me (whoever you are), I hope that you have now learned to think before you speak and belittle others but, more importantly, know that I forgive you. Beyond making snappy judgments, we must commit to doing what Atticus taught Scout. It’ll take time and patience to replace our behavior of judging others with understanding other people’s perspectives. Nevertheless, this life lesson is invaluable and one that has the power to greatly enhance the lives of many. So tomorrow, try walking in someone else’s shoes before jumping to conclusions. And the day after, work toward viewing a situation through another’s eyes before belittling them. (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) And I say we change this. At USC, I’ve seen how dangerous and cruel unjust judgments can be. From the Fluor flooding incident in which Latinx students received racist comments to untrue rumors containing hateful rhetoric against particular presidential and vice presidential campaigns that were spread around during USG elections, most — if not all — of us have either judged others without empathy or have been on the receiving end. We are all victims of living in a society that welcomes bias and judgment. Taking it day by day, I encourage us all to stop judging a book by its cover. Aisha Patel is a freshman writing about fiction in parallel to current events. Her column, “Fiction but Fact,” runs every other Wednesday.