Some nights are better than others #Arsenal #FACup

Manchester United 1 – 2 Arsenal



It was a good night for Arsene Wenger and his blue-clad traveling Gunners. A solid win away at Old Trafford, the first time in the last 11 visits he’s been able to win there. It was a huge night.




Returning from injury, Nacho Monreal came straight into the starting XI. And what a decision that turned out to be. Not only did he defend excellently throughout the game, he finished beautifully with his left foot to give Arsenal the lead — this after spectacular footwork by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


Cool. Calm. Collected. Composed.

A leap for joy! And nlow to make sure he leaps that high on defense.

It was a solid defensive performance, mostly by Arsenal and, in particular, Per Mertesacker. Except of course for the Wayne Rooney header. A great cross fizzed in by Angel di Maria, and met by Rooney’s deadly forehead. He was given acres of space between Per and Laurent Kosielney. 1-1 at halftime in a cracking FA Cup tie.

Then came the moment Danny Welbeck cane back to haunt his former employers. A weak backpass left an otherwise brilliant David de Gea stranded. And it was left for Welbeck to do the rest. 2-1 to the Arsenal.



Welbeck got to the poor pass before De Gea, pushed it past the onrushing ‘keeper and slotted what turned out to be the winning goal.

And, yes, of course he celebrated.

A solid win and, with it, a new record: Arsenal have now qualified for more FA Cup semi-finals than any other team. That’s 28 times the Gunners have made the final four of the world’s oldest cup football competition.

All pictures via Arsenal’s official Twitter account. Now read the club’s match report, Wenger’s take on the win and what match-winner Welbeck’s thoughts. There’s also a full gallery if you want to relive it in glorious picture detail.

Top Gear will NOT happen in Durban this year

To much fanfare a little while ago, it was announced that the Top Gear Live event would take place in Durban for a fourth straight year.

However, a little while ago, I got an email from the organisers saying it would no longer happen. Here is the full press release, unchanged.

Press release
For immediate release 2nd March 2015
TOP GEAR LIVE EVENT TO LEAVE DURBAN

It has been announced today that Top Gear Festival will not take place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal this year. The organisers have confirmed they are actively looking for an alternative destination for a Top Gear Live event and hope to have more news very soon.

Over the years the Top Gear Live events have enjoyed a great relationship with their South African fans and in their statement they thanked the fans for their understanding following this announcement. “Durban is one of 7 destinations selected to be included in the international tour for 2015”. James Cooke-Priest, COO of Top Gear Live statedSouth Africa has always been one of our favourite destinations on the tour. We have a particular fondness for the crowds we entertain here, as they are always so loud and enthusiastic and return year after year to support us. Although we will not be in Durban this year we are taking steps to stage an alternative Top Gear Live event in Johannesburg and we shall be announcing those plans shortly”.

Any fans who had already bought vouchers to attend this year’s event have already been contacted regarding their orders and offered alternatives.

Updates regarding the alternative Top Gear Live event will be made in the press in coming weeks.

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Released by: Annie Fyfe-Hitchings
PR Manager
Top Gear Festival Durban

Alison Fyfe-Turck
PR Manager
Top Gear Festival Durban
Mobile:  +27 83 653 1707
 
Top Gear Offices:  031 
About Top Gear Live

Top Gear Live is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events UK. 
The live events offer an exciting variation on more traditional motoring events.  Top Gear Festivals* include elements such as Motoring Theatre which incorporates the drama of film and theatre with the thrills and spills of stunts and special effects; Track Action including Stig power laps, head-to-head racing, supercars, drag racing & celebrity race challenges; Exhibition Areas – packed with supercars, classic motors and motoring memorabilia as well as other features.
Since 2008 Top Gear Live events have entertained over 2.1 million fans in 28 cities around the World and we are proud to be bringing this event to South Africa again.
*Festival content varies by Country



of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the license fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment and Global Brands. In 2009/10, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £145 million (operating profit before specific items) on sales of £1074 million (including Group revenue and the Group’s share of joint-ventures’ revenue).



BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April 2009. This prestigious award for International Trade recognized the company’s substantial growth in overseas earnings and its commercial success at outstanding levels, based on 3 years’ trading results, which benefit the UK creative industries and ultimately the license fee payer.
For more information please visitwww.bbcworldwide.Press release
For immediate release 2nd March 2015


TOP GEAR LIVE EVENT TO LEAVE DURBAN



It has been announced today that Top Gear Festival will not take place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal this year. The organisers have confirmed they are actively looking for an alternative destination for a Top Gear Live event and hope to have more news very soon.

Over the years the Top Gear Live events have enjoyed a great relationship with their South African fans and in their statement they thanked the fans for their understanding following this announcement. “Durban is one of 7 destinations selected to be included in the international tour for 2015”. James Cooke-Priest, COO of Top Gear Live statedSouth Africa has always been one of our favourite destinations on the tour. We have a particular fondness for the crowds we entertain here, as they are always so loud and enthusiastic and return year after year to support us. Although we will not be in Durban this year we are taking steps to stage an alternative Top Gear Live event in Johannesburg and we shall be announcing those plans shortly”.

Any fans who had already bought vouchers to attend this year’s event have already been contacted regarding their orders and offered alternatives.

Updates regarding the alternative Top Gear Live event will be made in the press in coming weeks.

- Ends -

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Released by: Annie Fyfe-Hitchings
PR Manager
Top Gear Festival Durban

Alison Fyfe-Turck
PR Manager
Top Gear Festival Durban
Mobile:  +27 83 653 1707
 
Top Gear Offices:  031 303 9177



About Top Gear Live

Top Gear Live is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events UK. 
The live events offer an exciting variation on more traditional motoring events.  Top Gear Festivals* include elements such as Motoring Theatre which incorporates the drama of film and theatre with the thrills and spills of stunts and special effects; Track Action including Stig power laps, head-to-head racing, supercars, drag racing & celebrity race challenges; Exhibition Areas – packed with supercars, classic motors and motoring memorabilia as well as other features.
Since 2008 Top Gear Live events have entertained over 2.1 million fans in 28 cities around the World and we are proud to be bringing this event to South Africa again.
*Festival content varies by Country



About BBC Worldwide



BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the license fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment and Global Brands. In 2009/10, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £145 million (operating profit before specific items) on sales of £1074 million (including Group revenue and the Group’s share of joint-ventures’ revenue).



BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April 2009. This prestigious award for International Trade recognized the company’s substantial growth in overseas earnings and its commercial success at outstanding levels, based on 3 years’ trading results, which benefit the UK creative industries and ultimately the license fee payer.
For more information please visitwm