Arsenal have been told that they missed their chance to sign Gary Cahill, with there little logic in making a move for the Chelsea defender now.Back in 2012, the defender was proven performer as he preparing to head for the exits at Bolton.Having established himself as an England international, there was no shortage of suitors for Cahill. 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? Chelsea eventually won the race for his signature and have seen him go on to make close to 300 appearances for the club while claiming two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.Arsenal should have been in for his services before he headed to Stamford Bridge, says Smith.No deal was done then, though, and a former Gunners striker sees no reason why Unai Emery would want to bring in a 33-year-old Cahill during the January window after seeing him slip down the pecking order at Chelsea.Smith told Express Sport: “Arsenal should have signed Gary Cahill before he went to Chelsea.“He spoke and had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and it didn’t happen.“But he went on to become a fine, fine defender.“Now you’d be signing somebody who’s in his latter years and is not at his peak.“I don’t see that as a goer.”While Smith has questioned the merits of making a move for Cahill, the experienced defender is attracting plenty of interest.He is considered to be a useful short-term option for any number of clubs, with Manchester United credited with holding an interest prior to Jose Mourinho’s departure.A move away from Stamford Bridge is expected to be made during the winter window, with Cahill struggling for regular game time under Maurizio Sarri and eager to find minutes elsewhere as his contract in west London runs down.
The province’s business development agency has released its vision for the next five years. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) unveiled its next five-year plan at an event in Dartmouth today, Sept. 11. This roll-out will continue at events throughout the province over the next three days. The plan is designed to build on NSBI’s accomplishments since its inception in 2001, and to provide direction for continued business growth through 2012. “The future prosperity of our province is being shaped by the decisions we make today, and putting measures in place to ensure we have a sustainable economy is the foundation,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “NSBI’s five-year plan reflects an aggressive, innovative, business-savvy approach that will help us transform our economy for the next decade, and help us get to a new Nova Scotia.” In the five-year period that ended in March, 18,600 direct and spinoff jobs were created as a result of the activities of NSBI and its clients. This surpasses NSBI’s first five-year target — helping its clients create and retain 18,000 jobs in Nova Scotia. By 2012, 27,400 jobs are projected to be in place as a direct result of NSBI initiatives in the first five years. “We know that Nova Scotia is competing and winning both at home and abroad,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “I look forward to the continued success of NSBI as we embark on this new journey.” NSBI undertook a comprehensive consultation process with stakeholders provincewide to understand how the organization can best support and promote business growth over the next five years. The plan is reflective of the opportunities and issues identified by these stakeholders throughout the province. “NSBI’s five-year plan reflects on the issues and opportunities identified by businesses in communities throughout Nova Scotia,” said Doug Hall, chair of NSBI’s board of directors. “The five key areas of this strategy make up the right plan of action for business growth in Nova Scotia.” The new vision is slightly different than NSBI’s first five-year plan. The plan shifts from focusing on job creation to focusing on total client payroll. NSBI’s new five-year target is to create and retain $800 million in total client payroll by 2012. This fits in with NSBI’s goal of its clients creating and retaining $1 billion in total payroll by 2013. To support its overall goal of delivering results for the province, NSBI will focus on five key areas: regional growth, competitiveness, talent, leadership and collaboration. “We know our model is working; our results speak for themselves,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “We’ve set some big goals for business growth in Nova Scotia, and I’m confident in our team’s ability to achieve them.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, export development, financing and venture capital.