Universal Studios Japan to open Nintendo theme park on Feb. 4

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Care home resident joins battle for Christmas number one with stunning Bing Cosby cover

Margaret Mackie Christmas song

Margaret Mackie is ready to take on Mariah Carey for Christmas number one (Picture: SWNS)

A care home resident has joined the race for Christmas number one, battling Mariah Carey and Jess Glynne for the crown.

Margaret Mackie, 84, is taking on the charts with her cover of White Christmas, by legendary Bing Crosby.

She belted out the classic at the Northcare Suites Care Home, in Edinburgh, where she resides – with help from former carer Jamie Lee Morley, 32.

Singer Jamie recorded guide vocals in a recording studio last month, sharing them with his pal over a videocall – before she was sent equipment to record her own vocals.

Will Margaret be able to beat the self-declared queen of Christmas to the title?

Seeing as she beat Ed Sheeran in terms of downloads, we wouldn’t put it past her…

Margaret Mackie Christmas song

Will they manage to give us a chart battle? (Picture: SWNS)

The star shared an incredible rendition of My Way last year, that stormed the downloads charts – with a video of her performance going viral in the process.

She will be facing stiff competition from Mariah, Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber and Jess for the top spot.

An Official Charts spokesperson has told us that the race to the infamous number one spot couldn’t be more exciting – which is definitely what we need after the madness of 2020.

‘2020 has been a challenging year for many, what we’re seeing through the lens of the Official Chart is the British public noticeably wishing it all away in favour of some festive cheer,’ they told us.

‘December is only just arriving and we’re already seeing a vast surge year on year in the streaming of Christmas classics (up 45% year on year). 

‘Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You reappeared in the Official Chart Top 40 two weeks ago, its earliest re-entry on record, and there’s no less than four festive songs potentially about to break into the Top 10 on Friday.’

Bring it on!

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ‘lost enthusiasm, confidence and pace’, says Stewart Robson

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.

Aubameyang has struggled this season (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Stewart Robson is concerned by Arsenal’s lack of ‘fluidity’ in attack and believes star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has lost ‘enthusiasm, confidence and pace’ this season,

Aubameyang has been Arsenal’s top performer since joining from Borussia Dortmund but has struggled this season, scoring just twice in 10 Premier League appearances.

With his goals drying up, Mikel Arteta’s side have only averaged a goal a game in the league and currently sit 14th in the table.

Robson, the former Arsenal midfield, is concerned by his old club’s form and particularly by Aubameyang’s sudden dip.

‘Mikel Arteta is having a struggle at the moment,’ Robson told ESPN after their 2-1 loss to Wolves on Sunday night.

‘He’s not got any fluidity in the team, they don’t seem to have a game plan which they had at the end of last season. Arsenal have got a few problems.

Mikel Arteta, the Manager of Arsenal is interviewed before the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.

Arteta’s side are misfiring (Picture: Getty)

‘They didn’t play well against Wolves whatever Mikel Arteta said. They’re not scoring goals and at times they’re easy to counter attack on the break. Problems for Arsenal.

Robson added: ‘He [Aubameyang] seems to have lost his enthusiasm, he seems to have lost a bit of confidence, he seems to have lost a bit of pace as well.

‘He was moaning about playing on the left wing but when he had those good games in the semi-finals, the cup final, the Community Shield, he was playing on the left-hand side.

‘Now he’s playing up front – when he was at Dortmund he was making great runs, he’s not making those great runs anymore. He doesn’t look as though he’s going to get on the end of crosses when they come into the box.

‘He justs seems to have lost that enthusiasm, that little bit of confidence and the team aren’t playing well enough to get him enough of the ball.’

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