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Wenger expects Arsenal to drown Swans

WENGER-POPESWANSEA, November 8-Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal will make an immediate recovery from their European meltdown when they return to Premier League action at Swansea on Sunday.

Wenger’s side squandered a three-goal lead as they crumbled in spectacular fashion in the final 29 minutes against unheralded Belgians Anderlecht on Tuesday.

The woeful collapse once again exposed the soft centre of Arsenal’s defence and sparked a torrent of criticism for Wenger and his players.

But the Gunners boss says his team’s morale has not been affected by either the result or the abuse and he is confident of returning to winning ways at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

“I have managed 2000 games and can anticipate what people will say. If you defend and get back to 3-3, people will ask why you defend and not continue to play a normal game. If you continue to attack, people ask why you attack. It is so predictable,” Wenger said.

“We can learn a lot from what happened on Tuesday. We have special incidents. Some things we can correct, like the second and third goals.

“We are very positive inside the camp. We are not touched by that (the negativity). When we do not win, we are not happy. The rest, we can live with.”

Wenger will adopt a cautious approach by carefully managing Theo Walcott’s return to first-team action following a long-term injury.

The England winger has just returned from a serious cruciate knee ligament injury which he sustained in the Gunners’ FA Cup third round win over Tottenham back in January.

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– Long lay-off -Walcott has sat on the substitutes bench for the wins over Sunderland and then Burnley last weekend, where he was able to make an eye-catching comeback at the Emirates.

And Wenger won’t rush the 25-year-old straight back into his starting line-up after such a length lay-off.

“In our job, every time you have a big injury, there is a bigger chance of having another,” Wenger said.

“He is now ready to play again and we just have to leave him in peace and give him the time needed to come back. He is in the squad. His ability to start is that if I decide to start him he can start.”

Meanwhile, Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, who interested both Tottenham and Liverpool in the close-season, is set to extend his stay in south Wales.

And Swansea manager Garry Monk has revealed the Ivory Coast forward could even sign a new deal before the fixture with Arsenal. 

“Hopefully we can get it done before Arsenal – it has to go through the legal procedures but fingers crossed it can be done,” Monk said.

“We’ve had a great relationship. We spoke a lot over the summer and I know how committed he is and how much he enjoys it here. This contact is a symbol of that.

“It would be a very big thing for the club, the player and his team-mates.

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“It’s good for them to see a big player commit to the club. Hopefully it’s a boost for everyone.”

Monk denied the move to tie Bony to a longer deal, which could see his release clause taken over, was a move to keep the 25-year-old from the clutches of Premier League rivals.

“It’s not why we’re doing it, it’s just about having good players here and on contracts that suit the club,” he added.

“It’s a sign of how committed he is. That’s the biggest message, his commitment to the club and his team-mates.

“Speculation over the summer saw Ashley Williams and Wilf linked away but they gave their commitment to the club and team-mates which is great for them to see. Speculation will always happen. 

“In the times we’re in and the players we have, they will attract attention. I’m sure he’ll be linked again but that’s not a concern.”

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  1. Mussie Habte

    December 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

    What a crock of shit!

    • Asmarino

      December 10, 2011 at 9:22 am

      I am Eritrean and I am wondering why everyone is against us except Gadafi’s Lybia which is poised to have a new leader soon and I choose not to be surpirsed if they vote for another sanction on Eritrea. Not sure if we are supporting the Alshebab or not, but we must be playing the game wrong; or should I say the current gov’t in Eritrea is definitely playing it all wrong. We have to use these forums to look for solutions from within. I am not surpirsed if the US or any other gov’t including that of ours puts its own advantage above and ahead  of any other country or people in the world. That is just the way it is. Eritreans lets organise ourselves once more to hold the Eritrean gov’t to account for its positions and actions; seek policy change or gov’t change. As Eritreans we can choose for these calls to fall on deaf ears. However, we could not survive in isolation and be it now or 50 years from now (if we manage to survive that long given these pressures) we will have to do something about it. 

  2. Selemetama

    December 6, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Mr reporter i would like to let you know Eritrea didn’t broke from Ethiopia rather it get its independence by paying precious sons daughters brothers sisters fathers mothers in order to get what we are denied by the international community to get is with out blood shed in 1940s like any other African countries. and now we are still fighting that we are not terrorist we don’t like war but you people are jerks who lie about the truth and kill  any one.

    the African leaders are slaves which didn’t yet get their freedom. if you go through history i want to make clear that the slave owners don’t bit the black people them selves but they where using black slave to bit them the same is true in our current situation Americans cann’t do any thing to as they are away but the black neighbors are instruments which they don’t learn form history, which who don’t care about their people and selfish.

    as of my understanding African leaders better to spend their time to construct good things to their people rather being an instrument that intervene in others economic growth. they are spending their time to until they get orders from USA. but i want to know one thing what is wrong with america because they were the one who opposed the freedom of eritrea in 1945 and they are repitting the same history

    • Edmmusyoka

      December 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

      You are too bitter and as a result your reasoning (or lack of it) is compromised by your anger. You need to go to school. We Kenyans are for the peace of the East African people and anybody who is not on our side is an enemy and we will crash them.

      • Fackdemocracy

        December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm

        edmmusyoka sorry you don’t to get angry if you are young make this comments to create peace to africa not war and i think he is angry but he is trying to figure out what the americans has done to his country and he just reffering history just consider his point and try to check it out in your country. when did you get your independence how long have you been enjoying your freedom? how long have you guys enjoyed democracy? what are the fruits of democracy to your people you know how you are suffering so don’t get angry because you just listen to the monopolized media try to consider things from all prospective. Americans can do every thing.
        i will ask you one question that is do african people lose or gain by the death of gaddafi?
        just think wisely and answer to that question. check what he has done to africa and try to figure out what his program is etc…………………………
        thank you

  3. Rasfilmon

    December 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Eritrea is innocent: the ruling party (PFDJ) though are guilty of every bad things under the sun!!!!

  4. Isma_95

    December 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    It should have been habben long time ago it is purely broofed that Eriterean goverment behind the terrorist

    • Fackdemocracy

      December 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      sorry isma can you give the proof what is the proof is it the proof that we hear in the news which is dominated by western ideology. i want to ask you some questions have you ever heard any news from western broadcast that shows the suffering of the Palestine people? have you ever heard any good news about Eritrea have ever heard about good news going on Kenya? which comes first peace and stability or government who creates government people or other governments?why do other governments eager to give the Somali people a government while there is no peace? for me i don’t know because the Americans are the worst in the world they kill people innocent people in Iraq? tell how many African leaders who argue against american interest in Africa have been killed? who tried nuclear bomb in human being the terriorist arabs muslims? last question 

      which one do you choose from peace,security and well being or democracy?

      i hope you will think more with those words and i don’t mean to confront you or lets sit in our couch and think about the past and try to analyze things why questions?

      why uganda at one time claims eritrea helps terriorist group later  claim no they don’t support etc……………………………..

      bro think of all this 
      cheers

  5. Oludavin

    December 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    The problem in Eritrea is not the people but the leaders, the dictator. If Selemetama is a patriot or true Eritrean should be supporting any international efforts to squiz that dictator to be not only peaceful with the neighbours but with his own pple. Eritrea doesn’t need the requirement that all youth should serve indefinately in military… why think always of war while there is alot to be done, to develop the country. The country cannot live on wars and enemity with everybody. Invest resources in education and empowering the people… Why this exodus out if all is well?

    • Selemetama

      December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      oludavin you are right but i think you missed my point we hate war that is what i am saying i am trying to figure out all these things are a setup by the USA gov and i am trying to refer history what decisions they have taken against the people of Eritrea and what they are doing now. eritrea is accourding to the IMF and other reports is the worst debt country in the world thinking rationally i don’t think you borrow to help others which doesn’t have interest. and i don’t see any interest in destabilizing the region what is the benefit of this terrorism. but for the USA in order to reserve their interest in africa they have to do what ever they can that is what i think.

    • Oooooo

      December 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      You see oludavin, even when you thought you chose your words carefully, your ignorance and envy on anything Eritrean is apparent and a manifestation of your crab mentality. I want to remind you, you are no expert on Eritrea as such you can not tell who is and is not a patriot Eritrean. If you read the entire transcript of this latest sanction (2023) it is only slightly meaningful if you accept as fact all the fabrications made by the minority genocidal regime in Ethiopia and parroted by the IGAD despots.  Remember the so called international community does not care about Africa; they only care about their national interests. And keeping Africans hungry and fighting among each other is in their national interest.

  6. Oooooo

    December 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    It seems to me politics and intimidation ruled the day at the UNSC, Rather than substance and the rule of law.  This latest sanction on Eritrea like the past sanctions was adapted by a mere allegation fabricated by the minority genocidal regime in Ethiopia and parroted by the active members of the discredited IGAD who have became accustomed for nodding their heads not only for every dribble made by their colonial masters, but also for every dribble made by the leader of the minority genocidal regime in Ethiopia. Ambassador Rice seems to be the only one who knows about the phantom evidence. After watching the live broadcast of the spectacle and the subsequent interview, I was particularly struck by her palpable contempt for the people of Eritrea and its leadership.
     
    I was also struck by how the leader of the minority genocidal regime in Ethiopia is feeling the heat that is burning under his feet and all around him. Despite selling Ethiopia’s fertile lands to the highest bidder while starving Ethiopian farmers and begging for food, despite sending thousand’s of young Ethiopians to their eminent death in Eritrea and Somalia, despite turning Ethiopia in to a beggar nation and receiving millions of dollars in police and military aid, he could not even feel secure inside the palace in Addis Abeba. He is treated like an occupier in his own country. His paranoia is evident in his tone and overall actions. Including his continuous fabrications of lies, the genocide he is committing in the Ogden and the Gambela regions of Ethiopia, and the bombing of his own people and the subsequent blame on Eritrea. (Exposed by wikileaks cable)
     
    This latest sanctions will only increase the resolve and vigilance of Eriterians, because it is a repeat of the multiple injustice’s committed by Africa’s colonial masters and their African stooges who ignored Eritrea’s legitimate struggle for independence. It does nothing to bring peace to Somalia because continued turmoil in Somalia is in the best interest of the IGAD despots who want to keep the cash flowing in the name of terrorism. It also helps Ethiopia to delay the eminent liberation and return of the oil, gas and mineral rich ogaden region to Somalia (if it becomes whole again.) it also does nothing to bring stability to Ethiopia or the horn of Africa in general, because continued turmoil in the region will benefit and fit right in to the misguided and misinformed united states horn Africa policy and again benefit the despotic IGAD leaders who are only interested in the stability of their despotic leadership and their bank accounts in foreign banks. once again african leaders are selling their soul, this time via a tele conferance and videotape for all the world to see.

  7. Guest

    December 7, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Mr Ooooo, stop talking about Ethiopia and try to get your own house in order. The current Eritrean regime is not good for its people nor to the neighboring countries. So, it has to go. So, next time you think of defending it, think about all the human right violations going on in Eritrea. No excuses!!!

    • Oooooo

      December 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Mr. Guest, it is precisely because Eritrea’s house is in order that the minority genocidal leaders of Ethiopia are envious and trying to destroy it by fabricating stories about bogymen all over horn of Africa. To borrow a phrase from one of Africa’s great thinkers of the past,  Dr. Julius K. Nyerere, (“Small nations are like indecently dressed women. They tempt the evil-minded.”)  And in this case it is the evil minded minority genocidal leaders of Ethiopia who have decided their own survival depends on the destruction of the people and state of Eritrea. And continue to attempt to involve Eritrea in their inferiority complexed shenanigans.
       
      As for your parroted assertion about the current Eritrean regime, I can tell you Eriterians didn’t fight for thirty years so that you or the minority regime in Ethiopia could choose a leader or a regime for them. As for your again parroted assertion about human rights in Eritrea, compare and contrast the status and popularity of the current so called Eritrean opposition groups and the people and state of Eritrea  to see that you are wrong and misguided and/or blinded by your hatred and envy for anything Eritrean. Furthermore if you are proud and tell me what part of Africa you are from (and I am assuming you are African here) I will tell you about the gross violation of human rights in your own country.

      • Selemetama

        December 9, 2011 at 7:05 am

        Oooooo you are so great you demolished these gays you are right no body choose our leader no body feels how we feel about our leaders we are a free nation and free people and free leaders we are not instruments and we will unite for ever so us our enemies and evils who like war and conflict among as will bitterly live watching us joying our freedom.

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