Arsene Wenger Will Not Recall Arsenal Players From African Cup Of Nations

Frenchman reckons the show must go on...
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains that he will not recall any of his players who have gone to represent their countries in the African Cup of Nations, following the attack on the Togo team bus in Angola.

The bus came under machine-gun fire after crossing the border of Democratic Republic of Congo and entering the Angolan province of Cabinda. Three lives were lost during the ordeal, leaving eight wounded.

But Wenger believes that the show must go on, and maintains that he will not recall Cameroon international Alexandre Song or Ivory Coast midfielder Emmanuel Eboue.

"I do not believe you can just stop any competition at any incident, because that will reward people who provoke the incidents," Wenger said, according to the Press Association.

"That means any competition in the world will be stoppable at any time.

"The international federation has to make sure the security is good enough for the competition and maybe you have to leave it to some individual players that if they feel scared then there is the possibility they could move out of the competition.

"I personally feel that the competition has to go on."

Wenger then touched on the political situation in Angola, saying: "Angola is a troubled country because there is political unrest and rebels fighting against the government, so it can be dangerous.

"I do not know well enough what happened [to the Togo squad], but it looks strange to me that the team travelled from Congo to Angola knowing there were rebels on the border."

Adithya Ananth, UK