Arsene Wenger rates Guendouzi and names two more Arsenal youngsters with ‘big potential’

first_imgArsene Wenger believes Matteo Guendouzi has ‘big potential’ and praises Arsenal youth focus Comment The French midfielder has played a key role for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has been impressed by Matteo Guendouzi’s impact at Arsenal and believes he will have a big future, though holds Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson in similar esteem.The French midfielder has been one of the stand-out players for the Gunners so far this season, starting all eight Premier League matches, and even earned a call-up to the French senior squad last month.Guendouzi was signed shortly after Wenger’s departure, though he still keeps a close eye on his old club and is a fan of his compatriot – as well as two players who he saw emerge through the academy. Guendouzi is back with the France Under-21s after his call-up to the senior squad (Getty)Wenger has yet to return to the Emirates since leaving but watches the games on television avidly and continues to support the club through thick and thin.Asked what it’s like watching Arsenal now, rather than managing the side, he added: ‘Ups and downs, like for every fan! I don’t judge too much, I just want Arsenal to win and play well.‘For me winning is the consequence of the quality of the game, of the quality of the football you play. So I am more attentive to how the players develop, how the young players come up and how we play football.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Wenger was honoured at an event in London this week (Picture: Arsenal Media)Asked about Guendouzi’s potential for both Arsenal and France, Wenger told Arsenal’s website: ‘He looks to be a good potential.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think there are many other players who have fantastic potential, who played already with me, like Joe Willock and you have Reiss Nelson.‘You have many players who come out and have a big potential and Guendouzi is one of them.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn the youth emphasis at Arsenal, he continued: ‘It’s part of our DNA at Arsenal. It has always been part of it, to give a chance.‘I think when you are a manager and you can give a chance to a young boy, it’s always fantastic. And when they can play at such a high level like Arsenal, it’s even better.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Oct 2019 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShareslast_img read more

Rebels in South Sudan want oil firms closed

first_imgRebels in South Sudan want foreign oil firms to leave the Upper Nile region immediately.On Tuesday evening, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in opposition and allied groups under former Vice President Riek Machar said the firms should leave the Upper Nile region immediately.This is after they said that they have captured a refinery near major oil field in Upper Nile state.However the government has not responded to the reports.“In response to the government’s full scale offensive on our positions in the three states of greater Upper Nile region, we have decided to take control of the oilfields and … (prevent) Salva Kiir from using the oil revenues to perpetuate the war,” James Gatdet Dak, the rebels’ spokesman said.“SPLM/SPLA leadership has asked all oil companies operating in Upper Nile state to shut down their operations and evacuate their staff immediately. We also ask them to do the process of closing down in a safe manner that will not damage the oil facilities and cause environmental damage.”Oil firms in South Sudan include China National Petroleum Corp, India’s ONGC Videsh and Malaysia’s Petronas.Forces loyal to Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy, Riek Machar, have been fighting for nearly 18 months in the world’s newest state, which seceded from Sudan in 2011.SPLA-in-Opposition spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said that the rebels were still fighting government troops in the area that is home to South Sudan’s biggest oilfield – Paloch.Forces loyal to Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy, Riek Machar, have been fighting for nearly 18 months in the world’s newest state, which seceded from Sudan in 2011.Several ceasefires have been reached and broken and each side accuses the other of violating one announced in February.last_img read more