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Wenger urges patience with Walcott

first_img Although Wenger said he was pleased that Walcott was linking up with the national team in the hope of him getting more competitive minutes, the Arsenal boss believes the former Southampton youngster is still some way from being back to his peak. “It takes two months,” he said when asked how long it will take Walcott to get back to his best. “Once you’re back in full training, you count two months. Of course, people think you’re back and you play but it’s not like that. Ten months is a long time in top-level football. “(You lose) the sharpness, the speed. At the top level, it’s a fraction of a second that makes the decisions. And to find the confidence to get away from people. “You’re nearly there but you’re not there and for a while you think, ‘will that ever come back?’ And suddenly yes, it’s there again. But it takes time to get that fraction of pace. “You need to go back into contact. He will go with England and get what he needs to. He will get competitive training every day and get back into games. “At the moment we go from recovery to recovery. He works hard, but maybe he can play against Scotland and gain a lot from that.” But Wenger is not worrying about whether Walcott will suffer another injury setback whilst away with the England squad. ”Roy Hodgson is free to do what he wants. (Walcott) has been chosen by England and he needs competition,” he added. ”He has been out for 10 months – I don’t know if you realise how long that is. People think it’s like mechanics. They’re not machines, they are human beings and to get back into the rhythm of the top, top competition will take time.” Having nursed Jack Wilshere back from a number of potentially serious injuries, Wenger has the perfect example of a young player who needs to be managed back into action carefully. “The top-level today is simple,” he said. “You have to be consistently in. If you are in and out, you are not there. You even see with top players like (Lionel) Messi, who have scored when they wanted – they have just an injury for six weeks, they are not the same player any more. “It takes time to come back. Top, top level is that. Consistently there. If you are injured and out, in and out, you are not at the top. You cannot be there. It’s impossible.” With Walcott on the mend, Wenger’s injury concerns can now turn to defender Laurent Koscielny, who remains sidelined with an Achilles problem. The France international has been missing since the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on October 5 and Wenger is unsure when he will be back in contention. “No, I don’t think so for (Manchester) United,” he said when asked if Koscielny was close to a return. “He has not started running outside so you cannot think he will be available in two weeks’ time. He will not be available for three or four weeks. “At the start of an Achilles problem and inflammation you can never predict. He is not there yet anyway. He cannot run.” The 3-0 win over Burnley has been the only clean sheet the Gunners have managed in Koscielny’s absence and they shipped three goals as Anderlecht came from behind to take a Champions League draw away from the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. And Wenger conceded his defence would have been stronger had he been able to keep building on the promising partnership Koscielny was beginning to enjoy with Per Mertesacker. “You miss him every time you concede a stupid goal,” Wenger added. “You think, ‘Oh, if he was there’, but we have conceded some with him as well. Look, ideally we want him here. Could we have stopped the goals without Koscielny? I say yes. “So I think it would be a little bit escaping the real responsibility. When you are a defender and you make a mistake you have to stand up for it. Everyone makes them.” The 25-year-old is in line to make his first start since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury on January 4 when the Gunners travel to Swansea on Sunday afternoon. Walcott made his comeback from the bench in last weekend’s win over Burnley and has been included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European Championship qualifier against Slovenia and the friendly in Scotland. Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal and England fans that they will have to wait until the new year to see the best of Theo Walcott. Press Associationlast_img read more

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FCPPL preview: “This is most competitive season ever” – Wa All Stars boss

first_imgWa All Stars coach Jimmy Korblah has ruled that this season’s FCPPL has been the most competitive contest he has witnessed. “The table speaks for itself. Right from the fourth placed team to the last but one [Hearts of Oak], any team can join the top four or drop into relegation so it is very difficult one,” coach Korblah ended. “I think it is very tough and very dicey because teams come to you home, you find it difficult to win; you go to their home and they also find it difficult to win. It has been tough. Korblah whose direct involvement as a coach in the Ghanaian topflight began in 2003 at Hearts of Lions watched his current side Wa All Stars displaced from 5th position after a 1-3 defeat to Asante Kotoko on Wednesday. “I started coaching at the Premier level right from the 2003/04 season with Lions. I have never seen this kind of [competitiveness] before,” he said.center_img Four teams – Heart of Lions, Liberty, Bechem and New Edubiase United have 34 points apiece behind ninth-placed Sekondi Hasaacas who also have 36 points. B.A United’s relegation was confirmed by the 5-0 loss to Heart of Lions on Wednesday. They have only managed 18 points from 26 points with Hearts of Oak (32) and Great Olympics (33points) trying to fight their way out of joining the Soccer Apostles to Division One next season.The table–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. There is no clear-cut lead on log despite AshantiGold’s consistent positioning at the top since match day 2 with Aduana Stars closely challenging with just a point behind the leaders (who have 45 points) while down the log, there is all to fight four in the relegation dog fight in the final four games of the season. Berekum Chelsea and Inter Allies are tied on 40points at 3rd and 4th places respectively. Kotoko and All Stars are only a point better than WAFA and Medeama who complete the top half of the log with 37 points each.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Emergency Department at flood-hit Letterkenny General Hospital will re-open to patients on Wednesday 12 March at 8am.Letterkenny HospitalThe hospital was severely damaged by torrential rain last July.The HSE estimates that it will cost €40million to repair the damage and upgrade the hospital. At one stage up to 70% of the floor space of the hospital was under water.An independent report by a team of civil engineers is being carried out into the cause of the flood.Mr Sean Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny General Hospital said the hospital is looking forward to welcoming paients back.“I would like to advise all patients that the work to rebuild the Emergency Department and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit following the flood last July has been completed and both Departments will re-open next Wednesday. “We are looking forward to welcoming patients back to these areas of the hospital on Wednesday 12 March. I would like to thank our patients for their co-operation throughout the rebuild programme”.  LETTERKENNY GENERAL A&E TO REOPEN NEXT WEDNESDAY was last modified: March 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:floodHSELetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more