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Emery ‘not positive’ over Bellerin injury

first_imgAresenal head coach Unai Emery admits he is fearful that Hector Bellerin’s latest injury problem is another serious issue for the Spaniard.However, the ex-PSG boss says that such a setback will not need to be addressed by any hasty purchases in the January transfer window.The 23-year-old appeared to twist his left knee during his side’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on Saturday before falling to the Emirates Stadium turf unchallenged. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The right-back was then forced to depart the field on a stretcher, in what was only his second appearance since a calf strain picked up in December.Emery will be forced to wait for more concrete information on the seriousness of the issue, but revealed in his post-match press conference that initial prognosis was not looking good.“We have to wait but, his knee, the first prediction is it can be an important injury,” the former Sevilla boss told reporters.”I hope not, but first impressions are not positive.”Congratulations @Arsenal for this great step forward in the London derby and many thanks to all our fans for helping us get back on our feet again. Fingers crossed for you Héctor. Always together! pic.twitter.com/NuS4Yoh4MR— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) January 20, 2019Ainsley Maitland-Niles – who had already been brought on for midfielder Aaron Ramsey – was redeployed to Bellerin’s position, while Emery also brought in experienced defender Stephan Lichtsteiner during the close season.As such, he does not feel that the Gunners need to leap into the market to bring in outside cover.”We have Ainsley, playing with good pieces. He played well [against Chelsea] and can help us,” Emery added.”Also Lichtsteiner is another player who can play there. We have the players. Don’t forget [Carl] Jenkinson, who has played some matches and can be used if we need him.”Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny were the men on target for Arsenal as they kept up their aspirations of a top-four finish by cutting the gap to Chelsea.The North London club retook fifth place from Manchester United after the Red Devils had previously leapfrogged them earlier on Saturday with victory against Brighton and Hove Albion.The Gunners face Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side in the FA Cup fourth round up next before tangling with Premier League champions Manchester City the week after, with a home clash against Cardiff City sandwiched in between. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Iraq should provide more evidence of substance chief UN inspector says

In a briefing to the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) in New York, Mr. Blix said that the reactions that he’s seen so far from Baghdad have not pointed to a full response on that issue. While discussions on Saturday in Baghdad will be continued on relatively minor topics such as surveillance flights by U2 planes and private interviews with individuals and scientists, he said, “I hope progress will be made on this but principally on the question of substance.”The principle way for Iraq to assure the UN inspectors and the Security Council of its cooperation is to “actively seek and present any items or programmes which are proscribed – or else if they are not there, to seek and present credible evidence for their absence,” said Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). “This is an essential point.”Mr. Blix, who is heading to Baghdad with Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for talks on Saturday with senior Iraqi officials, further stressed that the main issue remains the weapons of mass destruction and their existence.”Either present these if they exist – and we have not said they do – or evidence that convinces the world” they do not, he added. “For this mission I’d much rather have a presentation of whatever weapons remain and as promptly as one can reasonably expect the evidence that we have not seen before.”As for tomorrow’s briefing to the Council by Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States, Mr. Blix said it was unlikely that Mr. Powell would indicate any sites that the UN should visit because the US would have given those locations to the inspectors. “Judging from what he’s written and what we’ve heard, it’s more likely to be based on satellite imagery, intercepts of satellite communications, or knowledge about Iraqi procurement of technical material or chemicals,” he said.”I don’t think a decision is final, that the end is there, that a date has been set for armed action,” Mr. Blix said. “Not yet. But I think we are moving closer and closer to it and therefore it would seem to me that the Iraqi leadership must be well aware of that. It seems to me that they can do things that would change the situation.” read more