Wenger proud of Gunners’ passion

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first_img Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had struck the bar twice in the first half, before Monreal swept home with 16 minutes remaining after Olivier Giroud’s poor touch fell into his path. Gervinho then made sure of the points in stoppage time with a low finish from Aaron Ramsey’s pass. Wenger added: “The attitude of the players was outstanding, even when our legs were less than fresh after playing in midweek. “We kept going and refused to drop points. The players knew what was expected. “What we have done in the last three days is very difficult to do. To win away in the Champions League and then win away in the Premier League is very difficult and I would like to congratulate the players for that.” Under Wenger, Arsenal have long been admired for their style in possession, but it was a rock-solid defensive display that laid the foundations for victory, with Swansea barely testing keeper Lukasz Fabianski. The Frenchman was delighted with the solidity of his side, for whom Abou Diaby was magnificent in midfield. Wenger said: “They defended well, as did we. It was a game of defensive stability and we just needed an opening and the first goal was vital. We defended high up the pitch and in the whole second half we tried to pin them back, but we did not create many clear chances until the last 20 minutes and once we went 1-0 up I thought more would come.” The Gunners started the weekend five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea – seven behind third-placed Tottenham – and could not afford to drop any more points in the race for Champions League qualification. Second-half goals from Nacho Monreal and substitute Gervinho ensured they remain firmly in the mix, with their rivals both in action on Sunday. And Wenger said: “We will know at the end of the season how important this win is, but we knew as well the win was absolutely vital for us and we could not drop points. We have shown we are up for the fight and we will do so until the end of the season.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side showed the fight required to secure a top-four finish in their 2-0 win at Swansea.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_imgAs the cash woes of the sugar industry deepen, calls for another bailout to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) have been made by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).In an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, President of GAWU Komal Chand said the fact that GuySuCo is a State-run enterprise; he is in agreement for Government to appropriate additional funds to provide assistance to the struggling company.GAWU President Komal ChandChand suggested that bearing in mind the size and importance of the industry, it should not be allowed to fail.“[The union is] very much supportive of the Government assisting the ailing sugar industry which we all agree is too big to fail. The industry is owned by the State – the Government having all the shares of the industry”“We are calling on the Government to assist the industry as is required from time to time [and] we also wish to remind the public that the industry in the better days [did] make a contribution to the treasury [especially from 1976 to 1996] when $ 60 billion was made available through the sugar levy,” Chand noted.While the GAWU President declined to comment on the impact of the near 30,000 tonnes shortfall in the sugar industry’s most recent crop, he observed that the second crop is on target.“We understand from the Chairman that the second crop will be on target,” the GAWU President noted in reference to the 159,243 tonnes as projected by GuySuCo for the second crop.After a review of the first crop for 2016, the Sugar Corporation announced that it experienced a shortfall of 29.3 per cent with actual production of 56,825 tonnes compared with a budget of 80,270 tonnes. While GuySuCo stated that an audit is underway, it also advised that it is not expected that the final figure would “vary significantly”.The Sugar Corporation attributed the short fall to the El Niño weather conditions which it said “severely dried out the canes” which led to constrained cane growth and reduced sugar content.“The shortfall is bound to have significant financial implications for an already cash-strapped industry. It would therefore necessitate management considering further strategies for re-organisation of the industry with a view of making the Corporation a viable business entity,” a statement from GuySuCo added.Chairman of GuySuCo, Dr Clive Thomas has reportedly opined that the Corporation would need another bailout, as over 60 per cent of its allocations were utilised. According to reports, the Chairman is of the view that the Corporation has no other choice than to appeal for a new bail-outWhile Dr Thomas did not specify exactly how much funds are being sought, Government has not publicly consented to another bail-out for the cash-strapped industry. It was only on Friday last that sugar workers attached to the Wales Estate were set to engage in protest action after GuySuCo was late in issuing salaries. Guyana Times learnt that after workers made these threats, the Sugar Corporation hurriedly procured the funds to issue payments.In January, central government transferred to GuySuCo, some $9 billion to assist in its operations.last_img read more


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