Emery expects warm welcome for returning Wilshere

first_img0Shares0000New Arsenal manager Unai Emery is yet to pick a win in the Premier LeagueLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 23 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists he has the upmost respect for Jack Wilshere’s ability and expects the midfielder will receive a warm welcome when he returns with West Ham on Saturday.Wilshere, 26, spent 17 years with the Gunners, 10 with the first team. But despite prolonged negotiations, the England international couldn’t come to an agreement on a new deal with Arsenal before leaving as a free agent.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” said Emery on Wednesday.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future. It’s for that, on Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also.“I think there is a good reception for him here.”Both sides will be searching for their first points of the season at the Emirates after difficult starts for Emery and new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.Emery has been criticised for a lack of pragmatism in trying to implement a patient, passing approach from the back straight away in defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.But the Spaniard insists he will continue with the style and is desperate to get off the mark this weekend.“In our process, we are going 38 matches against all the teams. Whether you are playing against Manchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham,” added Emery.“It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically. After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.”A loss at home to Bournemouth last weekend punctured the optimism around West Ham’s summer overhaul when the club spent nearly £100 million on nine players following Pellegrini’s appointment.However, the Argentine believes the Hammers also need a change of mentality to improve results this season.“When we conceded, we had a lot of fear about losing the game,” said Pellegrini after his side surrendered a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 to Bournemouth.“I have said before that we have to change that and I think that will improve.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Charges shock camp neighbors

first_imgOCEANSIDE – The Marine unit known as the “Thundering Third” earned a reputation for heroism on battlefields that include Guadalcanal and Okinawa during World War II, Vietnam and Iraq. The unit’s honorable background now is sullied as military investigators probe the possibility that some members murdered two dozen Iraqi civilians. People who live and work in Oceanside, a city bordering the unit’s home at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, expressed dismay Friday at the allegations. “I don’t want people to get the interpretation that is what Marines are like. There’s a lot of variables in each situation. But this is a severe black eye for the Marine Corps,” said Juan Duff, a retired Marine sergeant major. A criminal investigation into the Nov. 26 civilian deaths in the Iraqi town of Haditha points toward a conclusion that Marines committed unprovoked murders, a senior defense official said Friday. A separate investigation is under way to determine whether Marines lied to cover up the killings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment returned to Camp Pendleton this spring following their third Iraq deployment since 2003. The unit’s last deployment lasted from September 2005 until March, officials said. During their second deployment in 2004, the Thundering Third took part in the battle to clear Iraqi militants from the stronghold of Fallujah. Chris Wright, a colonel in the Marine Reserves, noted that Marines have been under tremendous stress from repeated deployments and often confusing combat situations. “Some of those guys have been over there several times already. It’s a very different war from ’03. It’s an insurgency; it’s very frustrating,” said Wright, the executive director of the 1st Marine Division Association in Oceanside, which provides support to active and retired Marines. In April, three officers with the battalion were relieved of command for a “lack of confidence in their leadership abilities” due to a series of incidents over their entire six-month deployment in Iraq, said Lt. Col. Sean Gibson, a Marine spokesman. Relieved of command last month were Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, the battalion’s commanding officer; Capt. James S. Kimber, commanding officer of the Battalion’s India Company; and Capt. Lucas M. McConnell, commanding officer of the Battalion’s Kilo Company. They have not been charged with any wrongdoing. Several members of a second Pendleton battalion – the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, known as the Darkhorse – were sent back from Iraq as the military probes the alleged killing of an Iraqi civilian on April 26 in Hamandiyah, west of Baghdad. Some are being held in pre-trial confinement, while others were restricted to the base, said Pendleton spokesman Lt. Lawton King. No charges have been filed. Oceanside resident Rochelle Hoyt said questioned whether the Marines had lowered their recruitment standards. “I support our country but I think it’s just a select few that do that,” Hoyt said. “They should investigate people before they join the Marines so you don’t just have people that join up and kill unarmed bystanders.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more