Wenger not considering recall

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy for his players to continue competing in the Africa Cup of Nations despite the deadly gun attack on the Togo team which has sent shockwaves through the football world.

Togo, who are captained by former Gunners striker Emmanuel Adebayor, have left the competition in Angola after three of their support staff were shot dead down following an ambush on their team coach on Friday.

Wenger currently has Cameroon's Alex Song and Emmanuel Eboue of Ivory Coast at the tournament in Angola.

However, despite the attack in the northern district of Cabinda, Wenger is not considering asking for the immediate return of his players.

"We won't be asking FIFA to release them and I'll be happy for Eboue to play in Cabinda on Monday," said Wenger.

"I believe it would be disrespectful to Africa and the Africa Nations Cup.

"You can't always encourage Africa to develop and if something happens say 'come back to Europe'.

"It wouldn't be fair if clubs called their players back. Behind things like that you wonder if it is a selfish motivation or whether it is a real issue over their security.

"Of course, you have to leave it individually to some players so that, if they feel insecure or scared, they have the possibility to come away from it. But I personally feel the competition has to go on."

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