Wenger: Ivory Coast management ´stubborn´

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Arsene Wenger maintains he will not bother approaching the "stubborn" Ivory Coast management over delaying the release of Arsenal duo Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue to play in January´s African Nations Cup.

While striker Emmanuel Adebayor could not help Togo qualify for the tournament which kicks off in Ghana at the turn of the year, the Gunners could be without two of their first-team regulars for more than a month.

"They will go at the beginning of January. They have to be available for their country 15 days before the start of the tournament," Wenger told the December issue of the official Arsenal magazine. "Before the last tournament we tried to negotiate a later release date with the Ivory Coast, but we had no success so we won´t try this time."

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