By Dialogo January 18, 2011 The president of Brazil has decided to postpone awarding a contract for the purchase of military jets and reevaluate the bids by the finalists, a decision that could indicate a realignment of the country’s strategic alliances, sources familiar with the issue told Reuters. The measure is a surprise because Dilma Rousseff’s predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, several times expressed his preference for the bid by the French firm Dassault to build at least thirty-six of its Rafale jets, generating speculation that the final announcement was only a formality. Nevertheless, Lula left office on 1 January without having resolved the issue, leaving the decision to Rousseff, his former cabinet chief. Rousseff decided to reopen the evaluation process and does not have a clear favorite at this point, a high-ranking administration source said. “It’s her decision now (…) and she wants to analyze the details carefully,” said the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. The other finalists in the competition for the contract, expected to be worth at least four billion dollars, are the Swiss firm Saab with its Gripen NGs and the F-18s of the U.S. firm Boeing Co. Last week, Rousseff personally asked U.S. senators visiting her country for additional guarantees from the U.S. Congress with regard to technology transfer, in order to improve Boeing’s bid, sources with knowledge of the conversation said.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has shelved talks over extending his Arsenal contract (Picture: Getty)Asked whether or not the players still believed in him, Emery said: ‘Yes of course. They show that.As a coach each moment in my career is difficult. This is a very good but very hard job.‘When you are winning you feel the support for everybody. I believe in us, I believe in the players. I know I am going to work very hard to come back to the performance.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I am looking forward to playing tomorrow. The good moment, the bad moment the most important for me is to show my work.‘Our confidence depends a lot on how we can feel in our stadium with our supporters. Teams are coming here playing fearless. We need to be strong and together. We need to show our supporters our capacity and skills.MORE: Arsenal target Luis Enrique confirms he received an offer from ‘foreign club’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang refusing Arsenal offer due to Unai Emery uncertainty Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Nov 2019 1:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt could see Unai Emery sacked by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has issued a defiant response amid claims he has lost the support of Arsenal’s first team squad.The Spaniard appears to be fighting a losing battle to save his job following a miserable run of results, culminating in Saturday’s dispiriting draw at home against struggling Southampton.Arsenal are currently eight points adrift of the top four having won just four of their first 13 Premier League games of the campaign but can qualify for knockout stages of the Europa League should they avoid defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow.Emery was forced to confront board members Raul Sanllehi and Edu in the tunnel area on Saturday after the club chiefs paid an unexpected visit to the dressing room.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are refusing to sign new deals while the Spaniard remains in charge, while both Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka are contemplating January exits. Unai Emery hits out at claims he has lost the Arsenal dressing room