Red Devils Three-Ponged At The Emirates


There is this confidence that the Red Devils have when they see that they are to face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners on the battle field. There is this strong belief that they will not lose to Arsenal, even if they put up a team a shitty defence that is Young, Smalling and Blind.

Three goals in the first 20mins was all the blitzing Gunners needed to send the Devils to Hades. How did they come out with that nick name? Imagine a club having “white shit” as a nickname. Well,  that was none of Alexis business on Sunday as he grabbed a brace to increase his season’s tally to 6 goals. Ozil grabbed a goal and an assist with Walcott providing for the other two goals.

This was a response that was surprisingly unexpected. Arsenal could only beat Manchester United last season in the FA Cup with Danny Welbeck lapping up all the praises of that day. Get well soon lad. 2 goals in 2 minutes was “boom” in Philosophy’s face. Who cares about Philosophy when you know and have the urstuff.

Arsenal’s front three dissected United’s back four leaving them here and there too many times. Passes sliced through like hot suya knife through virgin butter. Ramsey decided not to register a goal despite the goal begging to be gotten. All of Arsenal’s attacking players may have gotten a goal but Giroud flattered with the Ox cursing the crossbar.

At the back, Cech justified his price tag with saves from Bastan, Rooney and Martial – the boy looks sharp, but this is Arsenal. Metersacker organized his defence well with Gabriel creating a niche for himself. I hear Arsenal have not conceded a league goal with Gabby on the pitch. Costa must have known of this to force him off when they met. Bellerin had Young for dinner, Monreal had no Mata to deal with. It was a joy.

At any point you are side, think of the Chelsea-bridge-defeat Saturday intro, ponder at Alexis’ back heeled goal, glory in Ozil’s placed shot and Alexis’ roofing. De Gea will wish he was in Madrid. You can look at the table to help your mood, peep at Anfield to see what they are smoking and help Mourinho with some excuses to get blue oil down the table.


This is Arsenal. The bedrock of Passion. Look at Coquelin – Great passion. I wonder what he will do if he scores the winning goal that gives Arsenal the Champions League. Football is all about passion. Great weekend.

Not so great weekend for the Elephants of Nigeria. Enyimba lost the Oriental Derby against Heartland in Owerri but are still 3pts ahead of Warri Wolves in the title race with 6 games to go.

It is also an international break. Nigeria should play a couple of games. My eyes will be on Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi. He needs this game to be able to feature for the U21s. Hopefully Ahmed Musa steals the headline from the bench boys.

Yea, Sunday was Tomas Rosicky’s 35th birthday. My best Gunner. My best Footballer.

Have a lovely week.


By @AmosCP
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Olympiakos? Sighs – Arsenal

After a couple of days away from the rigours of drilling wells on paper – no thanks to some organisms classified as Bacteria by some guy in white overall, i was ready to bounce back to my hood with a hump in step to shine out the glory from the Emirates.


But football has a way of throwing spanners at beautiful planned works. Everyone, including those in another Galaxy didn’t see why Arsenal should sweat over a team from the troubled land of Greece. Little did we know that they had been soaked in one of Wenger’s quote on their way to London – “For the brave, nothing is impossible”. The glory i hoped was gory.

I thought I saw Leonardis and his 300 men fighting against some overpriced Army from North London. It was like rains pettering on smooth peebles, unable to crack it. The Greeks led by a forgetten Nigerian upfront were determined to make Arsene Wenger abuse many watee bottles, test his new puma zippers and haul in cowbell Campbell for a desperate rescue. While a certain Robert was skinning Zagreb in Munich, we were missing chances in London.

The world could not rest when Szczesny was quick to grab his water bottles against Southampton. Ospina banked on this slip and decided to play scene from his imagination. Being scored from a corner kick is an offence and Ospina rose to the occasion, and dropped the ball to appease the gods on mount Olympus. A howler that Szczesny will have grinned about but the Pole was also having a torrid night for Roma.

Alexis huffed, puffed, created the the 1st equalizer and scored the second but all was vain as the Gunners never had a lead for up to 10 mins. Arsenal and Errors are beginning to form a great partnership. A deflected goal, a goalie’s gift and a synchronised mumufication at the back was all the gunners could show.

Everyone expectes more, including the critics but the Gunners will need a miracle as great as a camel passing through the eye of needle to get 6 points from Bayern Munich. Can the gunners still qualify?

This is the Wednesday i expected. I postponed my visit to the Post Office where i was to pick up some Arsenal related material.  Even Chelsea’s loss in Portugal could not atone for Tuesday’s eyesore. The two Manchester clubs got their 1st 3pts from two tougher opponents than Arsenal’s. Do we like gunning for the big fishes?

You can enjoy the post match conference from Wenger or the “we-will-bounce-back” jargon from Any now, we have lost Koscielny for Manchester United. Sighs.


By @AmosCP
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Arsenal Power On, Ready For Olympiakos

While a certain manager moaned about another’s kingship and kingdom, the King took his Gunners are made light work of Leicester City’s unbeaten run in the Premier League at the King Power stadium.


Goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez x3 and Olivier Giroud were sandwiched between Vardy’s goals for Leicester City. In a week where goal droughts were broken, Alexis grabbed a hattrick to open his season’s account. Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney also broke their ducks same weekend. Alexis Sanchez becomes the 1st player to score a hattrick in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga.

It was good business for the Gunners especially seeing the two strikers – Walcott and Giroud – notch up their 3rd goals of the season with Giroud scoring in less minutes played. Ozil had a superb assist and will surely be unhappy not to be on the scoresheet. Flamini started but pulled his hamstring in the first half. His replacement, Arteta, also had knock at the end of the game. They both will miss the Tuesday must-win tie against Olympiakos.

The 5-2 victory over Leicester City was garnished with Manchester City’s 4-1 loss at White Hart Lane, Chelsea’s near-defeating 2-2 draw at St. James Park. Manchester United are currently top and City look ordinary without Kompany and Silva.

The Champions League returns tomorrow with must win games for Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs. Nigeria’s Brown Ideye returns to England and will hope to get a goal at least to get Sunday Oliseh’s attention. Francis Coquelin is expected to be back on Tuesday unless Wenger decides to play Ramsey as a DMF. Giroud is suspended, so Walcott will start upfront. Can we have a 7-0 like before?

In Nigeria, Enyimba went 5pts clear with a 2-0 victory over Wikki Tourists. Captain Chinedu Udoji got the two goals – his first of the season. The Peoples Elephant look poised to win a record 7th league title with 7 games left of the season.

Enjoy your evening and get ready for the guys from Greece at the Emirates.


By @AmosCP
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Flaming Flamini, Angel Gabriel and Costa’s Demon

I’m happy, happy for the team, and obviously personally very happy. I’ve heard many things, in the press, people talking about me, but I proved them wrong. I’m still here. I have no problem with anyone at the club, I’m happy here. I had a point to prove because I haven’t played for a while, today was my day but overall I’m happy for the team. – Flamini after Flaming at White Hart Lane

Football is such a great sport and offers you such orgasmic moments like the one that happened at White Hart Lane last night. A night before, it was all about Lewandowski’s 5 goals in 9 minutes but last night was all about the man almost every Gooner wanted to be shipped to Turkey – Mathieu Flamini.

Mathieu Flamini

Every Tom, Dick and Harry wanted Arsene Wenger to get a back-up for Francis Coquelin. They saw nothing in Arteta or his other deputy Flamini – some still don’t see anything though. When Arteta started his first game of the season in the land of the Croats, he didn’t perform to the Coq-standards. The Capital One cup was an avenue to see how he could perform for many but Wenger even added another jigsaw by playing Flamini with him.

I play two prediction leagues on two platforms and nobody ever predicted that Flamini will the first goal scorer in the North London Derby last night. Come to think of it, we had a Giroud hoping to banish his demons so he could get on the score sheet, Ramsey was yet to open his account, Chamberlain had puffed and huffed with no result, Campbell is yet to open his official account, nobody thought of Flamini.

Flamini opened scoring after pouncing on a rebound from Chamberlain’s shot. How he thumped his chest after the goal was awesome, like he was proving everyone wrong. Arsenal’s top striker signed in the summer gave Tottenham the lead. I thought we got him to do the business at the other end of the pitch. Own Goal it was, off Calum Chambers. Harry Kane came close to opening his club account for the season but Gibbs cleared.

Then came another Flamini moment: A looping ball sent into the sky by a Spurs’ boot towards the penalty area, seemingly having n threats with everyone watching the ball. No one was watching Zizou Flamini. He timed his run, kept his eyes on the ball and volleyed the drop ball beyond Vorm into the bottom corner. Nobody believed that Flamini will score even a goal and now he has a brace. No, he got a hattrick – A yellow card and two goals.

The Spurs victory landed us an away trip to Sheffield Wednesday in the 4th round. Other big teams progressed too with Liverpool sweating the most with the luck of Penalties to save Brendan Rodgers.

Before the Spurs game, there was good news for Angel Gabriel as his red card was chalked off after the FA decided to use some part of the white matter behind their skull. He although may still get a ban/fine for not leaving the pitch quick enough for a red card that has been chalked off – Sips Lipton. The Blue devil that caused the melee was banned for 3 games for his troubles. I feel that is small but a certain Neville feels it should have been just a game. He needs two slaps from Costa to get the colour of his matter back to white. I am waiting for the FA action on Mike Dean because Wenger is still furious.

As for Jose Mourinho – the driver of the demon in Costa – he can only take bitter solace in “Now we know that retaliation is allowed. No Problem, you can do it”. At least he agrees that Costa did something to be retaliated off. I do wish to see any one of his team follow his new philosophy of retaliation. It will be fun to see how the FA responds.

ICYMI: Barcelona lost 4-1 to Celta Vigo. I love football.

Enjoy your day.



Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal – Mike Dean’s Man of the Match

The Saturday early kickoff didn’t go as plan for Arsenal as the Gunners lost by 2-0 to Mike Dean’s Chelsea. Zouma converted from a 2nd half free kick before Hazard had his shot deflected in by Chambers to give the Blues all 3 points.

Mike Dean took the shine from the game allowing himself to be conned by Diego Costa – a local tout wearing a blue jersey. Over and over again, Costa has resulted to the dark arts and it is not surprising that his manager – the hypocritical one – sees nothing wrong in his ways.

How Costa ended the game without seeing red is still a case that Zeus will decide on mount Olympus. The Brazil-born Spanish international was all over Koscielny, man handling the center back and trying to buy a fight. Kos, the experienced of the two center backs avoided the Costa tricks. Gabriel came to stand for his own but it all ended in an early shower for him and a scratch from Costa.


Will the FA apply retrospective punishment? Hope they won’t wait till 2016 just like the egg heads are yet to do anything about the queen-like treatment to Eva, the doctor. How long shall we wait? And what is this about Mike Dean – Arsenal have won just 6% of games with Dean at the center. He has always been a 12th man.

Arsenal lost more than a game – They lost Coquelin to an injury, lost Cazorla and Gabriel to suspension. Will they get back to winning ways?

A 2nd defeat in few days with 3 red cards in 2 games, the Gunners must take discipline serious and tread with caution. Spurs is next – another tough one. Luckily Westham stole all 3 points at the Etihad.

And yes, there was a handshake.


By @AmosCP
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Nigeria’s 24 Man List For DR Congo and Cameroon

Earlier today, Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria released a 24 man list for the forthcoming friendly against DR Congo and Cameroon in Brussels. There were recalls for Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, and Mikel Obi. Ogenyi Onazi returns to team after missing gout of the Tanzania qualifier and Niger friendly due to suspension. Haruna Lukman was dropped and Kelechi Iheanacho was missed out. Only 5 players were picked from the Nigeria Premier League.

Full List:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars); Femi Thomas (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Godfrey Oboabona (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost Ekong (FK Haugesund, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey); Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors);  Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal);

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars); Obiora Nwankwo (Coimbra FC, Portugal); John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Al Ain, UAE); Sylvester Igbonu (FC UFA, Russia); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (West Ham United, England); Prince Aggrey (Sunshine Stars); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England).

The Super Eagles play the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo on October 8 and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon three days later, in Belgium.

Arsenal Zagrebbed in Croatia

When UEFA released the fixtures for the Champions League, i was excited that Arsenal will play on Wednesday and thus an opportunity to have what can be classified as a birthday present.


Fast forward to last night and Arsenal had other things for me. As expected the team was thinned down for rest sake and the upcoming Stamford Bridge encounter against Chelsea. Fringe and bit-part players started – Ospina, Gibbs, Debuchy, Arteta, Chamberlain, Giroud. But they didn’t put up a show to tell the manager they can usurp Cech, Monreal, Bellerin, Coquelin, Ramsey and Walcott. A 2-1 defeat with Walcott coming in from the bench to score a consolation was all I could get.

The Zagreb coach was all over the social media, praising Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, washing and setting them,  yet preparing to screw them when it matters. He claimed to have studied the gunners and came out with flying colours. A first group victory since 1999. I wasn’t even following football then.

Giroud had an early shower – 2 yellows. You can share the blame between the referee and the player but big Oli could have avoided the cards. Emotional management. The Ox is better suited for the bench, coming on to add nitro to the team towards the end. Last night he disappointed those that have clamouring for him to start every game. An own goal and previous errors alway seem to cancel out his goods. He needs to be wiser than an ox.

Is Gibbs still a footballer? I can’t believe I am asking this question because i once believed he was better than Monreal. Was he jumping or joking in the 2nd goal? He and Debuchy have just cemented their places on the bench and given Arsene Wenger the go-ahead to continue with Monreal and Bellerin. Arteta can keep the arm band and wait for 10mins to the end of a game especially if we are winning 4-0 in a cup final. The Coq is not looking back.

In all of these, we have Arsenal. We have the Stamford Bridge date with Jose Mourinho. Chelsea had a 4-0 victory over that Israeli team and the Hypo one will love to get 3 points from the Gunners. We have rested key players for this encounter. Anything less than a victory will not go down well.

And yes, enough of Copa America excuse for Sanchez. He needs to start delivering. His American brother, Cowbell Campbell had a taste of Croatia but had a yellow for his troubles.

The midweek started bad for Nigerian football as the male and female team lost in semifinals of the All Africa Games. Can my heart be broken?

Till we meet at the Bridge. Remain Zagrebbed.


By @AmosCP
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