With a nose mask and a broom longer than the ones in Harry Potter, I dust this blog of its post-less-ness in the last 12 days or so. This has been due to operations that have deprived me off the general world and pegged me to a remote location in search of the Black Gold.
Prior to leaving I had reviewed all the matches for September as it concerns Arsenal in a jiffy as I was about to board from the City of Port Harcourt to the Creeks in Samabri. The transfer window had just shut down and the FIFA World cup qualifiers took center stage. So what have happened in the last 13 days?
Özil Debut, Ramsey’s Double
Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Özil made his debut against Di canio’s Sunderland at the stadium of light and it took just 11 minutes for the German to register an assist for Oliver Giroud to continue his rich vein of form. Ozil fashioned out numerous opportunities but Walcott failed to utilize those chances. If Walcott had utilized those chances then it would have been a complete Ozilification of Sunderland. The Black cats pulled one back from the spot in the second half.
Then came the Aaron Ramsey show. The young welsh has been in previous times the scapegoat by many gooners whenever things go wrong on the field of play. This was a man stripped of his welsh captaincy and had to work his way back to fitness after that horrendous injury at Stoke. The Welsh maestro grabbed a double to put the game beyond Sunderland. Rambo’s one-time shot from Jenkinson’s low cross made the headlines for the goal of the week. His second goal came from a combination of play from Giroud and ozil and he did what Walcott had failed to do all day.
So the gunners took the light from the stadium of light though controversy still trails the cancelled Sunderland goal that should have made it 2-2. Well, the decision favoured us and we have to grab it with two hands.
Walcot breaks duck but Ramsey grabs winner
Arsenal began their 2013/2014 UEFA Champions League group phase campaign at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. The gunners had been grouped in the supposed group of death alongside beaten finalist Borussia Dortmund and Napoli. The first half was goalless but Walcott scored a superb goal to open his account for the season. It was a relief for me because I was beginning to wonder what was wrong.
The Arsenal rearguards did alot of job to keep the arsenal in front. Metersacker and Gibbs were exceptional, clearing chances. Szczesny was in form too as he kept the French at bay. Flamini did well to break attacks of his former team.
But the game was yet to be concluded. Aaron ramsey grabbed Arsenal’s second to put the game beyond reach for Olympique Marsielle. They did pull one back in the last minute of added time to the annoyance of Szczesny who wanted to keep a clean sheet. But Ramsey’s goal had ended the tie just like 3 years ago.
In the other group game, Napoli defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 with klopp’s expression to the fourth official scaring kids to bed. Klopp’s passion was boiling and he has accepted the defeat and apologized. My highlight for the night was the Basel-ism of Chelsea at The Bridge. It looks like Jose has come to add ósé to Chelsea’s plight. ose is pepper in Nigeria.
Stoke Visit, Ramsey’s Remembrance
So on Sunday, the gunners would welcome Stoke City to the Emirates. Whenever Stoke City is mentioned, my mind goals to the infamous tackle on Aaron Ramsey. That tackle sent Ramsey on the spiral to Injury FC and he failed to hit the form he was before that unfortunate match.
Currently, Ramsey is on his form of his life scoring 6 goals in 7 matches and you shouldn’t be surprised if he pokes Stoke by grabbing a brace. A Rambo goal against the Potters would be much celebrated than any other goal scored on same day. He may even celebrate Henrying after he scores.
Mikel Arteta is back and the competition would increase at the middle. I wonder how the manager would choose his team. Vermaleen too is back but I expect per and Laurent to continue at the back.
I wish to see a lot of Henrying on Sunday when we score. A 4-0 scoreline would be appreciated. We need to maximize the Ozilysis of assists.
It is all a tale of Ramsey, the Welsh King. Forget Bale.
On the Africa Front, Nigeria qualified for the final stages of the FIFA Worldcup qualifiers from their CAF group after a 2-0 win over Malawi in Calabar. Returning Fenerbahce forward, Emmanuel Emenike opened scoring in the 45th minute before Chelsea’s Victor Moses, recently loaned to Liverpool scored from the spot to put the game beyond the Malawians. Some days later, Burkina Faso were beaten 4-1 in a friendly with the Super Eagles in Kaduna. Brown Ideye scored a brace, Shola Amoebi scored his first international goal and Emenike continued his international form.
Nigeria will play Ethiopia for the final ticket to Brazil 2014. Other fixtures include Ghana vs Egypt, Burkina Faso vs Algeria, Tunisia vs Cameron, and CIV vs Senegal. I can’t wait to see these clashes. I predict Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cameron and Cote d’Ivoire to go through. But expect surprises.
We shall see at the Emirates.
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