When the season began last summer, different permutations and combinations were made. Pundits pondered and made predictions.
On the 16th day of August, the best soap opera in the world entered another season with Arsenal starting on a wrong foot.
The gunners will letter get their feet, purchased Mesut Ozil, staying top of the table for about 120 days. But their inactivity in the January window coupled with injuries to Walcott and Ramsey doomed them to be drawn into the battle to be in top4.
The top 4 sides took turns sitting on the iron throne but with the final game approaching, it is all for Manchester City to lose. The Citizens will need just a draw at home against visiting Westham unless Liverpool wins Newcastle by a margin of 14 goals. Impossible? Liverpool’s search for more goals gifted Crystal Palace a point some days ago.
As for the gunners, no result will affect them as they are 7 pts ahead of 5th place Everton and 3pts and 18 goals behind Chelsea. The gunners will have one eye at the FA cup Final a week later but will want to continue their positive momentum.
Arsenal will travel to Norwich who are destined for the drop. Norwich will need to beat the gunners by 18 unreplied goals hoping that Westbrom lose to Stoke city. Possible? Not on earth.
Szczesny will need a clean sheet to get his golden gloves. So no premier league appearance is expected for Fabianski or Viviano. The latter only featured for the Arsenal reserve and this would have been a good chance for him to feature.
I expect Jenkinson to play instead of Sagna who is poised to leave. This should keep the frenchman fitter for the FA cup. Koscielny, Arteta, Ramsey and Giroud may also be rested.
My weird lineup will include: Szczesny, Monreal, Vermaelen, Metersacker, Jenkinson, Diaby, Kallstrom, Zelalem, Gnabry, Akpom and Bendtner. Subs: Viviano, Sagna, Koscielny, Ozil, Ramsey, Cazorla and Sanago.
The Nigeria Premier League
The Glo Nigeria Premier league continued on Wednesday with the week 11 games played across the Federation. Benin City witnessed a 7 goal thriller where host Bayelsa United edged out hard fighting Enugu Rangers 4-3.
Gombe United thrashed bottom placed Nembe City by 6-0. Sharks FC finally conceded at home as they drew 1-1 to former CAF Champions league winners, Enyimba. The Peoples Elephant’s goal against was their 1st away goal if the season. Lobi stars also conceded their 1st home goal and failed to win for the 1st time at home this season.
The complete results:
Bayelsa United 4 – 3 Rangers
Nasarawa 1 – 0 El-Kanemi
Kaduna Utd 1 – 0 Dolphins FC
Taraba FC 1 – 0 Abia Warriors
Akwa United 2 – 0 Warri Wolves FC
Lobi Stars 1 – 1 Sunshine Stars
Heartland 1 – 0 Giwa FC
Crown FC 1 – 1 Kano Pillars
Sharks FC 1 – 1 Enyimba
Gombe 6 -0 Nembe City
Sharks still remain top of the table with 19pts closely followed by Akwa United and Nasarawa United with 18pts. Nembe City are bottom of the log with 4pts, 7pts below Abia Warriors, Kaduna United and defending champions Kano Pillars.
Don’t miss the rescheduled games for the weekend: Bayelsa Utd Vs Enyimba, Sunshine Vs Giwa, Nembe Vs Taraba. Follow @LMCNPFL for more details.
Get ready for the weekend. The final game of the Premier League. The Table will remain the same.