The joy of seeing Arsenal return to action can only be rivaled by the joy in the sovereign country of Nigeria where a “new” old president has been elected. A certain General usurped power from the ruling party but how does that concern Arsenal except that this General have failed in previous 4 elections. Arsenal is yet to win the Premier League since 2004 nor have they tasted Champions League glory since the Milky Way was created. Hopefully the fate can be transferred to Ashburton Grove.

Arsenal Matters

Let us begin with the PFA manager and player of the month awards. Arsene Wenger and his country man, Olivier Giroud have been awarded manger and player of the month of March following Arsenal’s 100% victory in the said month. Olivier Giroud scored 5 times in all 4 games of the month and beat off Kane to win the award. Congratulations to Wenger and Giroud. Can we do this again this month?

Olivier Giroud (left) and Arsene Wenger are the Premier League Player and Manager of the Month

To more Arsenal matters, the Gunners will welcome Liverpool on Saturday to fight for 3 points in the race to finishing the league on a better note. Arsenal will be looking at overtaking City but must be mindful of City’s devilish neighbours. Arsenal is sandwiched between the two Manchester clubs separated by 1 point on both sides and as such in a delicate position to overtake or be overtaken. The former would be immensely appreciated.

Steering Sterling

Raheem Sterling have hugged the headlines in recent days with his flirts with Arsenal. Whether he leaves Liverpool for Arsenal is Wenger’s headache especially seeing that Walcott’s contract is on the edge of the manager’s table. A swap deal? or Keep them both? I truly don’t want to use my white matter to analyze the possibilities. Only one thing matters now: 3 points on Saturday. The reds will be without 40 seconds hero zero Gerrard who featured in an Anfield game between Gerrard XI and Carragher XI. Did you see Henry’s pass to Babel?

Injuries

Four Gunners are on the verge of returning to the fold after spending time with the demons of the unforeseen world of injury. Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy all featured in a close door friendly against Brentford where the gunners came out 4-0 winners. Although the Prof have ruled them out of the Liverpool came, they will be expected to have been fit enough for the next games. Diaby’s case is with the gods on mount Kilimanjaro. The next 2 months will be a turning point in his career. We can only watch and hope.

Internationals

A number of international friendlies and qualifiers occupied the footballing world but only a few caught my attention. Nigeria played out a 1-1 draw in South Africa with Ahmed Musa scoring a beautiful before the Bafana Bafana scored a late late equalizer. Warri Wolves goalie, David Akpeyi had earlier denied the South Africans a chance to go ahead before Musa’s goal by  saving a penalty.

Tomas Rosicky became the latest centurion in international football as he played his 100th Czech international game in a 1-1 draw with Latvia. The 34 year old never-aging Gunner was out of the game for about 18months but has been able to notch up 100 appearances foe Czech Republic. Goonerdaily has written a good piece for Rosicky, my best Arsenal player. Can he make it a double century? That will be asking for too much. Hopefully, he retires in Arsenal.

Ramsey grabbed a goal and an assist as Wales defeated Israel. Giroud also grabbed a goal for France. Netherlands and Italy escaped shocking defeats to Turkey and Bulgaria respectively. They had to rely on late goals to save the day. The Netherlands may need LVG back from Old Trafford for immediate help.

To those that celebrate Good Friday, Happy Good Friday. To others, have a nice holiday till we face Liverpool, so it could be nicer.

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