Overtime, i have always taken Arsenal and Nigerian Football into consideration while scheduling my weekends. Last weekend was no exception.
Arsenal lost 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion no thanks one or all of the following factors:
1. Injury to Coquelin
2. Cheap goals conceded
3. Mikel Arteta
4. Joel Campbell
5. Santi Cazorla’s penalty.
6. Noone on the bench
9. The Kit
10. The Fans
11. Kogi state election
Two cheap goals conceded was surprising but Arsenal fluffed the chances to equalize or even get a winner after Cazorla missed an 85th penalty. Joel Campbell on the other had was just not ready. We are Arsenal and should not be bearing with such display.
The result was sad but the outcome was sadder. Leicester City went to the top of the table with The Gunners back to familiar spot on the table. Yes, Ozil got his record assists, Giroud was on song but the goods were not delivered.
My happiness returned watching Barcelona beat Real Madrid like a thief in a phone market. The Catalians had Messi on the bench but they were merciless. 4-0 defeat at home and you have to have compassion for Ronaldo and Benitez.
I was also happy that Manchester City got klopped at the Etihad. Not too much of a damage for the gunners unless you look towards Coquelin. I heard he will be out for about 3 months. Who will replace him? – Injured Arteta, Flamini, Chambers, Beilik?
On Sunday, I was live at the new home of the Nigeria Federation Cup – Teslim Balogun Stadium – where there were first ever trophies for Sunshine Queens and Akwa United. Sunshine Queens came edged out Bayelsa Queens 3-1 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 after 90mins. The victory will serve as consolation to the Ondo State government who also sponsors Sunshine Stars. Unfortunately there is no female club competition on the continent.
Akwa United defeated Lobi Stars 2-1 in the men’s final. Two wonderfully taken goals by Nnamso Edo and Iwakan on each side of the half gave the Promise Keepers a 2-0 lead before a late rally provided a consolation from Imenger of Lobi Stars. Akwa United will now join Nasarawa United in the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup. The nest of Champions will host CAF games.
Congratulations to Sunshine Queens and Akwa United.
As for Arsenal, let me wait for Arsene Wenger.