English football went on an unplanned break after The Queen passed on last week. Last weekend fixtures were postponed indefinitely as an act of respect to her majesty. The UK will remain in national mourning till the burial of The Queen scheduled for September 19.
Arsenal’s Premier League match against Everton was called off and reports have it that that match and other postponed ones will not be played until the new year. This is due to the already congested fixture list to meet the Qatar 2022 World Cup in November.
Arsenal’s Europa League game against PSV on Thursday is also postponed. The Gunners will not play until lunch time on Sunday against Brentford at the Community Stadium.
Rest is good but too much of it can be bad. This interlull is long enough to be called “too much” rest. In the future the two games will be played and the Gunners will “pay back” the rest.
Football is beyond the UK and there were good games from around the world. The Champions League is on and it was good seeing late goals in Portugal.
In Africa, Nigeria’s representatives on the continent had a good weekend. Champions Rivers United had a 3-0 win over Watanga of Liberia in Port Harcourt while Plateau United held AS Mandji 2-2 in Gabon.
Kwara United returned to the continent and started off with a 3-0 win over AS Douanes of Niger in Lagos. Remo Stars held FAR Rabat to a 1-1 draw in Morocco. The return leg of the matches will be played this weekend.
Back to the monarchy, I have seen videos of when the Arsenal were invited to the Palace for tea. The English tabloid have it on record that The Queen was an Arsenal fan. May her soul RIP.
Which team does King Charles III support?