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WEEKEND UPDATE: Nigerians In The EPL

By Arinze Ude.

John Mikel Obi started Chelsea’s match against Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday in the early kick off of the day. He was mobile in midfield and produced a long range shot which found its own into the stands.

Victor Moses, the new dad in town, joined the action in the 70th minute, coming on as a substitute for Eden Hazard.

Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead after some horrendous defending by the Arsenal back line, who failed to deal with Juan Mata’s free kick. Ivorian striker, Gervinho equalised for the Gunners some minutes before half time. In the second half, Juan Mata’s free kick was helped into the net by Laurent Koscielny. The match finished 2-1 in favour of Chelsea.

Shola Ameobi started on the bench and later came on as a substitute in Newcastle United’s entertaining game against Reading at the Madjeski stadium on Saturday afternoon. Senegalese striker, Demba Ba continued his fine form by scoring a brace, cancelling out Jimmy Kebe and Noel Hunt respectively.

Victor Anichebe came on as a substitute for Nikica Jelavic in Everton’s 3-1 win against Southampton at Goddison Park on Saturday but couldn’t add to his 2 league goals this term.

Southampton took an early lead through transfer deadline day record signing, Gaston Ramirez who poked in a well swept corner kick at the far corner.

Everton equalised through Turkish-born English man, Leon Osman before Nikica Jelavic rounded off the scoring with a brace.

Peter Osaze Odemwigie served his final match ban on Sunday missing out the Midlands derby between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion. It was a feisty encounter and the men in blue and white stripes took the lead through Irish striker, Shane Long. England striker, Darren Bent equalised for the host after coming on for Christian Benteke.

Nigerian-born, Gabriel Agbonlahor played all 90 minutes for Aston Villa.

Carlton Uzoma Cole was in the starting line up for West Ham United’s trip to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers. West Ham took the lead through their record signing, Matt Jarvis. Ricardo Vaz Te added a second before Adel Taarabt grabbed a goal for the host. Cole was withdrawn in the second half for Andy Carroll.

 

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