Watford’s Ighalo Joins League Of Chinese Football Pros

Odion Ighalo, Watford, Changchun YataiWatford and China’s Changchun Yatai have agreed a fee of £20 million for Super Eagles’ Odion Ighalo.

The Nigerian who has scored just two goals for the Premier League side in the ongoing season has also agreed personal terms with the Chinese club.

Coach Walter Mazzarri’s forward options have been boosted with the arrival of Mauro Zarate on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Fiorentina.

M’baye Niang has also joined the English team on loan.

However, 27-year-old Ighalo is unlikely to be the only player to leave Vicarage Road before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday, January 31.

Mourinho, Matic Sent Off As Chelsea Lose At West Ham

ChelseaJose Mourinho and Nemanja Matic were both sent off as Chelsea’s troubles deepened courtesy of a 2-1 loss at West Ham.

Argentine striker, Mauro Zarate, gave West Ham the lead in the 17th minute at Upton Park. The ball broke to the edge of the box following a corner, and Zarate drove into the corner past Asmir Begovic.

Kurt Zouma’s header appeared to have crossed the line for an equalizer in the 35th minute but goal-line technology showed that part of the ball was still on the line.

Things got worse for Chelsea in the 44th minute as Nemanja Matic was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Chelsea coach Louro reacted angrily to Matic’s sending off  and was subsequently sent to the stands as well.

Words later filtered to match commentators after Mourinho failed to retake his position at the pitch side that the Portuguese had been sent off too.

Nonetheless, 10-man Chelsea showed character to get a deserved equalizer in the 56th minute after Zouma and Cahill challenged for Willian’s corner, the ball falling kindly for Cahill to send home.

However, Andy Carroll emerged from the bench to powerfully head in Aaron Cresswell’s cross with 10 minutes left to inflict another damaging defeat on Mourinho and the Blues.

The defeat becomes Chelsea’s fifth of the Premier League season as pressure continues to mount on Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal Must Respond Well To West Ham Defeat – Wenger

arsenalArsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has refused to single out goalkeeper, Petr Cech, as being at fault for his side’s 2-0 loss at home to West Ham in match day one of the English Premier League.

Wenger however acknowledge that his side lacked defensive organisation in conceding “soft” strikes as their English Premier League campaign began with defeat.

Cheikhou Kouyate put the Hammers ahead late in the first half when he beat Cech to a free-kick and headed into the empty net.

Cech was beaten again in the 57th minute when he was wrong-footed and unable to keep out Mauro Zarate’s shot from outside the box.

The Arsenal Boss also said that the team needs to be on their toes and react in the right direction before the next match at Crystal Palace.

“I knew we had a very difficult schedule from the start, especially with West Ham playing Europa League for their preparation and that is why we have to be on our toes very quickly and respond very well now,” Wenger said..