Middlesbrough Scuttle Arsenal’s Six-match Winning Run

arsenalArsenal’s six-match winning run came to an end against Middlesbrough but a point was enough to move them top of the Premier League table.

Manager Arsene Wenger – celebrating his 67th birthday – watched his side dominate possession but underwhelm in the final third.

The Gunners managed five efforts on target, but only one worried Boro keeper, Victor Valdes, when he pulled off a great one-handed stop to deny Alexis Sanchez.

Aitor Karanka’s side defended brilliantly and, despite conceding much of the possession to the home side, created the better chances.

Arsenal keeper, Petr Cech, blocked Gaston Ramirez’s header, twice denied the outstanding Adama Traore and also saved from Alvaro Negredo.

With A Bit Tired Legs

The home side briefly thought they had won it in injury time but Mesut Ozil’s effort was rightly ruled out for offside.

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Arsene Wenger says the energy was a bit down today

Despite remaining in 17th place, Boro should be buoyed by the display and unexpected result.

In his post-match comment, Wenger said his team had the possession but with a bit tired legs. There was not enough left in our legs today.

For him, one remarkable thing was that the team made sure they did not lose the game.

In other matches, Scott Arfield’s 90th-minute winner gave Burnley their third win of the season in a match dominated by Everton.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as stoke comfortably won at hull to move out of the relegation zone.

Nigeria striker, Ahmed Musa, scored his first goal for Leicester City, as the champions stretched their unbeaten home run to 20 games.

Winston Reid scored a late winner for West Ham to extend Sunderland’s losing streak to nine games.

Falcons Confident Ahead Of 2015 Women’s World Cup Draw

2422797_full-lndThe eyes of the football world will turn to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, which will stage the final draw for the prestigious Women’s World Cup.

According to FIFA.com,  Saturday December 6, from 12:00 pm (local time) onwards, in the confines of the Canadian Museum of History, nations competing in the seventh edition of the tournament, which is set to run from 6 June to 5 July 2015, will find out which opponents lie in wait for them next year.

Adding to the intrigue, the four teams that have shared the six previous global crowns between them will all be present in North America. “Canada is a warm and welcoming country, and we look forward to greeting the world’s best female footballers,” Peter Montopoli said, CEO of the National Organising Committee.

In addition, there will be several countries making their tournament bows. Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Costa Rica, Spain, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Nigeria fans are likely to be both nervous and excited at the thought of what the final draw holds in store for them.

“We can’t go to the World Cup to merely add to the numbers, but we’re going there to participate and to prove a point. I can’t say right away how far we’ll go at the World Cup, but I’m positive we won’t disappoint Nigerians when hostilities start in Canada. We have quality and experienced players in our midst who can turn things around,” Asisat Oshoala, Nigeria striker said.

Nigeria have dominated women’s football on the continent since the African Women’s Championship (AWC) was first staged. The Super Falcons have won seven of nine tournaments and the two times they have not won the competition it did not double as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Their overall record at the AWC is a remarkable 36 wins and five draws in 45 matches.

They secured their ticket to Canada by winning the ninth AWC in Namibia in October, winning all five matches they played, scoring 16 goals in the process and conceding just three. They topped their group after comfortable victories against Namibia, Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire, before beating South Africa 2-1 in the semi-finals. In the championship match they secured a 2-0 victory against Cameroon.

The three competitions previously held by the Canadians – the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship 2002, the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2007 and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 – all stood out for their excellent level of organisation.

It believed that the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, expanded from 16 teams to 24 for the first time, is in good hands.

 

 

My dream is to play for Arsenal one day – Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa, forward for CSKA Moscow is being reported as saying that he wants to join Arsenal.

The Nigerian forward, who claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is his role model, signed for CSKA in the January transfer window but seems as if the player could already have his eyes set on a move.  The player, who likes to play as a second striker, has already found the net on three occasions in eight appearances in the league and has also managed to grab two assists.

Although he has not been in Russia for long, at the time when he joined CSKA the player said it is the next step in his career.

So it was clear at the time that he saw the move as merely a step and now the 19 year old has said in response to question about what he would consider being at the top of his career

Ahmed said when he is as good as Cristiano Ronaldo then he is good enough to play for Arsenal FC of England. He said it is his dream to play for Arsenal one day.

To Ahmed, Ronaldo is the best footballer on earth as far as he is concerned and he is his role model and watching him play inspires him.

Ahmed said he is even fashioning his game after the Portuguese as he is his hero.

Already married at a young age, Musa has claimed that his wife has helped him settle in to life in Russia, saying there can’t be a better wife than her.

Described as a ‘teenage sensation’ before his move to CSKA when he was still playing for VVV Venlo, he broke the longstanding Nigerian goal scoring record during his time in the league there, scoring 18 goals in his only season in the Nigerian top flight before making his move to the Eredivisie.

He earned two penalty kicks in his first two games for the Dutch side and went on to score five and created four in 23 appearances in his first season in Europe and in his second three goals and three assists in 13 league games before he moved to Russia in January for an undisclosed fee.

 

Musa is under contract with CSKA until 2016.

George Akpabio becomes Vasco Da Gama Striker

Vasco Da Gama a former Premier Soccer League club in Cape Town South Africa has signed Nigerian striker George Akpabio in bid to notch itself back to the Premier League after it was relegated.

The sole purpose of clinching the Nigerian striker was to come and make the difference in terms of goal scoring for the club which is what is needed if their plan to return back to topflight football is genuine.

Though Akpabio was gotten on loan transfer from another South African club Maarten Stekelenburg’s Ajax Cape Town, a club he still has a contract with.

He has since resumed training at his new club where he has been given the no. 9 jersey and he is likely to his debut career game for Vasco against rivals Santos in a local derby.

The former Plateau United striker who left the Nigeria Premier League as a highest goal scorer said he is familiar with Santos has he once played against the team which was also relegated along with Vasco although at different seasons.