Good morning from Nigeria, and I’m glad to let you know that my country has qualified for the final of the African cup of nations, after demolishing Mali 4-1 in the semis.
I have never been more proud to be a Nigerian.
And it was with the influence of two premier league stars that we’ve been able to accomplish such great things in this competition, in the names of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses.
It’s great for me in two ways cause while my nation is in the finals, Chelsea are continually being deprived of their two star men, and it has also told on them as they played a draw with reading and lost to Newcastle, taking just 1 point from the last six available.
They are currently on third position, just five points above us and with a slightly better goal difference of +4. Knowing how quickly things change in the premier league, this is not an insurmountable gap by any stretch of the imagination.
This is a snapshot of the table as taken from the official arsenal.com iPad app.(not the full table):
Meanwhile, England played Brazil on Tuesday, in a friendly game in which Jack Wilshere solidified his place in the three lions squad, with a mouth-watering man of the match performance.
He was everywhere, and I was glad to see how much better than Chelsea’s Oscar he really is, in my own opinion. (whoever doesn’t like it can go hug a nuclear reactor.)
After the match, Jack said
“I’ve got great players around me. We’ve got Steven Gerrard, still one of the best midfielders in the world, and Frank Lampard, and good young players as well.
When you are playing well and you are in the national team, there are always going to be high expectations, but you have to deal with that.
It’s great having them alongside me. I used to come to Wembley to watch them play. To play with them is a dream come true.
It’s testament to them that they keep doing it at their ages. Ten years at the top is something I want to do, so looking at them two is something I look up to.”
I pointed this out because from his words, you can clearly see that Jack Wilshere may not be 21 years old yet, but he has got the maturity of any body I have ever seen. This is certainly no David Bentley.
He knows what he wants and it’s obvious that he is not going to let all the fame and praises get to his head and deter him from his goal. When you hear arsenal fans united in their opinion that a 20 year old has got the right character to become arsenal captain, then you can be sure that there is more too this lad than meets the eye and hopefully, he will continue to show that on the football field.
Arsenal will tackle Sunderland tomorrow and it’s an away game for the gunners.
I will have a preview on that tomorrow as I’m sure that enough has been said for today.
In other news, it seems that Koscielny, Vermaelen, and Rosicky, all returned from the interlull in not very good shape, but hopefully our captain, will return in time to slot into the defense along side Mertesacker.
The loaning out of Djouroo means we have virtually no reliable cover in defense if neither one of Kos or Verm recovers very soon, and that spells TROUBLE in my dialect.
Right, time to go do other things I do, and I hope you all wish my country Nigeria well as we play Burkina Faso in the CAF Nations cup final on Sunday by 7pm.