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Premier League: Iwobi Benched As Everton Claim First Win At Arsenal In 25 Years 

Premier League: Iwobi Benched As Everton Claim First Win At Arsenal In 25 Years 

Alex Iwobi was an unused substitute as an error from Bernd Leno saw Everton clinch a 1-0 win at the Emirates, their first at the Gunners since 1996.

Everton have now done the double over Arsenal for the first time since 1986.

Also, Arsenal have lost seven home league games for the first time since the inaugural Premier League season of 1992-93.

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The win for Everton put more pressure on those above them in the race for the Champions League spots, while leaving Arsenal way behind the pack.

The Merseyside club are on 52 points just three points behind Chelsea in fourth position while Arsenal are ninth.

Leno spilled Richarlison’s cross through his own legs in the 76th minute to give the Toffees the lead from what was one of their only attacks of the second half.

Arsenal were awarded a penalty after Richarlison fouled Dani Ceballos but the decision was overturned as another contentious VAR review found Nicolas Pepe to be offside in the build up.

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  • JimmyBall 3 years ago

    I wonder why no one is talking about Iwobi’s situation at Everton… He seems not to be a regular player. Ancelotti sadly does not fancy him much in his preferred midfield position, and Richarlisson and Rodriguez play ahead of him on the wings… This is the more reason he cannot play 10 for Super Eagles… Iwobi has been playing regular senior professional football for some six years now but still has not been able to establish himself in Everton just ike it was for him at Arsenal… he even made lots of progress and bold appearances under Wenger who actually thought highly of him but his major problems are inconsistency and lack of goals… Iwobi ever since turning professional has hardly managed 7goals in all competition in any season. We have to push for players in an objective manner devoid of sentiments… No one should misunderstand me, Iwobi is a roundly skillful player… but in modern football, assists, goals and efficient endproduct are the key metrics of performance and respectful ratings for any player who plays from the upper midfield and wings onwards… Iwobi MUST up his game… become a starter in his club and contribute a good measure of goals to be taken seriously. I like him a lot but as of the moment… his starts have not only been low but it appears he is not really so important at Everton, and I am sure it’s down to a very weak endproduct. Cheers & one love folks…

    • A veteran coach and champions league winner, Ancelloti has seen up close and coached many, many different kinds of skillful players. He can spot his ‘type’ from a long distance. In real terms, he’s not in the same league with Wenger, Arteta etc. Besides that, he’s also more likely to use players he recommended and brought to Everton – Richarlison, James etc.

      That said, you’re very right about Iwobi. He keeps developing, but he’s not at that sweet spot yet. Unfortunately, most forumites’ comments are tainted with sentiments – even when they try to present it as objectives; an eagle eye can always read between the lines. A good friend will always break the truth to you, whether good or bad. The delivery just has to be kind, sensible and helpful.

      Iwobi is without doubt a great and hard-working baller, but I think he should get closer to and take more lessons from his legendary uncle Okocha on consistency, nutmegging, quick decision making, grit and aggression, and fast feet. And I still think the SE Number 10 is not tied down yet and is up for grabs – just as the RWF (Chukwueze) and a few other positions.

      We have skilled personnel in these positions, but they need strong competition and maybe some time on the bench. Hopefully, the new guys coming in (Olise, Ejaria, Lookman etc) can push them hard to be better.

  • Adewuyi Olaosenikan 3 years ago

    Club football does not matter. Ancelloti does not like Iwobi. The players do not pass to him . Everton’s system is not good enough for him. Just because he has managed just 1 goal all season is no big deal. If he moves to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, then you will see Iwobi’s true colours.
    Even for Nigeria, Rohr is starting to look for natural options in the attacking midfield position. If Olise should commit to Nigeria, Iwobi will be shunted to the wings to battle with Kalu and the likes.

  • Collins id 3 years ago


    Musa is still the best left winger we have in our team
    I didn’t know he was this massive in his Arab experience
    Indeed you are a legend
    Pick back ur form and lead us to cross the red sea in cameroun and qater.
    Diego ahmed musa supereagles capitano

    • Why won’t he be massive playing against teams that don’t his sort of experience. If he had a bit of patience and was such a talent he would have stayed in Leicester and played his best. But no, he chose a league that is not as close to the competition in Europe.

    • If a player that has not played top competitive football in 5years can be your best left winger then forget about conquering anybody talkless of Cameron 2022 or qata2022…show some respect for this tornaments you are mentioning abeg… Cameron will converge the best talents Africa has to fight at a very high level and intensity while the mundial will witness unprecedented talent haste and you are here mentioning Musa… please let’s learn to be realistic for once as Nigerians… you can’t eat your cake and have it…if you prefer quota system then forget about conquering anybody.

    • Good compilation. Thanks Collins. I hope Musa finds a new club (outside Nigeria) soon. His experience is invaluable.

    • If he’s that good why did they not renew his contract?? Something must be wrong somewhere as no club will allow their priceless jewel leave just like that.

  • Collins id 3 years ago

    He is a legend. Ibrahimovic didn’t get it right with Barcelona but it didn’t take anything from him. Musa is far better than iheanacho, grey, almost all leicester players apart from vardy.
    Just as Ibrahimovic was far better than all Barcelona stars apart from leonel messi’ your league level does affect ur shot accuracy speed and eye for goals. Half of algeria stars are in turkish league, if you have any other Left winger that have such great display in 2020 and 2021 show the video here even if na gambia league if not shut up and accept fact, ighalo best ever performance for Naija was when he played in china, when he was in Spain he didn’t get invitation when he was in premier league he was invited and Nigeria failed to qualify for both afcon and he could only record one goal but when he moved to do called low leagues he was highest goal scorer in afcon qualifier and afcon proper, what do you say to that? Musa age and experience have gone a long way, if he is in form he is the best African Left attacking midfielder every africans knows this exept only disrespectful Nigerians.

  • Collins id 3 years ago

    I mean to say; ur league level doesn’t determine ur shot accuracy or eye for goals’ all of his goals are world class goals no penalty goals, even in nigeria musa 16 goals are all world class( I remember the one in kenya return leg wcup qualifiers 2014. what an effort) non of them came from penalty, his runs with the ball is so fine and clean liken to thierry henry of arsenal, this is the best time to enjoy this legend because he have learnt alot of things and now knows how to strike from far and strange angles. The only man close to musa is kalu for me’ lookman is yet to complete switch, onyekuru and ejuke are still strugglers, can only be good subs. some players get better in their late 20s and early 30s’ as far as the fitness is still there.

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