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Premier League: Iwobi Shines, Ndidi, Iheanacho In Action As Everton Beat Leicester Away; 10-Man Arsenal Hold Southampton

Premier League: Iwobi Shines, Ndidi, Iheanacho In Action As Everton Beat Leicester Away; 10-Man Arsenal Hold Southampton

Alex Iwobi was in action for Everton and gave a good account of himself in their 2-0 win at Leicester City, in Wednesday’s Premier League clash.

Also in action were Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho with the later coming on in the second half.

Everton opened scoring in the 21st minute  through Richarlison who cut inside and hit his effort into the bottom corner from outside of the penalty area.

And in the  72nd minute Everton doubled their lead thanks to Mason Holgate who reacted first in the crowded penalty area.

The win took Everton to 5th on 23 points while Leicester are 4th on 24 points.

At the Emirates 10-man Arsenal forced Southampton to a 1-1 draw to avoid a fifth straight home defeat.

Southampton took the lead in the 18th minute as former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott collected a through pass and dinked it over Bernd Leno.

Arsenal were back on level terms in the 52nd minute off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who curled the ball into the bottom corner after a brilliant build-up play by Bukayo Saka and an Eddie Nketiah assist.

Ten minutes later Arsenal were reduced to 10 men after Gabriel was sent off for a second yellow for a foul on Walcott.

Arsenal stay 15th on 14 points and Southampton in third position on 24 points in the league table.

And at Elland Road Leeds United thrashed Newcastle United 5-2.

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  • Brenda Rodgers is becoming the new Gernot rohr playing Ndidi in central defence against everton when he would have best suited them in midfield. None of the goals conceded was his fault by the way.
    I want to say that Alex iwobi has to be the most improved player in the Super Eagles ranks. I mean his game is now mature, he is very strong in tackles and holding on to the ball. His ball distribution is top notch. I can see why ancelloti wants him to play in any position in the team as long as he is in the team. For me he is the best midfielder we have at the moment.

    • Bro,
      Johnny Evans accumulated enough yellow cards and was suspended for the Everton game. Soyuncu a trusted CB is still out injured hence Rogers turned to Ndidi to fill in for the team at CB and Mendy readily slotted into the DM role.

  • Jones 6 months ago

    I think this was Iwobi’s best match for everton.

  • Marvelous 6 months ago

    Those who were comparing iwobi to some average players where are they?

  • Kingston 6 months ago

    Lol, don’t complain about coaches fielding players in wrong positions, it is part of football.
    Ola aina has been playing as a CB since. Iwobi was played as a wingback.
    I think the way iwobi is going, he’s making our no10 his for a long time. His workrate and superb passes are second to none.
    Michael olise scored today with ejaria providing the assist. We need the two of them. Michael olise is not old enough with the necessary experience and platform to dislodge iwobinho from no10, but will surely make the squad. I hope he switch allegiance to super eagles, I really do hope.
    Ejaria is proving to be good enough for the premier league. Maybe not Liverpool, but at least he’s good enough to play for Fulham and the likes. With ejaria in, super eagles can with two attacking midfielders. Pairing ejaria with iwobinho, then allow ndidi to provide cover behind them.

    • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

      I lick my lips at the prospect of having both Ejaria and Olise play for the SE each time I watch reading play….and I wish that can happen soon. They have both combined with devastating effect in their last half a dozen matches or thereabout. They both present long term options in attacking midfield for the SE. I wouldn’t mind a midfield diamond quartet of Ndidi, Etebo, Ejaria and Iwobi…..all distinct midfielders in their own rights but all needing each other to complement each other….with Aribo and Olise able to come in to replace any of them and still get the job done. Our options in midfield are beginning to swell, without forgetting the likes an old warhorse like Shehu Abdulahi, who has proven to be an ever reliable player for the SE be it as a RB or as a DM….infact the way he came on vs Sierra leone in Freetown, on that millet farm of a pitch, and stabilized our midfield was pleasantly surprising. Mention must also be made of those who are still knocking at the door and hoping they will find a spot, like Frank Onyeka, Mikel Agu and a certain Kelechi Nwakali whom ‘many’ people are still wait for to come good.

      • Simon 6 months ago

        Money dey lick lips no be only Shehu na danladi. Quiet your mouth there same you that once insulted Iwobi now you come here with your double tongue antics. LMAO

        • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

          Hahahahaha….Pls go and copy and paste where I insulted Iwobi on this forum…If anything else every sane follower of goings-on in this forum knows I’ve been one of his biggest backers here despite your conclave of insults and even when your likes have been glorifying U21 bench warmers above him….LMAO. That was how you claimed I endorsed Bosso until I shoved your lies down your throat. Just say you are looking for attention and we will give it to you. You’ve been barking for attention like a hungry local dog for almost a week now. Its more honorable to come clean on your desire for attention rather than telling lies up and down. Drink poison when next you see Shehu Abdulahhi’s name on the list of SE invitees….LMAO. Tribal bigot…! Hopefully someday whoever tied your sense to an iroko tree will temper justice with mercy so you can regain your sanity

          • Simon 6 months ago

            Hahahahaha now I’m giving back to him what he does best, See him screaming like a cry baby now. Monkey lick lips naaaaa hehehehe cry baby.

          • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

            Hehehehe…..Giving your lies back to yourself right….LMAO. You are here ridiculing yourself, as usual, thinking you are winning an oscar….LMAO. Of course I know your life long ambition has always been to defeat Dr.Drey, that is what you wake up daily promising yourself you will do, a venture in which you have come to be know to be a perpetual failure…..LMAO.
            Go and copy and paste where I insulted Iwobi, mumu is biting stubborn grass up and down like he-goat wey no get owner….LMAO.
            Pls someone should tell this pig to stop smoking mosquito coils…..LMAO

          • Simon 6 months ago


  • pompei 6 months ago

    Ejaria actually took a shot, and it deflected off Olise into the Utrecht net. Goal na goal anyway. Congrats to both of them 🙂
    Ejaria is looking like a sure bet in the Nigeria midfield, with Ndidi in the DM role. Iwobinho could be the 3rd man in the middle. Or Olise could play that role, while Iwobinho moves to the right wing.
    At Reading, Olise is often deployed on the right wing. If Rohr considers that option, Olise will offer Chukwueze some serious competition. Both are left footed, but for me, Olise has the MORE EDUCATED left foot. While Chukwueze has more pace and is more explosive going forward, Olise is more cerebral, has more guile, and is more gifted technically. Olise is also a deadball expert, so he will likely be taking a lot of our freekicks and corner kicks. And his quality crosses will benefit Osimhen a lot. Even Onuachu might experience a change in fortunes with a guy like Olise on the pitch, because Olise will surely find him with crosses and passes.
    Of course, all these talk is useless if NO FUTURE FOCUS end up putting these players on a yeye pitch. Olise, as good as he is, will be poor on a bad pitch. Then people will come and say he is not good. So, let us hope we have good pitches to play on, so our good players can have a good surface to express themselves!

  • JimmyBall 6 months ago

    All this fanfare for Olise… Has France told you all they want to loose him? France will not let us have that guy… Me I have off my mind from such a prospect. See how long it’s taking Fifa to approve player switch from England… I have the feeling that France that often fields 8 black players out of 11 at a time will never let Olise go… all top 4 teams in England are taking stock of that guy Olise… We may be in for a long thing hoping France will let us have him. I doubt… Otherwise he is a joy to watch.

    • Footballfanatic 6 months ago

      I completely agree with you…alot of people are already salivating at the prospect of having him but forgetting that we’re not the only one paying attention to his current performance. I think we might stand a chance judging from the fact that France has alot of players in the top leagues and also the prospect of him being capped by the Nigerian senior national team which might open the door to the world cup could attract this young prospect but if france wants to play spoiler they can just do a quick Tomori on him and that’s it for us lol. Fingers crossed for now.

  • Michael olise is a good player but judging by his video clips he is more like an Aribo clone. Same style, shape, only difference is Aribo is more experienced and able to play in multiple positions on the field. So if it comes down to it im sticking with aribo. I dont think we need two similarly styled players, I think we need someone that will add something different to the team and thats why Ejaria’s switch is important because he would add something different to the team.

    • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

      Certainly….they even look alike facially….Lolz. But as similar as their style of play is….Michael seems not to have the defensive verve Joe has, while Joe also doesn’t seem to look naturally fitted to an attacking role like Michael. But trust me, their ball playing abilities can be a good asset to a team like the SE that doesn’t have so many players who can propel the team from the central midfield to attack and occupy the tight spaces between the opponents defensive midfield and central defense.

      • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

        Hahahaha… Fake Dr. Drey trying to sound like me. LMAO, no worry, your village people will soon come after you. Anyway, it is CSN that I blame. This cloning off account thing is not funny.

        • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

          Stop fooling yourself…..E nor just fit you. The world can smell your foolery from a thousand miles away. Clone my name till tomorrow and copy my posts word for word, you can still never be me, you can still never sound like me. I can tell you for free, forumites already know the difference. Keep on fooling yourself thinking you are fooling CSN forumites. They are not animals like you think they are…..LMAO. They have sense. The stupidity that was stamped on you at birth will never stop giving you out…LMAO.

          • Tancosports 6 months ago

            Who come be original Dr Drey now, me I’m confused o.

          • CS shouldn’t allow two people to use same name. On this small forum. The first user should be allow to retain his/her name. . What nonsense is this nah?

  • Abdul handsy 6 months ago

    Olise didn’t play a bidding game for France so the interest to play for Nigeria lies solely with him and not france.

    Toulon tournament is not a FIFA organized competition and hence, not sanction by the world football governing body.

    I learnt that Olise has been contacted by Tunde Adelakun which was mandated by Rorh and if he is interested in donning the green white green then it is even possible he gets called by March next year when the super eagles regroup for the AFCON qualifier.

    I just honestly pray that he accepts it with an open heart to play for Nigeria as that guy is a phenomenon. If you placed Olise and Eze side-by-side I will pick Olise 3times before thinking about Eze despite the fact that Eze is presently playing in the premiership.

    I look forward to the midfield availability of Ndidi, Etebo,Ariball iwobinho, Ejaria and Olise from next year’s calls up by Rorh.

    • Simon 6 months ago

      Olise to Eze baba dey talk true o, non of our midfielder except iwobi and Ejaria comes close to Eze. Pls let us be honest here.

  • Kingston 6 months ago

    So @simon tell me, you will pick eze ahead of ndidi. Even with the injury setback I will still pick ndidi ahead of iwobi

  • Kingston 6 months ago

    What about the home based players?
    It’s like you guys think Dare is joking.
    Everybody is bringing out list, lemme bring mine too
    Favoured formation – 3-5-2
    Forwards: Osimhen, Iheanacho, Sadiq/Musa
    Wingers: Samuel Chukwueze, Lookman

    Attacking midfielder: Iwobi, Olise/home based player
    Centre midfielder: Aribo, Ejaria
    Defensive midfielder: Ndidi, Etebo/home based

    Wingback: Samuel Kalu, Tryonne ebuehi (right); Sanusi, Ola aina (left)

    Defenders: Balogun, Akpoguma, Awaziem, Ekong, home based

    Goal keeper: Uzoho, Okoye, enzewa (home based too)

    Dare no go kill person ooo. Look at the quality players that will likely be dropped because of a policy that favours people that have been at home for about 8 months.
    Lol! Nigeria is good at making jokes. Now it’s sim card wahala. May the good Lord help us.

  • All this clamouring for EJARIA, OLISE, TOSIN, ADEMOLA & co to be invited to SE baffles me alot.
    So absurd.

    As we all know, every coach has their first 20 players.

    Considering the fact that SE team list has a “compulsory” quota for homebase, where will all these yet to be TESTED & TRUST foreign born fit into?

    Remember oga Rohr cannot toil with his first 18/19 players when they’re fully fit (OKOYE, UZOHO, EKONG, BALOGUN, AKPOGUMA, AWAZIEM, AJAYI, AINA, EBUEHI, ZAIDU, NDIDI, ETEBO, ARIBO, IWOBI, MUSA(C), SIMON, KALU, CHUKWUEZE, OSIMHEN).
    If we add 4 or 5 homebase players we have either 22 or 23 players.

    When we were raising alarm against this backward ideology of quota, NPFL agent(@omo9ja) & his company were congratulating themselves that they’ve won & they mislead the gullibles ones.
    They thought it’s over but little did they know the war has just begun.

    Now, how would the invitation be like since oga Rohr already has his established undisputed & irreplaceable (barring injury) 19 players?

    • JimmyBall 6 months ago

      @UBFE… Please can you retire all these talk of homebased? Do we have an operational league to produce any worthy homebased inclusion at the moment? That statement was just the opinion of Mr Sunday Dare… We have budding players that we are seeing in EPL and English Championship that are operating at the right levels and their cases are valid… Musa is over 35years in reality and he offers nothing anymore compared to Ademola Lookman… Ahmed Musa has contributed his bit and cannot now overnight become Lionel Messi, when he finds a club let him telephone Rohr after becoming a regular in his would-be new club… We should be talking of people who are performing and playing at their clubs at the moment… Awoniyi is punching ral weights in Union Berlin’s run in the Bundesliga… Lookman has shown enough, Ejaria and Olise (if he fancies Nigeria) are worthy mentions. We should also try again to push for Dominic Solanke and Eberechi Eze… Those guys are good and still in good place to wait for England but those of them sensible will know by now that a Three Lion career can be largely at best a a dive and plunge into abyss.

      • @Jimmyball.

        Agreement is agreement….

        Invitation of “atleast” 4 homebase players is part of the terms of the contract NFF drafted for Rohr to sign. Sport minister, NFF & our EX would force Rohr to do it…

        And if Rohr goes against that homebase quota, he would definitely loose his job.
        Rohr can’t sacrifice his job for that.

        Rohr would definitely bring in 4 and then add his tested & trusted 19 players & the 23 man list is complited ASAP.

        Next time we need to “look b4 we leap”….

        We don’t have to agree to someone we see trying to fight for his OWN pocket & ignoring who’s affected.

        These pple were doing this thing (quota) for their own pocket not for the betterment of our football.
        See how the thing is affecting us now.

        Rohr came with a good intention to raise our soccer team to the point that we can last for atleast 7 to 8 years without fizzling out but our pple kicked against it, they prefer us being in obscurity & mediocrity provided their own selfish interet is achieved.

        The same thing is happening in our Government….

        The big question now is; when will the youth learn their lessons?

        • Mercy 6 months ago

          Baba forget that one!! Dare just goofed!! there is no where it’s stated in Rohr’s contract that he must use 4 homebased player hence he would have invited the homebased players against SL.

          You can watch this link where Picnick was recently interviewed


          • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

            Wow…[email protected] thank you so much for this video. Without taking anything from the substance of the message its passing across the pidging English they are speaking is so sweet and hilarious too. that part (12:52) where the interviewer talk say ‘…mammy-water dey shake water…’ got me laughing out in public without decorum….LMAO. Wow I wish I could speak pidgin so nicely like these guys are doing. And kudos to the interviewer too….he asked the right questions….he is indeed a thorough-bred professional.

  • Kajoule 6 months ago

    Eberechi Eze, Lookman >>>>>>