Dala Football: Arsenal Lose 14 Match Unbeaten Status On Mereyside; Super Falcons Scale-up Protest
Arsenal turn to unlikely saviours Sunderland
Arsenal dropped the ball yesterday against Everton as the home side came from a goal down to secure a 2 – 1 win and held on despite going down to ten men.
Ronald Koeman still boasts a better record (100%) against Arsene Wenger than any other Premier league manager and more importantly the ambience at Goodison Park is lighter after a bad run had threatened to sour the Dutchman’s tenure on Merseyside.
Arsenal must now hope for an improbable miracle when table topping Chelsea travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland who are rock bottom. A win for Chelsea would put them six points clear of the Gunners.
Elsewhere Leicester lost their 8th match of the season after losing just three last season.
Bournemouth took the lead in the 34th minute through Marc Pugh and held on thanks to brilliant saves from Artur Boruc.
Mourinho in war of words, what else is new
After securing a win against Tottenham last time out it would seem Mourinho is now in higher spirits, and in typical Mou style he’s provided us with another interesting one-liner throwing Liverpool legend and former Manchester United player Michael Owen under the bus for questioning Zlatan’s ability to lead the United line.
Jose Mourinho: “The reality is, Zlatan will score more goals for Man Utd in one season than Michael Owen scored for them in three seasons.”
Super Falcons Still Stranded
More than a week after returning from Cameroon with an “Unexpected Trophy” in tow, the Super Falcons have taken said trophy hostage. The Falcons have been in a sit-in protest since returning from Yaounde over unpaid allowances of about $25,000 per player say they will not leave their hotel nor hand over the trophy till their demands are met.
Bitterness over their shabby treatment by the Nigerian Football Federation and the Government is a prevalent feeling in the Falcon’s camp after their counterparts in other countries have received better hospitality from the Government despite failing to win the ultimate prize.
The Cameroonian President Paul Biya, last week hosted a dinner in honour of runners up, the indomitable lionesses. Samuel Eto’o also reportedly doled out 10 million Francs to each player, that’s about 7 million naira, no wonder the ladies are aggrieved.
As you read this they are now in front of the national assembly in the Abuja with placards, they hope to catch the eye of Mr President who’ll be presenting the 2017 budget today. We hope Mr President will intervene in what is becoming a national embarrassment.
In Lagos meanwhile the Super Sand Eagles are participating in the 2016 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations and beat Egypt 3-2 in their first match, a brace from Emeka Ogbonna settled the tie with Isiaka Olawale also on the scoresheet.
And in other news, Rivers United have commenced their preseason tour of Spain and will be play a number of fixtures against Spanish sides beginning with La Liga side Villarreal today
How to watch football today;
Rivers United v Villarreal 11am (live on SS3)
Middlesbrough v Liverpool 8.45pm
West Ham v Burnley 8.45pm
Sunderland v Chelsea 8.45pm
(All times 9pm)
Man City v Watford
West Brom v Swansea
Stoke v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Man Utd
Tottenham v Hull City