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Twitter can be a lot of fun when observing, such as yesterday evening till this morning when tweeters went on about people sending broadcasts ‘warning’ people to stop sending broadcasts.

The general consensus on Nigerian twitter is wishing people “happy new month” is basically a lame thing to do, more so when done in a broadcast.

Happy new month by the way. Worse still though, the day that ushers this new month in happens to be Nigeria’s 52nd independence anniversary.

Happy independence anniversary Nigerians.

Cue in the reminders of leftovers from bad governance, current and past, to go along with the prevailent “be patriotic!” vs. “Nigeria is a failure” undercurrent verbal battles that ever rages, with a number of indifferent ones observing the raucous nearby while a few others are busy enriching themselves far away at the echelons.

Then when the next general elections come, and a few voices of hope begin to beg the electorate to exercise their franchise wisely, cold feet sets in and irrational decisions are made.

Well I hope that won’t be the case when it comes to that time. There was power to watch the man in power give his speech but I didn’t watch. I’m just waiting for when I can vote and end the nightmare that is this PDP government.

I believe our young ones will have it much better, well I hope so personally. Saw all my nieces and nephew together at one place for the first time since their births and, maybe that spirit of ‘responsibility’ is still far from me, but I know I believe they and their coming siblings will live a much better life than us.

That said, I was busy at a wedding reception this time last year. The aftermath of that wedding and its reception is a two month old princess, one of my nieces.

B and J

BuBu and JayJay

So here’s wishing the Oyebanjis a happy first wedding anniversary! God bless them.

And God bless Nigeria and Nigerians.

While on the subject of anniversaries, happy 16th anniversary as Arsenal manager to Arsène Wenger. God bless him. And God bless Arsenal, regardless of the drought and whatever it was that must have happened on Saturday… but Jesus Koscielny, focus man, focus!

E go better.

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With Arsenal’s Injured Front, all Eyes on Chamakh?


Arsenal are no strangers to having its treatment table warmed by the injured ones and this time round, it crucially has the bulk of the forward men on it with Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner – out till November at worst – joined by Dutch man Robin van Persie till mid-October at least and painfully Theo Walcott till the end of September; painful seeing he was in good scoring form for Arsenal before the internationals from where he picked up the injury…not like he was in exceptional form for England, but that’s by the way.

These injuries give room for young Mexican forward Carlos Vela to stake his claim for a serious look-in when starting eleven names are being pondered on every other week by manager Arsene Wenger. I particularly have a bias for Vela and believe he’ll become quite an asset at the Emirates, with opportunities as this the sort of platform he must take full advantage of to get that look-in; as well as the ‘respected’ League Cup…and he’s getting old for that competition I dare say, knowing how the Arsenal ‘calendar’ ticks.

But the person that really must take full advantage of this window of injuries is Moroccan forward Marouane Chamakh. I mentioned having a bias for Vela…scrap that! I prayed, dreamed, day-dreamed and so much advocated for the signature of Chamakh so my happiness knew no bounds when he arrived – on a free as well, much pleasing to the Monsieur is my guess for that – on the back of a memorable personal season with Bordeaux. For Chamakh, it’s not a matter of gaining experience – several French league and cup wins as well as a quarter final finish in the Champions League last season is good enough vouch – but getting his feet firm for Arsenal and equally importantly his head which would be immense in improving the return of goals from set pieces; the Moroccan has a good head and the one against Blackpool proves so, quality of opponent notwithstanding.

That quest begins full frontal at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. We all know how the players like to stress the importance of the team winning more than individual performance…scrap that too! Chamakh will be looking to score a real goal this time round, captain Cesc Fàbregas has a mission I won’t bother boring about, Andrei Arshavin hasn’t impressed me this season, Manuel Almunia has some demons to shush, Laurent Koscielny, Sebastien Squillaci…all ingredients adding up nicely to an Arsenal slowly desperate to end that frustrating drought of titles; the pains of being a Gooner!

Ah well, action they say speak louder than words and the lad in question has, probably, a relatively easy opponent to deal with seeing as they’ve overcome the man (Sam Alladyce) and his new club that formerly was a pain in the ‘bazongas’ of Arsenal in the past…good old ‘rugby tactics’ Bolton. Well no more!

You may contact this jolly fellow at:

E-mail ~> deleke.afolayan@yahoo.co.uk
Twitter ~> @d_oA

Cheers! And have a good Eid el Fitri celebration.

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With a Long Way Ahead Still…Arsenal, Calm Down!


In my “Premier League Preview – The Challengers” post here http://wp.me/puIC6-34, I talked about the competitiveness of last season’s Premier League that among other things, saw one of the fabled ‘Big Four’ – Liverpool – finish in seventh place behind Aston Villa, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in ascending order. Liverpool’s poor finish coupled with the near alarming number of losses recorded by the other three – Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal – could also be traced to surprise defeats to teams these four would normally chalk all three points off such as Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City and a few others.

Two rounds into this season however, I like to think it’s safe to say three of the Big Four have taken good note of the value of getting the three points where it is expected of them and getting those points with authority. Champions Chelsea scored just over a hundred last term and don’t look like slowing down up front having scored a dozen goals in two games already without giving one away; half of the goals coming a few hours earlier at Wigan’s JJB where the Blues as well as the other Three struggled last term. Arsenal, following a typical lion’s-share-of-possession-comes-to-nothing draw against Liverpool, as should be expected brought Ian Halloway’s new boys Blackpool right down to the football field reality from the cloud nine highs of a four-nil win over Wigan (that’s ten conceded for the Latics…relegation candidature as stated in the note referred earlier). A major talking point was Theo Walcott’s performance which was enjoyable to all watching (Fabio Capello though fancied Wolves trip to Goodison Park instead) and the team performance was all the more impressive more so that Cesc Fàbregas and Robin van Persie played the final half hour with scores at 5-0. What Arsenal fans should however truly note from this good win is that five goals came after Blackpool were reduced to ten men, Andrei Arshavin chose the weaker opposition to perform against when a semblance of same was really expected and much needed in the Liverpool encounter and finally, it was Blackpool. Had it been Everton like it happened in last season’s opening day, I then would’ve rated it a top draw win but alas…it’s just what should be expected of a club of Arsenal’s stature. If Arsenal can perform like this against similar opposition and pick the vital points where expected (against the likes of Wolverhampton, West Brom, West Ham, Birmingham Sunderland and Stoke) as well as against the stubborn ones such as Villa, Bolton and Blackburn Rovers that the Gunners visit next week, it will stamp firmly Arsenal’s title credentials. That then allows for games against rivals (the other Three, free spending Man. City and Tottenham, especially the latter two) to be real contest where a win would truly make Arsene Wenger’s talented lads mature and make the step to returning Arsenal to winning trophies in May and not August as they’re becoming accustomed to!

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