The Super Eagles of Nigeria recorded a hard-fought 2-3 victory over the Mediterranean knights of Libya last night.
Though the West African put two goals past their opponent as early as 17th minute, they failed to hold on to the lead.
Libya found their way back into the encounter and they equalized in the 74th minute of the encounter.
However, much maligned striker Odion Ighalo restored Eagles lead in the 82nd minute when he found his way past two defenders before finding the back of the net with a low drive shot.
Here are some facts noticed during the encounter :
Samuel Kalu needs to adapt to Rohr’s tactics
The Bordeaux winger was anonymous throughout the minutes he spent on the field last night.
During the first leg of the encounter, the former Gent youngster was lively at the left flank but his decision making left so much to be desired.
He must learn to play to Rohr’s tactical approach to every game, else, he lost his place in the starting lineup to either Simon Moses or Henry Onyekuru.
No doubt, Alex Iwobi is Mikel’s perfect replacement
The Arsenal star featured behind the strikers during the two fixtures against Libya and he performed brilliantly.
Over the years, there have been questions on who would replace the team captain Mikel Obi whenever he retires.
With Iwobi’s defence-splitting pass in the build-up to Ighalo’s tap in, Super Eagles faithfuls are confident the 22-year-old is the man for the playmaker’s job.
Jamilu Collins is here to stay
After Saturday’s 4-0 win over Libya, Rohr confessed that the Paderborn left-back has won him over as result of his fine display.
Against the same opponent last night, the Bundesliga 2 defender ensured that his wing was too tight for the Knights to penetrate.
Brian Idowu would need to up his game if he must regain his place in the team.
John Ogu shows why he needs to play regularly
Things wasn’t going smoothly for the Eagles but the introduction of the Israeli based midfielder cooled the tension of the game.
His physical presence at the middle of the pitch helped the team soaked Libya’s pressure. He equally joined the team while attacking and that produced the decisive moment of the night.
He hasn’t been getting the game-time he deserves since Rohr took over from Sunday Oliseh in 2016.
Ex-Premier League Midfielder Slams Arsenal For Big Transfer Mistake
Former Premier League midfielder Jack Collison has berated North London giants Arsenal for a costly transfer mistake.
The ex-West Ham United player slammed the Gunners for letting Aaron Ramsey leave the club.
Aaron Ramsey is all but a Juventus player after he signed a pre-contract agreement with the Old Lady having already undergone his medical ahead of a free transfer move this summer.
It was revealed that an official announcement is expected next month.
Ramsey is leaving Arsenal after senior club officials withdrew their offer of a new contract in September.
The Welshman is the longest serving player in the Arsenal squad with over a decade at the Emirates Stadium.
While speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live via the Daily Express, footballer turned pundit Jack Collison questioned why Arsenal will let a quality player like Ramsey leave the club before narrating how the huge salary handed to star player Mesut Ozil has come back to haunt the club in a big way.
2014 World Cup winner Ozil put pen to paper on a three-year contract worth £350,000 on a weekly basis last February to make him the highest paid earner in the history of the club.
Ramsey asked for a big salary increment as a result and that led to the withdrawal of the Gunners contract offer with the club citing footballing and financial reasons for the decision.
Napoli Join Race To Sign Germany-based Arsenal Target
Italian Serie A giants Napoli are the latest club to show an interest in Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez.
The 27-year-old has been the subject of transfer interest from several European clubs following his recent struggles with the Bavarian giants.
Italian news portal Calciomercato revealed the interest of Napoli in the Colombian international star.
It was revealed that Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to reunite with James Rodriguez whom he worked with while he was the Real Madrid manager.
Italian tactician Ancelotti was the Real Madrid manager when James Rodriguez signed for the Los Merengues in a big money transfer worth £63m from French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco shortly after the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.
James Rodriguez is on a two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid having joined them before the start of last season with the Bavarian giants paying £11.5m for the loan with the option to sign the player permanently for just £37m.
Napoli can sign him for £37m if Bayern Munich fail to take up the above stated payment option or he could cost the Italians more money if the German champions decide to activate the aforementioned option.
Arsenal have been linked with a £3m payment for the remaining six months on his loan deal at Bayern but the player is set to stay at the Allianz Arena.
I prefer Bayern to Arsenal – star player confirms
Bayern Munich star James Rodriguez has decided to stay at the club despite the strong interest from several European clubs including Arsenal.
This was confirmed by the ESPN who claimed that sources close to the player revealed that he wants to stay at the Allianz Arena until the end of the season at the minimum and that Bayern would like to keep him at the club.
Earlier reports had claimed that North London giants Arsenal were keen on a move for him in the current transfer window in the bid to strengthen their creative options.
It was further revealed that the Gunners can sign the Colombian international playmaker on loan for the remainder of the season for just £3m.
The said fee is for the remaining six months on the two-year loan deal that he signed with the Bavarian giants whom the former FC Porto and AS Monaco player joined from Champions League holders Real Madrid at the start of the last campaign.
Bayern Munich were said to have paid a whooping sum of £11.5m for the loan deal with an option to buy him permanently for £37m this summer.
It remains to be seen whether the German champions will take up that option (buying him outrightly).
Nicholas Asks Unai Emery To Sell THREE Players
Former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas has called on manager Unai Emery to sell three members of the playing squad at the club including the controversial Mesut Ozil.
German playmaker Ozil has been hugging the headlines for weeks after falling out with Unai Emery having failed to adapt to the new tactics/methods introduced by the Spaniard.
Mesut Ozil has been left out of the Arsenal squad for tactical reasons on several occasions including last weekend’s 1-0 away defeat at the hands of London rivals West Ham United in the Gunners’ last Premier League game.
Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas spoke about the Arsenal squad while he was doing his punditry job on Sky Sports as monitored by the Metro.
He told the Gunners boss to sell the aforementioned Ozil and the defensive duo of Shkrodan Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny.
Nicholas is certain that Arsenal can get buyers for Ozil from the Chinese clubs if West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic is attracting strong interest from a club in the Chinese Super League.
He also asked Unai Emery to release club skipper Laurent Koscielny and sell Shkrodan Mustafi as he tried to rebuild his defence.
The ex-Arsenal player had earlier said that he has already lost hope on a top-four finish.
Arsenal Will Spend Money On Transfers This Summer, Journalist Reveals
Experienced journalist Guillem Balague has revealed that Arsenal will spend money on transfers during this summer’s transfer window.
Arsenal have been in the spotlight for the better part of the January transfer window after club manager Unai Emery told reporters at a press conference that the Gunners don’t have money to spend on signings this month and that they can only sign players on loan.
The revelation from the Spanish tactician has led to an uproar amongst the Arsenal faithful who are at a loss as to why senior club officials can’t spend money on a playing squad crying out for reinforcements.
Guillem Balague via his transfer show monitored by Football London explained that Arsenal spent a lot of money in the last two transfer windows and that has handicapped the club in a big way in the current transfer window.
The Spanish La Liga expert went on to say that Arsenal will spend money on players in the summer.
Arsenal spent £70m on the quintet of Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno last summer and the spendings were preceded by a club-record transfer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last January as well as the big wages handed out to both Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the first few months of 2018.
Arsenal To Pay €2m Loan Deal For Top Transfer Target
Premier League giants Arsenal will reportedly pay a €2m loan fee for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez after they reached an agreement with the Catalans over his transfer.
Spanish international star Denis Suarez has emerged as the Gunners’ top target in the January transfer window with Arsenal manager Unai Emery keen to reunite with his former player.
Denis Suarez played under the Spaniard while he was the Sevilla manager and the 25-year-old excelled a great deal under him.
He is a utility player that can play as a central midfielder and on the wings especially the left wing.
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The loan fee was revealed by Spanish media outlet RAC1.
It was further disclosed that the Gunners will have to pay €20m at the end of the short-term loan contract this summer.
Denis Suarez is keen to leave Barcelona this month in search of more playing time.
The Spaniard has been a bit-part player for Barcelona under manager Ernesto Valverde this season.
He could be a direct replacement for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey who’s almost certain to join Italian Serie A champions Juventus.
Ramsey has already agreed to a free transfer move to Juventus after undergoing his medical and an official announcement is expected next month.
Arsenal Offer Star Midfielder To Inter Milan
North London giants Arsenal have reportedly offered star midfielder Mesut Ozil to Italian Serie A side Inter Milan.
This was revealed by a publication from the Daily Star.
The Gunners are trying to offload 2014 World Cup winner Mesut Ozil to free up some funds for transfers.
The German is by far the highest paid player at the Emirates Stadium with weekly wages of £350,000.
He still has two-and-a-half years left on the three-year contract that he signed last February when former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was in charge.
Wenger has since been replaced by Spanish tactician Unai Emery who has dropped Mesut Ozil from the Arsenal squad on several occasions after the former Real Madrid playmaker failed to adapt to his tactics.
There are numerous interests from Italy, Turkey, and China in Mesut Ozil but the Gunners will find it hard to move him on due to his big wages.
Unai Emery still thinks he can be a part of his team on the long run following his latest interview.
The former Valencia and Almeria manager was speaking during his pre-match press conference on Thursday ahead of the crucial London Derby clash with Chelsea as the race for the top four hots up in the Premier League.
Arsenal Star Signs Pre-Contract Agreement With Juventus; Official Announcement Expected Next Month
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with Italian Serie A giants Juventus.
According to Sky Sports, the Welshman signed the contract earlier this week after undergoing his medical with an official announcement expected next month.
Italian champions Juventus have won the race to sign Ramsey ahead of several clubs on the European football scene.
European sides like Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, AS Roma were all interested in the former Cardiff City player.
Aaron Ramsey will leave the Gunners at the end of his contract this summer after senior club officials deemed it fit not to offer him a new deal that would have committed his long-term future to Arsenal.
The Welsh international star has six months left on his Arsenal deal meaning that he can start to negotiate with foreign clubs about a free transfer move this summer.
He has scored four goals in 31 appearances for Arsenal since the start of the season with two goals and six assists in the Premier League alone.
Aaron Ramsey is the longest serving player in the current Arsenal squad after joining the club from newly promoted Premier League side Cardiff City over a decade ago.
He signed for Arsenal in a £5m deal in 2008.
Arsenal Send Scouts To Run Rule Over Portuguese Striker
Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Sporting Braga striker Francisco Trincao as they plot a move for the Portuguese striker.
Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb claim that the Gunners will have to face the threat of Serie A champions Juventus in the quest to sign the young Portuguese attacker.
Francisco Trincao plays for the Sporting Braga B team and he has made seven appearances for them this season.
It was revealed that Arsenal scouts have watched him on several occasions this season but any transfer might have to wait till the summer with the Gunners handicapped with funds at the moment.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that the club can only sign players on loan in the current transfer window.
Any permanent transfer might have to wait until this summer as a result of the Gunners’ lack of financial strength this January.
Arsenal are targeting a loan transfer for Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez who’s on the payroll of La Liga giants Barcelona.
The Catalans want a permanent transfer to sanction his exit from the club but the Gunners are holding out for a loan deal with the option to make the loan transfer a permanent deal during the summer’s transfer window.
Arsenal Eyeing Move For Dutch Eredivisie Star Lozano
Arsenal are reportedly plotting a transfer for highly rated PSV Eindhoven star Hirving Lozano.
According to the publication from Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb, the Gunners are stepping up their interest in the Mexican international.
Arsenal have joined other clubs in expressing their interest in him.
The Gunners have already confirmed that they can only sign players on loan in the current January transfer window but that has not stopped the club from identifying possible signings including Hirving Lozano.
Mexican attacker Lozano has been one of the standout performers in the Dutch Eredivisie over the past two seasons.
He has also been attracting the interest of major European heavyweights like Chelsea and Spanish champions Barcelona though Italian Serie A giants Napoli are believed to be in pole position for him.
Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti is a big admirer of the player with reports claiming that the Italians have already held talks with his agent Mino Raiola.
Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven have already slapped a €40m (£35m) asking price on Hirving Lozano which is a significant increase on the transfer fee required to sign him shortly after last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
PSV had earlier slapped a €30m (£26m) asking price on him.
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