Friday, September 20, 2019

Baba Grumpy

    Arsenal has 1000 problems, Unai Emery is probably not one of them

Arsenal has 1000 problems, Unai Emery is probably not one of them

Yesterday brought back a sense of dejavu. About two years ago, I was away in India when Arsenal played the same opponents as yesterday. We were doing okay and looked to be in control with the lead only to collapse in the second half. You can read the BBC's match report here The match report refers to that Arsenal side as [...]

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    You don’t need a rolls royce for the Paris Dakar rally

You don’t need a rolls royce for the Paris Dakar rally

I bet there was no Arsenal fan with a low pulse and low blood pressure between the hours of 4.30pm and 6.30pm GMT on Sunday 1st September 2019. That was pure heart attack inducing and stomach churning stuff. If I had a portable device to watch the match on, I would be firmly stuck in the loo throughout the game.Then [...]

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    EPL 2019/20 season preview — by an Arsenal fan

EPL 2019/20 season preview — by an Arsenal fan

I quite enjoy doing season previews. The start of the season is a time filled with fresh optimism. It is something of a blank slate. You can wish for the stars or suffer immense anguish in advance of your team breaking your heart into a thousand pieces.  I support Arsenal and I believe I have always been quite positive about the [...]

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    Theresa May: From good to bad in less than 3 years

Theresa May: From good to bad in less than 3 years

Just over three years ago, Mrs. May became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her ascension into office wasn’t totally unexpected. She was well known as one of the three presumptive heirs to lead the government once David Cameron tired of pretending to be a leader.  It was always ever going to be between her, George Osborne and Boris Johnson. [...]

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    Baku didn’t fulfill its promise 

Baku didn’t fulfill its promise 

We didn’t bring Europa home sadly. Or did we? Seeing as The Emirates Stadium will be the only place to watch the Europa League competition next season. Personally I don’t have a problem against playing in the Europa League. You sometimes get what you deserve especially in football. What I actually don’t get are the fans who said The Europa [...]

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    The rush to create a myth around Arsenal’s finances 

The rush to create a myth around Arsenal’s finances 

In 1997, Arsene Wenger bought a young Nicholas Anelka for £500,000.00 and sold him for £22,000,000.00 some two years later. In 2018 football transfer money, Anelka was sold for £156m. Arsenal & Arsene reportedly used the funds from the Anelka transfer to build London Colney, Arsenal’s world-class training facilities.  In the same 1997, Arsene bought Marc Overmars for £7m and sold [...]

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    Arsene Wenger – half a season after

Arsene Wenger – half a season after

I got a kick in my stomach when the announcement was made on April 20, 2018 that Arsene was leaving the club he dearly loved and helped build to what it is today.  Half a season after he left, my tummy still hurts. Not for Arsene as it looks as if this wonderful man who made life look so simple has [...]

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    Nigerians, vote for Evans 

Nigerians, vote for Evans 

This write-up is inspired by two individuals on ‘Nija’ Social Media.  The first poster, perhaps an imposter claiming to have a PhD suggested that Nigerians have tried someone with integrity and it has not worked (in his own estimation) and suggested it was time to try a thief. As a supporter of Atiku, he appears to be confirming that his candidate’s [...]

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    e-Nigerians: Stop showing love for the looters

e-Nigerians: Stop showing love for the looters

There is no question that Nigeria faces a lot of challenges. Growing population and poverty are two of the biggest challenges.  Nigerians have also proved themselves resilient. Occurrences that could potentially have broken up the country have been successfully navigated. One recent example is the Nnamdi Kanu/Biafra/IPOB agitation. We are lucky that many of the South Eastern governors finally saw sense [...]

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    Liberian honour for the most honourable man on planet earth

Liberian honour for the most honourable man on planet earth

When Michael Jackson released the Liberian Girl song in 1987, not many people on the world stage knew about Liberia. This was even more so in 1983 when the song was apparently written initially and recorded.In 1987, George Weah the country’s president was still playing for Invincible Eleven of Monrovia, the Tin Pot dictator Samuel Doe ruled Liberia, reducing the [...]

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    Arsenal: We have work to do

Arsenal: We have work to do

Yesterday was a very pleasant day. There was a bit of sunshine amidst the early afternoon rain.  Working down Holloway Road is always special for me. Nervous excitement, trepidation and cautious optimism all combine in making sure my jangly nerves never allow me eat or even snack before matches. On my journey to The Emirates, I observed many commuters heading to different [...]

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    Football match lasts 90 minutes — but Arsenal fans’ reaction to it lasts for 11 years

Football match lasts 90 minutes — but Arsenal fans’ reaction to it lasts for 11 years

Wenger was the problem.  Arsene was the reason why there was division in the fan base. He was the reason why the Emirates Stadium was empty. He was the reason why fans were losing their heads and being abusive to the players. Once he leaves, the fan base will be united again. AFTV will become a proper fan channel with positive messages and [...]

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    It is the Premier League hope that kills

It is the Premier League hope that kills

It is here again. Another season of the Premier League kicked off Friday night with Leicester losing by the odd goal just like they did last season when they lost 4:3 to Arsenal Wenger’s Arsenal in a cracking game at the Emirates in August 2017.  When Arsene announced his exit from Arsenal on April 20, 2018, I was stunned and I [...]

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    Kemi Adeosun: Time to be smart

Kemi Adeosun: Time to be smart

When Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was made Minister of Finance by General Obasanjo in his second stint as a ‘Military Head of State’, I was quite impressed. Back then, I was a bit naïve and everything from Overseas especially from the World Bank was very good.  Mrs Iweala made her mark; she did many good things. One of these was publishing the [...]

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    The president’s media team and his ministers are failing him

The president’s media team and his ministers are failing him

Nigerians love killing themselves. Like me you can list more than a thousand ways in which we do this. I have come up with a few below. You can add yours. Boko Haram Politicians inciting their supporters to kill / lynch opponents Politicians arming thugs to kill and maim Security personnel killing the people they should be protecting Those who [...]

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    ‘Legbegbe’ to all footballers of Nigeria origin waiting for England call-up

‘Legbegbe’ to all footballers of Nigeria origin waiting for England call-up

Your England Cap ‘Ti Lo’ like Mr Real sang. If you haven’t heard the song, please listen to it here.I am very excited as I am on my way to Wembley to cheer the Super Eagles. I hope they tear a strip off England. I will be Proudly Nigerian in the away end.The only other match I desperately wanted to attend [...]

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