Monthly Archives: May 2018

Nigeria qualify for World Cup in Russia

Uyo Nigeria’s national football team has qualified for the sixth time for the World Cup finals. The Super Eagles defeated Zambia 1-0 (0-0) on Group B’s penultimate day and extended their lead to an unassailable six points.

FC Arsenal’s Alexander Iwobi (73rd) scored the goal for the 1996 Olympic champion, making Nigeria a regular guest at the World Cup since 1994 – with the exception of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. In addition to hosts Russia, defending champions Germany, Belgium, England, Spain, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Brazil had already won tickets to the 2018 World Cup. More infos for Nigeria and the world cup find under

New Arsenal Manager Faced with Uphill Task

Taking over a top Premier League club like Arsenal, with a new stadium, great reputation and money to spend should be a huge proposition for an incoming manager.

The infrastructure is in place for Arsenal to succeed at the highest level, as they have done in the past thanks to outgoing manager, Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has transformed the Gunners during his long spell at the club and lifted major trophies along the way, including the Premier League means the magazine

Arsenal Slump

However, the 3-1 loss at Leicester City in Arsenal’s penultimate league game of these season highlights what a massive job the new manager has at the Emirates Stadium.  The defeat at Leicester City means Arsenal have failed to pick up a single point away from home in 2018, which is a dreadful record for a club regarded as one of the best in English football.

Many of the fans have become disillusioned with life under Wenger and star players such as Mesut Ozil, have failed to deliver when it matter most.

The group of players Wenger leaves behind at Arsenal look bereft of confidence and many of the fans feel the same way.  However, when the Frenchman walks out of the door for the final time this weekend, he will leave a huge hole at the club.

New Backroom

Over the past 12 months, Arsenal have added two key men to their backroom staff, with Sven Mislintat arriving from Borussia Dortmund as head of recruitment and Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona as head of football relations.

Whoever comes into the managerial hot seat at Arsenal will be working with Mislintat and Sanllehi and it remains to be seen just how the club will be structured next season.

When Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United, the Red Devils struggled to find a suitable replacement and even with Jose Mourinho in charge, the title is out of reach. However, when David Moyes took charge he had a title winning team to work with, something the new Arsenal manager will not. The odds stands good for a change. (read here more)

Ferguson was said to have had a big say in the appointment of Manchester United’s new manager and it was announced before the end of the season.  It appears Arsenal do not have anyone lined up and have little idea about the style of manager they would like to appoint.

Potential Candidates

Former players who worked under Wenger during his most successful period at Arsenal, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, have both been linked with the job but would be a huge risk considering their lack of experience.

Luis Enrique has been tipped as a potential option but his wages appear to be a stumbling block. Current Juventus manager, Max Allegri is another big-name manager to be linked with the job but he may stay with the Turin giants and would also prove an expensive option.

With Chelsea also on the look-out for a new manager as they line-up a replacement for Antonio Conte, Arsenal could be in for a difficult time this summer.  Success may have been thin on the ground under Wenger in recent years but there could be worse to come for Arsenal fans.