Arsenal will have a fixture away to Super Eagles Odion Ighalo’s team Watford, at the Vicarage Road venue on Saturday 17th October by 5.30pm Nigerian time (17.30 G.M.T). Watford’s Odion Ighalo scored in the 3-0 friendly match against Cameroun in Belgium last Sunday. Sanchez scored against Brazil and Peru in the South American FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers. Giroud, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlian also scored for France and England respectively. So all was fair for Arsenal and Watford strikers during the international break. We will have a good match on Saturday and I hope Arsenal would keep up the momentum after the big win against Manchester United and before the away fixture to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League next week.
Odion Ighalo and Alexis Sanchez have both scored five goals each, while Petr Cech has the best save percentage in the EPL this current season at 82% and 5 saves per match. Watford is 12th on the table with 10 points, while Arsenal is second with 16 points after 8 matches each.
In other matches, Spurs host Liverpool and Liverpool now have a new team manager in Jurgen Klopp who last managed Borussia Dortmund in Germany. This will be his first test in the EPL. Klopp would have done better managing Arsenal than Liverpool. Liverpool plays a boring type of football to me and I wonder how Klopp would manage trying to convert their playing pattern to that of Borrusia Dortmund. The fixture is an early morning fixture and will be played at the White Hart Lane Stadium by 1.45pm Nigerian time (12.45 G.M.T).
Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined 50,000 British Pounds by the Football Association for saying that referees don’t give Chelsea penalties. But come on, why should the ban take effect only when he says this kind of thing again? Besides he has been making unnecessary comments since this season began. He talks too much and his team is 10 points behind Manchester City. Chelsea will host Aston Villa by 3pm (15.00 G.M.T) at the bridge and I hope the international break would help the players regain their form.
Another match coming up on Saturday is the match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park. Everton has not conceded to Manchester United at home in three straight home matches and three straight seasons. Everton might be difficult for Manchester United but new boy, Antonio Martial had a man of the man match for France in the 2-0 victory against Denmark. Valencia also scored for Ecuador in their World Cup qualifying match to make a case to be starting for United. I hope Van Gaal fields him.
Manchester City will host Bournemouth at the Ethihad stadium and I have a good feeling that City will win. They will be without Aguero who scored five stunning goals against Newcastle United and Sylvia. Both matches (Everton/Man U and Man C/Bournemouth) will come up by 3pm or 15.00 G.M.T.