EiE: Super Eagles’ Iwobi shines in Arsenal’s win

EiE: Super Eagles’ Iwobi shines in Arsenal’s win

Eagles in Europe, EiE, this week features amongst others Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, who was the standout performer of all Super Eagles players over the weekend.

Here is a look at his performance and those of other Super Eagles stars in their respective European clubs.

Iwobi came off the bench to inspire his side to their seventh successive win in all competitions. With the Gunners struggling to break down an organised Watford side (who had a Nigerian, Isaac Success on the pitch) at home, manager, Unai Emery replaced Aaron Ramsey with Iwobi.

Iwobi went on the repay his manager’s trust 18 minutes later, providing the decisive cross that Craig Cathcart back-heeled into his own net to give Arsenal the lead.

Two minutes later, Iwobi was involved again as Arsenal doubled their lead. He combined brilliantly with Alexandre Lacazette, whose low cross found Mesut Ozil to seal the win with a calm finish.

Iwobi lasted 27minutes in what was his fourth game of the season for the North London club.

Kelechi Iheanacho & Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester City
Iheanacho saw a rare 90minutes of action alongside compatriot, Ndidi, as Leicester City returned to winning ways.

The Foxes were too good for Newcastle United, winning 2-0 with their Nigerian duo playing from start to finish. It was Iheanacho’s second full game of the season for Leicester.

Leon Balogun, Brighton & Hove Albion
Balogun’s role as a spectator continued at the Etihad, where he watched from the bench as his club side Brighton fell 2-0 to defending champions, Manchester City.

Oghenekaro Etebo, Stoke City and Semi Ajayi, Rotherham United
In the English Championship, Etebo was on for 66 minutes as Stoke City played out an entertaining 2-2 at Rotherham, who had defender, Ajayi on from start to finish.

Samuel Kalu, Bordeaux

Kalu was conspicuously missing in action for his Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux, who held their hosts, Reims, to a goalless draw.

Jamilu Collins, Paderborn

Left back, Collins was on from start to finish as his German second side stopped leaking goals with a 1-0 victory against Ezebirge Aue.

Joel Obi, Chievo & Ola Aina, Torino

In the Serie A, it was Obi against Aina on Sunday as Chievo hosted Torino. While Obi was not even listed for the tie, Aina lasted the duration of the game as Torino left with all three points thanks to a 1-0 win.

William Troost-Ekong, Udinese
It was not a good day for Troost-Ekong and his Udinese side, as they fell 2-1 away to Bologna with the ‘Oyinbo Wall’ member playing from start to finish.

Moses Simon, Levante

Simon continued his return from injury with another appearance for La Liga side, Levante who defeated Deportivo Alaves 2-1 with Simon playing for 30minutes after replacing Jason on the hour mark.

Kenneth Omeruo, Leganes
The story has not changed for Chelsea’s on loan defender, Omeruo, who continued his role as an unused substitute in Leganes’ goalless affair at Real Betis.

Francis Uzoho, Elche
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Uzoho, was an unused substitute in Elche’s exciting 2-2 draw at Extremadura in the Segunda division.

Bryan Idowu, Lokomotiv Moscow

Left back, Idowu lasted the 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card as Lokomotiv Moscow secured a narrow 1-0 victory over FK Akhmat.

Ogenyi Onazi, Trabzonspor

The Super Eagles vice captain retained his place in Trabzonspor’s starting team, helping his side to a 4-2 win over Kasimpasa. Onazi lasted the duration of the game, but was booked.

Henry Onyekuru, Galatasaray
Onyekuru made it six (6) games without scoring a goal as Galatasaray secured a 1-0 win over Erzurum BB He came on as a substitute, playing 25minutes having replaced Ryan Donk.

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