Prime Business Africa rounds up action from the English Premier League on Saturday as Mikel Arteta and his troops beat a resilient Burnley while Wolverhampton Wanderers came from a goal down to edge Tottenham Hotspur
Leandro Trossard was the hero on Saturday evening at the Emirates stadium with his club’s 1,000th goal at the Emirates stadium as Arsenal beat struggling Burnley 3-1 to move level on points with leaders Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Incidentally, Mikel Arteta, the current manager, scored the 500th goal at the stadium for the club while he was the captain during his playing days.
The first goal at the Emirates stadium was scored by Brazilian midfielder, Gilberto Silva, in 2006.
Arsenal’s afternoon was slightly soured by substitute Fabio Vieira being shown a straight red card but manager Mikel Arteta, who blasted officials after the loss to Newcastle United a week earlier, gave the referees high marks.
“Please ask me about VAR because today it was good.. I hope that I’m on TV saying the referees are so good and I’m completely with them and being very constructive,” Arteta said.
North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur slipped to a last-gasp loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers with late goals on added time from Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina to win the contest 2-1.
The result left Spurs, who played with a makeshift back four due to injuries and suspensions, third in the standings while Wolves moved up to 11th.
“It is an amazing feeling, we’ve been pushing so hard. We deserve this game,” Lemina told TNT Sports.
Manchester United recovered from their midweek Champions League defeat with a 1-0 victory over Luton Town with the only goal coming from Victor Lindelof, surviving a good challenge from the relegated side.
“It is a good day,” Ten Hag said after his 50th game as United boss. “We needed the win and we got it but we could make life more easy by scoring early on and getting a second.
“We created the chances but we didn’t score apart from one. I am happy with that and I am happy with the clean sheet.”
Ten Hag, however, will serve a suspension when his team travel to Everton on Nov. 26 after picking up his third yellow card of the season.
Everton scored a late winner to triumph 3-2 at Crystal Palace despite the electric performance of two-cap England international of Nigerian descent, Eberechi Eze, while struggling Bournemouth upset depleted Newcastle United 2-0 in the late game of the day.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.