Wenger slams defenders over Arsenal 1-0 defeat

Arsene Wenger blasted Arsenal’s defenders for their sloppy display as Stoke stunned the Gunners with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

Wenger’s side crashed to their first Premier League defeat of the season thanks to Jese Rodriguez’s 47th-minute strike at the bet365 Stadium.

Jese was allowed to gallop into the penalty area unchecked and Arsenal boss Wenger couldn’t hide his disappointment.

“It was frustrating getting caught cold for the goal. Defensively there is no excuse. We gave them a cheap goal,” Wenger fumed.

“We knew it was important not to make a defensive mistake. But we came out straight after half-time, were too sluggish and paid for it.

“We gave them too much freedom in the middle. I was not convinced by our central defence today.”

Arsenal’s careless defending wasn’t the only frustration for Wenger, who felt Arsenal were wrongly denied an equaliser when Alexandre Lacazette’s strike was ruled out for offside.

Replays showed the officials got the decision correct, but that didn’t stop Wenger saying: “We were unlucky. I think we scored a regular goal that was given offside and it wasn’t offside. It’s a very easy decision.

“It’s a difficult defeat to swallow. We had chances. We should have won the game comfortably.”

After coming from behind to beat Leicester 4-3 in their season opener, this was a far less battling performance from Arsenal and Wenger admitted the loss was a big blow.

“It was difficult to get the fluency. We tried but we couldn’t find the goal. There was lack of anticipation in the box with the second ball,” he said.

“To lose a game like that is disappointing You don’t want to lose games that you should win.”

AFP

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Senate goes against Osinbajo, warns PenCom, CBB, ICPC nominees not to resume before confirmation

Senate goes against Osinbajo, warns PenCom, CBB, ICPC nominees not to resume before confirmation

Against the directive of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Senate has advised nominees into the headship of three Federal Government institutions not to resume work until their nominations are confirmed. Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as acting president had in a statement released on Friday by the Permanent Secretary and Director Press, office of the Secretary to […]

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Pray for perfection of Buhari’s healing, Dogara urges Nigerians

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari back to the country after over three months of medical vacation in England.

In a statement in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, the speaker expressed gratitude to Almighty God for granting the president healing and journey mercies back home.

Dogara said that the president’s recovery and safe return attested to the healing power of God, in response to the fervent prayers of Nigerians “who prayed day and night for the president”.

“It is now time for us all to continue to pray for the president for the perfection of the healing and divine rejuvenation to enable him steer the affairs of the nation in the right direction.

“On our part, the House of Representatives wish to assure the president of our determination, support and commitment towards delivering on our promises to the Nigerian people as members of the same government.

“The president can always count on our support in this regard,” he said. (NAN)

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Eagles beat Benin Squirrels to qualify for CHAN 2018

Eagles beat Benin Squirrels to qualify for CHAN 2018

Home-based Super Eagles have qualified for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) after outscoring the Squirrels of Benin Republic in the qualifier. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg of the qualifier in Cotonou, the Nigerian team defeated their visitors on 2-0 at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Saturday to advance 2-1 on aggregate. […]

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PDP Welcomes Back President Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has saluted President Muhammadu Buhari on his return from his over three months medical vacation to London.

The welcome message of the party was issued by the Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary, PDP National Caretaker Committee on Saturday in Abuja.

“We believe that Mr. President is healthier now to assume his responsibility at the helm of the Country’s affairs.

“We thank the Almighty for saving his life.

“We pray that God grants him better health and understanding on how to rescue our poor economy and relieve Nigerians from the current hardship.”

The President departed Nigeria on May 7 and returned on Aug. 19.

He will be addressing the nation on Monday.

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