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Aubameyang wins league title despite playing just 8 minutes

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Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become a league champion this season.

This is despite the Gabon international playing just eight minutes of football.

Aubameyang was recognised as part of LaLiga champions Barcelona’s title-winning squad despite the former Borussia Dortmund star being a Chelsea player since last summer.

The Catalans were handed the Spanish top-flight title on Sunday after a 4-2 win at Espanyol.

The African star was part of Xavi’s side at the very start of the season before he joined Chelsea and came off the bench for a late cameo in their opening game against Rayo Vallecano.

In the top flight of English football, players need to have made a minimum of five league appearances to be considered a member of the title-winning squad.

But in Spain and elsewhere in Europe that is not the case, meaning that Aubameyang’s eight minutes game for Barca are all he needed to be crowned a champion this term.

Aubameyang has endured a dreadful season at Stamford Bridge, having scored just three goals in 21 appearances.

Aubameyang wins league title despite playing just 8 minutes

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EPL: He took six points from them – Keown reveals manager who cost Arsenal title

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Former Arsenal Defender, Martin Keown has revealed that Aston Villa manager Unai Emery cost Mikel Arteta’s side the Premier League title this season.

Keown claimed that Emery, a former Arsenal manager, was ‘desperate’ to beat his former club, adding that he took six points from the Gunners.

Recall that Arsenal narrowly missed out on securing their first Premier League trophy since 2004 on the final day of the season as Manchester City defeated West Ham United 3-1 to finish two points clear at the top of the table.

The Premier League North London club lost home and away against Aston Villa (2-0 and 1-0) during the 2023/24 campaign.

“They [Man City] have that luxury, Arsenal are a developing club,” Keown said on talkSPORT on Monday.

“You go into a fight with Man City, if Arsenal manage a draw and they don’t lose to Villa they can be champions. So they went there to pick up those necessary points because they knew if they got beat it would just wipe Arsenal out and City would do it again.

“I think the reason Arsenal didn’t win the league was because of Unai Emery – he takes six points off of Arsenal.”

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2026 WCQ: Onyeka may miss Super Eagles clash with South Africa, Benin

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Brentford Midfielder, Frank Onyeka could be left out of Nigeria’s squad for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa and Benin Republic due to injury.

Onyeka missed Brentford’s last two games of the season due to the setback.

The 26-year-old is expected to be excluded from Nigeria’s squad for the qualifiers.

The Super Eagles have some of their regular players on the injury list ahead of the games against the Bafana Bafana and Squirrels.

Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze are doubtful for the games due to fitness concerns.

The likes of Moses Simon, Zaidu Sanusi and Tyrone Ebuehi have already been ruled out of the games due to injuries.

Nigeria will host South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Friday, June 7.

Finidi George’s side will travel to Abidjan for a clash with Benin three days later.

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Heartland will survive relegation – Okafor boasts

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Heartland forward Onyekachi Okafor is optimistic the Naze Millionaires will maintain their top-flight status at the end of the season.

The five-time Nigeria Premier Football League champions currently occupy 19th position on the table.

Heartland have recorded six wins, 11 draws and 15 defeats from 32 games.

The Owerri club will need to win their remaining six games to have a chance of remaining in the league.

Okafor revealed that all the players are working tirelessly to ensure their safety.

“The team is motivated by the Imo State government in other for us to achieve our NPFL safety,” he told DAILY POST.

“We are very positive of staying in the NPFL at the end of the season.”

Heartland will host Gombe United when the league resumes this weekend.

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