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EPL: I love him – Arsenal’s Saka reveals his idol

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Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka has revealed that he used to look up to Al-Nassr captain Cristiano Ronaldo while he was growing up as a kid.

Saka opened up about his upbringing and his memories of playing football as a youngster in an interview with Arsenal’s official website, insisting that he used to love Ronaldo.

The England international said that he tried to emulate the Portuguese as a kid.

“The older I got, the more I fell in love with football. I played a lot but watched a lot of football too. I used to love Cristiano Ronaldo,” Saka was quoted by Arsenal’s official website as saying.

“A lot of other kids my age used to love watching him as well. The different things he could do on the pitch, his skills. The way he took free kicks, too, I think a lot of us used to try to emulate that.”

Saka has been impressive for Arsenal this season, scoring 13 goals and providing 11 assists in 36 Premier League matches for Mikel Arteta’s side.

EPL: I love him – Arsenal’s Saka reveals his idol

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WAFU U-17: Togo game ‘must win’ for Golden Eaglets – Manu Garba

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Golden Eaglets head coach, Manu Garba has warned his players that they must be at their best against Togo.

The holders will face the young Hawks in their last group game at the WAFU B U-17 Championship on Wednesday.

The Eaglets defeated Niger Republic 1-0 in their second game of the competition on Sunday night.

“We will have to beat Togo on Wednesday. They are a good side and we will not underrate them,” Garba said.

“We have trained the players on goal scoring drills. Nigeria should have scored three goals against Niger. So, we hope that the players will convert their chances against Togo.”

Nigeria currently occupy second position in Group B with four points from two games

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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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