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EPL: Iwobi Shines, Ighalo Falters

It was mixed blessing for Super Eagles stars of Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo in their English Premier League clash on Saturday.

While Iwobi scored Arsenal’s second goal in the 4-0 mauling of Watford at the Emirates, Ighalo failed to add to his 15 goals tally, failing to hit target.

Iwobi, whose appearance for Nigeria was limited after he recovered from food poisoning on international duty last week, struck after 38 minutes courtesy of an assist by Alexis Sanchez, who laid the ball into the path of the youngster who only had to slide home from inside the box.

It was the 19-year-old midfielder’s second goal in the Premier League. The impressive Iwobi was later substituted in the 74th minute.

Ighalo, on the other hand, was replaced after 46 minutes when he failed to add to his 15-goal tally.
However, before his goal, Iwobi was involved in the first goal scored by Sanchez. His looping cross into the Watford area picked out the energetic Chilean, whose first attempt at goal was kept out by Heurelho Gomes, who could not stop the Arsenal man from scoring from the rebound after just four minutes into the game.

In other games, Chelsea compounded Aston Villa woes with a 4-0 pounding away, while Manchester City also hit AFC Bournemouth with the same score line away.

Swansea came from two goals down to snatch a valuable point at Stoke with goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alberto Paloschi in the second half rescuing a point as they drew 2-2. The draw leaves Stoke in eighth while Swansea moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone in 15th spot.

Martin Olsson’s dramatic late winner saw Norwich City give their Premier League survival hopes a huge boost as they secured a thrilling 3-2 victory over relegation rivals Newcastle United on Saturday.

The visitors’ hopes of salvaging a result looked to be extinguished after 74 minutes as Mbokani cut inside from the left to lash home, only for referee Mike Dean to point to the spot following Gary O’Neil’s handball, allowing Mitrovic to level again with a confident penalty.