It was an afternoon of mixed feelings for the Super Eagles stars in the Premier League
The English Premier League returned for the second week this weekend, and it was a game week that brought different news for the Nigerian players involved.
Alex Iwobi played 90 minutes for Everton in their 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa.
After their heartbreaking loss to Chelsea at Goodison Park last week, Everton looked to find their way back to winning ways in their second game against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The game started well for Everton as they matched everything the villains brought to the table. Iwobi was decent in the middle of the park.
However, a lack of concentration saw Dammy Ings open the scoring for Aston Villa just after the half-hour mark.
Buendia then doubled Aston Villa’s lead in the 85th minute. Lucas Digne scored an own goal two minutes later but it wasn’t enough for Everton, who lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.
Iwobi was the shining light for Everton in the afternoon, as he was tireless in midfield and hardly made mistakes. The Super Eagles star had 59 touches and an 80% passing accuracy. He also added defensively with four tackles in the game.
Elsewhere in north London, Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench to assist a goal for Leicester City in their 4-2 loss at Arsenal.
A brace from Gabriel Jesus gave the Gunners a two-goal lead on 35 minutes. Then Granit Xhaka and Martinelli added one each for Arsenal.
Iheanacho helped James Maddison twist four minutes after coming off the bench, and Saliba scored an own goal. However, the goals were insufficient for the Foxes.
Ndidi had a decent game for Leicester City, showing off his physicality and defensive ability. The former Genk man had two clearances, two tackles and an 87% passing accuracy.
Nonetheless, Rodgers would look to learn from the game, particularly regarding Iheanacho. His introduction added bite to his attack, and the Nigerian looked sharp on the afternoon.
Meanwhile, it was a great afternoon for Joe Aribo as Southampton as he netted his first Premier League goal in Saints’ 2-2 draw with Leeds United.
After a scoreless first half, Rodrigo scored two goals before the hour mark for Leeds. Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl brought on Aribo from the bench in the 61st minute.
The Nigerian midfielder pulled one back for his team eleven minutes after his introduction.
Aribo received a through ball that put him one-on-one with Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier, and he finished with confidence to make it 2-1.
Nine minutes later, Kyle Walker equalized for the Saints. Southampton held on to secure a 2-2 draw.