Too Good, Too Bad: The Best and Worst of Africans Abroad


GOAL takes a look at how stars from the continent fared across the leagues in Europe.

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    Review of Africans in Europe

    Hakim Ziyech, Ismaila Sarr, and Sadio Mane were among the Africans who emerged as victors over the weekend as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey of Arsenal lost.

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    Too Good - Ismaila Sarr

    Sarr - after playing a critical role in Watford's 4-1 win over Manchester United - has now scored five goals in his 12 Premier League games this season, as many as he netted in 28 appearances in his previous campaign in the competition (2019-20). 

    The win meant Watford have won back-to-back home league games against Manchester United for the first time.

  • Edouard Mendy Chelsea Goal50 SLIDELISTGetty

    Too Good - Edouard Mendy  

    The Senegalese international kept another clean sheet at the King Power Stadium as Chelsea recorded a convincing 3-0 win over Leicester City.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe of ArsenalJulian Finney/Getty Images

    Too Bad - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    The striker could not get at least a goal as Arsenal went down 4-0 at Anfield.

    Meanwhile, only Norwich and Watford (7) have failed to score in more Premier League games than Aubameyang's Arsenal (5) this season.

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    Too Good - Hakim Ziyech 

    The Moroccan forward registered an assist for Christian Pulisic's third goal as Chelsea managed to win nine of their first 12 games in a Premier League season for the 10th different time.

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    Too Good - Sadio Mane 

    Mane made history as he has now scored eight times against Arsenal during his Premier League career, netting more often only against Crystal Palace (13).  

    Seven of those strikes have come since signing for Liverpool, behind only Mohamed Salah (7), Roberto Firmino (8) and Robbie Fowler (9) for goals against the Gunners whilst at the club.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly NapoliGetty Images

    Too Bad - Kalidou Koulibaly 

    The defender was yellow-carded in the 24th minute as Napoli - who conceded three goals as many as they had conceded in the previous 10 league matches - lost 3-2 to Inter Milan at the San Siro Stadium.  

    Koulibaly's side also registered a loss in a Serie A match for the first time since April against Juventus.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2021-22Getty Images

    Too Good - Mohamed Salah 

    The Egyptian's strike was Liverpool's 100th in the Premier League against Arsenal; only against Newcastle (105) have the Reds scored more in the competition.

  • Felix Afena-Gyan of AS Roma.AS Roma.

    Too Good - Felix Afena-Gyan 

    The Ghanaian became the first 2003-born player to score in Serie A when he struck a brace for AS Roma, who defeated Genoa 2-0. 

    The 18-year-old came on for Eldor Shomurodov in the 74th minute before he scored the first goal in the 82nd minute and the second in the fourth minute of added time.