Too Good, Too Bad: The Best & Worst of Nigerians Abroad

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Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

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    Too Good: Alex Iwobi

    Arsenal weren’t pulling up any trees in recent Premier League games, evidenced by a run of three defeats in four which realistically ruled out chances of a top four finish. 


    On the final day, however, the Gunners turned on the style by defeating Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor. 


    Iwobi was a protagonist in the victory too, setting up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to volley home superbly just after the hour, before assisting Edward Nketiah’s first league goal for the club in stoppage time. 


    The Nigerian attacking midfielder gets a lot of stick for his inconsistency, but he definitely came up trumps against the Clarets. 
     

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    Too Bad: Samuel Chukwueze

    Villarreal’s battling 1-0 victory against Eibar was just what the doctor ordered as it confirmed top flight survival after a tough season. 

    If they hadn’t found a winner through Karl Toko Ekambi on the hour, or failed to hang on after going in front, Chukwueze might have had questions to answer given he fluffed his lines when presented with two really good opportunities to score. 

    The Yellow Submarine missed four big chances in total, and Javier Calleja likely breathed a huge sigh of relief at the end knowing full well their profligate finishing wasn’t costly. 
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    ​ Too Good: Chuba Akpom

    Having played his part in PAOK claiming their first league title in 34 years, going unbeaten in the process, Akpom was on hand to help the Black-Whites to a 1-0 Greek Cup win against AEK Athens

    The forward’s overhead kick in the 45th minute of proceedings was enough to separate the teams and in turn seal PAOK’s third successive cup success. 

    Following a move away from Arsenal last summer, it’s been a successful, unprecedented first season for the forward in Greece - as PAOK secured their first ever double.
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    ​ Too Bad: Kenneth Omeruo

    Leganes were on a high after defeating top four hopefuls Sevilla 3-0 away from home last time out. 

    Omeruo was in top form in Seville, and might’ve been expected to pick up where he left off against mid-table Espanyol

    However, Lega lost their final home game of the campaign 2-0, with Omeruo culpable in the away side’s second by the giving away of a penalty. 

    It was a disappointing result for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men, who also had Unai Bustinza dismissed before the break, and they’ve now gone four games without a win at the Municipal de Butarque. 
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    Too Good: Anthony Ujah

    Since Mainz’s 3-2 success at Stuttgart in January, they’d lost seven in succession on their travels and weren’t given much of a chance against Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt

    Nonetheless, the 05ers took full advantage of their hosts’ Thursday night exertions to stun Adi Hutter’s side 2-0. 

    Ujah helped the Carnival Club to the win, scoring two quick-fire goals after the break to stun the home side and prevent an eighth away defeat on the spin. 

    It’s been a frustrating campaign for the striker - Sunday’s start was only his fifth of the year - but he took his rare chance well, consequently taking his league tally to four goals.