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Iheanacho, Zaha, Aribo: What did you miss this weekend?

09:01 SAST 2021/12/27
Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester 2021-22
GOAL highlights some inconspicuous details from the continent’s stars in Europe

  • Joe Aribo of Rangers.

    Insightful details from the weekend

    In this feature, GOAL's Seye Omidiora picks out some of the under-the-radar stats you may have missed this week - and explains what they mean for Africa's biggest stars.

  • Wilfried Zaha

    Wilfried Zaha

    Crystal Palace’s talisman was sent off in the first half of the Eagles’ 3-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day.

    While the Ivory Coast wide attacker often plays on the edge and looks to be walking a disciplinary tightrope, Sunday’s dismissal was Zaha’s first in the Premier League in almost three years, with his last dismissal coming in a 1-1 draw at Southampton in January 2019.

    Indeed, he may fancy an on-field tussle, but getting sent off represents an anomaly for the West African.

  • Said benrahma

    Said Benrahma

    Benrahma’s goal was not enough for out-of-form West Ham United, who fell to a 3-2 defeat by Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

    Interestingly, the Algerian’s goal was his first in the Prem since September’s strike against Manchester United.

    While the North African has netted in the Europa League in that time, coach David Moyes will hope he finds the necessary consistency in domestic fixtures as the Hammers look for more match-winners to arrest their ongoing slump.

  • Zambia and Brighton striker Enock Mwepu.

    Enock Mwepu

    Mwepu set up Leandro Trossard’s strike in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2-0 success over Brentford on Boxing Day.

    It was the Zambian’s first Premier League assist since moving from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer and his first league assist since April.

    Having set up only one strike in his final campaign in Austria, Mwepu will strive to register more than a sole assist in his debut campaign at the Amex.

  • Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo of Rangers FC.

    Joe Aribo

    Aribo had shown a knack for scoring since Giovanni van Bronckhorst took the reins at Rangers in November, scoring three times in the Premiership since the Dutchman took charge.

    In the Gers’ 2-0 success over St. Mirren, though, the midfielder produced his first assist under the new man, setting up Scott Wright’s strike to open the scoring for the hosts.

    Aribo is now up to three assists for the season, one behind last term’s tally of four.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    A goal and two assists in Leicester City’s 6-3 defeat by Manchester City saw Iheanacho end a two-month run without scoring for the Foxes.

    Boxing Day’s individual success at his old stomping ground was the first time the Nigerian scored and assisted in the same Premier League game since a 2-1 Leicester win over Crystal Palace in late April.

    While starts have been few and far between for 'Seniorman' of late, the forward reminded Brendan Rodgers of his quality at the Etihad Stadium.