Watford defeated Arsenal with two goals against one

Arsene Wenger bemoaned a “scandalous decision” to award Watford a penalty as Arsenal squandered a lead to lose 2-1 in injury time at Vicarage Road. The Gunners led through Per Mertesacker’s header but the Hornets equalised when Troy Deeney converted from the spot after Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have fouled Richarlison. Substitute Deeney’s strike with 19 minutes left set the scene for a stirring Watford finish, with Tom Cleverley converting in the closing seconds to send Watford fourth. “I would say it was not a penalty,” said Arsenal manager Wenger. “It came at a moment in the game where it was absolutely important for Watford. No penalty, no goal.”Deeney gave a scathing assessment of Wenger’s comments and the Gunners in general, telling BT Sport: “I’ve heard Wenger’s already saying the penalty is the reason they lost. Well, I’m not going to be one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but there’s a reason they lost and it wasn’t because of one penalty. “It’s having a bit of cojones. Whenever I play against Arsenal, I’ll go up and think ‘let me whack the first one and see who wants it’.”I came on today and jumped up with Mertesacker – I didn’t even have to jump, actually. I nodded it down, the crowd got up – ‘yeah we’ve got somebody who can win it’ – and they all just backed off.”For me as a player, I just think ‘happy days’. That’s my strength – if you’re going to let me do my strength against you, you’re going to have a tough afternoon.” Hornets boss Marco Silva was unhappy with any inference that attacker Richarlison had exaggerated to win the spot-kick that helped turn the game in his side’s favour.”I have seen the penalty and I respect the decision of the referee,” he said. “I didn’t see a dive or a simulation.He goes down easily but it’s not simulation because there’s contact. If Arsene Wenger was in the other dugout he’d want the penalty there. “Richarlison has suffered the most fouls in the Premier League this season, and people are starting to say he dives.”He is not. He is fair, He wins fouls like the best players in the world win fouls.”Silva’s side have now scored in the 90th minute or beyond in three consecutive games, as a second-half revival sealed their first home win of an impressive start to the campaign. Without the rested Alexis Sanchez the Gunners lacked the cutting edge to capitalise on a string of chances, with substitute Mesut Ozil – also benched after his World Cup qualifying exertions for Germany in the week – guilty of one glaring miss. For a better society

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How to avoid rejection of Nigeria’s products in Europe – Association

The Association of Nigerian Exporters has advised Nigerians to adhere to export specifications to avoid rejection of the country’s products. Mr Joseph Idiong, Director-General of the association, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. “In export business, the exporter must produce or harness exportable products […]

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Dokpesi gets Clark’s endorsement, woos others for PDP national chairman

Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the founder of Daar Communications, has intensified lobbies toward winning the support of key PDP stakeholders in his ambition to become the party’s National Chairman. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dokpesi, on Friday night, visited Chief Edwin Clark, the Ijaw leader, former Niger Governor, Babangida Aliyu, and former FCT […]

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U. S. to collaborate with Nigeria in promotion of baseball

Russell Brooks, the Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy, Abuja on Saturday said the U. S. was willing to partner with Nigeria to promote the game of baseball in the country. Brooks spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a baseball youth programme in Abuja. NAN reports that the camp, […]

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Shell inaugurates N200m water, power projects in Abia

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Saturday inaugurated water and electricity projects worth N200 million in different communities across Ukwa West local government area of Abia. The General Manager, SPDC, External Relations, Mr Igo Weli, performed the inauguration of the projects in Ukwa, which include market stalls, town hall and scholarships to undergraduates in the […]

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Oil Coys, Communities, Govt. are to provide jobs – Boroh

The Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), says it is the duty of communities, the Federal Government and oil companies to provide jobs for youths in the Niger-Delta region. A statement signed by Mr Owei Lakemfa, Head of Media PAP, quoted Boroh as saying this while addressing the chiefs, elders, women and […]

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Edo targets 250,000 hectares for agriculture – Gov. Obaseki

The Edo Government is targeting a minimum of 250,000 hectares of land for cultivation to boost agricultural production within the next two years. Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo disclosed this at the 13th Esan Economic Empowerment Workshop organised by the Association of Esan Professionals at Uromi, Esan North East Local government area of the state […]

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Address wage disparity between politicians and civil servants- Don tells FG

Prof. Eddiefloyd Igbo of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai in Niger, has urged the Federal Government to bridge the disparity between the wages of political office holders and civil servants.‎ Igbo, who teaches criminology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on […]

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Abuja Based beauty Queen emerges 2017 Face Of The World Nigeria Pageant

Nneze Richards, a former beauty Queen, based in Abuja, has emerged the winner of the 2017 Face Of The World Nigeria pageant. The popular Queen, had won at the grand finale of Best Model Nigeria contest held at “Four Point hotel by Sheraton” in Victoria Island Lagos. Nneze was declared the winner after a careful…

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Putin tasks parliamentarians on constructive, balanced agenda in tackling global conflicts

Russian President, Mr Vladimir Putin, has charged parliamentarians across the world to promote peaceful, constructive and balanced agenda in tackling conflicts. Putin made the call while declaring open the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. He said that the place of parliamentarians in world affairs could not be undermined in […]

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