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Saka plays leftback again, Balogun, Iwobi not in 18


Bournemouth’s defender Jack Simpson (left) vies with Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka during their English Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth…yesterday. PHOTO: AFP presents a round-up of Nigerian players that were in action for their respective clubs in the English Premier League on Boxing Day.

Nigerian players with dual nationalities and have played competitively for the senior national teams of other countries have been omitted.Tottenham beat Brighton 2-1 in the early kickoff with Harry Kane and Dele Alli orchestrating a comeback for Spurs after Adam Webster had struck inside the first 45 minutes to have the visitors ahead.Leon Balogun was not in the traveling squad for the Seagulls.

At the Vitality stadium, Arsenal and Bournemouth played out a 1-1 draw.Dan Gosling opened the scoring for the Cherries in the first half before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leveled matters three minutes past the hour mark.

Bukayo Saka started for the Gunners and was on for the entirety of the game, playing as a left-back, while Bournemouth’s Philip Billing made his way onto the turf for Gosling in the 70th minute.

Dominic Solanke was a non-playing substitute for the hosts, while his teammate Jordan Ibe was not in the match day squad.Everton claimed a 1-0 win over Burnley at the Goodison Park, thanks to a late goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Djibril Sidibe teed up the striker for a floating header past Nick Pope to give their new manager Carlo Ancelotti a winning start.Alex Iwobi was not in the Toffees team due to an injury.

At Bramall Lane, both Isaac Success and Tom Dele-Bashiru watched proceedings from the bench as Watford were held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield United.Gerard Deulofeu’s 27th minute goal was cancelled out by Blades’ Oliver Norwood, from the spot, nine minutes before half-time.


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