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By Timothy Akintola

Check out latest on Osimhen, Virgil van Dijk, Francis Ngannou, Antony and Arsenal.

Victor Osimhen scores in back-to-back games for Napoli since return.

Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen is back to helping his team after a month out representing Nigeria at the 2023 African Cup of Nations’ tournament. Napoli won only three of their seven games within this span. In Osimhen’s return game, he scored an important second half goal against Barcelona to help Napoli secure a 1-1 draw in the Champions League Ro16 first leg. In today’s 1-1 draw against Cagliari, Osimhen headed home his eight Serie A goal of the season. However, Napoli was unable to secure a win, after conceding a last minute penalty which was perfectly slotted home by Luvumbo.

Virgil van Dijk header propels Liverpool to 10th Carabao Cup win.

Injury-ridden Liverpool side has defeated Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final despite being without first team players like Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez. Liverpool also suffered another injury blow as midfielder, Ryan Gravenberch also stretched out after an horrific tackle from Caicedo. Club captain, Virgil van Dijk however came up clutch, scoring a crucial header with two minutes left in the extra time to help Liverpool win their tenth Carabao Cup title. With this loss, Chelsea becomes the first club to lose six straight league cup titles.

Francis Ngannou pictured training ahead of Anthony Joshua fight.

After highly entertaining match between MMA star, Francis Ngannou and acclaimed boxer, Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia, Ngannou is set to be in the ring again this year with big game against Anthony Joshua. Ahead of the heavyweight clash which is slated for March 8, Francis Ngannou has been spotted training very hard, as he is looking to win his first boxing game. Emerging reports have also indicated that Ngannou will make a return to the MMA after the fight with Anthony Joshua.

Erik ten Hag comments on Antony’s consecutive omission from the team.

Manchester United signed Brazilian forward, Antony from Ajax for a huge €100 million fee and since his arrival, he has been underwhelming. With no goal in 22 appearances this season, Antony has been dropped from the team, with youngsters like Garnacho, Amad Diallo and Omari Forson up the ladder. In Fulham’s 2-1 loss, Antony was substituted in seconds before the game ended and asked about his decision to drop the €100 million signing, Erik ten Hag stated that there were presently better options than him whilst also encouraging him to step up his performances.

Arsenal creates new Premier League record in 4-1 win against Newcastle.

One of the best teams across Europe, Arsenal, has over the last season, consistently been playing great football and competing for titles. The North London side has continued with their strides this season, scoring goals and winning games. In Saturday’s 4-1 win over Newcastle, Arsenal scored 2 goals in both halves, creating a new Premier League record as the first side to score in seven consecutive halves, including against Liverpool, West ham and Burnley.

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