By Izuchukwu Okosi
North London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea will face each other at the Emirates Stadium later today (Saturday) in the
first battle between Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and the clash is as expected
generating widespread reactions.
In Nigeria, supporters of both clubs will sit behind their television sets hoping that they get one over their
‘rivals’ when the match ends.
Nollywood big guns Richard Mofe Damijo, Mike Ezuruonye and Okey Onyegbuchulam (Okey Bakassi) spoke exclusively to Newslegend.com.ng on the likely outcome of the London derby, post the Jose Mourinho days at Stamford Bridge, when
his public spats with Wenger seemingly were the main attractions.
Damijo said ahead of the match that caution must be the watchword as the 5.30pm kick off approach.
“Arsenal have turned the corner in recent matches with victories in the Premier League and English Football League (EFL) but there seems to be a mental block when they play Chelsea. I hope they dont lose this one. It will be difficult to call this one. Sometimes it is frustrating with Arsenal but I’m cautiously optimistic,” RMD stated.
However the duo of Mike Ezuruonye and Okey Bakassi were more emphatic that Arsene Wenger’s 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager will not end in disaster as did his 1000th game in charge when Chelsea romped to a 6-0 win in 2015.
“The Arsenal side of this season is much better than the one that lost 6-0. There is depth in the team now and I really do not expect that big defeat. 2-0 for Arseal,” Ezuryuonye predicted.
Okey Bakassi considers Diego Costa as Arsenal’s biggest threat and do not see the availability of John Terry as
“Arsenal would have to beware of Diego Costa, we all know his antics on the field. We saw it last year (2015). His
presence is a bigger threat than John Terry being fit. Thankfully Wenger and his players know this and we should see
a good game. My score prediction is 3-1 for the Gunners,” the actor turned comedian told Newslegend.com.ng.