Kindergarten boys now play for Arsenal – Ali Baba – Punch Newspapers

Kayode Oyero

Comedian and actor As, Atunyota Akpobome, better known as Ali Baba, expressed his disappointment with Arsenal’s performance in the English Premier League.

But Baba, who said he started supporting the Gunners in 1981, said the only thing keeping him at the club is loyalty.

He said this while speaking in the PUNCH Online interview program, Stars Talk Football, where football stars discuss current issues in Nigerian and international football.

Arsenal are in 15th place in the Premier League after the worst start to the league season from 1974-75.

Mikel Arteta’s team is just four points above the relegation zone, and Manchester City knocked out 4-1 in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Commenting on the gunners ’sliding down, Ali Baba said,“ As a fan, I feel very bad, especially with the fact that the Arsenal we once knew, which played football for men, is fed up with underage players who can’t parry. strength for strength in the players we see these days.

“Just look at our defense, in the age when you have (Patrick) Vieira, when you have Kanu Nwankwo, you will see that they are people and they will suit you bone for bone, power for power. It’s not these high schoolers now playing the game, look at (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang.

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“Football should be played by men. Look at the Manchester City team, they just have a few little things, maybe two or three little boys. (Sergio) Agüero and others do the real work because they have experience on their sides. This kindergarten team we have is not the Arsenal we once knew.

“I have been following Arsenal since 1981 from the barracks, because most soldiers followed Arsenal before the Premiership even started. My father also supported Arsenal, but the Arsenal we have now, the only thing that keeps us there is loyalty. “

The comedian, however, expressed optimism that the team from London will not be eliminated, adding that ‘big guys’ should be injected into the team.

“We won’t be knocked out, but from the moment we started coming in fifth, sixth place, you knew the game was hot, and all you had to do was buy the players and leave this feeder team to play rejuvenated football. Then you can bring one of them to play with the big boys, ”he said.