Mikel

  • Rampaging Everton crush Arsenal to eye Champions League spot 06-04-2014 08:03 PM

    Everton crushed a woeful Arsenal side 3-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday to boost their chances of a top four finish and a possible place in next season's Champions League for the first time in nine seasons. Everton's sixth successive Premier League win meant that although they stayed in fifth...
  • Mikel Arteta apologises for Arsenal's 6-0 drubbing 24-03-2014 07:40 PM

    Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has apologised to club and fans for Saturday's 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea and promised that the hurting players will do their best to make amends. Fourth-placed Arsenal, now seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea, are at home to lowly Swansea in the Premier League on Tuesday....
  • Toure, Mikel, Drogba vie for African player award 09-01-2014 09:39 PM

    Lagos: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel are in the running for the African player of the year award, which will be awarded later on Thursday. Toure, who is from the Ivory Coast, is the defending champion and is favoured to...
  • Arsenal held to a 0-0 draw by Chelsea at Emirates 24-12-2013 08:07 AM

    London: Arsene Wenger failed for the 10th time to get the better of Jose Mourinho as Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw by Chelsea on Monday, missing a chance to return to the top of the Premier League. The London derby, played with rain swirling around the Emirates Stadium,...
  • Heat on Schuster after Athletic Bilbao sink slumping Malaga 26-11-2013 08:36 AM

    Bilbao: Athletic Bilbao came from behind to win 2-1 at struggling Malaga in La Liga on Monday and heap the pressure on German coach Bernd Schuster. It was a poor performance from the home team even though they went ahead through Juanmi before halftime. Bilbao levelled after the break thanks...
  • Suarez hat-trick keeps Liverpool on Arsenal's tail 26-10-2013 09:43 PM

    London: Luis Suarez struck a clinical hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed West Bromwich Albion 4-1 at Anfield to keep pace with Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday. Suarez scored twice in five first-half minutes and again after the break as Liverpool remained two points behind Arsenal who prevailed 2-0 at Crystal...
  • Arteta scores, sent off as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 26-10-2013 07:52 PM

    London: Mikel Arteta scored a penalty before being sent off as Premier League leader Arsenal won 2-0 at managerless Crystal Palace on Saturday. Arteta opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the London derby two minutes into the second half after Serge Gnabry was fouled by Adlene Guedioura. But...
  • Chelsea end winless run, defeat Fulham 2-0 22-09-2013 12:12 AM

    London: John Obi Mikel scored his first ever Premier League goal as Chelsea's four-game winless run ended on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Fulham in the Premier League. After Oscar powered in the opener early in the second half, Mikel sliced the ball into the net in the 84th...
  • Mikel Arteta ready for Arsenal return after injury 20-09-2013 07:28 PM

    London: Influential Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is ready to return to the squad after missing the start of the season with a thigh injury, the Premier League club's manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday. The Spaniard has missed the team's opening four league matches, as well as Wednesday's 2-1 win...
  • Athletic Bilbao beat Celta Vigo 3-2 in new stadium 17-09-2013 11:17 AM

    Madrid: Goals by Mikel San Jose, Andoni Iraola and Benat Etxebarria gave Athletic Bilbao a 3-2 win over Celta Vigo at the inaugural match in its new San Mames Stadium in the Spanish league on Monday. "This is very good news for us, apart from the three points, we had...
  • Arsenal hit by injuries and more transfer frustration 15-08-2013 09:31 PM

    Arsenal have concerns over key players before their opening Premier League match against Aston Villa, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday. With the club struggling to bring in the big-name players fans were expecting, injuries to the existing squad ahead of Saturday's home match spells even more frustration. Santi Cazorla's...
  • Chelsea deny John Obi Mikel's Galatasaray link 21-06-2013 11:20 AM

    London: Chelsea have denied that John Obi Mikel is set for a move to Turkish club Galatasaray, according to ESPN Soccernet. A report in Turkish newspaper Sabah suggests Nigeria international midfielder Mikel, 26, had talked up the move saying: "I have played at Chelsea for a long time and it's...
  • Forlan inspires Uruguay to 2-1 win over Nigeria 21-06-2013 05:43 AM

    Salvador, Brazil: Diego Forlan celebrated his 100th appearance for Uruguay in style, setting up one goal then scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Nigeria on Thursday to move his team within sight of the Confederations Cup semifinals. Forlan's decisive goal came in the 51st minute with a sweetly-struck...
  • Football Transfers: Thursday's latest news and rumours 20-06-2013 07:29 PM

    IBNLive Sports gives you Thursday's round-up of all the latest transfer news and gossip from the leading clubs and top players around the world. Galatasaray target Chelsea's Jon Obi-Mikel After reports of Galatasaray in pursuit of Chelsea's Jon Obi-Mikel surfaced a few days back, the Nigerian international has expressed his...
  • Galatasaray target Chelsea's Jon Obi-Mikel 20-06-2013 02:12 PM

    After reports of Galatasaray in pursuit of Chelsea's Jon Obi-Mikel surfaced a few days back, the Nigerian international has expressed his willingness of a possible transfer stating he was very pleased with the Turkish club's offer. The Nigerian confirmed about the Galatasaray offer as reported by the Turkish newspaper, Sabah...
  • Arsenal midfielder Cazorla's tumble sparks diving debate 09-12-2012 09:52 AM

    London: Santi Cazorla became the latest player embroiled in a diving row when the Spaniard's tumble earned Arsenal the first of their two penalties in a 2-0 Premier League win home over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. There seemed to be no contact when Steven Reid attempted to stop Cazorla...
  • Mikel banned for three matches for confronting referee 07-12-2012 09:34 AM

    London: Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was banned for three matches and fined 60,000 pounds ($96,400) on Thursday for confronting an English Premier League referee in the official's changing room. The Nigeria international approached Mark Clattenburg after the match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Oct. 28, having been...
  • Chelsea extend John Obi Mikel's contract for five years 06-12-2012 02:35 PM

    London: Chelsea extended Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel's contract for five years, the English Premier League club announced. The 25-year-old, who arrived from Norwegian club Lyn in 2006, is now under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2017, Chelsea announced Wednesday, reports Xinhua. "Chelsea seems like my home now because I...
  • Chelsea 'regret' handling of Clattenburg case 27-11-2012 11:32 PM

    London: Chelsea have expressed regret over their handling of allegations against referee Mark Clattenburg after a Premier League match last month, the club said on Tuesday. Chelsea also said they were sorry for the intense media scrutiny Clattenburg was subjected to following the game against Manchester United in which they...
  • Clattenburg cleared of Chelsea racism allegations 22-11-2012 11:16 PM

    London: Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared on Thursday by the English Football Association of using racist language toward a Chelsea player during a Premier League match. Chelsea midfielder Ramires said he heard Clattenburg tell teammate John Obi Mikel "shut up you monkey" during the Oct. 28 match against Manchester United...
  • Police drop probe into complaint against Clattenburg 14-11-2012 10:07 AM

    London: London's Metropolitan Police have dropped an investigation into a complaint made against referee Mark Clattenburg for alleged inappropriate language towards a Chelsea player last month. The European champions lodged a complaint with the FA over language allegedly directed at their Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel by Clattenburg during the...
  • Football fan arrested for making monkey gesture 05-11-2012 11:42 PM

    London: Police say a man has been arrested for making an alleged racist gesture during a League Cup match between Chelsea and Manchester United. A spectator sat in the Chelsea supporters' end was pictured making a monkey gesture during the home side's 5-4 extra-time victory over United last Wednesday in...
  • Clattenburg omitted again from EPL matches 05-11-2012 10:33 PM

    London: The Premier League referee embroiled in English football's latest racism feud has been omitted from officiating duties for the second straight weekend. Mark Clattenburg has been accused by Chelsea of using "inappropriate language" toward midfielder John Obi Mikel in a league match against Manchester United on Oct. 28. The...
  • Chelsea manager backs Mikel after beating United 01-11-2012 10:56 AM

    London: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said he had no hesitation in starting John Obi Mikel in Wednesday's thrilling 5-4 League Cup last-16 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Mikel had a strong match in the centre of Chelsea's midfield on Wednesday, before being withdrawn in the second half...
  • London police probes Chelsea's claims against referee 30-10-2012 09:07 AM

    London: Just as English football was slowly recovering from a divisive, year-long racism saga, the Premier League has been plunged into renewed controversy. And, yet again, the accusation being leveled is linked to racism " a problem thought to have been largely eradicated from English football in the 1990s. The...