MIKEL

  • World Cup 2014: Nigeria held 00 by Iran in World Cup's first draw June 17, 2014

    Curitiba: Nigeria and Iran delivered the first draw of the World Cup on Monday as they ground out a scrappy 00 stalemate in their opening match in Group F. The draw at the Arena da Baixada in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba followed 12 mostly high scoring and attacking...
  • Rampaging Everton crush Arsenal to eye Champions League spot April 6, 2014

    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 place,...
  • Mikel Arteta apologises for Arsenal's 6-0 drubbing March 24, 2014

    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. Arteta said...
  • Toure, Mikel, Drogba vie for African player award January 9, 2014

    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 win...
  • Arsenal held to a 00 draw by Chelsea at Emirates December 24, 2013

    London: Arsene Wenger failed for the 10th time to get the better of Jose Mourinho as Arsenal were held to a 00 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, failed...
  • Heat on Schuster after Athletic Bilbao sink slumping Malaga November 26, 2013

    Bilbao: Athletic Bilbao came from behind to win 21 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 to...
  • Suarez hattrick keeps Liverpool on Arsenal's tail October 26, 2013

    London: Luis Suarez struck a clinical hattrick as Liverpool thrashed West Bromwich Albion 41 at Anfield to keep pace with Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday. Suarez scored twice in five firsthalf minutes and again after the break as Liverpool remained two points behind Arsenal who prevailed 20 at Crystal Palace...
  • Arteta scores, sent off as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace October 26, 2013

    London: Mikel Arteta scored a penalty before being sent off as Premier League leader Arsenal won 20 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 Arsenal had...
  • Chelsea end winless run, defeat Fulham 2-0 September 22, 2013

    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 minute...
  • Mikel Arteta ready for Arsenal return after injury September 20, 2013

    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 at...
  • Athletic Bilbao beat Celta Vigo 3-2 in new stadium September 17, 2013

    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 August 15, 2013

    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 bigname players fans were expecting, injuries to the existing squad ahead of Saturday's home match spells even more frustration. Santi Cazorla's fitness...
  • Chelsea deny John Obi Mikel's Galatasaray link June 21, 2013

    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 now...
  • Forlan inspires Uruguay to 21 win over Nigeria June 21, 2013

    Salvador, Brazil: Diego Forlan celebrated his 100th appearance for Uruguay in style, setting up one goal then scoring the winner in a 21 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 sweetlystruck leftfooted...
  • Football Transfers: Thursday's latest news and rumours June 20, 2013

    IBNLive Sports gives you Thursday's roundup of all the latest transfer news and gossip from the leading clubs and top players around the world. Galatasaray target Chelsea's Jon ObiMikel After reports of Galatasaray in pursuit of Chelsea's Jon ObiMikel surfaced a few days back, the Nigerian international has expressed his willingness...
  • Galatasaray target Chelsea's Jon ObiMikel June 20, 2013

    After reports of Galatasaray in pursuit of Chelsea's Jon ObiMikel 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 register easy 41 win over Reading March 30, 2013

    Arsenal beat relegation threatened Reading 41 at the Emirates Stadium keeping up the pressure in the race for Champions League qualification with Reading going to the bottom of the goals. Gervinho scored the first goal in the 11th minute with Santi Cazola, Olivier Giroud scoring in the 48th and the...
  • Benitez abuse affects players, says Mikel March 11, 2013

    London: Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel believes fan negativity is affecting the players at the Premier League club. Interim manager Rafael Benitez has come in for a barrage of criticism from Chelsea supporters since he was parachuted into the manager's job following the sacking of terrace favourite Roberto Di Matteo...
  • Mikel and Moses can lift Chelsea, says Benitez February 16, 2013

    London: The return of African Nations Cup heroes John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will add an extra dimension to Chelsea's squad for the last three months of the season, interim manager Rafael Benitez said on Friday. The Nigerian pair, who helped their country beat Burkina Faso 10 in last...
  • Arteta's penalty gives Arsenal 10 win at Wigan December 22, 2012

    Wigan: Mikel Arteta scored from the penalty spot to enable Arsenal to complete a hattrick of Premier League victories for the first time this season with a 10 victory at Wigan on Saturday. The Spanish midfielder netted on the hour after Theo Walcott was brought down by Jean Beausejour. Beating relegationthreatened...
  • Arsenal midfielder Cazorla's tumble sparks diving debate December 9, 2012

    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 20 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 December 7, 2012

    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 wrongly...
  • Chelsea extend John Obi Mikel's contract for five years December 6, 2012

    London: Chelsea extended Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel's contract for five years, the English Premier League club announced. The 25yearold, 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 have...
  • Chelsea 'regret' handling of Clattenburg case November 27, 2012

    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 November 22, 2012

    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 at...
  • Police drop probe into complaint against Clattenburg November 14, 2012

    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 November 5, 2012

    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 54 extratime victory over United last Wednesday in...
  • Clattenburg omitted again from EPL matches November 5, 2012

    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 November 1, 2012

    London: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said he had no hesitation in starting John Obi Mikel in Wednesday's thrilling 54 League Cup last16 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 October 30, 2012

    London: Just as English football was slowly recovering from a divisive, yearlong 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 new...