The view of Nigerian Arsenal fans on Emery’s departure….

Nigerian Arsenal fans are elated Emery is gone by Lagos Gooner

Happy Saturday Arsenal family, I wish you all a happy new dawn at Arsenal. I am just so excited today and I can’t explain why. Funny, right?

On Friday morning, on my way to work, I passed through a street where we have the office of the official Arsenal fans in Lagos, and while walking through, I overheard so much noise from the office. Curiosity took over me and I found myself walking into the office building to find out what the noise of celebration was all about. On getting there, I was asked by one fan “have you not read the news that Arsenal has finally sacked Emery?” Wow! “Is that what all this noise is about?” I found myself asking.

Nigerians fell in love with Arsenal during Wenger’s earliest days at Arsenal. The signing of the Arsenal legend, Kanu Nwankwo then, meant a whole lot of Nigerians were bound to support one of their heroes; and by default, support the club he played for. Arsenal FC benefitted from such love for Kanu Nwankwo and before anybody knew what was happening, Arsenal started gaining ground in Nigeria. Official Nigerian Arsenal fans offices started springing up at almost every nooks and crannies, then in the West African nation. It was a period where Arsenal found a home among Nigerians; a home they still own in Nigeria.

Football, being a unifying game, unites a lot of Arsenal fans here in my home country. I have met important people just because I was supporting Arsenal. My first job, was given to me by a friend’s father, who just fell in love with me because of my passion for Arsenal. So, When Arsenal plays, Nigerians watch.

Things however started taking a bad turn during the last ten years, as Arsenal began falling apart. Many addicted Nigerian Arsenal fans started becoming emotionally and mentally ill, due to Arsenal’s decline. The next coach after Wenger was supposed to bring back the smiles on their faces, but as soon as the smile came, it disappeared. Arsenal was becoming less appealing to them and it was starting to make them lose interest in supporting Arsenal. So, I was not surprised when I saw the joy on their faces as they celebrated the departure of Emery. What a sad way of sending a coach forth.

One can only pray that now that Emery has been relieved of his duty, Nigerian Arsenal fans will start looking forward to a new dawn at Arsenal that will bring about smiles on every Arsenal’s fans’ face.

Sylvester Kwentua


  1. Eddie Hoyte says:

    I’m still hung over and I’m having migraines, I got drunk last night.. Geeez, someone please slap me next time if I mention drinking.

    1. Sue says:

      Oh dear, Eddie!! Was worth it though 😜

      1. Eddie Hoyte says:

        No no no Sue, I’ve been feeling nauseous and dizzy for the past thirty minutes

  2. Simon says:

    best decision ever,even a 70 year old Wenger with less talented players like chamak,denilson,squlacci will do better…..I pray they get someone better,not just a cheap option

  3. Classical says:

    Spot on.
    I drank a glass of wine in celebration of Emery’s sack on Black Friday woke up switched on my data only for a notification to pop-up emery has been officially sacked I thought it was one of those articles only to quickly rush to and see it was very true, that made my Friday it was like a weekend present

  4. All Arsenal fans across the world are happy. Sure Freddie will bring back our dear Arsenal which was lost in this 18 months. We as loyal fans should back Freddie and the players should give their 100% to the shirt.

  5. Sue says:

    I was absolutely buzzing yesterday… was like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders!
    I had began to feel nothing on match days… no excitement…and I certainly didn’t enjoy what I saw…
    So, now there’s a new dawn, I am very excited, and am even looking forward to tomorrow. No guarantees we’ll win, I know that, but just to see us play some decent football is all i want!

  6. Clueless Emery says:

    Now that the clueless emery have been sacked, i need to change my user name.

  7. ozziegunner says:

    I hope all fans, including Nigerian fans, read Unai Emery’s letter forwarded on his departure. Pure class.
    The decision by Arsenal to terminate Emery’s contract was the right one, because coaching is a results based business. All managers/coaches are aware of this as exemplified by the comments on Emery’s sacking from Guardiola, Klopp, Mourinho and other EPL managers. All obviously respect
    Emery and are sure that he won’t be out a job for long. However, his compensation is such that he can afford to take a holiday.
    All eyes will now be on the players for the away game at Norwich. They should be thankful that Emery showed more loyalty to them in not “throwing them under a bus”, than they showed him.

  8. gerry burke says:

    a great cloud of gloom has been lifted off all arsenal fans shoulders, at may well be a lovely gentleman, but he was not suited to arsenal nor the premier league.i wish him all the very best in his future and i hope he will find success once again , good luck to him.i think most of us on here, who celebrate christmas, will have a wonderful time , i have never felt so relieved in my life , i heard the news of emerys departure and i could not believe it . santa is real after all folks.regardless of if we win ,lose or draw this sunday who cares, it will be nice to get a win , but that is not important now, our season is finished in my opinion, but we can enjoy the football again , hopefully.freddie is a real gunner, and i have no doubts that he will do his upmost to bring back exciting football to the emirates and beyond.

  9. Barca fan says:

    Some people are even rejoicing..
    I was always hoping Emery would turn things around but sadly we are here.

  10. David says:

    Rejoicing at Emery’s sacking is in my view distasteful. There are a lot of things wrong at Arsenal and I feel the previous manager was not the biggest problem at the club.
    Arsenal have not played great football for years and the problems, primarily with structure and recruitment, have been there since Wenger was in charge.
    It seems that fans and various “experts” expect this team to get into the top four while playing great football and being solid defensively.
    With this team!??
    Any manager able to do this would have to be one of the greatest of all time.

  11. jon fox says:

    I find some of the descriptions of Nigerians Gooner fanbase”en masse”, since the writer clearly believes he speaks for EVERY Nigerian Gooner(as if!) to be over dramatic and alarming. If, as he claims, some fans are indeed “becoming emotionally and mentally ill, due to Arsenals decline” this is a worrying state for any human being to be in over any football team. I love AFC as much as anyone on here but to be made “emotionally and mentally ill by our decline” – and no doubt this will indeed apply to SOME Nigerian fans and also some Gooners worldwide – says something really sad about those people. Perspective, please! Upset, worried, angry etc I fully understand. But “MENTALLY ILL”? Oh please!!!

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