A Citizen TV journalist lost a Ksh50,000 bet after Arsenal were defeated 3-2 to age-old rivals Manchester United in a Premier League midweek encounter at Old Trafford on Thursday, December 2.
Senior reporter Stephen Letoo is an avid Arsenal supporter and had made a bet with a friend on the match, known for bringing Kenya to a halt as a majority of the nation’s football fans support the two teams.
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He took to Facebook to reveal his sentiments while questioning how Arsenal disappointed him that night.
“Last night I lost a Ksh50,000 Manchester United Vs Arsenal bet to Grand Mullah Kaizer. Why Arsenal? Why?” he wondered.
Letoo had initially shared that the Gunners would confidently beat the Red Devils, who before the Thursday match had an unbeaten run that stretched to as far back as April 2018, during Arsene Wenger’s final weeks in charge.
“Every Arsenal game has been a must-win since we beat that zebra crossing team. Wekea Arsenal kichwa kisha ulalae (just bet on Arsenal to win and then go to sleep),” he advised.
Kazier had confirmed the bet while laughing at the reporter for preempting victory before the real match.
The game was initially all Arsenal’s in terms of play and they took the lead through Emile Smith Rowe in bizarre circumstances after just 13 minutes. He fired from outside the box while United goalkeeper David De Gea lay injured in the penalty area, having been trod on by his teammate Fred.
United were however level on 44 minutes when Jadon Sancho picked out Fred in the box, who in turn laid off the ball to Bruno Fernandes to sweep home.
Marcus Rashford had the opportunity to turn the game around for United but his effort was denied by Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. However, United went 2-1 up two minutes later with Rashford setting up Cristiano Ronaldo to score his 800th career goal.
The Gunners then set up a frenetic second half with Martin Odegaard firing past De Gea to level it at 2-2 within 120 seconds, but Ronaldo had the final say with a 70th-minute winner from the penalty spot after Odegaard fouled Fred.
The victory ended United’s long winless run and moved them up to seventh on 21 points in the league table. Arsenal remained fifth, two points ahead of their opponents.
Their interim head coach Michael Carrick announced after the match that he would leave the club after guiding them to a Champions League win against Villareal and a draw against league leaders Chelsea. German coach Ralf Rangnick took over after the club sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.