WATCH: Popstar Shakira shares video of Arsenal fans singing the club’s ‘Waka waka’ chant
Shakira was pleased to see Arsenal fans' version of her iconic World Cup song "Waka Waka".
Shakira and Arsenal players (Via BBC & Arsenal)
Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira has shown that she is as much a football fan as anyone else. The singer recently shared an Instagram story featuring her superhit song – Waka Waka (This time for Africa). However, it had a small twist; the song being Arsenal fans’ iteration of the original. Fans on social and Arsenal fans, in particular, have been buzzing at the fact that Shakira shared the same, with the caption, ‘Waka Waka @arsenal style’.
The chant goes along the lines of ‘Tsamina mina, eh, eh, Waka waka, eh, eh, 60 million down the drain, Kai Havertz scores again’. The chant became popular prior to the International break when opposition fans started making fun of Kai Havertz for his poor goal-scoring form. Following a $82 million transfer from Chelsea, the 24-year-old put up underwhelming performances, scoring just twice for Arsenal in the Premier League.
Kai Havertz silenced opposition fans yet again as he got on the scoresheet against Brentford in the dying minutes of the game. His match-winner came to the delight of Arsenal fans, who serenaded the German with their very own version of the Waka Waka chant. That is why Shakira called it ‘the Arsenal style’.
Even though the chant was started by opposition fans to make fun of Havertz, it has now turned on its head. Mikel Arteta pulled Havertz towards the fans after the full-time whistle, who praised the player for his goal.
Arsenal go top in Premier League with win over Brentford
Arsenal are up and running after the international break. The Gunners put up a shaky performance at the Gtech Community Stadium but managed to grab all three points just before the full-time whistle. Mikel Arteta brought back Aaron Ramsdale into the starting XI, who had lost his place to David Raya (on loan from Brentford). The game began shakily, with Ramsdale making an error against Bryan Mbuemo, but was rescued by Declan Rice.
Arsenal enjoyed the first chances in the game, with Gabriel Jesus forcing a save off of Mark Flekken. Arsenal thought they had broken the deadlock through a Leandro Trossard header, which was eventually ruled out for VAR stating offside. In the second half, Brentford upped their game, with Oleksandr Zinchenko’s goal-line clearance keeping out Neal Maupay.
Kai Havertz, who came in for Gabriel Martinelli in the 79th minute stole all 3 points for the visitors. Bukayo Saka’s immaculate cross into the area was met by the German, who perfectly placed his header at Flekken’s near post. The ball bounced through the Brentford keeper’s legs and into the back of the net. Havertz’s goal meant that Arsenal leaped over Manchester City and Liverpool to take 1st position. The club now has 30 points from 13 games, 1 more than Manchester City.
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