Iwobi Scores As Arsenal Thrash Lyon

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Nigerian-born Alex Iwobi scored a spectacular goal in Arsenal’s 6-0 rout of French Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyon in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.

Named in the starting XI for the game, Iwobi who has signified his intention to represent Nigeria at senior international level after playing in the youth teams of England, operated from the Gunners’ left side of attack.

Iwobi grabbed his team’s third goal in the 35th minute of the game when he received a pass from Aaron Ramsey. The Anglo-Nigerian finished with aplomb with his left foot.

Iwobi, who was invited to the Nigerian U-23 side in 2014, had a goal disallowed some minutes later as Per Mertesacker was caught in an offside position.

Iwobi was substituted in the 62nd minute of the game by fellow Nigerian-born Chuba Akpom.

Akpom was fouled at the edge of the box in the 85th minute and playmaker Santi Cazorla delivered a clever left-footed freekick under the Lyon wall to make it 6-0.

Both Anglo-born youngsters could feature in the plans of new Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh who is in Europe to monitor the progress of Nigerian players ahead of Nigeria’s 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania in the first weekend of September 2015.

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