By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has all but rubber-stamped the future of youngster Alex Iwobi at the club.
Iwobi scored a goal in the club’s 6-0 whitewash of French side Olympique Lyon in Emirates Cup game on Saturday and had another disallowed for an offside.
Wenger is satisfied with Iwobi’s performances in the pre-season games thus far and declared that Iwobi, who is poised to play for the Super Eagles after representing England at youth levels, will be at the club next season.
“At the moment some players might go out on loan. At the moment Alex Iwobi will be staying with us but for the others we have to decide do they need the experience to play somewhere on a regular basis, to finish their education,” Wenger told the Arsenal website.
“It is always difficult to decide because they go out and they don’t play, they waste that time because here they practice with top-level players. So that’s always very sensitive.
“One of the advantages of pre-season games like that is that it’s competitive and it’s a good opportunity to see some promising talents. We saw Alex Iwobi, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chuba Akpom and because they practice with us it makes it easier for them to integrate into the team.”