By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has revealed, ahead of their Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final match against Lincoln City that young Nigeria international, Alex Iwobi, has no confirmeded role in the game, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Wenger who has been under lots of criticisms following the Gunners' lacklustre performances of late is quoted by Arsenal.com Thursday morning as saying the midfielder may have been hit by a sickness bug which stopped him from playing in the club's 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in the reverse leg of their Champions League fixtures.
Bayern advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition 10-2 on aggregate after an identical first leg result in Munich.
"I believe that we have two uncertainties: Danny Welbeck, who had to come off after the warm-up against Bayern due to sickness, and Alex Iwobi, who on the day of the game couldn’t turn up as well due to the same problem. Everyone else should be available," Winger said.
"It is possible, yes that the team has a sickness bug. We have a little problem on that front. I don’t know if it is a bug or not.
"They (medical crew of the team) called me on the morning of the game and said Iwobi cannot play and Welbeck at 5pm in the afternoon felt sick. We still tried to play him but it could be a bug, I don’t know."
The manager is likely to ring some changes to his side and Iwobi, if fielded, may not be able to play full time.
"I have always decided to play the team that has a good chance to qualify, and I will continue to do that of course.
Wenger however insists only the club doctors will determine how the supposed sickness bug will be stopped.
Iwobi was the target of Arsenal fans on Twitter after what they termed an average performance against Liverpool in their last Premier League game which the Gunners lost 3-1.
The Arsenal versus Lincoln game in the Emirates FA Cup kicks off 6.30pm Nigerian time on Saturday.