Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that England have ‘missed out’ on Alex Iwobi.
The Nigerian winger has been impressive for the Gunners since making his competitive debut earlier this season.
With the option of playing for either Nigeria or the Three Lions, Iwobi chose the African side, despite having featured for the England under-16s, under-17s and under-18s previously.
The 19-year-old was once again a key member in Arsenal’s FA Cup victory, with his performance against Burnley earning plaudits, proving himself important in the Gunners’ domestic cup run thus far this season.
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As reported by the Mirror Online, Wenger claimed that Iwobi ‘should have played for England’.
I think he’s one England have missed because he plays for Nigeria now. He should play for England.
I don’t think he has played in a competitive game for Nigeria. I remember I turned him down for an U23 friendly tournament. But then Nigeria called him up for the first team to force him to go.
But it’s a massive football country. 180 million people, a big history. Okocha is a top legend there, Kanu, Okocha, big stars there.
The Frenchman then claimed that he is reluctant to send Iwobi out on loan, instead is looking to progress his development with the Arsenal first-team squad.
I think he has shown everybody that he is a good football player, again. I find him personally very interesting. His decision-making is spot on. His awareness is very interesting. He’s very clever. I like his game.
He always turns where you want him to turn, and he plays the ball where you want him to play the ball. He’s very interesting.
I have a hesitation about loaning him out because I think this guy could very quickly play. He can play on the left, he can play on the right, he can play behind the striker, even number nine.
He scores goals in training. He’s one who when he was a kid could pass by if you don’t watch well in training but I personally like his game.
Arsenal return to Premier League action on Tuesday evening, when they take on Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.