According to the Independent, Nigerian international winger Alex Iwobi is set to sign a new four-year deal with Arsenal. Gunners boss Unai Emery has confirmed that he has been told that Iwobi will sign a new deal with the north London club.
The 22-year-old has two years left on his Gunners contract to run, so the north London club look set to avoid another contract stand-off.
The club from north London has got themselves in a mess on numerous occasions when it has come to players running down their contracts. Even as we speak Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has yet to agree on a new deal, despite the fact he is in the last year of his contract.
Iwobi has endured mixed fortunes with Arsenal
The Nigerian international definitely has talent, but his Arsenal has been mixed at times. He has struggled for consistency, despite showing moments of promise in the last few years.
Iwobi made 26 Premier League appearances last season producing three goals and five assists. His displays for the Gunners were enough to see him earn a place in Nigeria’s World Cup squad. The winger made three appearances for the Super Eagles in Russia, although he only started once for the African nation.
Competition for places
Iwobi’s versatility may come in handy in the new season, as he has major competition for a starting place in the Arsenal starting line-up. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey can all play in the same positions as the winger, which is without including some of the promising youngsters coming through the ranks.
Forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have both been played in wide forward positions too in pre-season. When everybody is fit, it is difficult to see the youngster playing for Arsenal on a regular basis.
Iwobi must start improving
Alex Iwobi is now 22, and he has not yet really nailed down a regular starting place for Arsenal. Most Arsenal fans are willing the winger to succeed at the club, as he has come through the youth ranks, and it is always nice to see an academy graduate doing well in the first-team.
However, Iwobi must now start producing displays that are more consistent for the Gunners. If he does not, then further doubts will be placed on his ability to play at the highest level of the game. Hopefully, he can push on and start producing for the team from north London.
Can Alex Iwobi be more consistent in the new season?