The Arsenal manager has confirmed that the club are in talks with Alex Iwobi and are trying to extend his contract.
The young Nigerian has been very influential for the Gunners in the past few weeks after starting against Barcelona at the Nou camp. He then followed that with two Premier League goals in successive games against Everton and Watford.
After his recent run of performances Wenger says he wants to make sure that Iwobi’s best years are playing for the Gunners:
“We are discussing extending his contract at the moment,” he said. “He’s a real Arsenal person because he’s been here since the age of eight.
“He has three years left at the end of the season anyway but we want to keep him here for longer. If there have been some positives in the last few months, it’s how well and how quickly he’s emerged as a player with a good impact.”
Iwobi also spoke to the media this week about playing for Nigeria in the Olympics this summer if he was selected. This would mean that he would miss some of the first few Premier League games; however this is what Wenger had to say on the matter:
“He had the choice between England and Nigeria and in the end he chose Nigeria. We respect that, and also the possibility that he will go to the Olympic Games, that he will also go to the Africa Cup of Nations and travel a bit more than he would have done here.
“We have to respect that.”
Although it seems that the boss will be happy for the youngster to go to the Olympic Games, it doesn’t really look like he will have much choice in the matter. This is because according to FIFA, U23 players have to be released if they’re selected to play.