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Iwobi stars in Nollywood Movie

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Super Eagles and Arsenal football player Alex Iwobi has made a debut in Nollywood, according to The Nation.

The official trailer of the Nollywood movie where the 22-year-old featured was released on Thursday.

A source close to the Nigerian international confirmed that Iwobi was a major character of the yet to be released movie titled; ‘INPADISU’

It was confirmed that the filming for the movie rounded up weeks ago before Arsenal training tour for the 2018/19 new football season.

Arsenal and Nigeria striker, was on the cover of the movie trailer holding a sword in a combat attire and putting on a dark shed on his fierce-looking boldface.

Iwobi was on the bench in Arsenal’s first loss of the season at Emirate against league champion Manchester United.

He recently signed a new five-year deal that will keep him at Arsenal until 2023.

“Thankfully, his fans don’t have to be concerned about his movie debut affecting his performance on the field as filming for the movie rounded up weeks ago and the film is set to hit the theatres soon,” the source disclosed.

Iwobi happy to score winning penalty against Chelsea

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Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi has revealed that he felt elated scoring the winning penalty in Arsenal's pre-season game against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Iwobi who was put-on in the 63rd minute, was calm as he scored the final penalty in the International Champions Cup, ICC match that saw Arsenal beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the end of normal playing time.

Antonio Rudiger put Chelsea ahead in the 5th minute through a powerful header from Cesc Fabregas' corner. With only a few minutes left on the clock, Alexandre Lacazette converted a cross by Reiss Nelson in the 93rd minute pushing the game to extra time.

The penalty shoot-out saw all players score until Peter Cech stepped up and saved Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot, then Iwobi swooped in and won the game for the gunners.

Speaking on how he felt after the game, the 22-year-old took to Instagram and said; "More Minutes Tonight & Happy To Score The Winning Pen  ⚽️ Thanks For All Your Support Ireland!  #AFC."

Iwobi recently agreed on a new five-year contract at Arsenal, moving his wages at the Emirates Stadium to £70,000 a week.

Alex Iwobi gets new five-year deal at Arsenal

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Super Eagles midfielder Alexander Iwobi has reportedly agreed on a new five-year contract at Arsenal, moving his wages at the Emirates Stadium to £70,000 a week.

Iwobi came through the youth system at Arsenal and is just two appearances short of 100 for the Gunners.

The 22-year-old has been a regular over the last two seasons, but his future at the Emirates Stadium was believed to be unclear following the arrival of Unai Emery as head coach.

Recent reports claimed that the attacker could be available for £22m this summer amid interest from Lazio, but according to The Sun, the Eagles forward has now committed his long-term future to Arsenal.

Iwobi scored three times and registered seven assists in 39 appearances in all competitions for his London club during the 2017-18 campaign.

Iwobi up for sale at £22m

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English Premier League side Arsenal are reportedly ready to listen to offers for versatile Super Eagles Attacker, Alexander Iwobi.

The 22-year-old forward came through the academy ranks at Arsenal and is just two appearances short of 100 for the Gunners.

Iwobi has been a regular over the last two seasons, but his future at the Emirates Stadium has been thrown into doubt following the arrival of Unai Emery as Arsenal boss.

According to Il Messaggero, Iwobi is available for £22m this summer, and Italian giants Lazio currently lead the interest.

He scored three times and registered seven assists in 39 appearances in all competitions for his London club.

The young player was a member of the Super Eagles squad at the recently concluded 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP in Russia.

Iwobi name in Arsenal's 25-man squad for pre-season tour

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New coach Unia Emery names Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi in Arsenal 25-man squad for a pre-season tour to Singapore.

The 22-year-old Nigerian was included in the travelling party to Asia despite missing the start of pre-season training due to his participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

According to a report on the club’s official website, Iwobi will be joined for the trip by Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil, and Egypt international Mohamed Elneny who are returning from World Cup duty in Russia.

Gunners quad leaves London on Sunday to play two matches in Singapore as part of the International Champions Cup.

They will face Atletico Madrid on Thursday, July 26 before tackling Paris Saint Germain on Saturday, July 28 with both matches kicking off at 5.30pm local time.

New signings Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Matteo Guendouzi are all in the travelling squad, as well as many first-team regulars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Petr Cech, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Alexandre Lacazette, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shkodran Mustafi and Aaron Ramsey.

Iwobi retains no. 17 ahead new season

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Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi is to retain his number 17 jersey for the Gunners when the 2018-2019 Premier league season kicks off.

Arsenal youth expert Jeorge Bird who gave the hint, further revealed that compatriot Chuba Akpom will wear the number 32 kit in the new season if he is not loaned out or moves to a new team before the close of the summer transfer window.

Another Hale End Academy product, Tolaji Bola, will suit up with the number 38 jersey in the new season if he makes his first-team debut. Joseph Olowu, Xavier Amaechi, Folarin Balogun and Bukayo Saka will wear numbers 50, 66, 67 and 87 respectively if they make their professional debuts in the new season.

Iwobi wore the number 60 jersey when he made Arsenal’s 18-man squad for the first time in his career back in the 2013-14 season in a League Cup clash against West Brom but made his professional debut two years later with the number 45 kit.

The Nigerian international who was part of the Super Eagles squad that went, saw, and failed to fly in Russia remains a formidable force giving a good account of himself last season for the Emirates landlords and posting impressive run in the matches he played for the Super Eagles leading to the world cup as well as the two matches he played against Croatia and Iceland respectively.

He became the talking point after the Super Eagles crashed out after losing 2-1 to Argentina in last group match in Saint Petersburg with some blaming Coach Gernot Rohr for introducing him  too late into the game.

Get rid off Iwobi, others - Cascarino tells Emery

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Former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino has urged new Arsenal manager Unai Emery to get rid of Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi and eight other players at the club.

Emery yesterday replaced Arsene Wenger who left the position at the end of the season after 22 years in charge. Cascarino believes the 22-year-old Nigerian forward is limited in skill.

“I don’t think he (Iwobi) will ever be a top-four player, which is what Arsenal need right now,” Cascarino told UK’s The

Cascarino also wants Emery to show the exit door to Hector Bellerin, Petr Cech, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Calum Chambers, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil.

Iwobi who is currently with the Super Eagles in Uyo preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia featured in 39 games for Arsenal and scored just three goals and provided seven assists last season.

Iwobi named in EPL team of the week

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Super Eagles and Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi has been named in the Premier League Team of the Week for the latest round of matches ending May 6, 2018.

Whoscored has selected the best performing player for each position and the Hale End Academy product was listed among the four midfielders.

Iwobi was picked in central midfield along with West Ham’s Senegal international Cheikhou Kouyaté and they were flanked by Arsenal winter signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The 22-year-old had a player rating of 8.8 and only Aubameyang with 9.5 was awarded more marks that the Nigerian whizkid.

The Gunners number seventeen has recorded 24 appearances in the English top-flight this season, of which 20 were starts, scoring three goals and provided five assists.

Iwobi had a game-high three shots, touched the ball 103 times which was the best among the players on the pitch, made one tackle, two interceptions and one clearance against the Clarets at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Super Eagles can achieve final berth in Russia - Iwobi

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Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi has reiterated that the team has what it takes to zoom into the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The three-time African Champions have been pitted alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, a team they will be playing in their opening fixture.

With just 35 days to the commencement of the World Cup, the Arsenal star who scored the winning goal against Zambia that qualified Nigeria for the Mundial told CNN on Wednesday that the Super Eagles can achieve the unthinkable at the tournament.

"The way we qualified in the group made us very confident," Iwobi tells CNN Sport.

"We've played against some big teams, some big countries, so we are very confident that we can go far."

Alex Iwobi to travel with squad to face Atletico Madrid

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Super Eagles’ attacker, Alex Iwobi has been certified fit and ready to travel with the team to face Atletico Madrid in a Europa League semi-final second leg tie, reports.

Reports had made the rounds that the player picked up a knock in the Gunners’ 1-2 loss to Manchester United on Sunday, despite being on the pitch for the entire match duration., however, gathered that the Gunners’ attacker has been cleared fit and will resume training on Tuesday ahead of the crunch tie in Spain on Thursday.

A reliable source told that the player was assessed by the club medical staff on Monday and was certified fit for the clash, calming all nerves that the attacker was initially out of the tie.

Iwobi has scored twice for the Gunners in the Premier League, while contributing five assists, and will be gunning for his first goal in the Europa League on Thursday.

Iwobi suffers hamstring injury

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Alex Iwobi has joined the growing list of injured Super Eagles players, which also include Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi and Tyrone Ebuehi.

Iwobi picked up to the hamstring in Arsenal’s 1-2 loss to Manchester United in Premier League clash on Sunday, April 29.

The 21-year-old was in action for the entire 90 minutes of Arsenal’s loss.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said in his post-match conference that Iwobi and some other Arsenal’s players are major doubts for their crucial Europa League clash in Spain.

“I took off Mkhitaryan because he had a little knock on his knee again, on the same knee – we could see that just looking at him in the dressing room,”

 “Ospina has a rib problem and Alex Iwobi has a hamstring problem, so we’ll see how well everyone recovers. Thursday will come very quickly,” Wenger said.

Wenger who is set to quit Arsenal at the end of the season then played down the seriousness of the injuries as he stated that Iwobi and his other teammates will be assessed before the game against Atletico.

“Definitely? At the moment, no, but we’ll have to monitor them over the next 48 hours. We’ll know more on Tuesday,” Wenger added.

Iwobi has featured to the Gunners in a total of 23 matches this season and has contributed two goals.

Iwobi emotional as Wenger is set to leave Arsenal

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Nigeria International Alex Iwobi has reacted to the exit of long-term Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The 21-year-old club Academy graduate made his first-team debut for the Gunners in a 3–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup.

He then made his Premier League debut four days later in a 3-0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, as a stoppage-time substitute for Mesut Özil.

Iwobi has been consistent in Wenger's team since then, and the Super Eagles star has heaped praises on the French coach for giving him the opportunity to achieve his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

Iwobi has featured 92 times for Gunners and scoring eight goals in all competitions so far.

Iwobi Targets Europa League Success

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By Augustine Akhilomen

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi has revealed that Arsenal have centred their attention on winning the Europa League in a bid to qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Gunners who are already out of the top four picture in the Premier League will face CSKA Moscow on Thursday in the quarter-final second leg of the Europa League with a view to protect their 4-1 advantage in the first leg at the Emirates last week.

However, Iwobi stated that qualify for the Champions League via the top four would be difficult but that the Europa League success provide them with the only chance.

"It is the dream of every player to play in the Uefa Champions League but at the moment Arsenal appears to be out of the picture in England

" Our best way of making it back to Europe is by winning the Europa League this season and that will definitely be a big statement of intent for us.

Iwobi might miss Man City match

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Alex Iwobi is in a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s League Cup final against Manchester City after he was replaced in the closing minutes of his side’s 2-1 Europa League loss to Ostersunds.

Manager Arsene Wenger had suggested that the initial prognosis was that the Super Eagles forward only suffered cramps, which forced him to haul him off in stoppage time.

But ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final clash against Manchester City, Wenger has now admitted that Iwobi’s fitness is questionable and the Hale End Academy graduate will be closely monitored in the next two days.

”From Thursday night, we don’t know what kind of state Alex Iwobi is in, for example,” Wenger told reporters.

”We will know that today and tomorrow. But overall, we have no injuries from last night. Some players were rested, they are alright.”

Argentina don't scare us - Iwobi

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By Augustine Akhilomen 

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi has revealed that the players are confident of beating Argentina at the 2018 World Cup regardless of their star-studded team.

Both teams met in an international friendly game last year, where Nigeria defeated Argentina 4-2 despite going two goals down at halftime.

Iwobi, who was part of the scorers during the friendly encounter, told BBC Sports that the Super Eagles replicate their superlative performance by edging Argentina in the group.

“Argentina were missing their star man [Lionel] Messi, but we were also missing some of our players. We are confident we can repeat that at the World Cup,” Iwobi told the BBC on Tuesday.

“We were unbeaten in the World Cup qualifiers and we are confident and have young talent, who want to prove themselves any time they are on the pitch.” 

Iwobi replaces Sanchez

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The exit of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United may have created a suitable position for Super Eagles striker, Alex Iwobi, as he is being tipped to replace the Chilean in Arsenal’s starting eleven for the time being, until Arsene Wenger signs a capable replacement.

This is coming just as Dutch club, MVV Maastricht, has confirmed the loan signing of Nigeria U-20 international Kelechi Nwakali from Arsenal.

According to, Iwobi is better than the Chile international in four key performance statistics: passing accuracy, shooting accuracy, average duels won and average defensive actions.

Iwobi might be underrated right now due to his inconsistent performances this term, but the winger has a shot accuracy of 70 percent, whereas Sanchez has 57 percent.

The Super Eagle has completed an impressive 86 percent of his passes, compared to the Chilean who has a passing accuracy of 73 percent.

With an average defensive action of one, Iwobi is better than Sanchez who has zero. The Nigeria wonderkid has won 52 percent of his duels, while the Chilean has won 49 percent.

The Hale End Academy product was expected to make his 22nd appearance of the season in all competitions when Arsenal tackled Victor Moses’s Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.

Meanwhile, Nwakali had to be recalled from a loan spell at VVV Venlo due to his lack of first-team opportunities, and has penned a deal that will keep him at MVV for the rest of the 2017-2018 campaign.

”Last season we have already seen that Kelechi is a multifunctional attacking midfielder, who has a nose for the ‘final pass’,” coach Ron Elsen told MVV’s official website.

”He returns in an attacking and dominant way of playing, as MVV wants to use it. He can get away at ’10’, but also as a winger.

”At VVV Venlo he has also shown at Eredivisie that he can be of value for the team in which he plays. At MVV Maastricht, however, he can collect even more minutes of play.

”We know what we can and should expect from him. That has absolutely weighed in our decision to bring him back to Maastricht.”

Nwakali played 34 official matches for MVV Maastricht during the past season, in which he managed to find the net three times.

Iwobi shouldn't have started Chelsea's game - Wright blasts Wenger

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By Augustine Akhilomen

Former Arsenal striker, Ian Weight has condemned Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger for starting Nigeria's Alex Iwobi in Wednesday's goalless draw against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi final first leg clash at Stamford Bridge.

Iwobi who was involved in an all-night party prior to the team's 4-2 lose against Nottingham Forest in Sunday's FA Cup, was expected to face Wenger's wrath due to his unprofessional attitude.

However, the French tactician rather than punished the Nigerian international, decided to start him against Chelsea, a situation which didn't go down well with Wright.

Wright said on Sky Sports: 'In the current climate, for a young player to go out and do that with Arsenal going through what they’re going through now — experienced players wanting to leave, there’s no leadership — Arsene Wenger should have made a better stance on this. A
stronger stance.

'Because Arsenal have got to find what we are losing at the moment. People laugh at us — they see it as a bit of a joke with what’s going on at the moment — players don’t want to be there. It just feels like we are losing control.'

'What’s it saying to Theo?,' he added. 'He’s got a youngster that’s gone out less than 48 hours before the game, still plays in that game, plays in this game and you can’t get a game in front of him.

'You’ve got to start thinking about your own future.'

'I think (Jose) Mourinho wouldn’t have that. I don’t think a Man United player would (go out 48 hours before a game).

'I remember when we were playing in that great Man United era, you hardly read about their players doing stuff like that.

'You’re hearing about Alex Ferguson going around to people’s houses and throwing them out. They just didn’t do it.'

Iwobi faces Wenger's axe if found guilty of partying overnight

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By Augustine Akhilomen

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi could face the heavy hammer of Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger, after he was caught in the video partying overnight before the team's 4-2 FA Cup exit against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The Nigerian international was in the starting line up in Sunday's defeat to Forest as report suggests he was dancing and screaming at a flat in Soho in the early hours of Saturday morning.

'It was 48 hours before the game,' Wenger added. 'The night before the game we were in a hotel. I will speak to him," Wenger told The Sun.

'You have to be cautious with the news coming out – when you read what has been reported it is like he has taken drugs but he's not involved in that.

'If he was at a birthday party, how long has he stayed? That is very important. After that I will decide what happens.

'If your neighbour takes drugs, what can you do about it? You are responsible for your behaviour.'

Meanwhile, some Arsenal fans who are unhappy with the player's behaviour before their exit from the FA Cup, have called for his suspension from the team.

One fan wrote on Twitter: 'Arsenal should suspend Alex Iwobi for his actions on Saturday night and Sunday morning, knowing he was a "senior player" on the Sunday against Forest. Sheer stupidity and naivety from him. Explains his poor performance too.'

Another said: 'Doesn't deserve to start now don't deserve to be at this club.

'We want him sold or contract ripped up and thrown away.'

Iwobi returns as Arsenal hosts Liverpool

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Arsenal have been handed a boost on the eve of their crucial Premier League clash with Liverpool as Alex Iwobi and Francis Coquelin returned to training. Iwobi limped off the pitch last week against Newcastle, while Coquelin copped a suspected hamstring injury and was substituted against West Ham in midweek.

Iwobi and Coquelin took full part in yesterday’s session at London Colney.Both Iwobi and Coquelin could be competing for a starting spot against Jurgen Klopp’s side, with Aaron Ramsey certainly out with a hamstring problem.

The Nigeria international got the nod against Newcastle, with Jack Wilshere operating alongside Granit Xhaka in the heart of the midfield. But Wenger could opt for Coquelin this night to give his defence a bit more protection from Liverpool’s formidable attacking prowess.

Meanwhile, the Arsenal boss hopes fans will show respect to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when he returns to the Emirates for the first time with Liverpool. Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in for a frosty reception, given the fact he turned down a new contract so he could join Jurgen Klopp’s side in the summer, but Wenger hopes the supporters inside the Emirates are not too harsh on their former player.

“I don’t know,” said Wenger, when asked what sort of reception Oxlade-Chamberlain would receive from the Arsenal fans.“I rate Alex highly and he knows that. After that, you want all the players to be respected who have played for us.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s last game for Arenal came against Liverpool in August when the Gunners were brushed aside in embarrassing style, losing 4-0 at Anfield. Despite serious doubts over his future at the time, Oxlade-Chamberlain still started the contest and he produced a poor performance as the visitors waved the white flag.

Wenger came in for some stinging criticism for playing Oxlade-Chamberlain against a club who were interested in signing him, but the Arsenal boss still insists he has no regrets.

“It would not be fair to put the defeat at Liverpool, where the whole team had a bad performance, on one player,” he said.“After that, on the other side, you analyse ‘did you make mistakes or not?’ You cannot go home and say everything was perfect when you lose like we did.”

Iwobi celebrates win over Newcastle United

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Super Eagles star, Alex Iwobi is in celebration mode following Arsenal's return to winning ways as they edged Newcastle United 1-0 at the Emirates on Saturday.

Iwobi who for the second consecutive game got Arsene Wenger's nod for a starting role said he was proud of the team and obviously the three points that have now taken them back to the top-four.

Iwobi played for 72 minutes before he was take off for Danny Welbeck in a game Arsenal had the opportunity to score as many goals.

Mesut Ozil’s 23rd minute wonder goal was all the Gunners needed to claim all three points up for grabs at the Emirates Stadium.

The latest win has taken Arsene Wenger’s side to 33 points from 18 matches, and sitting 4th spot on the English Premier League table for now.
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