- Nigerian star Alex Iwobi has extended his stay with the Emirates Stadium outfit until 2022
- The Super Eagles midfielder joined the Gunners as a youngster and has grown to be one of their key players
- He is part of Gernot Rohr's squad that failed to progress out of their group at the 2018 World Cup in Russia
Super Eagles superstar Alex Iwobi has penned a new long term contract extension with his Premier League side Arsenal.
The Nigeria international made his senior team debut at the Emirates Stadium under former manager Arsene Wenger in 2015 after joining the Gunners at age nine.
He is one of the product of the club's academy 'Hale End Academy' and has enjoyed some level of success with the north London club.
Iwobi has scored nine times in 98 appearances for the Premier League appearances, with one FA Cup and one Community Shield titles to his credit.
Reacting to the contract extension, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: "I’m very pleased Alex has signed a new contract with us.
"He is a great example of a player who can succeed from the Academy through hard work and I look forward to working with him and our other talented young players in the squad."
"We would like to congratulate Alex on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution to the club." Emery told Arsenal official website.
Iwobi also took to social media to expressed his excitement after signing the new deal that will see him represent the club until the summer of 2022.
Really pleased to extend my contract and commit my future to this special club. From Under 6 to Big 17, so many people have helped me.
"Thank you. Grateful to our new manager for the faith shown in m and our fans for the love, support and patience. Excited For 18/19 ❤️ #Gunners."
However, Arsenal legend Kanu Nwankwo has urged his countryman to upgrade his game for the Emirates Stadium side.
The 1996 Atlanta Olympics gold medal winner spent five seasons at the club and won two EPL and two FA Cup titles during his reign at the club.
“In Arsenal you have big, big names,” Kanu told Standard Sport. “I don’t think he sees himself in that way.
“When I talk with him I want him to feel that way. Just because you’re younger than the other players doesn’t mean you’re not a star. He’s a star in his own right.
“When he comes to Nigeria he feels the pressure: he’s Iwobi, he needs to deliver. With Arsenal he thinks ‘ok, there’s other names here, no problem’. He needs to change that."
Iwobi’s struggles were such last season it was speculated he could be sold on to Lazio this summer, though Emery is convinced he can get the best out of him.
“For me he’s a special kid,” said Kanu, who made 192 appearances and scored 41 goals for the Gunners after joining in 1999.
“Arsenal know the quality he has got and they know he can deliver on that eventually.
“He didn’t just become a bad player overnight. If the team isn’t doing well it affects everybody. He’s a talented player who’ll do more and do better for Arsenal.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that Arsenal have concluded plans to cash in on Super Eagles winger Alex Iwobi this summer.
Daily Star citing sources in Italy claims the Gunners want £22.3 million (€25m) as new suitors from the Serie A are in need of the Nigerian international.
Italy’s Il Messaggero reports, Iwobi is attracting a potential deal from Lazio, who are eager to replace Felipe Anderson who recently joined West Ham.
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