Nigerian player

Despite initially being linked to Lazio, Arsenal announced on Friday that Iwobi has now signed a contract extension with the clu, keeping him at the club until June 2022.

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"It's always been my childhood dream to represent Arsenal," Iwobi told .

"To get an extended contract is an amazing feeling and I hope I’m doing the Arsenal family proud, as well as my family.

"The first kit that I had was Arsenal and long may I continue to represent them.

"I always realise that I have to be representing the team and giving 100 per cent at all times. It’s not just myself or my family I’m representing, I also represent the people and the younger generation as well.

"There’s always going to be pressure in football and it’s always amazing for young kids, especially at Hale End [where his shirt adorns the wall], to look up to me. So I’ll try and continue making them proud."

Rated by Emery

The future of the 22-year-old at Arsenal was uncertain following the exit of Arsene Wenger who gave him his first team debut at the club.

But new manager Unai Emery considers the Nigeria international an important player in his plans.

“I’m very pleased Alex has signed a new contract with us,” Emery said about Iwobi’s contract extension.

“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.”

first reported that Iwobi was expected to stay at Arsenal after sources close to the player revealed that he is highly rated by Emery.

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The Spanish coach even ordered Iwobi to cut short his holiday by one week so he could travel with the team to their pre-season tour of Singapore.

“Emery clearly wants him in his plans, he cut short his holiday by one week and said ‘I want you on the pre-season tour of Singapore with me,” the source told Pulse Sports.

Iwobi was discovered by Arsenal at the , a Sunday League team.

He spent two years at Arsenal’s development centre before signing and moving to Hale End when he was nine.

At the age of 16, he moved from Hale End to London Colney where he played for the Arsenal Youth Teams before making his first-team debut.

Iwobi has nine goals in 98 appearances for Arsenal.