Arsene Wenger says forward is loss to England

Speaking after the 19-year-old scored his first home Premier League goal for Arsenal, Wenger said Iwobi is a loss for the Three Lions.

Alex Iwobi

Iwobi was born in Lagos, Nigeria but moved to England and represented them at the U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels.

He has however chosen to play for Nigeria and made his debut last year under Sunday Oliseh.

Speaking after the 19-year-old scored his first home Premier League goal for Arsenal, Wenger said Iwobi is a loss for the Three Lions.

“Is he a loss for England? Yes,” Wenger told Arsenal official website.

“We have values in our club that are maybe not rated always, but one of them is to give a chance to young people and educate them.

“Every year we bring players out and not many can say that. I’m happy Alex is one of them.”

The Arsenal then praised the forward for working hard all season to break into the first team.

"The fans have seen many good players over the years and they know straight away when a player has something special, so they acknowledge that," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"You cannot cheat people. They've seen how quickly Alex's improved and how well he's played.

"It's surprising how quickly he's integrated into our game. He's worked with us since the start of the season and he has grown, gained confidence and when he came in he had an impact straight away.”

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