Nigeria international Alex Iwobi has reportedly penned a new long-term contract with Arsenal. The midfielder has initially been tipped to part ways with the Gunners during the summer transfer window but manager Unai Emery confirmed last week that the club were working closely to resolve his contract.
The north London giants have now confirmed that the Nigerian has inked a new contract which could supposedly keep him at the Emirates until the summer of 2023. Speaking about the extension, Iwobi said: “From young, it has always been my dream to represent Arsenal. It feels so special. The first kit I had was of Arsenal and long may I continue to represent them.”
Meanwhile, Emery was also pleased with the contract extension for Iwobi and he is hoping that several other players can progress from the academy to become first-team regulars, he 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.”
Arsenal have witnessed a relatively good summer transfer window where they have focused on strengthening the defensive side of their game and so far, they have signed the likes of Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Mateo Guendouzi. Over the past few weeks, there have been relatively no incomings at the Emirates but Emery has regularly suggested that he may fancy one more signing before the transfer deadline.
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele has been one player, who has been regularly associated with the club but the next couple of days could an indication whether the Frenchman does make a surprise move to north London. The World Cup-winning attacker has been unsettled after the recent arrival of Malcom at Camp Nou and he has since dropped transfer hints on social media.