Arsenal youth product Alex Iwobi is reportedly set to sign a new long-term contract with the Gunners after breaking into the first team this season.
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Iwobi Announcement Expected
Tuesday, April 5
"Iwobi has agreed a bumper new long-term Arsenal deal keeping him at the club until 2021," reported Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Mirror, adding: "The Gunners have handed the exciting teenage forward a five-year contract worth in the region of £30,000 a week."
Arsenal Youngster Viewed as Future Star
The 19-year-old winger made his first Premier League start against Everton and scored in a vital 2-0 win. He has since become an increasingly prominent figure, recently netting in the 4-0 win over Watford.
Iwobi clearly has boss Arsene Wenger's trust. He was named in the first team for the March 16 UEFA Champions League loss away to Barcelona, and he certainly did not look out of place against arguably the best side on the planet, per football commentator Guy Mowbray.
Iwobi's emergence has given Arsenal fans something to cheer about during a poor spell of matches that saw Wenger's side knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup, while their Premier League title chase is all but over as well.
The Nigeria international—the Lagos-born forward debuted for his country back in October—looks to have the passing acumen so often associated with top Arsenal players, and his first touch is fantastic.
Iwobi is still only a teenager, and he is not going to change Arsenal's future prospects in one fell swoop, but he certainly seems to be a player who could be key for the Gunners in the future.
Tying him to a new deal is a sensible move from the north London outfit and will surely encourage Iwobi to continue working to improve his game.