Despite transfer links, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ‘on verge of signing’ new deal

Alex Iwobi

As per a report from the Mirror this afternoon, Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi is set to put pen to paper on a new contract with the club imminently.

Youth product

Iwobi, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder/winger, has spent his entire youth and senior careers to date with Arsenal, with the Nigerian international having broken into the club’s first-team setup as a prodigious teen in 2015.

Iwobi has since gone on to rack up just short of 100 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions, notching 9 goals in the process.

However, while his initial burst onto the scene as a raw and hugely-talented 19-year-old saw fans of Arsenal brimming with excitement at the prospect of Iwobi’s immense potential and room for growth, the African’s development has somewhat stifled of late, with this past season having seen the technically-gifted youngster put in a number of frankly-anonymous showings on his way to a total of just 3 goals over the entirety of the campaign.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 02: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria during the International Friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Staying put

As such, rumours began to mount over recent weeks that Iwobi could be one of a number of Arsenal stars sacrificed by new Gunners’ boss Unai Emery to raise funds for further signings.

The last 48 hours saw Serie A outfit Lazio named as keen admirers of the 21-time capped international’s talents, with the Biancocelesti reportedly viewing Iwobi as a potential replacement for Felipe Anderson.

The likes of Everton and AC Milan have also been touted as potential destinations, but, as per the aforementioned report from the Mirror this afternoon, Arsenal look set to stave off any and all interest in Iwobi’s signature this summer, with the attacker on the verge of penning a new deal at the Emirates.

Unai Emery is said to view Iwobi as a key part of his plans moving forward, with the versatile 22-year-old set to extend his contract in North London until 2022 as a result.

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