Wenger - Why Iwobi opted for Nigeria

Alex Iwobi is well on the way to establishing himself as a hero in Nigeria.

The nephew of iconic former No 10, Jay-Jay Okocha, our midfielder scored the goal that took the Super Eagles to next summer’s World Cup when he netted the winner against Zambia in Uyo last month.

Iwobi was born in Nigeria but grew up in London and has represented England at youth level. He’s now an established member of the Super Eagles squad - but is Arsène Wenger surprised he elected to play for the country of his birth?

“He had the potential to play for England and for Nigeria,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “Today he looks very happy with Nigeria. When I speak to him, he’s had very positive experiences. 

“He brings his quality to Nigeria - he’s absolutely a creative player going forward. He’s very strong in small spaces and he’s starting to score goals as well. 

“For a while it was open between England and Nigeria, and England didn’t really push for Alex during that period. Nigeria were more willing to have him. I’ve seen many times that sons of parents from Nigeria want to go back to their parents’ country.”

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