Wenger: I Won’t Stop Iwobi From Playing In Olympics

Wenger: I Won’t Stop Iwobi From Playing In Olympics

By Johnny Edward:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he has no intention of stopping Alex Iwobi's dreams of featuring at the Olympic football tournament in Rio, which runs from August 3 to August 20, Completesportsnigeria.com can report.


Though Arsenal could block Iwobi’s participation in the competition, which falls outside FIFA’s calendar for international fixtures, Wenger has stated he no intention of doing so.


“He had the choice between England and Nigeria and in the end he chose Nigeria,” Wenger told reporters ahead of Arsenal's clash against West Ham.


“We respect that, and also the possibility that he will go to the Olympic Games, and travel a bit more than he would have done here.”


Iwobi’s fine form over recent weeks for club and country and according to reports will be rewarded with a new contract that Wenger hopes will tie him to the club for his best years.


It has been reported that the new deal for Iwobi could see him earn as much as £30,000 per week, a dramatic increase on a current deal believed to be worth less than £1,000.