Arsene Wenger didn’t want me to play for Nigeria — Iwobi

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Arsenal under 20 player, Alex Iwobi who recently joined the Nigeria.
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U-23 team training in Abuja has said that his club coach, Arsene Wenger had impressed it upon him to play for England.

In a chart with Newswatch Times Sports, he said that he decidedagainst it because of his love for Nigeria, revealing that former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha, who is his Uncle also influenced his decision to finally settle for Nigeria.

The forward who had played for Arsenal U-15, 16 and 18 as well graduated to the senior side, was not really happy with his performance at his first training section with the Dream Team,but stressed that he hopes to improve his performance in the subsequent training sections.

“I know I did not have a very great training today, I am still trying to get used to the pattern of play. I believe that with time I will really fit in and my game will really come out.

“It’s always a pleasure to play for my fatherland and I look forward to giving my very best to help the team do well. This is the second time I am coming to Nigeria. I came with my parents three years ago to visit Okocha,”

The player though did not impress fans who came out to watch him train as he seemed out of place with his shots and moves.

He has up till Sunday to prove himself to the Samson Siasia led coaching crew, who were also unimpressed with his touches.

Meanwhile, his father, Chuka Iwobi who also was on ground towatch the player train,alleged sabotage, saying that some of the players were cutting the flow of the ball to his boy.

He believes that his boy will add great value to the U-23 team if accepted and encouraged.

“I have seen Alex square up against bigger and more experienced players in the UK (United Kingdom) and has excelled; so I am confident that he will prove his worth in the Nigerian U-23 team. He is not expected to click in his first attempt, but I know his coaches here might have seen the talent and his skills, which is most important.

“Players often face slow start when they play newly in a team. Youcould see in today’s training that he wasn’t getting the needed passesand had to track back most times to get the ball. I know with moretraining sessions with the rest of the players as from tomorrow (Thursday) through Saturday, he will improve,” Iwobi senior defended.

“Alex is expected to be here till Saturday and must return to Englandunfailingly this Sunday. Failure to report to the training ground atthe Emirates Stadium on Monday would attract a fine. But I hope hewould have proved himself beforethen,” he added.

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