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Alex Iwobi will not be joining Barcelona, his father has revealed.
The 20 year old broke into the Gunners first team October last year and is developing rapidly into a fine footballer.
He has established himself as a key player in Wenger’s starting xi this season, providing three assists in the league already.
Reports in Spain suggest Barcelona are impressed with the youngster’s development and are monitoring him but his father has quickly moved to dismiss any notion that his son will be tempted to move to Spain in the future.
Alex Iwobi’s father Chuka Iwobi says Arsenal is the right place for his son to develop, also adding that they will reject any move away from the Emirates even if they are offered a large pay cheque as the player’s career is not about making money.
“At this point in time, he is at the right place. He’s doing well at Arsenal, but should any club come for him now, the answer would certainly be no,” said Iwobi’s father, speaking to AfricanFootball.com, as quoted by The Mirror.
“For him now, it’s not about the money. So, should a club like Barcelona come with more money, he will certainly stay back at Arsenal because now it is not about him making money, it’s about him concentrating on his career, progressing and going on to the next stage.”
“He has broken into the first team and what they all talk about is his humility. Personally, that’s very important because when a player starts getting arrogant that’s when the player fails.
“I see him being with Arsenal for very many, many years.”
Iwobi’s rise to prominence shocked many and it isn’t surprising that top clubs like Barcelona are now monitoring his progress.
However, I expect Iwobi to remain at the Emirates for a long time. The midfielder is a Gunner through and through, having joined us at age six and I believe as long as we keep challenging for titles, he will want to stay with us.
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