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Arsenal have blocked Alex Iwobi from turning out for Nigeria at the Rio Olympics.

The London Evening Standard says Iwobi, 20, was last month named in his country’s provisional 35-man squad for the tournament but both his agent, Emeka Obasi, and Nigeria’s U23 coach Samson Siasia have claimed that Arsenal have said they would not allow him to participate.

Obasi said: “We held talks with Arsenal to see if it would be possible but in the end the decision has been made and we just have to move on from it.

“Of course I think Alex would have gained a lot from a competition where the likes of Barcelona’s Neymar want to play in. I’m sure the standard will be high and as I said Alex was keen to go, but it’s not his decision to make.”

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