FAME HASN’T CHANGED ME-IWOBI

Arsenal FC starlet Alex Iwobi, who is a Nigerian international, says he has not been overwhelmed by stardom.

The 21-year-old winger was nurtured in the Arsenal academy, before making his first team debut against West Bromwich Albion in the Football League Cup match in September 2013.

FAME HASN'T CHANGED ME-IWOBI

Iwobi, who played for England’s youth national teams, before electing to play for Nigeria two years ago, talks about his progression to the English Premier League (EPL) club’s first team.

“I still hang with the same friends when they’re back from uni, every time after training I still go home and sleep,” Iwobi told club website.

“Nothing’s really changed, just playing in the first team I guess. I do get recognized more, people are like ‘ahhh’.

“Two years ago you could just come in, I’d normally go back to my old area and play in my cage and no one would bother me, but if I go and play in my cage now – ‘ahhh Alex Iwobi’s here’.

“I’m still getting used to that because I still feel like I’m the same as my friends and the same person as two years ago, but when people are like ‘do you know what you’ve done?’

“Obviously I was lucky to have an uncle that played football, so he still gives me advice from time to time, but my mum and dad keep me grounded,” he continued.

“The more I’m progressing, the more money, the more the fame comes with it, but they’re helping me invest because football is a really short career, so they’re also making me think about life outside of football as well a bit more,” he added.

“But I’m not one to go spending and living a flashy lifestyle, I try to keep as humble as I can and I’m still the same.

“That’s what I’m going to keep on saying, I’m still the same person as I was two years ago.”

Stephy Mavididi joins Preston North End

ARSENAL have announced Stephy Mavididi will join Preston North End on season-long loan.

Stephy Mavididi joins Preston North End

Mavididi will spend the year at the Championship side and look to gain first-team experience.

The 19-year-old has scored three goals in two appearances during pre-season and new manager Alex Neil will hope he can help their playoff push.

Last season, Mavididi went on loan to Charlton Athletic and but it was cut short by a severe hamstring injury.

Earlier this week, the teenage striker revealed he had recently received advice from Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

“After I got injured I got a phone call from Wrighty and he was just giving me some advice and just being really nice to me and helping me,” Mavididi told Arsenal.com.

“He just said that I’m still young, that I’ve got a big future ahead of me, just to keep looking at the bigger picture.

“In the bigger picture, it’s a minor setback, only five months out of the game and just keep working hard and come back stronger.

“You’ve just got to be mentally strong and take it day by day, and as the day goes that’s a day closer to fitness, so you’ve just got to keep digging and just pull through.

“We’re still keeping in contact, so yeah that was a nice touch from Wrighty and Karl Robinson too, to put me in contact with him.”

Lacazette Will Score Goals For Arsenal – Iwobi Predicts

Arsenal Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi says Arsenal record signing Alexandre Lacazette will no doubt score lot of goals for Arsenal, when the football seasons begins in England.

Lacazette Will Score Goals For Arsenal – Iwobi Predicts

Lacazette was signed by Arsenal for a fee in the region of ‎£46m from French side Olympique Lyon, and the 26 year old hit the ground running for the Gunners by netting his first goal in his debut game against Sydney FC in Arsenal’s first pre season game.

Iwobi who supplied the pass to the French man during the game said in a television interview monitored by Owngoalnigeria.com Michael James that Lacazette will no doubt score goals for Arsenal.

“He (Lacazette) will bring goals and already there is a good chemistry with the rest of the team,” Iwobi said in a television interview.

“There is a lot to see from him. “We suffered a drought mid-season and other minor setbacks, but in the new season, we hope to win as many games as we can,” he said.

I want to stay at Arsenal, says Mesut Ozil

Like Alexis Sanchez, who has been linked with a move to Manchester City during the summer transfer window, German playmaker Mesut Ozil is entering the final year of his current contract.

I want to stay at Arsenal, says Mesut Ozil

The 28-year-old, signed from Real Madrid in September 2013, maintains he is hopeful of being able to continue his career at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking at the launch of Arsenal’s third kit in Sydney, Ozil told the club’s website: “It is definitely my preference to stay. It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal.

“Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss about the future.

“For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness. When I’m back in London, we will sit down and discuss.”

Chile forward Sanchez said during the Confederations Cup in Russia he knew where he would be playing next season but stopped short of announcing his plans.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claims Sanchez has not told him he wants to leave the Emirates Stadium.

Manchester City are reportedly ready to offer the former Barcelona forward wages of some £400,000 per week should he opt to push for a move ahead of the final year of his current contract rather than pen a new deal with Arsenal.

Sanchez has been given some extra time off as the rest of the squad headed to Australia for the start of pre-season, which begins with a match against Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium on Thursday, where new club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette is expected to make his debut.

Ozil feels “it would hit the team quite hard” were Sanchez to leave.

Club captain Per Mertesacker, who is set to take over at the Arsenal Academy from the 2018/2019 season, believes the Gunners remain focused on bringing talent in rather than allowing key men to depart.

“We have a strong squad and we do not want to lose any players. Even in their final contract year we need them,” the German said.

“We cannot afford to lose them. If you’re talking about championships, then to keep our best player is the key.”

The arrival of Lacazette, whom Arsenal have confirmed will wear the number nine shirt, has cast doubt on the future of Olivier Giroud.

The France forward is a reported target for both Everton and West Ham, although Gunners boss Wenger insists the 30-year-old remains part of his plans. Giroud intends to just take things as they come.

“Honestly I don’t know (about my future). For the moment I’m still an Arsenal player and try to be professional like I always have done and to prepare well for the next season,” the 30-year-old said.

“Obviously, there will be more competition – even more than last year, but it’s always nice for a striker to feel the pressure. I always deal with it. I’ve been through some difficulty this last year, but always succeed to bounce back.”

Laurent Koscielny to miss FA Cup final after appeal against red card failed

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is to serve a three-match suspension after his appeal against his sending-off in Sunday’s win over Everton was dismissed by the Football Association.

Laurent Koscielny to miss FA Cup final after appeal against red card failed

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is to serve a three-match suspension after his appeal against his sending-off in Sunday’s win over Everton was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old received a straight red card for his reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia and will therefore miss Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea and the first two domestic fixtures of next season.

Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 despite his dismissal, but his confirmed absence is a further disappointment for manager Arsene Wenger, who also has fitness concerns over fellow defenders Gabriel Paulista and Shkodran Mustafi.

“Laurent Koscielny will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a claim of wrongful dismissal was unsuccessful,” an FA statement read.

“The Arsenal defender was sent off for serious foul play during the game against Everton on Sunday (21 May 2017).

“An independent regulatory commission heard the case today (Tuesday 23 May 2017).”

Arsenal want to win FA Cup for Wenger

Arsenal want to win FA Cup for Wenger

Arsenal are targeting an FA Cup win to honour manager Arsene Wenger and make up for an inconsistent season, midfielder Aaron Ramsey said after their semi-final victory over Manchester City.

Arsenal beat City 2-1 in extra time to book a place in the final against Chelsea on May 27 and their progress is in contrast to the Premier League season that could see them miss out on a Champions League spot for the first time under Wenger.

Arsenal are seventh in the league, seven points behind fourth-placed ManchesterCity with a game in hand. They have seven matches remaining in their campaign.

“We have another seven cup finals to try and get into the top four,” Ramsey told BBC Radio 5 live.

 “We have let him (Arsene Wenger) down at times this season, we want to win it (FA Cup) for him and ourselves.”

Arsenal face an uphill battle to finish in fourth place as they play three of the current top six teams in their remaining games including second-placed Tottenham Hotspur and fellow top four contenders Manchester United.

Arsenal host champions LeicesterCity in the league on Wednesday and will be looking to reclaim sixth spot from Everton, who have played three games more.

I can convince Arsenal to sign Iheanacho-Iwobi

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi believes he can influence a transfer move for Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho to the North London club.

 I can convince Arsenal to sign Iheanacho-Iwobi

Iwobi feels the Gunners can cash in on the‘funniest guy he knows’ but doesn’t see it happening in the coming months.

The 20-year-old hailed his companion with the City forward and disclosed why he would love to see him in Arsenal’s traditional red and white jersey.

‘I tell you, you should see us [him and Iheanacho] on Snapchat! Always bantering,” Iwobi said.

“We’re roommates right now and he’s just the funniest guy I know.‘We do get on well off the pitch as well as on the pitch.

“Maybe I can try to convince Arsenal to sign him – but I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Iwobi amazed everyone when a video of him speaking fluent Pidgin English was posted on Twitter by teammate Ogenyi Onazi.

And reacting to how he has learned to speak the prevalent language in the Super Eagles’ camp, he said: “Everyone could speak English, I’d get along fine, but they’d all say, “come on, you need to learn your language”. So yeah, I’ve learned a bit, which helps.

‘’When I first went I felt like I’m an alien! I know they used to take the mick out of me, and I didn’t know what they were saying. But now I can understand!”

Kanu: Wenger still the right man for Arsenal

Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu insists Arsene Wenger has “always been the right man for Arsenal” and should be offered the opportunity to prolong his stay with the Gunners.

Kanu: Wenger still the right man for Arsenal

The Frenchman is due to reach the end of his current contract in the summer, after more than 20 years in the dugout.

He has enjoyed considerable success during that time, but questions have been raised in recent years as to his suitability for the role heading forward.

There is no question in Kanu’s mind, though, that a club legend remains the ideal candidate to lead the club towards a bright future.

The former Nigeria international, who spent six years in north London between 1998 and 2004, told The Sun: “Wenger has always been the right man for Arsenal, there is never any question

“They are second this season, they are not exactly doing badly – and they have a fantastic team.

“I am friends with everybody from that team and time. I always try and keep in touch and it is very easy to talk to Wenger. We have been there and done that and we have lots of good memories.”

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Late Sanchez penalty gives Arsenal 2-1 win over Burnley

Alexis Sanchez chipped a penalty into the net deep into stoppage time to give 10-man Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday, sending the north London club up to second in the Premier League.

Late Sanchez penalty gives Arsenal 2-1 win over Burnley

Burnley looked like taking its second point on the road this season when substitute Francis Coquelin tripped Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray powered home the first spot-kick in stoppage time to cancel out Shkodran Mustafi’s header.

But, in the last of the seven additional minutes, referee Jon Moss — who had already dismissed Granit Xhaka and sent Arsene Wenger to the stands — pointed to the spot once more after Ben Mee’s high foot connected with Laurent Koscielny.

Sanchez secured the three points but Burnley manager Sean Dyche felt it shouldn’t have been awarded because Koscielny was in an offside position.

“Our team are doing their job, they’re clearing the defensive line like they should do in order to make sure that we get out the box, and he’s offside,” Dyche told Sky Sports television. “Forget about the penalty, if he’s offside, he’s offside. So obviously I’m very disappointed after the lads have given a spirited performance.

“Even the challenge, it’s a strange one because if you’re defending properly and appropriately you’re looking at the ball and all he’s doing is looking at the ball and he turns around to clear the ball.”

Wenger happy to have Welbeck back

Arsene Wenger is ready to unleash Danny Welbeck back onto the Premier League after insisting the Arsenal forward could have prevented England’s humiliating Euro 2016 exit if he had been fit.

Wenger happy to have Welbeck back

The 26-year-old returned from a second serious knee injury in the space of two years in the recent FA Cup third-round win over Preston.

Welbeck, signed from Manchester United in the summer of 2014, played for just four months last year after returning from a long lay-off before he was again forced to miss eight more months with a new issue.

That saw him miss out on a place at the European Championships in France, where Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions were knocked out after a humbling 2-1 defeat to Iceland at the round of 16 stage.

But now he is building up his fitness and is likely to play some part in Arsenal’s clash with Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday – with Wenger revealing why he believes the forward is such a popular figure among the club’s fan-base.

“First of all he is hugely popular because he did very well with England before he got injured, he was the centre-forward of England, let’s not forget that,” he said.

“England failed at the European Championships and you cannot stop people from thinking ‘If Welbeck was there he would have helped us win against Iceland’.

“Secondly he is a young, promising striker – he has a fantastic spirit and people sense that. He is genuine, committed and humble and you do not find that too many times together.

“Maybe as well people feel sorry for a guy who hasn’t played for two years basically, and for me he is rightly, hugely popular.”

Wenger believes Welbeck’s injuries came at just the wrong time in his development, but has backed him to put his problems behind him as he looks to start again with the Gunners.

“He has pace, good technique and is committed, he wants to help the team,” the Arsenal boss continued.

“He is a good finisher as well and that was a bit before he got injured you could see that was coming out because when he played at Man United he didn’t score enough goals.

“Suddenly it was coming and so he has been stopped just at the wrong moment. First of all I touch wood and hope. He is not completely out of it.

“We still rest him after two days, one day, because of bone inflammation. That takes a huge time to get completely rid of and you have to be careful not to have a setback.”

Asked if Welbeck was over the injury setback from a psychological standpoint, Wenger added: “Yes, that is why I’m pleased with him.

“Some players have big injuries and you observe them in the first three months and you think ‘my friend, you will struggle’ because they have a handbrake.

“And some players come back like they behave like they have never been injured and he is one of them, at first training you have to say ‘come on, don’t go into full contact straight away’ but he is like that.”

Welbeck’s return adds more firepower to a forward line which boasts a plethora of talent, with Wenger pleased with the “offensive weapons” available to him.

“We are certainly more relentless,” he said.

“If you look at the numbers we are the team who have scored more goals than anyone else in the last five minutes.

“We are a team that has scored 14 goals with people coming off the bench so we have more offensive weapons, when I look around me on the bench I think ‘if he comes on he can give me something’.

“We have Welbeck back and Lucas Perez, before that I had Olivier Giroud on the bench when Theo Walcott was playing, I think they can give us something coming on.”

Walcott remains sidelined for the visit of the Clarets as he recovers from a calf injury, but Giroud is fit despite hurting his ankle in last weekend’s win over Swansea – with the in-form France striker looking to score for a sixth game in succession.

Arsenal Extend Per Mertesacker Contract

Arsenal have triggered an option to extend Per Mertesacker’s contract despite the centre back not playing a single game for the club so far this season due to a knee problem, manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday.

Arsenal Extend Per Mertesacker Contract

The 32-year-old former German international underwent surgery after picking up the injury in a pre-season friendly in July.

“He’s back in training, not with the squad, but he’s two weeks away now,” Wenger told a news conference yesterday. “He has an option that we have taken. There was no negotiation, just an option that we have taken.”

Arsenal, which climbed above Manchester City into fourth place in the Premier League table after beating Swansea City 4-0 last weekend, host 10th-placed Burnley on Sunday, with Wenger’s team boosted by the return of a trio of absentees.
Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin and full backs Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs are all back training with the squad ahead of the Burnley game, although Theo Walcott is still out.

Wenger also offered positive news on striker Olivier Giroud, who opened the scoring against Swansea, but limped off an hour into the game.
“Giroud is back in training since yesterday,” Wenger said. “With the number of games we have it’s important that we have all our experienced players back and that everybody is focused to do well.

“We’re going through a moment of truth now, January until May is five months to go. You want ideally all your players with big experience back in your squad.”
With striker Danny Welbeck also back in the team after a long-term injury, Wenger said he did not expect to seek reinforcements in January, and ruled out a move for unsettled West Ham United creative midfielder Dimitri Payet.

Payet has been linked with a move back to his former club Olympique de Marseille, and Wenger said he was not interested in signing the France international.
“I expect it to be a very quiet period,” he added. “We are very strong. We have many, many players who can come in. I rate Payet but I don’t need Payet because we have so many creative players. We have many players who can play in this position.”