There were many bad performances from Arsenal players when they went to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, but Alex Iwobi was definitely slated by fans and pundits alike after the match.
Now it has been revealed this morning that the youngster was snapped while out partying in Soho in central London at 2.37 am on the morning of the match, with allegations from neighbours saying that there was widespread evidence of drug-taking and drunkenness in the flat that was rented via airbnb especially for the party.
This story broke early this morning, and it was no surprise that Wenger was asked about Iwobi during his pre-match conference ahead of our League Cup semifinal at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.
Wenger responded: “If that is true he will be fined.
“I will have to see him and see if that is right or not.”
“If he was at a birthday party, how long has he stayed? That is very important. After that I will decide what happens.
“If your neighbour takes drugs, what can you do about it? You are responsible for your behaviour.
“You must have played football, you want to prepare 100% but sometimes it is not a guarantee that you will be at your best.
“But that is what is requested from a top professional.”
If all this turns out to be true, then it is truly mind-boggling that Iwobi has passed up an excellent chance to improve his prospects of becoming a permanent fixture in Wenger’s first team. He has been in and out of favour for the last year and has started less than half of our League games. A great performance against Forest could have put him back in the running but instead he is now likely to be in the doghouse for the rest of the season because of one (only one, we hope) stupid decision before an important match.
What would you do about it if you were Wenger?