Iwobi recovers and WILL play for Nigeria against Elneny’s Egypt

It was revealed by the Nigeria coach Samson Siasia that Arsenal’s newest Academy graduate, Alex Iwobi, had been rushed to hospital with food poisoning after eating a dodgy salad since his arrival in Abuja, but it would appear that the 19 year-old has made a full and rapid recovery.

Yesterday the Nigerian Football Federation issued a new statement which simply read: “He is back in training. He will play against Egypt.”, which means there has been a very fast response to the treatment from the young Gunner.

Iwobi still has two more days before the first African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Mohamed Elneny’s Egypt side, so with both of our newest stars on the pitch it could be an interesting game for us Gooners to watch.

Once that game is over it will mean that both Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson will be left disappointed as Iwobi will be immediately disqualified from playing for England in the future, and Wenger will be annoyed that he will lose Iwobi to the African Nations Cup every two years, and also Elneny will be there for every competition as well, considering that Egypt have won the trophy more times than any other country, although they have not reached the last three finals-

Egypt is currently top in Group G with six points, while Nigeria is in the second place with four points, so this double header on Friday and Tuesday will be crucial to the qualifiers from the Group.

Let us hop that they both play well and return home injury free….

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  1. seems the worlds big clubs are going to target bellerin, hope we can keep him, need to keep him…

    1. Bella is a star in the making, the club should expert a lot of tapping from other clubs.

      Hope he can remain grounded and focused on Arsenal as he highlighted in a recent interview. The only clubs capable of capturing him are Barca or Bayern, but I would keep an eye on Pep as well once he comes to City.

      1. Hope is the key word. Players come and go, love some hate some. That’s why I suggested we get Aurier in the previous article as a Debuchy replacement. Arsenal are in a position to always improve and keep planning for the future with players that are out there now. This has been 1 of our major undoings for so long, we either rely too much on 1 player and or fail in providing proper competition. Perfect example was look what happened to our form when both Coquelin and Cazorla were out with no like for like competition and that happened this season, not to mention a decade of seasons before that. Failure to plan, plan to fail. It’s called a Plan”B”.

  2. Good luck to both lads.

    The more game time the better for them as long as they remain injury free of course.

  3. Good luck to both players but can I ask why all of a sudden if Iwobi sneezes the whole club and fans will now have a cold, off the back of one good game? Are we really that desperate for some stardust at AFC a young un with leas than 10 matches in all competition and one goal is suddenly seen as a messiah, whose every action or inaction as the case may be will leave fans going on their knees and praying to God all is well with him….

    1. Though Iwobi is great for his age and largely a prospect, I agree with you to an extent. These are the moments I fear because with players like him we develop that we don’t need to spend mentality because we have “X” player. Clearly this hasn’t been working and Petit just said it as well. It’s all good to give academy players their shot but you need established players to take you forward.

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