Alex Iwobi has stated that the only reason he would consider leaving Arsenal is if he wasn’t playing regularly enough, and that he welcomes the addition of new signings which might put pressure on his place in the side.
The Nigerian international was speaking in relation to rumours about the potential capture of Wilfried Zaha who would play from the left hand side – the position in which the Arsenal man is usually deployed.
Whether that would mean more time on the bench, or being used in a different position, remains to be seen, but Iwobi wasn’t shy about the fact he’d scrap for his place.
“I am up for the fight,” he said.
“The only time I would consider leaving is if I am not playing as much as I would like to.
“Obviously, my joy is to play football and not just sit out. If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play – that is what I have done all my life.
“We have big stars already, so by adding another one I’ll just have to prove I can do better than them.”
Iwobi returns to training late having been involved with Nigeria at the AFCON, and was cited by Unai Emery on Saturday as one of the players who will add depth to the squad while we wait for new signings to be made.