|Alex Iwobi has moved ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the Arsenal pecking order|
The father of rising Arsenal star Alex Iwobi has claimed he would reject any offer to stay in north London, even if it came from Barcelona. Iwobi was virtually unknown this time last year but rose to prominence after forcing his way into Arsene Wenger's first-team plans in January.
He is now a regular starter for the Gunners, moving ahead of England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and £17million summer signing Lucas Perez in the pecking order.
Now also a full international for Nigeria, talk of a move away from the Emirates is inevitable but his father, Chuka, says not even 'more money' from La Liga champions Barcelona could tempt him away from his childhood club. He told Africanfootball.com: 'At this point in time, he is at the right place. He's doing well at Arsenal, but should any club come for him now, the answer would certainly be no. For him now, it's not about the money.
'So, should a club like Barcelona come with more money, he will certainly stay back at Arsenal because now it is not about him making money, it's about him concentrating on his career, progressing and going on to the next stage. 'I see him being in Arsenal for many, many years.'
If, as his father hopes, Iwobi is to move onto the next level in his career, Arsene Wenger believes he must overcome his nerves in front of goal and start scoring on a more frequent basis.
Although providing a creative spark on the left-wing — he has three assists this season — for Arsenal, Iwobi is yet to find the back of the net in 14 appearances. That, Wenger believes, is not down his lack of ability but one of confidence.
Speaking last month, Wenger said: ‘I think he has it all in the locker to pass and give the final ball — what you want from him now is the finishing, and that’s still a little part that is missing. He is too nervous at the moment when he has the possibility to finish.’
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