Arsene Wenger turned down Alex Iwobi loan approaches, father states

The 19-year-old still wants a temporary deal elsewhere though.

The father of Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has revealed that Arsene Wenger has turned down several approaches from clubs keen to take the starlet on loan, but told Goal that the teenager still prefers a temporary switch elsewhere for the rest of the campaign.

The 19-year-old is widely adjudged as one of the brightest prospects in the Emirates Stadium outfit’s youth ranks and made an impression for the Gunners in pre-season.

Chuka Iwobi has revealed that the young Nigeria-born midfielder has caught the gaze of a number of English and foreign teams, but the North London club’s manager has denied the starlet the chance of regular football elsewhere.

Despite this, Iwobi senior has maintained that there is potential scope for a temporary deal for the 19-year-old in the near future.

"A few clubs in the United Kingdom and abroad have approached Arsenal to take Alex on loan but Arsene Wenger wants him to be with the first team because he did very well in pre-season," Chuka Iwobi told Goal.

"Alex's preferred option at this stage is to go on loan to gain first team experience and come back to Arsenal later on to fight for a place.

"Hopefully a loan move will be sorted out by the time Alex comes back from international duties.

"As regards the likely club Alex will play for on loan, at the moment discussions are ongoing.”

Iwobi has yet to feature for Arsenal in the Premier League, with the title-chasing side possessing plenty of top-notch midfield and attacking options for him to have to overcome to get a game.

At this stage in his career it appears that the best choice is for the teenager to get first-team football elsewhere, which would surely see him return to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season as a better player.

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