Report: Arsenal to award budding star hugely-improved new deal

The Gunners will reportedly offer teenage prodigy Alex Iwobi a contract which will see his wages multiplied by 10.

Arsenal will reward Alex Iwobi for his meteoric rise to stardom in the club's first team with a lucrative new deal which will see his current youth wages multiplied by 10, according to the London Evening Standard.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who joined the Gunners as an eight-year-old, only made his competitive senior debut for the club by starting the League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in October but has since enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough.

Iwobi made his Premier League bow only four days later as a late substitute, and repeated the trick in the Champions League just a few days after that by coming on in the defeat to Bayern Munich in Germany.

In total, the youngster has made 14 appearances in four different competitions for Arsene Wenger's side, and the last week has capped a dream season for the teenager.

Iwobi admitted last week that he had been fully expecting to be sent out on loan this season, but instead he found himself living the dream of being named to start at the Nou Camp in the Champions League last-16 second leg against Barcelona.

The Nigerian international did not look overawed by the stage or occasion, and that remarkable show of faith by Wenger was followed by even greater success when the forward was named to start in the Premier League for the first time in the 2-0 win at Everton on Saturday.

Iwobi took that chance with both hands, scoring his first senior goal for the club to double Arsenal's lead just before half-time, and it appears as though he will now be rewarded for his successes.

The Standard report that, despite only signing a new long-term deal in October, talks will be held over the international break about the teenager signing further improved terms.

The paper claims that Wenger is keen to see Iwobi rewarded, and that the 19-year-old could be offered a deal which increases his current wage - though to be less than £1,000 per week - to somewhere around the £10,000 mark.

That move would be a great show of faith in the midfielder, who is already being tipped by many as a big part of the club's future in midfield.

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