Alex Iwobi signs new long term contract with Arsenal

Lucas Perez

However, the new deal is a sign Emery hopes to help the Nigeria global develop, although he faces stiff competition for a starting place from the likes of Ozil, Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this season.

It's understood that Iwobi and Arsenal have been in talks over a new contract since the end of last season.

Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Nacho Monreal and Torreira all remained in London as the Gunners beat London rivals Chelsea on penalties.

"It takes time for the newcomers, the new signings, to adapt".

He added: "I'm so happy to be part of a team as important as Arsenal, and to play in the the best league in the world".

"Coming into a big club you need a trophy, so if you don't win the league you have to win the others".




Iwobi scored three goals in 26 league games under Arsene Wenger last season, although there was speculation he could be sold this summer following Wenger's departure.

The new defensive midfielder has been given the no.11 Arsenal shirt which was previously worn by Mesut Ozil for four years and Lucas Torreira has surprisingly revealed that he chose to take it because he wanted to be sitting next to Ozil in the dressing room as well as being the day of his birthday.

But it turns out that the Uruguay worldwide had a very good reason for specifically requesting that particular number.

"For the new manager, it's going to be a very big challenge; the fans want them to perform in the league in his first year, which is always hard for a new coach", Kanu said.

The Welsh worldwide, 27, has been linked to one more controversial move most recently in the form of a switch to Arsenal's Premier League rivals Liverpool. "He's been playing well with the new coach and his team-mates; this season is going to be his season if he works for it".

Arsenal finally found a foothold in the game and, when Henrikh Mkhitaryan slotted a fantastic low cross into the box, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang somehow failed to convert at the back post.

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