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Arsenal to offer Nigerian wonderkid to Aston Villa; Wenger’s favour to old pal Garde

Arsene Wenger is understood to have offered Arsenal‘s Nigerian wonderkid Alex Iwobi to Aston Villa, according to Caught Offside‘s sources.

The talented forward has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks, as he looks to secure first-team football.

While the 19-year-old attacker is highly regarded at Arsenal—and has made his senior Nigeria debut since the start of the season—he has struggled to assert himself in Wenger’s plans. He has featured just once so far this term—in the League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday—and he looks set to move away in order to find first-team football.

Birmingham City, Reading and Sheffield United are all understood to be keen on taking the West African forward on loan [Mirror], although the lower-league sides look set to miss out on the forward who could move to another Premier League side.

Current Villa boss Remi Garde played under Wenger at Arsenal, and the two men are understood to cultivate a close relationship, with the Gunners boss set to offer his friend one of his talented young players in order to help stave off the threat of relegation.

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Even for a wonderkid as talented as Iwobi, this may be a big ask, with the Villains currently rooted to the bottom of the table, and a whopping 11 points from safety.

 

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