Alex Iwobi has reportedly agreed to a new long-term deal with Arsenal which will keep him at the club until 2021 as he is rewarded for his impact this season.
The teenager has impressed for Arsene Wenger when featuring for the senior side, and in turn it is expected that it will lead to the new bumper deal worth £30,000 per week, as reported by The Mirror.
Iwobi only signed his current deal last October which was understood to be worth around £10,000-a-week until 2019, but evidently he has made big strides since then and Wenger has been keen to tie down his future and reward him.
The 19-year-old has worked his way through the club’s youth system and has now become a regular in the first team since the turn of the year.
With two goals in seven Premier League appearances, he has also started four of the last five games and continues to emerge as an important part of Arsenal’s late push to win the title.
Naturally, Wenger will be delighted with his development, and will hope that he can continue to improve and have an influence in the side in the coming weeks as the Gunners make do with several key players out injured including the likes of Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey.
Nevertheless, Iwobi will be under increasing pressure to continue to show that he is improving into a top player, with Wenger coming under fire for showing too much faith in young players that haven’t pushed on in their respective careers.
The likes of Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott had big expectations earlier in their careers, but it can be argued that the trio haven’t gone on to fulfil their potential as of yet and are under increasing scrutiny to show their worth or risk being moved on.
In turn, Arsenal fans will be desperate to see Iwobi avoid a similar path, and he will have to show his resolve when competition for places starts to increase.