Wenger: Iwobi can be punished but still play


Arsene Wenger says it’s possible to discipline a player for an indiscretion without them losing their place in the team.

Alex Iwobi was fined this week for breaking curfew, staying up too late less than 48 hours before the FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

It was behaviour the manager outright condemned, saying, “It is impossible to go out 48 hours before the game, and it’s unacceptable.”

Many felt it would lead to his exclusion from the team for a while, but the Nigerian international was selected for Wendesday night’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea, and bar one brain fart which saw him timidly too poke the ball at goal after a good run, he played reasonably well.

Wenger believes that his punishment should not be so great that it denies the team of a player he feels can do a job.

“It is one thing to punish someone individually and the second thing to punish everybody,” said Wenger.

“If I think he can help the team to win it has nothing to do with the fact that he can be punished separately and individually.”

Iwobi has clearly still maintained the manager’s faith despite his relatively minor indiscretion, but he’s got repay that with performances from now on.

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