Arsene Wenger has confirmed reports from earlier this week that the club are in talks with Alex Iwobi over a new deal.
The 19 year old has been hugely impressive in recent weeks, and the way modern football works means that new terms are on offer despite him signing a contract just last October.
He’s scored in two successive Premier League games, and the Arsenal manager says the club want to ensure his future is in North London.
“We are discussing extending his contract at the moment,” he said. “He’s a real Arsenal person because he’s been here since the age of eight.
“He has three years left at the end of the season anyway but we want to keep him here for longer. If there have been some positives in the last few months, it’s how well and how quickly he’s emerged as a player with a good impact.”
Iwobi also spoke about how he’d be happy to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympics if he were selected.
Wenger said if that was the case then the club would not stand in his way, saying, “We have respect his choice.
“He had the choice between England and Nigeria and in the end he chose Nigeria. We respect that, and also the possibility that he will go to the Olympic Games, that he will also go to the Africa Cup of Nations and travel a bit more than he would have done here.
“We have to respect that.”
It doesn’t seem possible for the club to prevent him going if that is the case. For the London games, FIFA made it quite clear that U23 players had to be released if selected, saying, ‘The executive decided that the release of the U23 players by clubs for Olympic football tournaments will be compulsory.’
Whether that’s the same this time around we’re not 100% sure, but chances are something similar will be in place.