Arsenal's exciting young winger Alex Iwobi is hoping to leave the club on loan in the coming weeks, according to his father.
The 19-year-old thoroughly impressed during Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia and was rewarded with a run out in front of 60,000 fans in the Emirates Cup. However, he has yet to make his competitive debut for the Gunners.
Instead, he has returned to the Under-21 set-up where he has played a key role in their perfect start to the season. As a result, a number of English clubs want to take him on a temporary basis.
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His father, Chuka Iwobi, has admitted that his son is keen to seal an exit from north London and go in search of first-team opportunities. However, Arsene Wenger has so far showed a reluctance to let him leave.
Currently with the Nigeria national squad, Iwobi, and his father are still hopeful of sealing the right deal upon his return to England with initial talks with some clubs already underway.
"A few clubs in the United Kingdom and abroad have approached Arsenal to take Alex on loan, but Arsene Wenger wants him to be with the first team because he did very well in pre-season," Chuka told Goal.
"Alex's preferred option at this stage is to go on loan to gain first team experience and come back to Arsenal later on to fight for a place"
"Alex's preferred option at this stage is to go on loan to gain first team experience and come back to Arsenal later on to fight for a place.
"Hopefully a loan move will be sorted out by the time Alex comes back from international duties. As regards the likely club Alex will play for on loan, at the moment discussions are ongoing."
Wenger allowed a number of young stars to leave on loan at the beginning of the season with the likes of Chuba Akpom, Dan Crowley and Gedion Zelalem all heading out on one-year deals.
Iwobi may have expected a more prominent role after being told to stay put, but he now finds himself well down the pecking order. While the training facilities and coaching will be world-class at Arsenal's London Colney, a lack of first-team action might only serve to stall his development.
If the right deal comes along, Wenger simply cannot deny the opportunity to his young hopeful.