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Alex Iwobi scores first goal for Nigeria

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Alex Iwobi's season just continues to go from strength to strength.

The youngster has emerged as a future star at the Emirates and has done enough to convince Arsene Wenger he should be a regular fixture in Arsenal's starting XI.

He has already picked up three assists for his club this term but achieved a major career landmark on Sunday during the international break.

Iwobi actually qualified to play for England after moving to Britain at the age of four but elected to compete for the country of his birth, Nigeria, last year.

The 20-year-old made his debut against DR Congo in 2015 but had to wait until his seventh appearance for Nigeria to score his first international goal on Sunday.

The Super Eagles desperately needed a win over Zambia, who are considered the weakest team in Group B in Africa's section of World Cup qualification and it was Arsenal's Iwobi who broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute.

A long throw into the box was only half cleared by the Zambia defence and Iwobi punished them by unleashing a fierce right-footed volley that goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was unable to keep out.

And it was another Premier League ace who doubled Nigeria's lead as Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho showed his composure to score an excellent solo goal just before half-time - which you can also watch below.

Zambia did pull one goal back through Collins Mbesuma in the second half but the Super Eagles held on for the three points.

It was another key match that Iwobi will never forget and Arsenal fans will just be hoping it can prompt a goalscoring run back in the Premier League.

Iwobi is better known for being the nephew of ex-Nigerian hero Jay-Jay Okocha but if he continues to put in the same level of performance as those of late, it won't be long before the Gunners youngster escapes his uncle's shadow.

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