Alex Iwobi has been praised by former Super Eagles international, Reuben Agboola for selecting to play for Nigeria.

“I take my hats off to (Alex) Iwobi for choosing to play for Nigeria,” Agboola told National Network Online.

“It is difficult I know. Especially when you have never visited the country before; when you hear of the instability in the Federation and in the coaching set up.

“These things affect the minds of young players but that’s why I am very impressed with Iwobi. He plays for Arsenal but chose to play for the Eagles. Good on him I say”

Agboola, 54, was also a dual-nationality player with both English and Nigerian qualifications like Alex. A left-back by trade, he opted to play for the Super Eagles and went on to make 9 appearances for them. Iwobi already has 8.

Iwobi is a doubt for Arsenal’s FA Cup game against Lincoln. Although he returned to training on Friday, the lingering effects of the virus that he picked up could see him miss out.

That, in itself, is no bad thing.

His form has been poor of late. That’s no surprise, he’s young and that’s what happens. Against Sutton, he was hit hard early on and struggled to force himself on the game after that. Lincoln are coming to the Emirates with those sorts of tactics in mind.

A little time out of the spotlight with time to focus on the basics again will serve him well.