Despite Alex Iwobi signing a new contract with Arsenal in October 2016, the Gunners are reportedly trying to tie him down to another deal.
According to the Sun, Iwobi and Arsenal are in talks over a new contract despite the 21-year-old only just signing an extension at the end of 2016.
The Gunners apparently want to tie the Nigeria international down before the World Cup next year as, if he has a good tournament, he can use that as a bargaining tool for a better deal.
Iwobi is reportedly asking for higher wages as he wants his progress in the first team over the last year to be recognised.
The five-year extension he signed in October 2016 saw the forward’s wages allegedly rise to £30k-per-week and although it’s unclear how much he’s supposedly demanding, the 21-year-old is said to want ‘financial parity with other players of similar status at the club’.
Therefore, while I doubt he’ll be asking for £200k-per-week like Alexandre Lacazette, he might want to edge closer to what Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was earning before he signed for Liverpool, which was apparently around £65k-per-week. Obviously, that’s just speculation on my part though.
Considering Iwobi has only made seven Premier League starts this season and has scored just once, I personally don’t feel as if he’s in the position to be making demands. I rate him, as does Arsene Wenger obviously, and wanting more money is part of football – and life – but hopefully he’s not becoming too big for his boots.