Alex Iwobi believes that Manchester City are favourites to win the Premier League title next season to retain their crown.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City in action with Alex Iwobi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal FC at The King Power Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City in action with Alex Iwobi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal FC at The King Power Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Finishing 28 points behind Manchester City and with only around £40m to spend this summer, nobody is tipping Arsenal to make a title challenge next season. Not even their own players.

”Everyone thought that [City would run away with the title] last season, but Liverpool give them a tough challenge as well,” Iwobi said. “So, you never know what could happen.

”I’m sure every club’s going to invest and try and get their team right. Pre-season’s coming up really soon, so everyone’s trying to get ready for the season to start.

”It’s hard to say right now whether Man City are going to dominate, but they could be favourites, considering they won it again.”

Nigeria players reportedly wanted Alex Iwobi dropped in favour of Ahmed Musa before their game against Guinea on Wednesday in the Africa Cup of Nations.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

SCORENigeria claimed that sources in Egypt, where the AFCON is currently taking place, “have been pushing for Ahmed Musa to start ahead of Alex Iwobi.”

They believe that Musa has the speed needed for a long-ball counter-attacking game while Iwobi is more comfortable drifting into the middle.

“Ahmed Musa is the man for the big occasion as he has shown at the last two World Cups,” the unnamed source told SCORENigeria

“And you could also see the urgency he brought to the attack in the game against Burundi when he came on.”

The Arsenal forward started for his country against Guinea but was replaced after 78 minutes while Musa also started and finished the game. The 23-year-old is making his first appearance at the competition and played the full 90 in their first game against Burundi.

Nigeria won both games 1-0.

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