Alex Iwobi has hit back at the ‘fake news’ being spread around the internet this morning based on twisted quotes from the winger.
Iwobi spoke to the media this week about several topics, including the rumours linking Arsenal to Wilfried Zaha.
The S*n and the Daily Mail (who else?) then twisted his words to come up with headlines like “‘I would have no choice but to leave’: Alex Iwobi warns Arsenal he will QUIT if they sign £80m-rated Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha”.
Iwobi hit back on Twitter to call the headlines ‘fake news’ and ‘clickbait’:
Fake News & Click Bait! I Don’t know Why Some Newspapers Enjoy Twisting Words 🤷🏽♂️🙄. I Hope We Sign World Class Players @Arsenal And Progress As A Team 🙏🏽. I’m Looking Forward To The New Season. Happy Sunday 😊. pic.twitter.com/xcadu8t2kC
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) July 21, 2019
Let’s have a look at what the winger actually said (via Metro, because I’m not giving the Mail or The S*n more clicks).
“Whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting,” Iwobi said. “But it’s going to be difficult if Zaha comes. He will add more stress.
“I am up for the fight but the only time I would consider leaving is if I am not playing as much as I would like to. Obviously, my joy is to play football and not just sit out.
“If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play – that is what I’ve done all my life.”
To anyone with half a brain, it’s clear that Iwobi means he’d leave if he was being forced to sit out, not if Zaha joined. The two English outlets just saw an opportunity to misuse that part of the quote for attention.
At the end of the day, Iwobi has been with Arsenal since he was a young child. He’s a fan like the rest of us who just wants his team to do well.
The 23-year-old will surely be glad to see the Gunners adding to their options, he just has his playing career to think about as well. If he’s not playing, it would be in everyone’s interest for Iwobi to move on, but that’s not the situation we’re in right now.