Alex Iwobi has admitted he’s always seen himself as a midfielder rather than a wide player but admitted he’s happy to play anywhere in quotes that are ripe for naughty headlines.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal keeps the ball in during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 11: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal keeps the ball in during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

In fact, it was a naughty headline exclaiming “I’m played out of position at Arsenal,” that lured me in only to read he didn’t really say that at all.

“I’m happy to play anywhere, I will play wherever I’m told to play,” Iwobi said from Nigeria’s base in Egypt.

“Growing up I’ve been playing as an attacking midfielder, more central in the midfield. I wouldn’t say if I’m most comfortable there but that’s where I grew up playing.

“I’ve always seen myself as a midfielder but wherever I’m being told to play in the middle or somewhere, I will always give my best.”

Speaking last week, Iwobi said that Manchester City are most likely the favourites for the title in the 19/20 season.

”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 play Cameroon on Saturday in the AFCON playoffs.

Iwobi has featured in all three of Nigeria’s games so far but has played the full 90 only once.

He started their last game, against Madagascar, on the bench. Although that followed reports his teammates wanted him dropped this was more likely to do with tournament squad management and we will see him start again at the weekend.

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