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Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Nigeria pushing to convince talented Arsenal teenager to pick them over England

Nigeria are 'accelerating their attempts' to convince Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka to pick them over England, according to a report.
Nigeria's fans hold a banner reading "World Unites Against Boko Haram" before the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO

Boko Haram killed both parents but 17yo winger using faith and Mesut Ozil to...

Nur Mohammed suffered the devastating loss of both his parents at the hands of Boko Haram but says it was football that helped console him while Mesut Ozil serves as his role model.
Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka leaves Arsenal's Colney training centre north of London on May 20, 2020 as training continues for Premier League clubs with a June re-start the intention during the COVID-19 pandemic. - Teams have started socially-distanced training in small groups this week, but several Premier League stars have expressed concerns about plans to resume the season. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Manager will not 'beg' superb young Arsenal star to play for them

Nigeria will not 'beg' Bukayo Saka to play for them with the Arsenal youngster eligible to represent both the Super Eagles and the Lions. Saka...
Chuba Akpom during PAOK's 4-0 win over OFI Crete on Sunday 27th January 2019, via PAOKFC.gr

Former Gunner explains his plan to get in the Nigeria national team

Chuba Akpom knows he needs to fight to get back into the PAOK starting lineup if he wants a chance to play for the Nigeria national team.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal and Andreas Pereira of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on September 30, 2019, in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Supremely talented Arsenal star youngster admits he has a choice to make

Bukayo Saka hasn't decided if he'll play for England or Nigeria internationally, having featured for the former at youth level.

Alex Iwobi suffers semi-final AFCON elimination: Will begin holiday after third-place playoff

Alex Iwobi suffered a heartbreaking elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday, meaning he has one more match until he finally begins his holiday.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria during the International Friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Alex Iwobi scores winner for Nigeria against Cameroon

Alex Iwobi netted a 66th-minute winner for his side as they beat Cameroon 3-2 on Saturday in the Africa Cup of Nations play-off.

Is spitting really the worst thing that happens in football?

On Sunday night there was uproar across the footballing world because a Cameroon player spat at an England one but less was said about the tackle on Steph Houghton that could have left her like Abou Diaby, so what's that about?
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal scores his sides goal pass goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Alex Iwobi 3rd most valuable player in Nigeria AFCON squad

Alex Iwobi has been named as the third most valuable Nigerian included in their AFCON squad.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Jaden Brown of Tottenham Hotspur beats Joseph Olowu during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal 19-year-old picks Nigeria over England and could leave this summer

Arsenal's young defender, Joseph Olowu, has opted to represent Nigeria instead of England.
Nigeria's firward Alex Iwobi (R) fights for the ball with Seychelles' forward Gervais Waye-Hive during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier final match between Nigeria and Seychelles, in Asaba, Delta State, on March 22, 2019. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Alex Iwobi wants to match this achievement by uncle Jay-Jay Okocha

Alex Iwobi wants to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Jay-Jay Okocha by winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria this summer.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria during the International Friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Alex Iwobi key this summer

Alex Iwobi has been hailed as 'key' to Nigeria's hopes at this summer's AFCON tournament by the Super Eagles former coach, Sunday Oliseh.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria during the International Friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

'Much improved performance': Criticised Arsenal star wins fans over on international duty

Alex Iwobi started his second match of the international break for Nigeria on Tuesday, and he won more praise for his performance than in the first.
VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal star criticised for performance on international duty

Alex Iwobi started in a 3-1 win for Nigeria on Friday, but his performance has been criticised in the country despite their victory.

Nigeria boss names Alex Iwobi as possible replacement for this legend

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr insists he's not worried about lacking quality in midfield, with John Obi Mikel's future up in the air, because he has three players in mind as replacements.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria during the International Friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal star gets new kit private preview

Alex Iwobi will preview Nigeria's new kit alongside Leicester City's Wilifred Onyinye in a ceremony in London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria during the International Friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Alex Iwobi gets private preview of new kit

Alex Iwobi will preview Nigeria's new kit alongside Leicester City's Wilifred Onyinye in a ceremony in London.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria controls the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Croatia and Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Former player says national team should build their side around Arsenal star

John Fashanu thinks Nigeria should build their team for the African Cup of Nations around Alex Iwobi, after the 22-year-old's recent upturn in form.
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)

Chelsea defender insists Arsenal star can help lead their country to trophies

Chelsea loanee Kenneth Omeruo thinks Alex Iwobi has improved significantly in recent months, and that will help give Nigeria a 'big chance' in the Africa Cup of Nations.

17-year-old winger could make home debut for Arsenal against Qarabag

17-year-old Bukayo Saka could make his home debut when the Gunners face Qarabag at the Emirates on Thursday night.

Iwobi sends message to Nigeria fans for Independence Day

Alex Iwobi sent a message to all the Nigerian Arsenal fans for their Independence Day on Monday.

Arsenal move for 3 exciting Nigerian starlets who scored 3 goals this week

Arsenal are ‘locked in a chase’ for young Nigerian starlet Akinkunmi Amoo as well as Samson Tijani and Olatomi Olaniyan according to media reports in the country.

Arsenal man won't be replaced in national squad

Nigeria’s manager Gernot Rohr won’t call up any replacements for Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and William Troost Ekong, who all withdrew from the Super Eagles squad for their AFCON qualifier.

Arsenal register 11 Nigerians for Premier League

Arsenal have named their Premier League squad for the season and it contains 11 Nigerians.

Arsenal youngster reacts to receiving his first senior international call up

Kelechi Nwakali is pleased to have received his first official senior call up for Nigeria, after he was named in the squad to face Seychelles next week.

USA move to ‘steal’ 17-year-old ‘top Arsenal scholar’ from England

The USA Soccer Federation has called up Forlain Balogun for their u18 team ahead of a tournament in the Czech Republic, ‘leap-frogging’ England and Nigeria who are both interested in the player.

Arsenal star sends message to teammate after international retirement

Alex Iwobi has sent a message to Nigerian teammate Victor Moses, after the Chelsea winger announced his retirement from international football this week.

Arsenal 22-year-old agrees deal

Alex Iwobi has agreed a deal to become an ambassador for DStv.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: Alex Iwobi of Nigeria controls the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Croatia and Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

I didn’t do well – Arsenal star admits World Cup issues

Alex Iwobi admitted that he ‘didn’t do well’ against Croatia but admits being played out of position is a ‘sacrifice’.

Podcast: Iwobi World Cup woes, Arsenal-less France disappoint

In this second podcast of our summer World Cup series, Anita recaps day three of the action which featured France v Australia, Argentina v Iceland, Peru v Denmark and her home country, Croatia against Alex Iwobi's Nigeria. Sylvain Jamet also makes a surprise appearance to discuss an Arsenal-less France's opening game.
during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on May 9, 2018 in Leicester, England.

'Show me that I'm right': Aubameyang calls out Arsenal teammate

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has called on club teammate Alex Iwobi to prove him right to support Nigeria at this year's World Cup, with a post on social media.

FIFA say 'no!' to Arsenal man going to World Cup

Kelechi Nwakali can't travel with his country to the World Cup this summer, despite calls for him to go after an impressive performance against Atletico Madrid.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal and Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium on February 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

National manager 'considering his options' after Arsenal midfielder's form causes 'major worry'

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr is concerned about Alex Iwobi's recent form at Arsenal, according to reports in the country.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal and Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium on February 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal star criticised by national team manager

Alex Iwobi has been criticised by the Nigeria national team manger for trying to be too individual and do too much on his own.

Tearful ex-Arsenal forward proves critics wrong with 3rd award

Ex-Arsenal forward, Asisat Oshoala, tearfully accepted her third CAF African Player of the Year award on Thursday.

Specially designed boots + cash prizes: Arsenal 19-year-old sponsors football tournament

Kelechi Nwakali, who's currently on loan at VVV Venlo, has sponsored a football tournament in his home town of Eziobodo, Nigeria.

Alex Iwobi admits he wishes he could do this

Alex Iwobi has two simple aims at Arsenal: play more games and score more goals.

Arsene Wenger accuses England of not doing enough to keep Arsenal man

Arsene Wenger reckons England didn't push hard enough to secure Alex Iwobi when they had the chance.

Arsenal midfielder recounts the historic goal he scored for the national team

Alex Iwobi has admitted that he almost cried after scoring his historic goal for Nigeria last month.

These are the nine Arsenal players currently away in the international break

Nine Arsenal players have been called up for their countries for their upcoming international matches.