Arsenal striker, Alex Iwobi, showed Chipolopolo of Zambia what to expect at the weekend as he scored two goals as the Eagles beat Plateau United 3-0 in a friendly match inside the main bowl of the Abuja National Stadium.
Coach Gernot Rohr, paraded the combination of home based and some foreign based players on the side of Eagles in the first half of the games a selection that was not too impressive.
Super Eagles made the breakthrough in the 40 minutes of the encounter when attacking midfielder Anderson Esiti picked the ball from midfield dribbled two Plateau United players before he fired a low cross to found the back of the net for the Eagle 1-0.
Second half of the game witnessed the first 11 of Eagles players, a selection that brought a lot of changes with outstanding performance from Mikel Obi, Kelechi Ihenancho and Iwobi which eventually yielded expected result.
Iwobi scored the second goal in the 50 minutes of encounter when he received a pass from Ihenancho in the midfield to run past Plateau defender and hit a shot.
One minute into the extra time, Iheanacho’s cross meet Iwobi inside the Plateau United box he however deceived a Plateau defender before he fired a low cross to score the third goal.
Meanwhile, English club Arsenal is reportedly ready to hand Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi a bumper new contract at the Emirates Stadium.
The Nigerian signed a new deal worth £25,000-a-week ($31,000-a-week) in April, but is now in line for a further extension. The new contract offer is a reflection of his ever-increasing importance to the Arsenal cause.
The 20-year-old star has become a key part of Arsene Wenger’s plans this season and is poised for another pay rise, just six months after his last contract extension.
Iwobi is one of the most exciting prospects to have emerged through the Arsenal Academy in recent years and the club are keen to reward his rapid improvement with a healthy contract rise. Likewise, Arsenal are also seeking to reach an agreement with Hector Bellerin, the Spanish right-back who is another academy graduate.
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