According to The Times, Arsenal will reward Alex Iwobi’s first team breakthrough with an improved contract just six months after the Nigerian international committed his future to the club.
The 19-year-old signed a new deal in October after impressing during pre-season friendlies and has since made 14 appearances in all competitions this season.
It’s claimed that the Nigerian international, who scored his first Premier League goal in a man-of-the-match performance against Everton on Saturday, could see his pay packet rise to £10,000 a week.
Arseblog News is slightly skeptical about the detail in The Times report – not because we think improved terms aren’t a real possibility – but because it neglects to mention the contract penned in October and claims the Gunners academy graduate is currently on £750 a week; a figure that seems very low given he was elevated to the first team at the start of the season.
It wouldn’t be the first time Arsene Wenger has quickly nailed down the future of a flourishing talent. In 2013, Serge Gnabry was handed a five-year deal – reportedly worth £20,000 a week – just a month after opening his account at Swansea. The German under-21 international has struggled ever since with injuries stunting his development.