According to the Mirror, Alex Iwobi is on the verge of signing a contract extension at the Emirates that will keep him at Arsenal until 2022.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who has nine goals in 98 appearances for the Gunners, was linked with a move to Lazio over the weekend; the type of rumour that tends to circle just as contract talks are concluding.
It’s not entirely sure when Iwobi’s current deal ends, the evidence suggests 2019 but most reports cite 2020.
In October 2015, Arsenal confirmed that the Nigeria international had signed a new long-term contract after his promising first team breakthrough. Six months later, in April 2016, Arsene Wenger appeared to suggest that the player’s contract ended in 2019.
The Frenchman admitted at the time that he was eager to tie down the Academy graduate to a longer deal.
“He’s a real Arsenal person because he’s been here since the age of eight,” said Wenger.
“He has three years left at the end of the season anyway but we want to keep him here for longer.”
Arsenal never actually announced a new deal. Perhaps a one-year extension and a pay rise snuck in under the radar? Maybe Arsene got his maths wrong?
Transfermarkt, usually pretty accurate when it comes to contracts, list his current deal as ending in 2020.
Either way, it looks as though Iwobi, who has returned from his post-World Cup holiday to join the tour of Singapore, could be the latest member of Unai Emery’s first team squad to double down on his commitment to the cause. A raft of players have signed new terms since the turn of the year, an obvious boon for squad stability.
As things stand the only major questions mark is over the future of Aaron Ramsey. His contract is up next summer. It looks as though that one could go to the wire.