Alex Iwobi slams ‘fake news’ over Zaha-Arsenal concerns

Alex Iwobi has slammed “fake news” reports claiming that he may leave Arsenal should they sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.

Iwobi, who came through the Arsenal youth ranks, enjoyed a solid campaign under Unai Emery last term compared to what he previously experienced during the Arsene Wenger era.

The Nigeria international ended up making 51 appearances in all competitions, while scoring six times and assisting on nine occasions.

Despite his upturn in fortunes at the Emirates Stadium, The Sun newspaper quoted Iwobi saying that Zaha’s potential arrival this summer “would add more stress” for a spot down the Arsenal wing.

The English tabloid, which has been sued by footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo in the past for false allegations, suggested Iwobi could leave Arsenal as a result.

“I am up for the fight but the only time I would consider leaving is if I am not playing as much as I would like to,” The Sun quoted Iwobi as saying.

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But the 23-year-old has come out on social media to deny he ever said such things.

“Fake news and click bait! I don’t know why some newspapers enjoy twisting words,” Iwobi wrote on Twitter.

“I hope we sign world-class players and Arsenal progress as a team. I’m looking forward to the new season. Happy Sunday.”

Although progress for Zaha’s transfer to Arsenal hasn’t been great in recent weeks, with Palace allegedly setting a €100m price tag for their star player.

The former Manchester United winger, though, is understood to be in favour of an Arsenal move. Apparently, he handed in a transfer request to force the transfer to go through.

Should things go to plan, Zaha could become one of the “three or four” players that Gunners boss Emery plans on signing this summer.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on April 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on April 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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