Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has revealed that Super Eagles rising star Alex Iwobi was never farmed out on loan because the attacking midfielder showed maturity beyond his years when he was handed a first team opportunity.
In the past, the Gunners have loaned out the likes of Ashley Cole (Crystal Palace), Jack Wilshere (Bolton), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) and Chuba Akpom (Hull City) to assist them adjust to the rigours of Premier League football.
“Everybody’s career is different – the maturing phase is different for everyone, ” Wenger told arsenal.com when quizzed about the Nigerian.
“Some stand still and then suddenly have an acceleration in the speed of their maturity which allows them to get straight into the first team. ”
The Frenchman added : “Some take advantage of situations where players are injured.
“You give them a chance and they don’t need to go through the loan step because they have been given an acceleration to the first team.”
Iwobi, 20, has made 43 appearances for the first team of Arsenal since his debut about a year ago.