Alex Iwobi ready to ‘fight’ for place at Arsenal if Wilfried Zaha completes transfer

first_imgAlex Iwobi ready to ‘fight’ for place at Arsenal if Wilfried Zaha completes transfer Arsenal had an opening bid for Wilfried Zaha rejected by Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Alex Iwobi has claimed he’s ready to ‘fight’ for his place if Wilfried Zaha completes a move to Arsenal this summer.Zaha is among Emery’s top attacking targets and Arsenal have had an opening offer of around £40million rejected for the 26-year-old Crystal Palace forward.It’s understood Palace are holding out for a fee closer to their £80m valuation of Zaha, but the Gunners remain hopeful of landing the Ivory Coast international.Zaha, a lifelong Arsenal fan, reportedly told Palace that he’s desperate to leave after returning from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked about the added competition a player like Zaha would bring, Iwobi told The Sun: ‘I am not one to chicken out,’AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have had it all over the years, being told I’m not good enough. Iwobi feels ‘more comfortable’ playing as an attacking midfielderIwobi has opened up the possibility of playing more centrally for Arsenal, a position where he feels ‘more comfortable’.‘I was still at school when I was hearing [I wouldn’t make it at Arsenal],’ he added.‘Maybe you think: “Football is not for you and you don’t want to play no more.” But it’s good to have that self-motivation to believe you can prove your critics wrong.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But I do play in a different position for Nigeria, as an attacking midfielder with a sense of freedom. I am more comfortable there.‘However, if I’m told to play on the left or the right, or left-back, like I have sometimes, I will always do my best.’MORE: Emery breaks silence on Saliba as Arsenal close in on transfer Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Iwobi admits he could be forced to leave Arsenal if Wilfried Zaha takes his place‘So whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting. But it’s going to be difficult if Zaha comes. He will add more stress.‘Obviously my joy is to play football and not just sit out.‘If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play – that is what I’ve done all my life.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jul 2019 10:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link677Shareslast_img

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