Arsene Wenger has revealed the reason Alex Iwobi opted for Nigeria ahead of England.
The 21year old has featured for England youth sides on several occasions before he chose to represent Nigeria at senior level and his coach at club level knows just why.
According to Wenger, England were slow in negotiating with Iwobi and that led him to represent Nigeria.
He said: “He had the potential to play for England and for Nigeria.
“Today he looks very happy with Nigeria. When I speak to him, he’s had very positive experiences.
“He brings his quality to Nigeria – he’s absolutely a creative player going forward. He’s very strong in small spaces and he’s starting to score goals as well.
He had the potential to play for England and for Nigeria.
“For a while it was open between England and Nigeria, and England didn’t really push for Alex during that period. Nigeria were more willing to have him. I’ve seen many times that sons of parents from Nigeria want to go back to their parents’ country.”