Arsenal attacker, Alex Iwobi has escaped with a mild spanking on the back from The Gunners’ manager, Arsene Wenger, as the Frenchman says he only gave the lad an ‘individual’ punishment for attending a late party few hours to an important game.
Though Wenger had initially hinted that he would fine Iwobi, he did not throw further light on the type of punishment he gave the Super Eagles star, who he went ahead to start in Wednesday’s crunch Carabao Cup semi-final first leg away to Chelsea.
Iwobi turned in a remarkable performance, which belied any ripple effects of a face-off with the gaffer, and Wenger stated afterwards that he does not have to overstretch any punitive measures he dishes out to his players.
The 21-year-old Iwobi made his 19th appearance in all competitions this term against Chelsea, but he is still searching for his first goal since October 2017.
He will again hope to be in action when The Gunners line out for their EPL fixture this weekend and when they face their London neighbours in the semi-final second leg at Emirates Stadium.
All this is despite initial fears that Iwobi would not even make the match day squad away to Chelsea, after he partied before the FA Cup elimination by Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Wenger, however, explained his lenient actions, saying: ”It is one thing to punish someone individually. I do not have to justify every decision, I have managed over 1,000 games.”