Second-year scholar Alex Iwobi has been added to Arsenal’s squad for tonight’s Capital One Cup tie away to West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
The versatile youngster, who has been allocated the squad number 60 for this campaign, was mightily impressive in last week’s UEFA Youth League victory over Marseille and earns a senior call-up despite the fact that he is yet to receive a professional contract.
An England U17 international who is the nephew of former Bolton Wanderers player Jay-Jay Okocha, Iwobi is also eligible to play for Nigeria. He can play as a striker or a playmaker, but is usually deployed as a winger, where he uses his pace and trickery to beat opponents. The youngster has made a positive start to the season having been promoted to the U21 set-up and joins fellow second-string players Chuba Akpom, Hector Bellerin, Thomas Eisfeld, Isaac Hayden and Kristoffer Olsson in the squad for tonight’s fixture.
There is some experience in the squad in the form of Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Flamini, whilst Nicklas Bendtner is also included. Lukasz Fabianski has recovered from injury and is expected to start with Emiliano Viviano making the bench. Ju-Young Park has also been included in the squad despite only returning to full training last week.
Arsenal squad for tonight’s fixture:
Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta, Emiliano Viviano, Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Flamini, Lukasz Fabianski, Nicklas Bendtner, Carl Jenkinson, Ju-Young Park, Ryo, Chuba Akpom, Hector Bellerin, Thomas Eisfeld, Serge Gnabry, Isaac Hayden, Kristoffer Olsson, Alex Iwobi.