Alex Iwobi would reject a big-money approach from Barcelona in order to stay at Arsenal, according to his father Chuka.
The 20-year-old has been a regular in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI this season despite only turning 20 earlier this year and his impressive performances have also seen him capped by Nigeria.
Iwobi is currently away on international duty with Nigeria set to face Algeria in World Cup Qualifying on Saturday and Iwobi senior says he has no interest in leaving Arsenal whatsoever at the moment.
“In football, you never say no. But at this point in time, he is at the right place,” he told AfricanFootball.com
“He’s doing well at Arsenal, but should any club come for him now, the answer would certainly be no,” said Iwobi senior.
“For him now, it’s not about the money. So, should a club like Barcelona come with more money, he will certainly stay back at Arsenal because now it is not about him making money, it’s about him concentrating on his career, progressing and going on to the next stage.”
Iwobi also insisted he sees his son playing for Arsenal for a long time, having been at the club since he was a boy.
“I took him to Arsenal when he was six and they signed when he was eight. All he has known is Arsenal. He has never gone on loan, he has always been with Arsenal,” he added.
“He has broken into the first team and what they all talk about is his humility. Personally, that’s very important because when a player starts getting arrogant that’s when the player fails.
“It’s been good, God has been great. I see him being in Arsenal for very many, many years.”
Iwobi’s words will be warmly welcomed by all at Arsenal who have seen plenty of players lured away in recent seasons. However, that trend appears to be reversing with Hector Bellerin, another player who looks set to spurn interest from Barcelona in favour of staying in north London.