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Arsenal star happy to play for Nigeria

11 November 2015, 13:11

Abuja - Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi is excited to be in the Nigeria senior squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Swaziland.

The 19-year old is one of 24 players called up for Nigeria's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Swaziland, and had his first training session for the game with the squad on Tuesday evening at the Abuja National Stadium and expressed his delight at being a part of the group afterwards.

"I'm happy to be here, I want to help my country do well and qualify for the World Cup," he told News24.

Iwobi got his first call to the Nigerian set-up when he was called to the Nigerian U23's last year, but never got to play in a competitive game for them. He made his senior debut in a friendly against the Democratic Republic of Nigeria last month and says he wants to continue being in the Nigeria squad.

"It will be a pleasure and honour to keep playing for my country. I have to keep working hard at my club and hope to get more opportunities with the first team and hopefully it translates to me getting more national calls," he said.

The winger is highly rated at the Emirates and has been tipped as a star in the near future for the Gunners, but he only made his competitive senior debut against Sheffield Wednesday in a 3-0 Capital One Cup loss in October.

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