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Arsène Wenger makes England quip over Arsenal’s in-form Alex Iwobi

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi breaks clear of Stephen Ward of Burnley in the FA Cup tie. Photograph: JMP/Rex/ShutterstockArsenal’s Alex Iwobi breaks clear of Stephen Ward of Burnley in the FA Cup tie. Photograph: JMP/Rex/Shutterstock

Arsène Wenger had time for a lighthearted dig. The England manager, Roy Hodgson, was at the Emirates Stadium to watch Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs but, according to Wenger, he could cast his eye over one that has got away. “Alex Iwobi is one you can miss because he plays for Nigeria now,” the Arsenal manager said. “He should play for England.”

Iwobi was one of the stars of this relatively comfortable 2-1 win for the FA Cup holders, driving with the ball at his feet and prompting the team from the No10 role with some nice touches. The 19-year-old was involved in both of the goals, playing the pass before the assist on each occasion, and when he was substituted in the 71st minute he was warmly applauded.

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