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5th Jan, 2017 | 9:59pm

Arsenal fans react on Twitter as 20-year-old wins prestigious award

By Matt Farr

Arsenal and Nigeria winger Alex Iwobi has been named Youth Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The 20-year-old made his breakthrough at Arsenal last season, but has established himself as a first-team regular and Arsene Wenger-favourite this term.

He has made 24 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners this term, contributing three goals and three assists.

CAF revealed the award winner via their official Twitter account on Thursday night.

Iwobi has also become a central figure for the Nigeria national team, making eight appearances for the senior side and scoring one goal, having previously represented England at youth level.

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Arsenal fans have been full of praise for Iwobi this season, and took to social media to congratulate their young star on his achievement.

Here are some of their messages on Twitter:

While the Africa Cup of Nations is set to take place this month, Arsene Wenger will still have Iwobi at his disposal as Nigeria failed to qualify for the competition.

His prolonged availability is a major boost to the Gunners boss, who will be looking to rotate his options as they seek to challenge on three different fronts.

Arsenal face Preston in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, before their Premier League title challenge resumes on January 14.

They face Bayern Munich, meanwhile, in the Champions League knockout-stages on February 15.

The Youth Player of the Year award was first introduced in 2014, and Iwobi is the third Nigerian international to win the award.

In other Arsenal news, the Gunners have been handed a major boost as this sidelined star could return to face Preston.