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7th Dec, 2016 | 12:47pm

Arsenal first teamer shares thoughts on 18-hour goal drought

By Matt Farr

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has shared his delight at ending his goal drought against Basel on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old winger scored Arsenal’s fourth goal in the 4-1 win victory over the Swiss side in their final Champions League group-stage game, which saw them qualify for the knockout stages as group winners.

First teamer Iwobi had previously played 17 games in all competitions, almost 18 hours of football, without finding the back of the net this season.

“It’s been a good night,” he told the Daily Star. “I wouldn’t say my goal was a cracker but it was a great assist by Mesut [Ozil].

“It’s felt like a long time coming and it’s always a great feeling to score a goal, but I’m just pleased with the team’s performance and that we were able to finish top of the group.”

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The Nigeria international rose to prominence for Arsenal last season, but has being repaying the continued faith shown in him by manager Arsene Wenger at the start of the campaign.

Iwobi is now considered a regular part of the Arsenal first-team setup, and a valuable asset. He is also become a regular face for the Nigeria national team, and has made five appearances for the senior side this year, scoring once.

He was dropped to the bench for the weekend’s Premier League clash with West Ham, but his performance on his return to the starting XI against Basel is sure to give Arsene Wenger somewhat of a selection headache against Stoke on Saturday.

Wenger is blessed with a number of options in the wide areas, including Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Lucas Perez – who netted a hat-trick on Tuesday night – alongside Iwobi.

In other Arsenal news, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand claims this Gunners star is not the finished article.