Red raw: Iwobi has showed encouraging signs in his few senior starts

By Alex Taylor

Arsenal star Alex Iwobi is in line for a bumper new contract six months after signing his previous deal, according to report.

The Irish Mirror claim that Iwobi, 20, is set to open talks with the club about improved terms after establishing himself as a first-team regular at the Emirates.

It is said the winger put pen to paper on a £25,000-a-week deal in April but will be rewarded with a pay rise and a new contract if he maintains his current form.

Iwobi has already featured seven times for the Gunners this season, providing three assists across five Premier League and two Champions League fixtures.

The versatile forward has adapted to first-team football comfortably and can operate as both a left and right midfield player, as well a filling a central striking position.

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The report says that Iwobi is one of four Arsenal players who the club want to tie to a new contract along with Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Iwobi has now played 28 times for the Arsenal first team, scoring two goals and providing six assists across 1,574 minutes of action.

The youngster is one of several emerging talents in north London vying for a starting place in Arsene Wenger’s side.

Chuba Akpom, Rob Holding and Jeff Reine-Adélaïde are all in contention for first-team positions under the French boss this term.

In other Arsenal news, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has stated that Laurent Koscielny’s last-gasp winner for Arsenal against Burnley on Sunday was legitimate.