Alex Iwobi is “devastated” after Arsenal finally blocked him from featuring for Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
This latest decision thus overrides an earlier position by the London club that Iwobi will be allowed to break pre-season training with them to join the Nigeria Olympic team at their training camp base in the United States of America ahead of the Rio games in August.
A source close to Iwobi said: “Arsenal have taken a decision on Alex, he will not be going to the Olympics with Nigeria.
“The boy himself is very disappointed because he wanted to be in Rio, but Arsenal have the final say on this matter because the competition is not on the FIFA calendar. They want him to start the new season with them.”
Iwobi’s absence adds to the growing list of problems confronting Coach Samson Siasia, who is far from happy with the form of his team and has admitted he cannot confirm the availability of several of the top stars he has penciled down for the summer games like Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi.
The team are slated to face another Rio Olympics-bound team, Mexico, in a warm-up game on Sunday.