Wenger praises young Arsenal star, admits defender could leave

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been quick to praise Alex Iwobi after his side beat Sunderland 3-1 in the FA Cup and has admitted that Mathieu Debuchy could leave the North London club this month.

The Gunners progressed to the fourth round of the cup competition after beating the Black Cats at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.

19-year-old Iwobi was given a rare chance to feature in the place of the rested Mesut Ozil and put in an industrious display for the current Premier League leaders.

Wenger praised the young star in the aftermath of the win, stating that he is showing maturity.

“I liked the timing of his passes,” the Frenchman told the club’s official website.

“In the middle of the park that is a vital quality and that fact he plays forward and sees [things]. As a young boy he is not afraid to come on and that is not easy.”

Meanwhile the Gunners boss also admitted that Debuchy could depart North London this month in a search for regular first-team football.

The former Newcastle right-back has fallen behind Hector Bellerin in the manager’s preferences and needs to play regularly if he is to be part of France’s squad for next summer’s Euro 2016 competition.

“It is a possibility. I said that in the press conference the other day,” Wenger stated when asked if Debuchy may leave this month.

Arsenal have had a strong season to date and have an excellent chance to become English champions for the first time since 2004.