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Gunners star to potentially miss start of 2016/17 EPL season

Alex Iwobi's potential selection to Nigeria's 2016 Olympic squad would mean he would miss the start of next season's club campaign

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Alex Iwobi has quickly validated the trust placed in him by manager Arsene Wenger by scoring in consecutive league matches, and looks to have a firm place in the club's future plans. However, the Nigerian forward might have to pause his club career, albeit briefly, at the start of next season if he's selected to his country's Olympic team:

"I am looking forward to the forthcoming Olympics and if I am invited, I will do my best to make a meaningful contribution," Iwobi, who is expected to be offered a new contract, told

"I believe that Nigeria has a crop of excellent players who are capable of doing great things at the Olympics. Coach Samson Siasia deserves a lot of praise for securing a place for the nation at the Olympics."

The first match of the Rio Olympics starts on August 3rd, a mere 10 days before the start of the EPL season, and if they make it all the way to the Gold Medal match, he'll be away from the club through August 20th. Given his recent form and selection to Nigeria's national team, it appears safe to assume that Iwobi might be missing a healthy chunk of time during a portion of the fixture list that has, as of lately, caused Arsenal a bit of headache.