Arsenal Star Alex Iwobi Admits He Has To ‘knuckle Down And Become More Professional’ After Signing New Five-year Contract At The Club

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Arsenal Star Alex Iwobi Admits He Has To ‘knuckle Down And Become More Professional’ After Signing New Five-year Contract At The Club

ALEX IWOBI admits he must become “more professional and knuckle down” following the fallout over his late-night partying shame.

The Nigerian World Cup star concedes he has to prove himself all over again under new Arsenal boss Unai Emery after sparking fury from fans last season.

Getty Alex Iwobi has agreed a five-year contract with Arsenal and knows he has a lot still left to do

Instagram @alexanderiwobi The Nigerian international has come a long way since he first started supporting the Gunners

He was snapped at a wild drug-fuelled house party in January — just a day before the Gunners’ woeful 4-2 FA Cup third-round defeat to Championship club Nottingham Forest.

Then-manager Arsene Wenger slammed his antics as “unacceptable” and promised to fine him.

However, Wenger refused to axe him, despite angry supporters branding the player a “waste of space”, an “idiot” and calling for him to be sacked.

Now, as Iwobi prepares for the new season under Wenger’s Spanish successor, he has spoken about the incident for the first time.

Getty Alex Iwobi is bounding into the new season full of confidence after agreeing a new deal at the Emirates

He confessed: “I received deserved criticism, of course. I have to be more professional.

“I am not this young boy any more as I have been in the Premier League for three seasons now, so the expectations are always going to grow the older you get.

“I have to be professional and knuckle down, and not let any distraction affect me.”

The Gunners midfielder, 22, was filmed dancing at the bash in Soho where some partygoers smoked cannabis and inhaled laughing gas.

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