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Arsenal star in contention to win prestigious UEFA award
Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 UEFA Golden Boy Award following his breakthrough year at the Emirates.
Iwobi has been with Arsenal his entire career having joined the club as a child and progressed through the youth ranks before making his debut for the first team in the League Cup back in 2013.
However, 2016 has been the 20-year-old’s breakthrough year as he forced his way in to Arsene Wenger’s starting eleven during the second half of last season and has continue to impress on the left wing during the early stages of this campaign.
His potential has been rewarded as Iwobi was been named on a 39-man shortlist for the UEFA Golden Boy Award today but the Gunners youngster will face some stiff competition from throughout Europe.
Premier League stars such as Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli also feature on the shortlist while Real Madrid youngster Marco Asensio and Bayer Munich duo Kingsley Coman and Renato Sanches are also in the running.
The Golden Boy Award is handed to the brightest young talents in European football and has become a prestigious prize with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Mario Gotze, Raheem Sterling and Anthony Martial all winning the award in past years so it would be great for Iwobi to join such an impressive list of names.
Here is the full list of players up for the 2016 award: