In a stern response to allegations of forward Alex Iwobi’s attendance at a purported drug-fueled house party, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger declared that the player would face disciplinary action if the claims were substantiated. The incident reportedly took place on the eve of Arsenal’s surprising 4-2 defeat to Championship club Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.
Addressing the matter during a press conference preceding Arsenal’s first-leg Carabao Cup encounter against Chelsea, Wenger conveyed his displeasure, stating, “If that is true, he will be fined. It’s unacceptable. I will have to see him and see if that is right or not.”
Wenger, who is presently serving a three-match touchline ban, expressed his anticipation for a bounce-back performance against Chelsea. Despite acknowledging his team’s subpar display against Forest, he underscored the importance of constructive criticism.
“We take the criticism on board and want to respond in a positive way. We’re in the last four, and I would love to win [the Carabao Cup] because we are now in the semi-final. If there’s an opportunity, we will try to take it,” Wenger affirmed.
Responding to speculations about Alexis Sanchez’s potential move to Manchester City, Wenger remained focused on the upcoming game, asserting, “I expect nothing. I am focused on tomorrow’s game. It’s not a big influence on the performance of our team.”
Wenger also addressed transfer rumors, stating, “We don’t have an agreement with anybody. The transfer window should be banned to keep our life a bit more focused on football.”
Regarding contract negotiations with Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil, Wenger offered a succinct update, “No news, we are working on it. When we have news, we will get back to you.”