Arsenal and Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi was captured on camera at a wild drug-fuelled house party the night before the Gunners’ shock FA Cup exit.
The 21-year-old was videoed screaming and dancing at 2.37am on Saturday in Soho, central London when he ought to be sleeping. Arsenal had an FA third round match against Nottingham Forest, the following day. He was involved in the match which his side lost 4-2.
The star was filmed dancing at the wild bash where partygoers smoked cannabis and inhaled laughing gas.
A Snapchat video circulated among Iwobi’s pals showed him at the bash, captioned: “Shouldn’t Iwobi be sleeping?”
The player has drawn the ire of several Arsenal supporters who are laying into him online
One called it a “disasterclass” while another wrote online: “Get him away from the team. So slow. There is no urgency.”
Arsene Wenger said he will demand an explanation from Iwobi at the club’s London Colney training base on Tuesday with the 21-year-old facing a fine of up to two weeks’ wages. He currently earns around £30,000-a-week.
“If that is true, he will be fined,” said Wenger this morning.
“It is impossible to go out 48 hours before a game. It’s unacceptable. I will have to of course see him to see if that is right or not.
“First of all you have to be cautious with the news coming out, when y!!ou read what is reported it is like he has taken drugs. I do not think… he is not involved in that at all, he has been out at a birthday party. How long has he stayed? That is important. After, I will decide what happens.”
Asked whether he was confident Iwobi had not consumed alcohol or taken part in any drug-related activity amid the report claiming other party-goers smoked cannabis and inhaled laughing gas, Wenger told Standard Sport: “Not at all. If your neighbour takes drugs, what can you do about it? You are responsible for your behaviour, not for the behaviour of your neighbour.
“How did it affect his performance? Who knows that? You must have played football, you know that sometimes you want to prepare 100 per cent but sometimes it is not a guarantee that you will be at your best. But that is what is requested from a top-level professional.”