BY MONICA IHEAKAM
Arsenal icon, Thierry Henry, has heaped accolades on Super Eagles youngster, Alex Iwobi, predicting that he can be the leading star at Emirates Stadium.
Henry, is backing Arsene Wenger’s belief that Arsenal does not need services of Dimitri Payet insisting that 20-year -old Iwobi ,can be just as good as the West Ham rebel.
The France playmaker is refusing to play for the Hammers as he looks to push through a move to former club Marseille after turning down a huge, £500,000-a-week offer from China.
Wenger, a fan of Payet, says he does not need to buy another attacking midfielder insisting that Iwobi has impressed in an advanced role for the north London outfit this season.
Henry told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t think Arsenal need a player like Payet at the moment.
‘They have Iwobi who could be like Payet in a few years’ time, he has been good for Arsenal playing through the middle.
‘Iwobi needs games to fulfil his potential and signing a player like Payet could limit his playing time, and it could spell doom for his development.’
Henry’s comments comes after Wenger said Arsenal will not make a move for want away West Ham star Payet and are unlikely to do any transfer business this month.
‘I don’t need Payet because we have so many creative players,’ said Wenger during his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
‘I rate Payet, of course. We have many players offensively that can play in this position. You’re interested in the quality of the player, but there has to be a need too.
Iwobi has made 26 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring three goals.
Rooney breaks Man Utd all-time leading scorer record
Wayne Rooney has overtaken Sir Bobby Charlton at the top of the Manchester United goalscoring charts after netting his 250th goal for the club.
The England international struck in added time against Stoke City on January 21 to become United’s greatest ever goalscorer.
Rooney managed to rescue a point for his side with a sensational curled free-kick from the left-wing as Stoke seemed set to secure three points against United.
But the club captain stepped up to bend a free-kick past Lee Grant in the Stoke net to end Stoke’s hopes and break Charlton’s record. And he even showed his usual spirit and demand to win, foregoing an extended celebration as he called on his players to collect the ball and push for a win.
They were unable to with only a minute and a half left on the clock at the Bet365 Stadium.