Arsenal Party-Boy Alex Iwobi Will Be Punished For 'Unacceptable' Behavior Says Arsene Wenger

Alex Iwobi will be fined by Arsenal after footage emerged of him partying in the early hours before the team was knocked out of the FA Cup in a shock defeat, says Arsene Wenger.

A video, captured on Snapchat and published by The Sun on Monday (January 8), showed the 21-year-old dancing at a party at 2.37 a.m. the night before facing Nottingham Forest.

Iwobi played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal, the Cup holders, were knocked out in a shock defeat in the third round, with Wenger saying his behavior would not be tolerated.

"That is true. He will be fined. It is impossible to go out 48 hours before a game. It is unacceptable," Wenger said, as quoted by ESPN.

However, the Arsenal coach then went on to play down the report in The Sun, which alleged the use of cannabis and laughing gas at the party in Soho, London.

"When you read what is reported it's like he has taken drugs," Wenger added. "He's not involved in that at all. He's been out at a birthday party.

"How long has he stayed? That is, of course, very important. After, I will decide what happens."

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Alex Iwobi at the Emirates Stadium, London, December 2, 2017. Iwobi is set to be punished by Arsenal for partying the night before Arsenal's exit from the FA Cup. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour was not as forgiving. Speaking on talkSPORT radio, Parlour said: "He probably moved better on the dancefloor than he did at Nottingham Forest."

The defeat at the City Ground was Iwobi's 18th appearance of the season for Arsenal after breaking into the first-team in 2015. The Nigeria international has scored just once this season, in a 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in October when he was particularly influential.

Iwobi has been deployed as a wing-back by Wenger this season as the Frenchman frequently plays three at the back. In an interview with the Evening Standard earlier this season, he said he was adapting to the new role, where he featured against Nottingham Forest.

"I never played it [three at the back] as a youngster growing up. I have played several ­positions in it—left wing-back, left off the forward, central midfield," he said. "Whatever role I get told to play, I just have to adapt to it and play."

Iwobi's actions will make him a doubt to feature in the first leg of Arsenal's League Cup semifinal against Chelsea on Wednesday (January 10) at Stamford Bridge. The second leg will take place on January 24 at the Emirates Stadium.