Alex Iwobi was not able to score the goals to send Arsenal to the Champions League last season, but he has netted the vital strike to take Nigeria to the World Cup.

Gunners winger Iwobi notched his first goal of the season against Brighton before the international break and continued this flurry in front of the net on his return to his homeland.

Alex Iwobi

The Super Eagles needed a win against Zambia to confirm their place at the show piece tournament in Russia next summer.

And after a frustrating 66 minutes, Salisu Yusuf called for Iwobi from the bench – and four minutes later he was a national hero.

Iwobi slid a stunning low strike under the Zambian keeper to send the home fans into delirium.

And social media were very quick to point out Iwobi will be going to the World Cup, while Lionel Messi might miss out with Argentina.

Here is the best of their responses from Arsenal fans and players…

Danny Welbeck, England international and Iwobi’s team mate at Arsenal wrote, “Alex Iwobi has scored a goal to take his National team to the world cup. Over to you Lionel Messi, be the Argentinian Alex Iwobi.”

Another Arsenal star Mohammed Elneny reacted this way, “Iwobi was so clever to choose Nigeria over England. Southgate would’ve put him on bench to witness Chamberlain dropping a 1/10.

Iwobi sending Nigeria to the world cup. Messi still struggling with Argentina.

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