Arsenal's Nigerian Striker Alex Iwobi To Be Fined For Partying Hours Before FA Cup Defeat To Nottingham Forest

Alex Iwobi will be fined for his attendance at a party less than 48 hours before playing in Arsenal's FA Cup exit, says Arsene Wenger.

The 21-year-old, a product of Arsenal's academy, was pictured at an event in London in which he was reported to have stayed until early Sunday morning - hours before their third-round defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Wenger confirmed Iwobi had attended the party, but said it took place on Friday night and that the matchday team had stayed in a hotel on Saturday ahead of the game.

"He will be fined," said Wenger.

"It was not the night before the game, it was 48 hours before the game. The night before the game we were in a hotel, but it's not acceptable, I will have to speak to him about that.

"First of all you have to be cautious with all the news coming out. When you read what is reported it is like he has taken drugs. I don't think he is involved in that at all.

"He has been out at a party, how long has he stayed? That is of course very important. After that, I will decide what happens.

"If your neighbour takes drugs what can you do about it? You are not responsible for the behaviour of your neighbour."

FA Cup holders Arsenal came under heavy criticism after they were beaten 4-2 by Nottingham Forest, who were without a permanent manager, last weekend.

Wenger had made nine changes for the trip to the City Ground, but said he will alter his line up again for the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi final against Chelsea on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Football.