False Hope? 3 Failed Prospects Alex Iwobi Could Be Set to Replicate

It has been recently reported that Arsenal's Alex Iwobi will be fined by the club after reports emerged that he was seen partying into late hours of night ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup third-round 4-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest. The incident accentuates the downward spiral that the 21-year-old has endured of late. 

Two seasons ago, Alex Iwobi broke through into the senior squad at Arsenal, carrying the torch and the hopes of the young Gunners hoping to stake his claim in the first team. 

Shrouded in superlatives, Iwobi - a homegrown Arsenal player - seemed like an atypical Arsene Wenger. His skill, his technique and his ability to play in tight spaces, excited both Wenger and the Emirates Stadium faithful. 

However, this season Iwobi has struggled to hold down his place in the starting line up, and when he has, he's been unable to impress. 

His symptoms trigger an all too familiar narrative that has gripped young Arsenal players before him. Shine bright in the beginning before fading away and subsequently leaving the club. 

Here's a list of a few similar players that suffered the same forgetful fate at Arsenal. 

3. Denilson Neves

Denilson was the Brazilian that arrived at Arsenal in 2008 with traces of former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva attached to his name. He was an integral cog to the Arsenal midfield in his early career at the Emirates Stadium, almost usurping Cesc Fabregas as the club's best passer of the ball. 

However, as his confidence began to fade, fans around the Emirates Stadium began to turn on him. After just three seasons at the club, he move to Brazilian club Sao Paolo. 

Now 29, the Brazilian is now on loan at Cruizerio from United Arab Emirates side Al Wahda F.C. 

2. Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner, was a promising Arsenal striker that was never short of confidence. He once dubbed himself as "the best in the world", and for some time it was entertaining to buy into his optimism; even if it did border on delusion.

Yet, there was never a dull moment with the big Dane, and Wenger's faith in him had you believing that he could lead the line at Arsenal for many years. 

He joined Arsenal as a young 16-year-old in 2004, scoring 32 goals in 136 Premier League appearances during his time at the club. 

Bendtner never quite got to live out his "best in the world" proclamation, as he endured a host of loans away from the club before leaving permanently in 2014. 

The Dane now 29-years-old, plays his football for Norwegian side Rosenborg.

1. Carlos Vela

The Mexican Speedster - who enjoyed scoring chipped goals for fun - was a pleasing player to watch in cup competitions, but never quite cemented his place into the first team. 

Vela joined the Gunners in 2005, and in his full Arsenal debut he scored a hat-trick against Sheffield United in a 6-0 win in the League Cup. It seemed that 'Le Professeur' Wenger had done it again; he had unearthed a gem of a player. However, Vela's spark prematurely fizzed out.

The Mexican struggled to keep up with the physicality of the Premier League. After being moved around on several loans, he joined Spanish side Real Sociedad where he rediscovered his spark.

The 28-year-old now plays his football for MLS side Los Angeles F.C.