It’s little over a year ago since a starry-eyed Alex Iwobi made his debut for Arsenal. His appearance from the start of his first game in the Gunners team was just about as inauspicious as it gets.
A young side put out by manager Arsene Wenger delivered a poor display at Sheffield Wednesday as noticed by a review of the best betting apps in a League Cup tie which ended 3-0 on the night to the hosts.
Not many viewers, fans or critics who took in the game that night at Hillsborough could have predicted how important a player Iwob, still only 20, would become.
As the Gunners challenge for three trophies on three fronts — the Premier League title, the Champions League and the FA Cup — it is worthwhile taking note of the starlet’s standing in Wenger’s outfit. He is not only holding his own among marquee talents such as Alexi Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the powerful attacker is influencing play.
That attribute was evident in bundles in Wenger’s outfit’s 4-0 Premier League triumph over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Arsenal academy graduate Iwobi “scored” two goals — they were deflections and actually count as own goals — but, more importantly, he appeared to be central to everything the Londoners did when going forward. Indeed, he started the move that led to the fourth goal, tucked away by Alexis.
His performances and overall contribution have not been lost on Wenger. And the Frenchman is happy to admit that he is a big admirer of his work rate, combined with his selflessness regards the team ethic.
Wenger next gets the chance to thrust the nephew of Nigeria and former Bolton playmaker Jay-Jay Okocha in to action when his side host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium next Sunday.
And he said:
“Alex is more and more comfortable in the team. But I think, above all his talent, is a guy who has a fantastic team attitude.”
“He is gaining in confidence as well. You could see overall that he develops very well. If he keeps that kind of spirit he has at the moment, he can go much higher up. That’s my wish.”
Meanwhile, Wenger was delighted with the trouncing of the Swans — now bossed by former Bayern Munich No.2 Paul Clement — on Saturday.
“The first half was very intense physically, they gave a lot in the first half and then our pace took over. They had problems containing us. In the second half, you could see we could create chances.”
“Our transition and accuracy of passing was very good. We were fortunate with the goals, but the chances were there.”