Arsene Wenger has praised the impact of Alex Iwobi since breaking into the Arsenal first-team, suggesting that he is growing while playing with the senior squad, as quoted by Arsenal’s official website.
The 19-year-old has impressed in his last two outings, playing very well in the Champions League loss at Barcelona in midweek and followed it up by scoring his first senior goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Everton on Saturday.
The Frenchman reserved special praise for the attacker following the Gunners win at Goodison Park, hailing his attributes as a player.
“He benefits from his talents, intelligence and attitude,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“He has been practising with the players since the start of the season and he has been growing in contact with these players and he is learning quickly from them.”
Iwobi has gone from a youngster warming up the bench to a starting attacker over the past few weeks. A lot of that comes down to everyone crumbling around him, but he wouldn’t have continued by starting against Everton if he didn’t deserve it. To pass up established internationals such as Theo Walcott and even Joel Campbell takes some doing, you have to seriously prove yourself on a match by match basis.
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His FA Cup appearances were patchy but showed signs of promise. He built on that with a strong performance against Barcelona, and come Everton he was able to show the level of composure that is required at the top level. Iowbi’s goal was well taken, but there were still signs of inconsistency in his game that you come to expect from a 19-year-old.
This is all a learning experience for Iwobi. A lot of credit has to go to Arsene Wenger. If his progress is any indication of what we have to look forward to, he could very well establish himself as a fan favorite by the end of the season.