Alex Iwobi has revealed the secret behind his recent transformation under new head coach Unai Emery (via Football.London).
It was always an expectation that many players would improve at Arsenal under new head coach Unai Emery.
The Spaniard is still just a few months into his time at the club but a number of players have shown a marked increase in their ability on the pitch.
Perhaps none more so than Alex Iwobi who had an immediate impact after coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 victory over Watford at the weekend.
Now, the Nigerian international has revealed that the advice which Unai Emery has given him in the lead up to this improvement in form.
“I’m more positive and more confident with the ball. The boss has basically told me that if something doesn’t work, just keep going and don’t dwell on it,” Emery said after Saturday’s 2-0 win.
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“He’s told me to stop being so critical and to just keep trying no matter what happens, no matter if things don’t go as I want them to.
“That’s given me a lot more confidence to try a few more things, like beat a player, to shoot more. I’m always ready to get on the ball a bit more, so I guess it’s helped in that sense.
“The main thing that the boss stresses with me is to get in the positions to score. I scored against Brentford but I was offside. I had another chance too, and I just need to convert them.
“He’s happy with me getting into those positions and the next step is to convert the chances.”
Alex Iwobi has certainly looked sharper this season than he has in some time. The Nigerian international has come under a great deal of pressure from some section of the Arsenal fanbase but he has always had the ability to truly thrive in this team. Thankfully, he is now starting to show it consistently too.