Alex Iwobi has claimed that he feels “sharper” under new head coach Unai Emery than he ever has before (via Arsenal.com).
There are a number of players who appear to be benefitting from Unai Emery’s move to Arsenal but perhaps none more so than Alex Iwobi.
Even at this early stage of the season, Iwobi looks to have played himself into the starting lineup after a solid start to his campaign.
“It’s exciting times to be fair,” Iwobi told Arsenal.com.
“Everybody’s enjoying and buying into the new ideas. For me personally, I’m enjoying the new sessions, the new training methods and the new ideas, so I’m enjoying my time with him.
“He demands a lot. He’s a lot more intense, a lot of high pressing and keeping the ball so that it benefits us if we have the ball. It’s good for us, especially the attackers who like to have the ball a lot.
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“It’s making me feel a bit sharper, I’m doing things with a bit more intensity. It’s not just for me, though, I feel like I’m helping the team a lot more. It’s benefitting me a lot more.
“Whenever something in the system changes, you have to prove yourself again. But wherever you go, you have to prove that you’re better than whoever else is on the team. At a team like Arsenal, that’s always going to be hard so I always have to be on it in training and matches.
“I’ve got to be different. It’s going to be hard because we’ve got so many attackers and so many world-class players, so I’ve just got to prove that I’m on that level or as good as them so that I can be ahead of them, which is my aim.”
It’s good to see Alex Iwobi’s development is progressing well. The Nigerian international is clearly a talented young player whose career has somewhat stalled in recent years. Let’s hope he continues to have a major influence on the team this campaign.