Why do Arsenal fans keep picking on Alexander Iwobi? by Eddy Hoyte
We’ve all been familiar with the face and name, while now most of the
fans want him out, cutoff or isolated on the bench. I can’t help but
notice the hate most fans have for Iwobi at his age.
I see all of our matches, and watch Iwobi’s performance, though his
best performance has been against Crystal Palace and his worst is
against Liverpool, when we lost 3-1. The whole team mates were
So here’s a short study on Iwobi. I’m not coming with the numbers and stats.
According to whoscored
Characteristics and Strengths
Through balls (*Very Strong*)
Holding on to the ball (*Strong*)
Key passes (*Strong*)
Aerial Duels (*Weak*)
Defensive contribution (*Weak*)
Alex Iwobi’s Style of Play
Likes to do layoffs
Likes to play short passes
Does not dive into tackles.
Now a lot of this is true, but also one thing I’ve noticed most about Iwobi that’s similar to Our Little Magician Santi is the ability to hold and make use of the ball in tight spaces with quick feet. Iwobi is a good dribbler and retainer of the ball and his link up play with the rest is absolutely free and easy.
Wenger sees something in him so he keeps on choosing him on match days. This boy has a bright future ahead of him and could easily become a star once he starts learning to score goals. I’m calling on all Arsenal fans, Iwobi isn’t a player that deserves our hate, he’s done nothing wrong to the team! We complain about him a lot and all we find are negative words about him. If Rashford, Mbappe and Martial never had the trust of their coaches at one time, nobody would know they even exist.
What Iwobi needs now is to improve his finishing and shot taking. Surely don’t they have drills for that at London Colney?? We need to support him, yes we should point out his mistakes and make him know he can do better but coming and going on social media ranting absolutely dirty and negative words on the young man is completely harsh.
Arsenal fans are so different, we tear into our players like they’re not worth it or they’re utterly useless. Walcott, had years of trust, Ramsey did and still does, Bellerin does also (In their contribution to the team he’s been a lot poorer than Iwobi) yet he doesn’t get the stick.
What is it about Iwobi?? I try to figure it out, the boy is strong, athletic, creative and has loads of courage on the ball. Add goalscoring abilities and we’re looking at a wonderkid who could end up being Africa’s best player someday.
Support the boy, stop the hate on him, he’s not on the top 5 worst players for us this season. We can only hope Wenger leaves and a good coach gets in to make Iwobi grow. Look at the effect of Pep on Sane and Sterling’s goalscoring abilities.
Get up, support the boy, encourage him to be better and quit venting all your frustrations on him like he’s responsible for the misfortunes the club or you individually faced in the past.