I bet if you asked any Arsenal fan what they thought that Arsene Wenger’s targets are from the beginning of the season, most of us would have a pretty clear idea, but it came as a big surprise to me that Jack Wilshere gave his list as clear as day on Arsenal.com.
Our Jack was giving his opinion on Wenger’s latest discovery, Alex Iwobi, and Wilshere is very impressed with the newcomer. Jack said: “I really like him as a player,”
“I watched him in the FA Youth Cup last year and you could always tell there was something special about him.
“He used to train with us quite a lot. He was young, so he never really got a look in when he came over, but you could tell he had something special and he has really matured.
“If you ask anyone, it looks like he has been in the team for a number of years. He is confident, technically he is great, he fits in and physically he doesn’t look like a 20-year-old.”
Then Jack tries to make sure that we all know that Iwobi’s emergence is all down to the hard work of Le Prof, which is fair enough, but then he lists Arsenal’s targets.
“I think the boss has done really well with him because he brought him in, brought him out and then put him into the team.” Jack continued.
“You have to give credit to the boss as well because, at a club like Arsenal, you are looking to win things, finish top four, get Champions League, win competitions, and to play a 19-year-old and keep your faith in him week in, week out… [Iwobi] has repaid him well.”
So we all knew about finishing in the Top Four, and the occasional Cup competition, but I didn’t realise another target was to break at least one youngster into the first team?