Alex Iwobi will fight to get back in Arsenal First XI – with or without Wenger

The young winger Alex Iwobi started this season as the breakthrough star from the Arsenal Academy, and was a regular starter in the first half of the season, but although he had some excellent performances he didn’t really follow that up with actually putting the ball in the back of the net very often, and he was finally squeezed out of the First team squad in the last couple of months and relegated back to the U23 reserve side.

But the fact is that Iwobi is only 21 years old and still has improvement to come, and his 18 games for the Gunners this season will have increased his confidence. But he still has improvement in him and according to his uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha, he is determined to win back his place in the squad next season. “It’s not easy to break into an Arsenal team from youth,” Jay-Jay told Omnisport.

“A young player won’t cope with a whole season. It’s understandable he’s not been playing recently. Overall he has done well.

“No player is happy when he’s not playing but he’s still learning, he’s still young.

“He’s not playing for Wenger. He’s playing for Arsenal, even though Wenger gave him the opportunity. If Wenger goes, he’ll fight on.”

Having said that, Okocha thinks that the criticism against Arsenal’s greatest-ever manager is misplaced and he should be given more respect for his achievements over the years. “I don’t think Wenger should go,” he said. “They’ve been up there for 20 years, you’d expect they’d have one or two bad seasons.

“He’s one of the best coaches in the world and he deserves a lot of respect for what he’s done.”

Iwobi is lucky to have such an experienced mentor as Okocha to keep his feet on the ground, and if he can have such a long and successful career as his uncle, Iwobi will certainly have done well. But is the youngster good enough for Arsenal on his present form?



  1. John0711 says:

    Alegri in

    Wenger out

    Iwobi step up or off

    1. John0711 says:

      now did i get thumbed won for wenger out or iwobi step up ???? and you wonder ehy some people blame the fans for average

  2. RSH says:

    We’re still going to find a way to embarrass ourselves in Europe. Arsene Wenger always finds a way!

  3. Franko says:

    Wenger out! Arsene Wenger could not win the league when Mourinho first came into the scene. Then it was just Ferguson, Mourinho and Wenger. Now we have Klopp, Guardiola, Conte, Mourinho again and the Tottenham manager. How is Wenger going to win the league ever again? He is going to repeat the same mistakes next season with his team selection, tactics and favoritism and we have seen it over and over again for 10 seasons now. Wenger out!

  4. gmv8 says:

    To be fair – when we turn up to a match, I will support the team – win or lose. The fact is we haven’t been turning up, that is the reason why we are where we are, and why now I feel more inclined to support them, because I turn up to see good football, not people that can’t be bothered.

    Whatever the problem, it was clearly a problem amongst the personalities in the team, because when you saw the shots of the bench yesterday, the players were laughing and joking amongst each other, and we looked like a proper team, whereas before there was none of that, and players weren’t even congratulating each other when they scored. Something was wrong and that has been resolved, we don’t know what and it’s unfortunate that it’s come probably too late.

    1. gmv8 says:

      I do think the new formation has helped … it was a no brainer, apart from the lead up time, as it suits the players we have a lot better.

  5. Abdul Zlott says:

    Alex is a good player.
    Better than Ox was at the same age.
    He has lots of improvement in him too.

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