Alex Iwobi has only just broken into the Arsenal first team but after just a few games the Arsenal fans have already accepted that he is a player of the highest quality. Arsene Wenger’s policy of investing in youth has certainly paid off in the last couple of season’s with the emergence of Francis Coquelin, Hector Bellerin and now Iwobi, as well as Joel Campbell to some extent.
Wenger must feel like he has won the lottery, the jackpot on every online slot game, and the world poker Championship all at the same time, because the combined worth of just those four players must come to over 100 million pounds at current values. While poor me has to make do with free spins from online slot machines lol!
The emerging youngsters will probably give Wenger justification for not spending in the transfer window, but the fact is that he still had to spot the talent at an early age and nurture them over the years before they become the finished product and ready to play for the Gunners first team. He refused to send Iwobi out on loan this season because he was convinced he was ready to integrate into the first team squad, and he saw his reward when the Arsenal fans gave Iwobi a standing ovation when he replaced by Theo Walcott against Watford.
“These people have seen many good players over the years and they know straight away when a player has something special, so they acknowledge that,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “You cannot cheat people. They’ve seen how quickly he’s improved and how well he’s played.
“It’s surprising how quickly he’s integrated into our game. He’s worked with us since the start of the season and he has grown, gained confidence and when he came in he had an impact straight away.
“That’s benefited from the fact that he knows everybody and they trust him as well. I didn’t expect that level of efficiency or impact on the scoresheet.”
Iwobi contributed to a masterful team effort in the Watford game, and it certainly looks like he will be a regular starter from now on. Wenger has already stated that Iwobi can play anywhere along the front line and even as a central striker, so will this help Wenger to insist on not buying an established striker this coming summer? I think it will….