Arsenal’s latest rising star – Alex Iwobi (plus video)

As always, Arsenal have many promising youngsters coming through from our expensively assembled academy and the latest to be given a chance to impress in the first team is Alex Iwobi, who replaced Theo Walcott for the last 20 minutes of the 0-0 draw against Stoke.

The young Nigerian caught Wenger’s eye when he scored 9 goals in the last 9 Under21 games last season and joined the first team in pre-season. He has made two Cup starts this season and this was his fourth appearance as a sub in the League so it looks like Wenger is slowly introducing him to the top tier.

Mikel Arteta has also been very impressed with the 19 year-old and is tipping him for a bright future. “You can see the change in his confidence after being given some minutes in the first team,” Arteta said on “The Stoke game was a good example of that. He came on and had an impact straight away. His decision-making was excellent and the game didn’t run quicker than him.

“To do that against a tough team in a difficult atmosphere tells you he is improving and moving forwards.”

“I was surprised he could play in central midfield as well,” Mikel continued. “He is versatile and that’s a massive attribute because forwards don’t normally have that 360 vision that you need in midfield.

“Alex is capable of reading the game well, understanding his positioning and his body shape when he plays.

“That’s fairly unusual for a player who plays on the wing or up front. That will be important for his development.”

I think it is fairly certain that Iwobi will be starting next weeks FA Cup match against Burnley, and if he carries on impressing Le Prof then he could become a regular starter next season….

Check out all his goals for the Under 21s from last season. He is certainly not shy!

And here is his performance against Sunderland in the FA Cup earlier this month…

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  1. Impressive Iwobi one Kenobi……one player who could fit into the OziL role comfortably….glad bout his development

    =Back to Earth=

    the Hours are getting closer and the Tension is rising……remember its 3pts……nothing more, nothing Less

    we gotta keep up with the foxes chase…. And win with more than 2 goals

    it amuses me…. These days, when u see fixtures like a Top team vs Leicester …….it feels Like an EL-classico …..and it appears , the foxes no Longer Live on Earth

  2. He could play in central midfield? That’s interesting. Iwobi has a style of play that I find curious – he always looks like he would lose the ball, but somehow he doesn’t, Lol.

  3. Iwobi is good. I hope he will continue is his progress rapidly. Who thought at the beginning of last season that Hector B. could make an international star like Debuchy lack game time and want to leave.
    Eh. Did talksport select 9 Arsenal players to 2 of Chelsea for a combined team on current form ahead of today’s game? I hope that will translate into a massive win since we are better. I know Chelsea will flex muscles. Any kind of a win for us will be okay for me. Will I prefer ugly oftype over Man U? Just anyone. Just make my day boys. COYG.

  4. It’s one thing to have potentials and another to live up to it. Let’s hope he turns out better as he grows.

  5. my plea to the Home fans is to make it difficult for Chelsea and Costa.
    even if we go down first please be there for the boys till the end.
    be 12th man 13th man
    the lines man the ref.
    sing, shout make the atmosphere like naver B4.
    Together we concern.

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