Do Arsenal now have cover for Ozil with Iwobi?

Arsenal fans everywhere will be hoping that the illness which kept the German international play maker out of the new years day win over Crystal Palace is only a short lived thing and that Mesut Ozil will be back in the Arsenal starting XI tomorrow when the Gunners make the trip south to face AFC Bournemouth.

If not though, Arsene Wenger is likely to be less worried about the absence of Ozil than he might have been before, because our young Nigerian star Alex Iwobi had an impressive game in the number 10 role against Palace and the boss was quick to praise the 20-year old Arsenal academy graduate in the post match comments reported by the Arsenal website.

It was not just the fact that Iwobi scored the second goal which gave us breathing space and probably dampened the opposition’s hopes of a fightback that so pleased his manager, but his all round game which contained great vision, movement, desire and technical ability.

Wenger said, “I believe he is always available, quick in his movement, wants the ball, can hold people off. People forget he’s 20 years old. I think he had a very good game – on top of that, now he starts to score goals. His quality of pass, of availability, is exceptional for a young boy. He lacked a bit of quality of [receptiveness] in dangerous areas and I hope that these goals he scores now will give him the taste as well to go where he can finish it off. There are always signs when a guy starts to score goals in training that they’ll come in games, and he has that. Now in training he starts to score goals. I’m sure he will score as well in the games.”

The lack of goals from Iwobi and what seemed to be a somewhat rushed approach to finishing was the main complaint but as the boss pointed out he is still very young. Ozil himself has often been criticised for his own goal tally so I do not think we should be too hard on the youngster.

Have Arsenal now got a good enough option for Ozil?



  1. Juhi McLovin says:

    Where did Brom got that Phillips guy? He can surely cross the ball alright

  2. gotanidea says:

    I wish Wenger will put Sanchez or Iwobi in the central attacking midfielder/ forward position, in the next few games, with Chamberlain, Perez or Walcott as the wingers, to see the result. If they do not perform, Wenger can bring Ozil back. But based on what I saw so far, I think Sanchez or Iwobi playing as a playmaker would work well with Giroud as the target man.

  3. RSH says:

    In the end it’s just one game. It’s important not to get carried away and claim Ozil be benched though. I think Iwobi is excellent backup though. 5 chances created, and a goal scored. Very impressive performance.

  4. RSH says:

    United getting help from ref again, no surprise. Never a red card

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      Exactly. Mike Dean strikes again. He helped Spurs against Soton by giving Redmond a weak red. Then had the cheek to throw a thumbs up to Walker…PUNK

      1. Break-on-through says:

        I wonder what he has against Arsenal, his gym teacher was probably a Gooner or something. Or it could be because we’ve had youngsters all over our first team, reminds him of who he used to be.

  5. Break-on-through says:

    I think Iwobi must be considered ahead of Ozil for certain games. If it’s a game like the one away to city, were everyone is needed to press players and mark nearest man, ideally you’d want Iwobi, so long as he has Sunday’s performance in him again.

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