Posted on August 05, 2018 by ADMIN

Iwobi explains how Thierry Henry helped him to become an Arsenal star

The 22 year-old Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has just signed a new contract with the Gunners and is keen to become one of our all-time greats like his hero Thierry Henry. The Nigerian international has been with Arsenal since he was six years old and had a schoolboy scholarship, before going on to join up with the Under 18’s at London Colney. He explained that Henry’s arrival as Youth team coach gave him the extra confidence to kick on to become a first-team player.

“Obviously when I first arrived I wasn’t really starting under-18s games,” Iwobi said. “I wasn’t even playing in the FA Youth Cup much until my second year. My family and friends always gave me the belief, saying that I had to just prove myself and show my ability and that I would make it to the top. If you have that belief and confidence, you always do well.

“But then I met one of my biggest heroes and my confidence went through the roof. I couldn’t believe it when I was told that Thierry Henry was going to come and coach us, and I will always remember this one thing he said. He would always say that a lot of people play well, but if you haven’t impacted the game or done something that people recognise, then you really go unnoticed. Basically for an attacking player, you have to get that goal or you have to get that assist.

“People would be like, ‘What did Alex do in that game?’ I would score a goal or get an assist, that was the main thing for me. I was happy and excited to work with him because he’s a legend at Arsenal and because of the way he used to get his goals, the way he used to play, the way he used to create goals or score solo goals. It was just an honour to work with him.

“At the end of that season I was training with the first team quite a bit and played a couple of cup games, so I was getting used to training with them. When I went to Singapore with them in the summer of 2015, I knew I had the opportunity to break into the first team but I never expected to play as much as I did during my first season.”

Iwobi is still young and has his best years in front of him, and we should all get behind him and help him to become a star in his own right. He is far from being the finished product, but w should remember that Henry himself was struggling on the wing at Jeventus when he was the same age as Iwobi is now. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Sam P

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94 thoughts on “Iwobi explains how Thierry Henry helped him to become an Arsenal star

  1. Leno happy

    Even if iwobi is not a star on the pitch,he’s becoming a star here on just arsenal,3 different topics on him in the space of 2 days,iwobi for ballon di’or?

  2. gotanidea

    Happy to see him get a new contract, because he is still young and very talented, despite all the criticisms

    The problem is he seems to play with a footbrake. He looks afraid to be blamed for losing the ball and like to avoid higher risks, which is a typical behaviour of a player under Wenger’s era in 2010s

    Iwobi has to shift his gear up, be braver and be more decisive, because he has good ball control and physical attributes to do duels. Apparently Iwobi, Xhaka and the others are given the last chance to improve this year, or be sold at the end of this season

      1. Dalinho

        How did this club miss out on shaqiri for £13mil
        He could of been our new Alexis
        I’m sick of this club not being smart enough in the transfer market

    1. Lanert

      You’re absolutely right on that. I guess he has not been challenged enough while playing under wenger. As we all know wenger gave them too much freedom to play in their own way which in other way brought about the complacency in the team. I see Iwobi playing to his full potential under Emery.

    1. Th14

      Iwobi is a great player. He contributes a lot to the team. Wenger saw his value and even Emery has come to see what a good player he is. That’s why he got a new contract.

      Shine on bro!

    1. sesam

      Oh come on sue. Can you mention One player in the arsenal ranks that is like the great Henry? My guess is non.
      Pls don’t try to make Henry the standard for the poor boy. Just believe in Iwobi. He’ll deliver this season..

        1. James79

          Really??? Abu is world class & a consistent performer who could walk into any team I don’t really think you could compare him with Iwobi

  3. Counsel

    Iwobi is not an arsenal star,he’s an arsenal flop 4 goals in 67 apps says it all really.At 22yrs what are we waiting for his body and brain to grow or what.He was not good enough for an awful Nigerian team but he’s a star at arsenal laughable really

    1. McLovin

      Hes not a flop. Only imbeciles hyped him up as the English press always do. Now that he isnt the world beater the imbeciles expected, they are bashing him.

      He was free, homegrown, not on extravagant wages, still got resale value. Hes a decent squad playet in other words.

    2. Th14

      Yes 67 apps. How many of those games did he start? How many were off the bench with very little time to have any impact on games? Of course they all count as appearances bet then again doesn’t tell the complete story.

      1. james79

        I don’t really think you can put him in the bracket of a ‘great player’ & anyway if he was that much of a fantastic player those appearances he has made as a sub would have been all as a starter. If he was that good we would have seen it by now & would be the first name on the team sheet which he certainly is not & never will be

    3. Rkw

      Yep … he wouldn’t get in to Brentford starting 11 … loan him out there to see if he can fight his way in … if not sell him and move to player who can deliver

  4. sesam

    Big Phil please don’t. Let’s give our very own Iwobi all the encouragement and support He needs. I’m quite optimistic he’ll come good this season. COYG

    1. Phil

      In my opinion he will never be good enough.He produces very little and with the opportunities he has had over the last three seasons he has not ever shown the qualities he requires to make it at a big Club.
      I would also say I felt the same about Walcott and was proved correct.I also feel the same about Danny Welbeck.
      Other than that I am not commenting

      1. sesam

        You’re quite right about Walcott and Welbeck and I can understand your feelings. But at 22, the tide tide could still turn. Let’s hope emery works wonders with him. He could still become lethal. I’m not giving up yet on Iwobi Phil and I don’t want you to for at least another season. Emery believes in Him, so I’ll give it go

        1. Phil

          @sesam-I believe you are wrong in saying Iwobi could improve.I just can’t see it.But I will respect your support for the player and if he turns into a player 10%of the quality of Thierry Henry I will be glad to be proven wrong.I don’t believe I will be though

            1. Phil

              TH14-I am sure I was not blind when Iwobi went through on goal against Lazio and reacted like he always has done in those situations.He was like a frightened rabbit staring at the lights of an oncoming car.He just did not know what to do.He froze.He had no composure.He lacked the discipline to take control of the situation.And what did he do?He scuffed a feeble effort well wide when a more accomplished player would have reacted far more positively.And you are right.I was not surprised.Time and time again Iwobi does the same thing.Im not making this up.It was there for everyone to see.
              In the interview Iwobi spoke of hoe Thierry Henry insisted he must start making the most of goal scoring opportunities and what did he do?Fluffed it as he continually does.
              So I will continue to say what I believe and that is Alex Iwobi will never be good enough to play for a top Football Club.We will wait to see if I’m proved correct

              1. Xxnofx

                I’ve seen on a few posts the last couple of days the subject of iwobi and I take there are a few Nigerian fans on here ,a few even calling some others fans racists just because they don’t like a player . It doesn’t come down to race it comes down to the fact that he is not good enough to be starting in our top 11 this season and I’m sure I’ll be proven right that he will play most this season from the subs bench. I take all the iwobi fans on here are Nigerian , I get that you don’t have many top players playing in the premiership but you can’t go round trying to force others fans to like a player just because he comes form your country . I’m English and I don’t want to see welbeck anywhere near our team .
                If a player is good enough he should play ,I don’t care which country he’s from and most fans on here probably agree .

          1. Xxnofx

            Walcott was a better player than iwobi at 22 ,and he was crap .ive seen enough in the last 2-3 season to know that he will not got any better .abit like Ramsey ,we’ve won f all with these kind of players over the last 10 years (fa cup ) .i wouldn’t even have iwobi on the subs bench .there are Breyer players in that squad who could easily fill his spot ,not quite sure why the new boss as given him a new contract apart from the fact he’s homegrown quota .

        2. James79

          I don’t think it’s a case of Emery believing in him I think it’s more a case of him being seen as a long term replacement for Welbeck if they are able to offload him, a squad player that is hard working & can sometimes give you something a little different in the lesser games & wont be on a massive wage

      2. Booby

        Phil, Iwobi is not a star and that is clear for anybody who a brain to see but what you can say and can’t tell and which nobody can tell is you saying that Iwobi will never be a star. If you or anybody has that ability like to assume you do, maybe KDB and the mo salahs of this world would never have been let go. I bet you didn’t even think mo Salah would do what he did last season. I did not even see a single post from you last season crying why Wenger didn’t go for mo salah, if anybody out there (including you) had a crystal ball to see mo getting over 40+ goals last season, I bet Liverpool would not have gotten him let alone for the amount they did. So don’t act like you know everything and know for a fact that Iwobi will never come through.. even the great Henry did not come through at age 22 and look how it turn out for him

  5. Innit

    Iwobi is NOT a star. At the moment he is a squad player. Wenger relied on him too much. Im not saying he can’t improve. He is only 22. Im happy he signed a contract but he needs to prove himself to start a match.

    BTW our bench is quite weak in my opinion.
    In fact our starting CBs are not of high enough quality. The bench is highly important because starters can’t play every match in 4 competitions. In fact they can’t play every match in 1 competition. We have plenty of players but most are of average quality or inexperienced or both.

    This season Emery must decide who is good enough to stay and who isnt. Sell those who aren’t next summer and upgrade.

    1. James79

      I agree, however it’s not quite as simple as getting rid of those that will not make the grade as unfortunately the majority are on vastly higher wages than there talent (or lack of it in most cases) deserves & offloading them is easier said than done as they are not willing to move to another club for less than they are on now & we are now paying the price. It will take sometime for this mess to be sorted out however I’m confident the sleeping giant that Arsenal has been is about to be woken once more & the rest of the PL had better watch out!

      1. Durand

        I assume sarcasm was implied certainly. “Star” and Iwobi nonsense unless there is an Iwobi constellation. “Stars” don’t get benched by home club or national team my friend.
        I for one hope he makes good for OUR badge, but star level absolutely absurd because no proof or evidence to support the claim “Star.”
        Happy to eat my words if you can find the evidence, good luck.

        1. Th14

          @Durand

          Bale- benched by Zidane
          Morata- benched by Conte
          Mikki- benched by Mourinho
          Martial- benched by Mourinho
          Yaya Toure- benched by Pep
          Chicharito- benched by SAF

          The list of stars regularly benched by their coaches goes on. Stop making a mockery of yourself because of your hatred for Iwobi

          *patiently waiting for Phil

          1. Phil

            Patiently waiting for me to say what exactly?You are totally incapable of accepting anyone’s opinion but your own.You state that it’s because people hate Alex Iwobi.They don’t.They hust do not rate him that highly as a footballer.Not too many people do.
            Answer me this.
            If as expected Emery sends his team out on Sunday in a 433 formation and let’s assume Ramsey is not in the squad to either being sold or is injured.Torreira will start on midfield and I would guess so will Xhaka.So which other players would you include?
            I would have Mykitarian Ozil Aubamayang and Lacazette. I believe most supporters would.Are you telling me you would drop one of these for Iwobi?
            I now wait patiently for you to reply

          2. Durand

            Th14 and still no evidence of Iwobi as a “Star.”. Thanks for playing, feel free to try again.

            I never used hate, those are your words. I believe Iwobi is below Arsenal standard as Iwobi has proved with his appearances and stats.

            I stand corrected on your list of benched stars. You are correct and I was wrong.

            However I noticed you did not refute my statement about Iwobi, now did you? Short of proof?

            He’s not good enough and likely never will be. Even with stats, facts, results, watching him play, you still deny reality. What next, Earth is flat?

            I’ll wait for your response and facts about Iwobi, aye?

              1. Boluwatife

                Nope, it’s not about being a Nigerian. When I watch arsenal match(es) with friends (here in Nigeria), Iwobi is the last person we want to see. He’s that useless. Everyone was happy when he was benched for Nigeria in the world cup

                1. Lanert

                  @Boluwatife…You can say that again. 85-90% of Arsenal fans in Nigeria would not want to see Iwobi start for Arsenal (especially matches of high inportance) because he add little or nothing to the games. Iwobi shows so much potential from onset, only to get complacent after being over pampered (thanks to Wenger). Nigerians support Iwobi because he’s just one of their own (amongst few in EPL) they can reckon with their beloved (Arsenal) Football club. However, in my personal opinion, I feel Iwobi has the potential of becoming a much better player under a coach that challenges his players to go extra mile on the pitch. That being said, we can only hope Emery imbibe that descippline and hard-fighting spirit into the players for the benefit of our players and the team In general.

      2. Xxnofx

        Th 14 , can I ask how you think iwobi is a star player ?
        What does that make auba ,laca ,ozil,miki then because I thought they were star players

        1. Th14

          @Xxnofx

          I’ll help you define who a star is so you don’t go about fooling yourself in public forums

          A star is “a very famous entertainer or sports player”

          Now tell me,
          Isn’t Iwobi famous??
          Answer is yes he is. Now not only in Nigeria and England but all over the world. Doesn’t that make him a star??

          Isn’t Iwobi a celebrity??
          Answer is yes he is. Iwobi goes into any night club in the UK and is recognised whereas you walk into the same club and nobody notices you.

          Iwobi walks in the streets of London and fans mob him for selfies and autographs. Why?? Why don’t the same fans follow you about for pictures bro?? Please I’ll like to see you try and explain how Iwobi isn’t a star

          1. Phil

            Honestly mate you are now making a fool of yourself.Admin has requested posts are now to be kept to football related posts and not to be personal but I cannot believe even he would not allow me to state how obssedly foolish you are over Iwobi.He was not considered good enough to get in the Nigerian side at the World Cup after a very poor performance in the opening game.He was dropped.He never started the final two games as the Coach of Nigeria played another in his place.And let’s face it Nigeria were pretty awful at the World Cup.I can’t believe too many Nigerians were rushing to get a selfie with him after his displays.
            Yet YOU believe he is the second coming of Maradonna.He is not.He is not very good.Its only YOU that cannot seem to get this.
            Look at other posts on this headline.There are plenty of others who have clearly stated that he is at best a squad player.
            He really isn’t that good and the sooner you come to terms with this the sooner you will stop sounding like a spoilt little schoolboy

            1. Th14

              @Phil

              Firstly Iwobi was left out of the Nigerian team for purely tactical reasons. The coach constantly played a 352 formation which clearly doesn’t favor Iwobi. So you can let it go now, that’s not even a point to back your claims

              Secondly Iwobi is very good, way better than average for him to be considered Arsenal quality(contract extension)

              Lastly Even your son would be star struck at seeing Iwobi stand next to him at a bus station. Why because the boy is a STAR ⭐️

              1. Phil

                Iwobi was DROPPED.If Nigeria changed formation and the player was any good The he would have played.You are sounding too desperate now.
                And I can assure you my son would never in a million years have a selfie taken with Iwobi.Like the vast majority of supporters my son agrees he just is NOT VERY GOOD.
                And I’m still waiting patiently for you to reply to my earlier question.Who would YOU play next Sunday.
                I posted at 1.24am uk time so if you missed it (which I’m sure you didn’t) just scroll back up and read what I asked.
                Your problem mate is you simply HAVE NO ANSWERS.
                Yet again you will make yourself look foolish if you do answer and even more foolish if you don’t.
                YOU are the one that is telling everyone how great Iwobi is so YOU answer the question

                1. Th14

                  @Phil

                  regarding your question in your earlier post, I’ll never have Mikki and Ozil in the same 11. They both want to play behind the Center forward, having 2 of only means pushing the other out wide. Mikki was berated for his inability to track back and protect his full back during his time at United. He doesn’t like being on the flanks. If Emery wants to be Wenger 2.0 and play players out of position so be it.

                  Auba…Laca… Iwobi
                  …………..Mikki
                  ……Xhaka….Torerra

                  Ozil can come in for Mikki later in the game

                  1. Phil

                    So basically you are saying Iwobi is a better player than Mesut Ozil.And you wonder why you will never be taken seriously?
                    Honestly I feel for you.You obviously have this blind obsession with Alex Iwobi and for you to now clearly state that Iwobi is better than Ozil has made YOU a LAUGHING STOCK.You have just proved you are incapable of making a sound and reasoned judgement as far as Iwobi is concerned.
                    This was a question that proved too much for you.You will never recover from this embarrassment.

                    1. Th14

                      Hahahaha see how much desperation you showed in one comment. Cant you read anymore?? Where did I type Iwobi is better than Ozil?? you would rather have Ozil play out wide?? To the detriment of his fullback?? Just so you starve Iwobi of first team action. And yet you say it’s normal? Phil don’t allow hatred cloud your judgment

          2. Durand

            Th14 and not a word or statement as a footballer!!!!
            Thank you for proving everyone’s point.

            Next time use the word “celebrity” not “star” when referencing Iwobi.

            Star is reserved for Aubamayang, Ozil, etc because they have accomplishments.

              1. Xxnofx

                Wow , your still going 3-30 uk time
                Some of us have beds to go to because they have work TH 14 . If you want to call iwobi a star just because he’s famous that’s on you , I thought we were talking about star footballers not just people who make appearances in uk nightclubs .

              2. Durand

                Very clear iwobi is a “celebrity” not star. Still haven’t provided any reasons why he is a star as i asked.
                Let’s see what Iwobi does this year, let’s give him a 3rd year and let results speak for themselves.

          3. jon fox

            Iwobi is ONLY famous to his Nigerian fan club , of which i assume you personally are the founder.

  6. msty

    Anyone notice how poor Jorginho was for chelsea today??? xhaka version 2😂😂😂
    and the way this 2nd string city smashed chelsea i fear for our defense

  7. Plato

    Sometimes I wonder how some fans analyze players performance. Iwobi we know, is not a finished article. He’s not yet at the level he can be. Emery an expert gave him a new contract because he sees what so many of Iwobi’s critics dont see. Iwobi is just like so many other arsenal players under Wenger; underperforming or having an oscillating (up and down) performance, especially last season.

    Although not comparing Ozil with Iwobi, but more experienced, classy Ozil played 26 EPL matches (2164mins), scoring 4goals and assisting 8. While Iwobi played same number of matches, (1844mins), scoring 3goals and assisting 5. To me the difference isn’t much. Ozil, we know can do better, and Iwobi as well can do same with discipline, hardwork and motivation.

    Less I forget, the contributor that said Iwobi has 4goals in 67appearances should endeavor to get his statistics right before making such claims. Iwobi has 10goals from 67 appearances and about 20 of those appearances are from the bench.

    Iwobi like other arsenal players should be encouraged. Hopefully they will all come through this season.

  8. Durand

    Iwobi positives are his control and the strength to fight off defenders. His negatives are finishing and I dare say decision making.
    I like when he takes on defenders or draws them towards him and creating space for his teammates. He needs consistency in the final third; whether it’s that killer pass or a sweet finish, his inability in this area is his weakness.

    Love to see him improve his defending also, so if his game is a bit off at least he’s offering something on the defensive side. At 22 he needs to step up in quality, or Reis Nelson at 18 is more deserving of available chances, if we’re talking potential.

    Anyway that’s my take from the “eye test.”
    Hoping and wishing the best for the young man for the sake of the badge, but not wagering my hard earned money on that hope.

    1. James79

      I believe the saying is ‘the only way is up’ which at present isn’t hard to achieve

  9. stubill

    I always think that Welbeck and Iwobi are cast from the same mould, nice blokes, good athletes and give their all on the pitch. Unfortunately, their end products are woeful, the final pass, or shot on goal are rarely what’s required.

    As Iwobi has just signed an extension to his contract I’m willing to give him a chance to improve under Emery, I won’t hold my breath though.

    1. ozziegunner

      Emery and his assistant coaches have certainly been including shooting practice against Arsenal’s goal keepers at most training sessions. Hopefully Iwobi will improve; however Welbeck is still on vacation. The positive thing is that practice has involved cut down goal posts and not the proverbial barn doors.

  10. Midkemma

    I am not an Iwobi fan, I would be happy to see him sold…

    But I am also happy to change my tune, eat my own words and believe in him if he does something to get that belief going…

    C’mon Iwobi, have a fantastic season and turn this doubter into a believer.

  11. ks-gunner

    Titi besides being a talent was also very smart during the game. No football brain and you having all the talent in the world will mean not very much. So how are you supposed to train this?

  12. jon fox

    Are there any non – Nigerians on here who think Iwobi is a star? I doubt it personally. THE NIGERIANS ON HERE TAKE OPINIONS ABOUT IWOBI THAT ARE LESS THAN THEIR OWN RATING, AS PERSONAL HATRED OF THEIR COUNTRY.Nothing could be more wrong, though they won’t have it.

    1. Petit

      jon Fox.
      Stop it already. I’m Nigerian, and I’m number one “sell Iwobi out of Arsenal” fan.
      Iwobi shooting is disastrous and innate, he doesn’t seem to have the ability to ever overcome that big negative aspect of his game. He is simply not Arsenal quality.

      Having said this, I understand fully why my country men are eager to defend Iwobi from attacks coming from British people here. Wilshere was a poor player all through, I wanted him sold from the day one, and unlike Iwobi, he never earned his pay, as he was always injured, yet he received a lot of support from British people here, who loved him out of patriotism and kept insisting that the club should give him more time, citing that he is a local boy, even when he remained an average player he always was.
      It’s abit of double standard coming from the British Arsenal fans who supported Wilshere to now come out, calling for Iwobi sale, rather than supporting and pleading for more time to be given to him, seeing as he is a homegrown player, a young player, and almost got all the time, and so, could prove to be a valuable squad depth player for the Arsenal team.

    2. Th14

      @Jon fox
      I’m just going to copy it for you again as I’ve already dropped this comment in reply to Xxnof.

      I’ll help you define who a star is so you don’t go about fooling yourself in public forums

      A star is “a very famous entertainer or sports player”

      Now tell me,
      Isn’t Iwobi famous??
      Answer is yes he is. Now not only in Nigeria and England but all over the world. Doesn’t that make him a star??

      Isn’t Iwobi a celebrity??
      Answer is yes he is. Iwobi goes into any night club in the UK and is recognised whereas you walk into the same club and nobody notices you.

      Iwobi walks in the streets of London and fans mob him for selfies and autographs. Why?? Why don’t the same fans follow you about for pictures bro?? Please I’ll like to see you try and explain how Iwobi isn’t a star

  13. ger burke.

    iwobi is nowhere being a star. the word star is being misused these days and i wish people would stop putting these titles on very ordinary players.it is my opinion that iwobi will never be a star in the true meaning of the word, he is too ordinary.but i am only a football fan , plain and simple, but i do have my opinions , and as far as i am concerned iwobi is championship level at best.

    1. Th14

      @ger Burke

      You say Iwobi is ordinary yet he wasn’t shipped out by Arsenal like the other ordinary players. Yet his contract got renewed??

      Why isn’t the board trying to renew welbecks contract? What about Jenkinson and Joel Campbell?

      Do you know what it takes to be playing at the highest level of football in a club like Arsenal? Can someone without talent (as you claim) make it this far at Arsenal? If so why is every tom dick and harry plying their trade at Arsenal since its a club that harbours talentless players like Phil suggests?

      You see I’ll continue to school you as well as every other gooner on here who is yet to appreciate the true value of Iwobi. The board sees it, the coaches sees it but only some fans on this platform doesn’t and they are the minority.

      *patiently waiting for Jon fox

      1. Phil

        And I’m patiently waiting for YOU TO REPLY.Just scroll on up and answer what I asked you at 1.24uk time.Its there waiting for you.You have seen it.Now just answer.
        So we wait……………………..

        1. Phil

          And just to reflect on what you have just wrote…
          The Coach of Nigeria showed how much he appreciated Iwobi after ONE GAME……
          HE DROPPED HIM……How embarrassing is that.

            1. Phil

              Ok-so Iwobi was dropped for Political reasons.Is that what you are saying?So who dropped him?The Prime Minister of Nigeria?Had Iwobi not filled in his ballot paper correctly at the last election?
              Your answers are embarrassing you now mate.Earlier you said he was dropped because the Coach changed formation.Now he was dropped for political reasons.What next?He was dropped because he hadn’t tied up his boot laces correctly?
              You have NO answers for anything do you?Your blind obsessing is making you a LAUGHING STOCK.
              So just to clarify my opinion on Iwobi that has NEVER changed.
              USELESS TALENTLESS FOOTBALLER who will NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB.

                1. Phil

                  Yeah I’m not laughing at his contract being renewed that’s for sure.Now of his contracted was terminated I would be a very happy person.Still let’s actually see how many games he plays shall we?

          1. Th14

            And also Phil, players being dropped off the starting 11 for purely tactical reasons isn’t embarrassing at all.

            “Embarrassing” is how you always jump on that point alone to solidify your argument. Like seriously 😐 you’re beginning to sound desperate.

            1. Phil

              Honestly mate-I am very fortunate in my life.Desperate is certainly not how I would describe myself.But I tell you what.Im just about to get on a plane shortly to go away until Saturday.I will be back for Sunday’s game before flying back out on Monday then back on Saturday morning ready for Chelsea Away before flying out Sunday then back for West Ham at home.
              Now does that really sound desperate to you?
              I just know that we have a Coach who is you and will bench Ozil or Mikki for Iwobi.You Honestly mate have embarrassed yourself more than I could ever have imagined.We have two other couples flying out with us and my two pals are both big football fans.Both season ticket holders one at Southampton and one at Crystal Palace.Both have laughed their heads off at your comments tonight but the Ozil one done it for them.One thinks you are totally blind as you obviously haven’t seen Iwobi ever play.The other says you are either on drugs/parylitic drunk or both.
              I told them your always the same.

            2. Phil

              The yeah But was he dropped for tactical reasons or political reasons? You are that desperate you have to make it up as you go along don’t you?The fact he was dropped says it all really mate don’t you think

      2. jon fox

        I HAVE JUST THIS MOMENT READ YOUR LATEST HILARIOUS ATTEMPT TO DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE. Unlike you, I care nothing and know next to nothing of nightclubs; this being an Arsenal and football site, night clubs do not appear on our scale of important things in our lives, as thEy seem to do with your life. TO BE VERY FRANK WITH YOU, I HAVE NO MORE PATIENCE WITH YOUR IMMATURITY AND SILLINESS. I will no longer even read , let alone reply to your posts as I have both a life to lead and a good number of intelligent grown up Arsenal fans to debate with on her and elsewhere. I predict many other mature Gooners will do likewise. I wish you well in your immaturity and hope you eventually manage to grow up. Goodbye.

  14. ruelando

    I think Iwobi will be a success this season, once he is given a structure to work within, watching him over the pre-season i have seen him keeping and not narrowing the attack, if his shooting improves we will have a gem on our hands.

    1. Th14

      @ruelando

      We already have the gem on our hands. What’s left is for Emery to polish it till it glows.. All in time though

      1. stubill

        Here’s my tuppence worth on the Iwobi saga.

        1) You don’t drop your star player for tactical reasons, you drop the players around him to accommodate his strengths.

        2) Night Clubs, of course he’ll be given V.I.P treatment and be recognised, because his PR team will be there first telling them an Arsenal player is coming and to look after him.

        3) Contract; Maybe, just maybe they’ve learned from the likes of Sanchez, Ozil and now Ramsey, not to let contracts run down to the last year, to maximise the re-sale value when they want to sell them.

        4) Finally the term “Star”; To me a “star” in the sporting/entertainment world, is one who shines brightest amongst their fellow professionals, currently, Iwobi is a dim flickering light, not a shining star.

        1. Phil

          I sort of agree with your last comment but would suggest Iwobi is a flickering light and TH14 is Dim.
          Yeah-that’s about right I think. ha ha ha ha

  15. Realisty

    It’s really shameful to see people like Jon fox, Phil etc get at Iwobi. In your depth of minds you can only wish you can achieve just a percentage of what I won has. To put this in perspective, so many kids make it to the academy, few make it to the the stage of training with first team, fewer make it to the stage of playing preseason and cup games in the course of a season, fewest make themselves mainstay in the first team. Iwobi has achieved a childhood dream and​he should be proud of himself. However, it’s obvious to everyone with a brain that Iwobi is talented and a very direct player. Arsenal against Chelsea two seasons ago comes to mind,when he was busy getting at Chelsea’s defence in a pulsating and venomous way. Arsenal won that match and it eventually served as Chelsea’s wake up call to EPL title. It was the last time I saw Iwobi played so direct. Now in hindsight I knew he played that way because he was fresh from the reserves and considering just getting integrated into the ‘Almighty Wenger sideways passing team’
    Truth be told, Iwobi like every other player albeit a few stagnated under Wenger.
    Take Leroy Sane into consideration. He was not as direct and lethal with schakle 04, I know this because I follow the bundesliga very well. What he had was talent and youth which was evident to everyone when he arrived at City. Pep coached him into the monster we saw last season. If he was that good in Germany before Mancity signed him, then he will be the heir apparent to Robben at Bayern Munich today. Iwobi has talent and youth on his side. Now the onus is on Emery to bring it out and make him more productive.He doesn’t even know you guys who hate (not criticize) him on here and am sure he is having a life you wish you or your kids had

  16. mimyselandi

    Iwobi shooting is disastrous and innate, he doesn’t seem to have the ability to ever overcome that big negative aspect of his game. He is simply not Arsenal quality.

    Having said this, I understand fully why my country men are eager to defend Iwobi from attacks coming from British people here. Wilshere was a poor player all through, I wanted him sold from the day one, and unlike Iwobi, he never earned his pay, as he was always injured, yet he received a lot of support from British people here, who loved him out of patriotism and kept insisting that the club should give him more time, citing that he is a local boy, even when he remained an average player he always was.
    It’s abit of double standard coming from the British Arsenal fans who supported Wilshere to now come out, calling for Iwobi sale, rather than supporting and pleading for more time to be given to him, seeing as he is a homegrown player, a young player, and almost got all the time, and so, could prove to be a valuable squad depth player for the Arsenal team.

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    Th14
    August 5, 2018 at 11:58 pm
    @Jon fox
    I’m just going to copy it for you again as I’ve already dropped this comment in reply to Xxnof.

    I’ll help you define who a star is so you don’t go about fooling yourself in public forums

    A star is “a very famous entertainer or sports player”

    Now tell me,
    Isn’t Iwobi famous??
    Answer is yes he is. Now not only in Nigeria and England but all over the world. Doesn’t that make him a star??

    Isn’t Iwobi a celebrity??
    Answer is yes he is. Iwobi goes into any night club in the UK and is recognised whereas you walk into the same club and nobody notices you.

    Iwobi walks in the streets of London and fans mob him for selfies and autographs. Why?? Why don’t the same fans follow you about for pictures bro?? Please I’ll like to see you try and explain how Iwobi isn’t a star

  17. Lanert

    Averagely, Arsenal fans in Nigeria would not want to see Iwobi start for Arsenal (especially matches of high inportance) because he add little or nothing to the games. Iwobi shows so much potential from onset, only to get complacent after being over pampered (thanks to Wenger).

    Nigerians support Iwobi because he’s just one of their own (amongst few in EPL) they can reckon with their beloved (Arsenal) Football club just like every other supporter get patriotic. However, in my personal opinion, I feel Iwobi has the potential of becoming a much better player under a coach that challenges his players to go extra mile on the pitch. That being said, we can only hope Emery imbibe that descippline and hard-fighting spirit into the players for the benefit of our players and the team In general.

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