Maybe it is the fact that Arsenal are still waiting for the England international Jack Wilshere and the Spanish international Santi Cazorla to recover from their respective injury problems, while the unlucky Tomas Rosicky picked up a ruptured thigh muscle on his return.
I certainly think that if Arsene Wenger had these attacking midfield options open to him then he might not be so reluctant to let the young Gunner Alex Iwobi go out on loan to gain some valuable experience. As it is the Frenchman is well aware that we are one Mesut Ozil injury away from a big problem and Iwobi has already impressed in that crucial number 10 role.
Iwobi is versatile as well as talented and the boss alluded to this in a Metro report in which he explained that he was planning to not only keep Iwobi at the club for the rest of the season, but to give him plenty of time on the pitch as well.
Wenger said, “It’s because I think this guy could very quickly play. He can play on the left, he can play on the right, he can play behind the striker, even number nine.
“He’s one who when he was a kid could pass by if you don’t watch well in training but I personally like his game.
“He’s very interesting.”
And when you read what the Arsenal academy chief Andries Jonker told Arsenal Player about the Nigerian then you get a good idea of why Iwobi has broken into the first team this season.
Jonker said, “Every now and then we have had players who have attracted attention but I think the one who has succeeded most is Alex Iwobi, who is with the first team now.
“He played at home against Bayern Munich, made two very nice goals and was great for the team. Since then we haven’t seen him because he’s with the first team and that’s what it’s all about.
“Alex is incredibly motivated, dedicated, willing to work and open to listening. He is always trying to improve himself. That makes him a perfect player because, with the talent he has already, he can continue to develop. That’s what’s happening at the moment.
“This is the best experience they can get. This is about winning or losing. The group stage is about qualifying, the knockout games mean that you go through or you don’t and I think that’s exactly what the boys need. In England, until under-16s, there is no league football at all, it’s just friendly games.
“It’s of huge importance to play matches that matter. If there’s one league in the world about winning or losing, it’s the Premier League. If you want to develop players to play at that level you have to develop them, you have to teach them, so this is very important.”
So is Wenger right not to loan this perfect Arsenal prospect?
I suspect he will overtake the Ox very soon – and will a significant regular sub next year
Iwobi one Kenobi is the real deal mate!
I’m glad that Wenger has done something right by keeping him at the club ? ?
Agree, Gooney. Funny when ever he’s on the pitch you eye is drawn towards him.
Let’s be honest, his ball control is Zidane-esque
He plays with passion and high intensity…….. But he’s composed and makes decision faster!
Like what i have seen so far from the kid..Looks like he can get the job done in more than 1 role (diversity is key to the new generation of footballers)
I am happy that we are playing him but no putting a lot of pressure on him allowing him to adapt his way of playing to the arsenal mentally we need to keep doing this we do not want him to end up like Januzaj at united.
Lets breed him into the main squad and allow him to become a young sensation
Iwobi has always been a special talent, no wonders he was the captain of the youth team. Yet some fans would say Wenger does not know how to spot talents. Or say he refused to bench some players. The recent playing of Gab, Campbell, Bellerin etc show that he is tactical about rotation and players on form. See the benching of Debuchy for a teenager? He loves to use players who can play to the chemistry of the team. That’s my manager.
“…but to give him plenty of time on the pitch as well.”
I haven’t seen that.
Have seen Alex Iwobi on a couple of occasions including the cup game against Sunderland. Thought he looked solid, skilful and composed for such a young player. Combined well with Campbell and Bellerin. He is an exciting prospect.
He would probably benefit from a loan move next season, but AW may keep him back in EPL squad as a back-up to Ramsey.
Is there a good site/YouTube channel etc that shows up to date footage of the academy kids playing matches?