​Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on youngster Alex Iwobi but insists that the Nigerian must increase his offensive output if he is to become a top player.


Iwobi came through the ranks at Arsenal's youth academy and broke into the first team in the 2015/16 season, becoming a regular in the starting lineup. He has since impressed but has found himself on the fringes of the first team in recent times, though he started against Chelsea last weekend.


The Frenchman believes that Iwobi can become a top class player but insists that the 21-year-old must increase his tally of goals and assists.



According to the ​Metro, the Frenchman said, "I like the fact that he can play in tight areas, that he turns the game forwards, that he’s very mobile."


"We forget sometimes that Alex is still a very young player and that there’s a lot more to come from him. There must be a lot more to come from him because he has more personality in the game now."



Finishing is one aspect of Iwobi's game that needs improving, with the Nigerian international scoring just four goals last season and Wenger believes that with improved finishing, Iwobi can become a top player.


"We expect him to be more efficient in the final third offensively, because you feel there are goals in there and assists too. They have to come out. Add that to the fact that he allows the team to play very well and he will be a top-class player."


Iwobi has made 64 appearances for the Gunners since making his debut in 2015 and has helped them win the FA Cup and two FA Community Shields. He will now hope to kick on and become a regular in the starting lineup.