Arsenal manager Unai Emery has asked forward Alex Iwobi to continue to influence games as he has done in the last few games, and also implored him to stay nearer to the box so that he can keep scoring and giving assists.
The Gunners were struggling to create chances against Watford on Saturday but that changed after the introduction of Iwobi in the second half in place of Aaron Ramsey. The team scored two goals late in the second half, and the first one came from an assist from Alex Iwobi, with Craig Cathcart scoring an own goal while tussling with Alexandre Lacazette,
“He works hard every day,” Emery told Standard Sport.
Emery on Alex Iwobi: “He is working well every day. I am very happy with him because of his mentality. He can play right or left, maybe he can do more one-on-one. I want him to stay nearer the box to score & finding assists for his team-mates. That is the way for him.” #afc pic.twitter.com/YrpcwpKTI4— afcstuff (@afcstuff) September 29, 2018
“Three weeks ago he was out of the team for two weeks with an injury. I’m very happy with him and his mentality. He has the quality to play right or left, to do more one-on-ones against the opposition."
“I want him to stay nearer the box to score and be more aggressive, finding assists for team-mates. This is the way for him and other players.”
Iwobi has not had regular starts for the club but he has been a regular substitute for the team, giving them impetus in attack during the second half. The Nigerian has a goal and two assists to his name, and is slated to start the game against Qarabag in the Europa League.
If Iwobi continues his form, he will be pushing for a move for a start in the Premier League as well, considering he is only getting substitute appearances in the league for now.