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Ex-Arsenal Star, Smith: Iwobi Finally Fulfilling His Potential

Ex-Arsenal Star, Smith: Iwobi Finally Fulfilling His Potential

Former Arsenal star, Alan Smith, has stated that the club’s Nigerian winger, Alex Iwobi is now fulfilling his potential with the Gunners and also hinted that he offers something different from the other players’.

Iwobi’s ability has never been in question, with Arsene Wenger having been happy to promote him from their famed academy system into the senior fold at Emirates Stadium.

The 22-year-old has, however, struggled for consistency at times, leading to him becoming an easy target for disgruntled supporters.

He has become a talismanic presence for his country, though, and has offered early indications under Unai Emery – who has handed him a new contract – that he could become a key part of the Gunners squad.

“It has been enlightening and heartening to watch Alex Iwobi shine this season,”Smith told the Evening Standard.

“Though not a regular Premier League starter, the youth product, by featuring in the cup competitions, has given us a glimpse of the promise first seen on initially emerging two years ago.

“Since then, however, Iwobi’s progress has stalled, leading to some Arsenal fans getting on his back.

“Ponderous in possession, first touch often heavy, you could see the uncertainty in everything he did. I wondered if he would ever bounce back to reach full potential.

“Lately, though, it has been the exact opposite. The 22-year-old looks powerful and positive with or without the ball, as if he understands his role. We hear he feels confident under Unai Emery, suggesting the new manager has devoted some time to improving the attacker.

“This all adds up to good news for the team as a whole, since Iwobi’s game can provide something different when Emery sees fit.”

Iwobi has started only two Premier League games this season, with his solitary goal of the campaign to date coming during one of those outings against Chelsea.

He has, however, impressed in Europa League and Carabao Cup competition of late and provides a useful option to Emery when the Spaniard wants to rotate or try a different approach.

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  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Good boy. Na people like you we dey look for, not the Arabian and Chinese products!

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    Indeed Iwobi is at top of his game.I have seen a couple of his games this season and just like Smith acknowledged,he has had a good transformation under Emery and that is just the beginning because he’s a good lad who wants to get to the summit of the game and God’s willing he shall get to the height of his promising career.A true and loyal professional inspired by a family of great football talents.
    We the super eagles fans are looking forward to your post world cup integration to the team and a better performances as we try to salvage our image in the African most prized tournament after missing out in a couple if editions.
    We are also looking forward to the team list in a couple of days and Iwobi is expected to be top on the list of attackers primed to shot down the boastful Libyan coach and his wards.
    Wishing the super eagles well and victory.
    God bless Nigeria!

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

    Musa is the BEST player that Nigeria has at this time. He is better off in Saudi Arabia where he is playing regularly than staying in Leicester without match time. He continue to score fantastic goals for Nigeria whenever he is called upon to play.