Iwobi: Arsenal’s Draw At Man United Hard To Take

Iwobi: Arsenal’s Draw At Man United Hard To Take

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi is a frustrated at his team’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United after going ahead of their hosts twice in the Wednesday’s English Premier League game, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Nigeria international felt the Gunners did enough to win the game, despite surrendering the lead twice in the entralling draw at Old Trafford.


Iwobi played for 65 minutes and was replaced in the 65th minute on his 13th appearance of the campaign for Alexandre Lacazette.

Shkodran Mustafi gave Arsenal lead after David de Gea made a hash of stopping his header in the 26th minute, but Anthony Martial got Manchester United back on level terms after The Gunners were handed the lead courtesy of close-range finish by Anthony Martial four minutes later.

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Lacazette restored Arsenal’s lead three minutes after he came on for Iwobi, but parity was restored after 74 seconds when Jesse Lingard poked the ball beyond Bernd Leno.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult game because Old Trafford is always a tough place to come. I guess it’s a hard one to take because we were ahead twice. Both teams fought hard, though, so I guess a draw is a fair result for both teams,” Iwobi told Arsenal’s official website.

“Maybe it’s just a mental thing of staying focused. We got a bit excited and tried to rush forward where we shouldn’t have. Maybe it’s about just making sure we settle things down a bit.”

The 22-year-old was also pleased with Arsenal’s 20 games unbeaten run in all competition.

Iwobi said: “Twenty games unbeaten says it all. The fans can see that we’re back to our best and you can see that too on the pitch. Every team is playing well this season so it’s going to be tough, but we’ll just keep going. We can only focus on our own performances.

“We’re very happy with how we’re playing and everyone’s confident. Our manager is always trying to improve things, so we’re never settling. We’re just trying to get better game by game.

“There’s just the small details that everyone can improve on. We’ll go back into training and prepare for Saturday now,” Iwobi stated.

Arsenal host Huddersfield Town in their next game at the Emirates stadium.

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  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Deo, where are you? I haven’t seen any of your comments and analysis for quite some time!

    You used to be a fan of Iwobi. Thought you would say something about him here.

    Hope you are fine bro?

  • diz iwobi is a fool oo… cant he see his game is dwindling down….everyone is progressing instead he chose to retrogress his game. what kind of inconsistency is this on earth? emery used him bcuz of his initial play, against chelsea atletic madrid. PSG and nigeria vs england…but now iwobi cant dribble or even go past marker with ligament problem…cant even drive opponent backward like he use to…iwobi need to watch video tape of his past games like, against PSG, CHELSEA, ENGLAND, ARGENTINA, serbia…iwobi is afraid to do his step over and afraid to take his marker on running. GOD help iwobi in this inconsistency.

  • Iwobi although talented can be inconsistent. Flashes of brilliance for a few games then slows down. He’ll be back to his best.

    But this shows vividly why we cannot rely on him alone to carry the number 10 position for the Super Eagles. We need a second player who we can utilise when Iwobi is out of form or even another two so he can be rested when his form dips like this.

    Two players for every position with a very strong alternative third player is the way to go. Rotate the three depending on form, tactics, injury, suspension or condition.

    We need a core of 36 very dependable players who understand the way each other plays in order for us to take on the world

  • Nigeria and there wahala. Where is the drop in form. He did had a not too bad performance yesterday agree but what is this one you are saying. Things like this are expected he is not a robot even Aubemeyang performance was not that good yesterday so stop this your negativity..

    • @Tayo “where is the loss in form”:

      See his productivity stats for his last 8 matches as measured by whoscored dot com:

      Yesterday vs Man U rated 6.4
      Vs Tottenham 6.1
      Vs Bournemouth 6.4
      Vs Wolves 6.2
      Vs Sporting 6.6
      October  Vs Leicester 7.4
      Vs Fulham 7.1
      Vs Qatabag 7.9

      Yes he is not a robot and yes many players’ form, condition and performance dip from time to time, but we need to be honest about player performances and not make emotional judgements, rather hard cold stats.

      And yes, we need to ensure that we have backup players os similar ability or one that brings a different dimension to the game.

      We cannot afford to rely on just one player for any position.. we have to have options in case of injury (three right backs injured last match – Tyrone Ebuehi, Shehu Abdullahi and Ola Aina) suspension (as we saw with Ndidi), reduced impact on a game or dip in form (like we are seeing with Iheanacho).

      I’m not being negative, rather bein realistic. We need three players for every position (two in the squad and one in reserve) and at the moment we have only one number 10 (Iwobi) and one left back (Collins) with any quality that we expect to see

    • A further look at performance statistics for Nigerian players (I’m not going to compare with Aguero, Sterling, Salah, Mane, Mahrez, Etc who are his mates and never drop standards)

      Average performance statistics this season so far:

      Ndidi 7.3 (plus several MOTM plus made team of the week EPL)
      Chukwueze 7.5
      Mikel Agu 7.0 (several team of the week protugal premier league)
      Sam Kalu 7.0
      Iwobi 6.6

      Laid bare, none of the players above are robots and are his team mates in the Super Eagles but the are playing at a rate of consistency far higher than Iwobi in the best Premier leagues in the world


  • i Understand you tayo, but we need a back up for him in super eagles so as to always get the best out of him

  • Even the statistics you wrote aboved is not bad at all he need encouragement not condemnation. We have always been saying it even if you want to criticise do it constructively these people are human being for God sake.

    • @Tayo, if you read my first post again, it is not condemnation as you put it, but constructive criticism? Did you miss tha part that said “he’ll be back to his best again?

      I’ve shown stats that showed his form and performance dipped in November. I’ve also shown that his form for the season cumulative is lower than those of his peers in midfield and attack in the Super Eagles.

      I stand by what I’ve posted and we do need to make sure that EVERY POSITION in the Super Eagles has options as relying on just one player in any postition will have us clutching at straws in competition. We will come up against Players at the two of their game at AFCON and have to make sure any player that is not firing on all cylinders at the time of competition has a ready replacement.

      That is not condemnation but an honest judgement. I’m sure most arsenal supporters who watch EPL matches will agree with me that Iwobi in November is very different to Iwobi in october