Iwobi Outshines Ndidi, Iheanacho As Ozil-Inspired Arsenal Thrash Leicester 3-1

Iwobi Outshines Ndidi, Iheanacho As Ozil-Inspired Arsenal Thrash Leicester 3-1

By Johnny Edward:
Alex Iwobi posted an outstanding performance for Arsenal who defeated Leicester City 3-1 in Monday night’s English Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came off the substitute’s bench to score twice as Arsenal made it 10 wins in a row in all competitions. It was the first time the Gunners recorded ten straight wins since 2007.

Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin netted an own goal deflecting in Ben Chiwell’s cross past Leno for Leicester’s opener in the 31st minute.

Mesut Ozil drew Arsenal level a minute before halftime finishing off a brilliant fast break which he started from the Gunners half.

At the restart, two second-half goals from Aubameyang claimed maximum points.

Nigerian pair of Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho both made their ninth appearance for the Foxes while Iwobi played the entire duration of the encounter on his fourth start (sixth appearance) of the campaign.

Despite Arsenal’s early dominance of possession, it was Iheanacho that had the game’s first real chance at goal but his goal-bound shot was deflected wide in the third minute of the game.

Four minutes later the 22-year-old saw his curling shot from the edge of the box saved by Bernd Leno in goal for Arsenal.

In the 17th minute, Leicester City was denied a penalty after Rob Holding handled the ball in the ball in the box denying Ndidi in an aerial tussle.

Leno made an outstanding save in the 20th minute to deny Harry Maguire a goal off a James Maddison free-kick.

Iwobi came close to drawing Arsenal level in the 41st minute but his low drive was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

At the start of the second half, Wilfred Ndidi missed a chance to restore Leicester City’s lead when his header was denied by the upright.

Aubameyang replaced Stephan Lichtsteiner in the 61st minute and scored two minutes afterward.

The Gabonese striker made it 3-1 finishing off a seductive move from Ozil in the three minutes later.


  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 months ago

    Yes, Nigeria Iwobi was fantastic today. I watch the entire match. Pray he do not sustain any injury next month when we meet the South Africans in Johannesburg.

  • Oh yeah, Iwobi had a better night than the three Nigerians on show last night

    _ Which Eagles Soared Highest? _

    Ndidi (6/10): did the usual that has come to be something of a trademark. Covering grounds; going for tackles, close marking and decent interceptions. If he is to attract interest from the Chelseas, Man U or Man Citys of this world – like his predecessor Ngolo Kante – he would need to add more guile to his overall midfield game.
    He did have a hand (or leg) in Leicester’s only goal with an awareness-driven pass.

    Iheanacho 6/10: could have put his team forward with a decent effort early in the match. Contrary to my initial thoughts, coach Puel has found a formation to accommodate both him and Maddison at the same time.

    Iheanacho was decent at holding up play and the awareness that goes into his one-time passes can often be overlooked/understated however these have contributed to some delicious counter-attacking moves leading to goals (like Nig Vs Iceland). One such quick-release pass almost led to another goal-build up yesterday.

    Iwobi 8/10: oh my goodness, never since the days of Kanu, Okocha and Aiyegbeni has a Super Eagle being a delight to watch in the English Premier League!

    Iwobi’s touches were deft; his passes were on-point; positioning was perfect; deliveries were deadly and all round play was elegant and classy.

    This guy has come to stay and even his initial hashest of critics will agree now that Iwobi is a bona fide Gunner through and through.

    He was everything that was effective about Arsenal yesterday and when he had to change position to accommodate the introduction of Aubameyang, his team even benefitted from this.

    In my humble opinion, Iwobi is not the answer to the vacant Number 10 playmaker role in the Super Eagles at the moment as his orientation is usually to drift sideways where he is most lethal.

    • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 months ago

      deo, you are amazing in your smooth descriptions of this game. Wow. Thank you so much for your time, my good friend.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 months ago

    Ndidi and Kelechi nearly scored in that game. Iwobi could’ve scored as well. The three SuperEagles justified their inclusions. Claude Puel should’ve left Kelechi on the field a little more as his substitution collapsed Leicester’s balance.

    Critically, Vardy should’ve been the one substituted as he offered absolutely nothing in attack, but been an English player he was left on the field and later left the game injured. You can only do your best when playing for a mid table team. Unless something extraordinary like 2016 occurs.

    Alexander the great is Nigeria’s best player anywhere in the world at the moment. He was a delight to watch and deserves the Man of the match award. It’s no coincidence that he’s been at Arsenal since the age of 9. A bonafide Gunner through and through.

    I think Iwobi is ok as the SuperEagles undisputed number 10. Playing a free role behind the striker threading delicate passes to the wings. As for Ndidi he sure needs to add some guile to his game to attract top clubs of this world. He will surely come good playing with top class players.

    However, I still rate him in the same class as Kante and Casemiros of this world. As for Kelechi I think he will be Leicester’s long term striker as Vardy is winding down in age. The fact that he’s cemented a place in the starting 11 is good for his confidence going forward. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE# SUPEREAGLES ON THE HORIZON.

  • Greenturf 3 months ago

    Iwobi was smooth last night though didn’t see the first half but saw enough to rate this mecurial midfielder.
    Iwobi was all flair last night and his judgement was spot on.Yes Iwobi can fill the number 10 role of the super eagles.He drifts to the wings because Ozil plays as the number ten so Iwobi plays a combination of midfield and wings respectively.He has the flair and panache to interchange positions and do a good job of it he was absolutely phenomenal.
    He can play the number10 if primarily assigned to do that by Rohr.I trust he can do it apparently he was good in the last internationals and will improve on that performance subsequently.

  • Nigeria trio of Iwobi. Iheanacho and Ndidi setting the premiership alight with their great showing last night.
    What a delightful performance by our jewel, Alex Iwobi, who’s gradually living up to his huge potential as a mercurial midfielder with his exquisite and crispy touches, movement on and off the ball. It was a wonder to see how the much maligned Arsenal last season stole the heart at Emirates with his inspiring form of late under Emery.
    It’s hope that Iwobi can find his consistency to keep his thrilling new found form. 

  • Paschal 3 months ago

    Spot on. Am always impressed by the use of English by forumites here. Unfortunately there are not many of us Nigerians who write good English. Strange that many University graduates are equally wanting. Keep it up guys.

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 months ago

      Lol! Paschal. Most of us here live and studied abroad abd the ones that live in Nigeria are also well educated so it’s no coincidence that everyone will have a dimension to his or her write up. And of course there will be typo errors due to autocorrect. I so so hate autocorrect LMAO!!