Former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu says Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi is still evolving as a player but admits the 22-year-old is getting closer to his peak, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Iwobi’s career at Arsenal and with the Super Eagles has been halted by several inconsistent performances despite making 100 appearances for Arsenal since he made his debut in 2015.
Kanu who won two English Premier League titles and two English FA Cups at Arsenal in his five-year stay at the London club, however, remains confident that Iwobi will reach his potentials in the coming years.
“Sometimes, I don’t think he really knows how good he (Alex Iwobi) is,” Kanu revealed in an interview monitored by CSN on BBC World News.
“But from my angle, I can tell you that he is really good. He is strong, you can’t take off the ball from him. He can shoot and can dribble. He’s got the skills and he can play. The more the years he plays, the closer he gets to his peak. Right now he’s not there yet.”
Iwobi could make a return this weekend when the Gunners face Newcastle United after missing the win over Cardiff City due to ill-health.
Kanu, 42, also say it’s important that Arsenal manager Unai Emery play both Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette in attack.
“They are both great strikers if you look at them. If one is playing it’s pretty difficult for defenders to cope with one, but if you have the two on the pitch, the more you play them together the better for the team.”
On Unai Emery, the former Gunners forward remarked: “Its early stage in the league. Four games are not really much to worry about. Yes, they lost two games and won their last two games.”
“The game against Chelsea the team did very well. A lot of chances created, but they did not kill off the game. It’s still 50-50. So far, you can’t say he is doing greatly neither can you say he’s done badly.”
Kanu is one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup, and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was also named the African Player of the Year twice.
He also holds the third-most substitute appearances in Premier League history, appearing from the bench 118 times, and is regarded as one of the best players in African football history.