Wenger: Iwobi Now A Better Finisher, But Must Improve Defensively

Wenger: Iwobi Now A Better Finisher, But Must Improve Defensively

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi to improve the defensive side of his game even after the Nigerian has progressed as a finisher.

Iwobi has enjoyed a strong start to the new season, especially for the Super Eagles, scoring the goal that sent Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup in a 1-0 win against Zambia back in October.

Then last week Iwobi scored twice in a 4-2 comeback win against Argentina.

And in the Premier League, his only goal was in a 2-0 win against Brighton, bringing his tally so far this season in all competitions to four.

Following his impressive performances so far, Wenger who hailed the 21-year-old’s ‘unbelievable’ progress, however says the young attacker still has a fair way to go before becoming the complete article.

“I think Alex is a player who grows regularly,” Wenger told Football.London.

“This season, for the first time he’s adding what we want from him – goals – to his qualities, which are exceptional.

“Overall I think he has a good attitude and now he becomes efficient in front of goal as well. This kind of experiences like the one against Argentina will help him even more to grow.

“Before he rushed his finishing but his finishes against Argentina showed composed finishing of a guy who knows what he’s doing, and with his left foot as well.

“He’s worked a lot on his finishing and he’s improved a lot. Compared to one year ago, the difference in unbelievable.

“There’s still much to come from him. I want him to become a better defender as well. You want him to make better quality receptions in the final third, better runs.

“That will come because he’s a boy who loves football, who is passionate about the game and he has a very good attitude and analysis about his own game.”

Wenger added:”He’s just enthusiastic to play and enthusiastic to be involved. He’s a pleasure to work with.

“For him the target is to keep the same attitude and the same desire to improve, he’ll move forward very quickly.”


  • ako amadi 1 year ago

    So what should other players who earn their money as defenders be doing? Arsenal is a bit weak in defence. They allow attacking opponents to bully them. This was not happening when Patrick Vieira. Martin Keown, and others were around a decade ago. They’re lucky they have a damn good keeper

    • Tony Iloka 1 year ago

      In modern football, when you lost the ball to your opponent, the attack becomes the first line of defence. Just as defence joins the attack while attacking.

  • Wenger himself must improve technically & tactically

  • Wenger must also improve his coaching mentality in the game

  • Wenger must also Improve too

  • Very correct ,d guy is good but he still need to improve..especially as a defensive… Also love to c him as a finisher.. Both suit him..

  • Wenger must leave the club must

  • Rohr n Wenger, two coaching tacticians vis-a-vis Iwobi

  • WENGER shud give him playing time if he wansts d best out of him

  • Iwobi is not a defender nor is he a defensive midfielder.

  • Football like all of human endeavour has become another robotic venture, an attack minded skilful player should also go and learn to defend. Make the guy kuku become goalkeeper and referee and even manager before Dem go say him dey ok.

  • Wenger please leave iwobi to improve to a finisher dont let it be defensively like morihno did to mikel obi in chelsea

  • Ok ok Mr bean, now use him as a right back then, or probably as a goal keeper

  • Wenger must leave the club, we don’t want him at all

  • Wenger leave him alone. Leave Iwobi alone! I know you are upset with him because he chose to play for Nigeria against your wish. Maybe, Gernot Rohr should teach you how to use Iwobi.