Winning Eleven Review Amongst the growing unhappiness at Arsenal a young player has been given an unexpected opportunity in the first team, that player is striker Alex Iwobi. I will be honest I was surprised to see him take a starting place from France International Giroud and England International Walcott, but due to Arsenals erratic form he was given his chance.
Although Iwobi was born in Lago’s Nigeria, he started his international career representing England at U16s, U17s and U18s. Iwobi did however opt to represent the country of his birth Nigeria, and has since gone on to play for the full national side.
It should not be surprising really that Iwobi has started making an impression as he has the key attributes to help him in his career. At 184cm he is a tall striker, but unlike most strikers of his height Iwobi possesses excellent speed and acceleration. He also does not seem to be intimidated by the occasion and has a call head.
The biggest problem for Iwobi and one that faces many young players at clubs like Arsenal is the game time. For any young player to develop into a star they need to get good first team experience. As much as this can be a negative there are also positives to playing for a team such as Arsenal. He will be able to learn his trade from top international players and if he will have to be very determined to keep that first team place. One positive for Iwobi, is that he can and has played in various positions over the past two years in the youth and first team. He is ultimately a forward player but he has the ability to play on the wing and has also played in the centre of midfield. His chances in the first team seem to be coming on the wing, which does suit his style of play as he has the pace and confidence to take a player on. I do however see him eventually moving back to his natural position through the middle, as he would be a real problem for centre backs.
In summary we believe that Iwobi certainly does have the talent and athletic abilities to be a good player for years to come. He is also giving Wenger something to think about as he really does give 100% whenever he plays, and if he keeps working as hard as he does he will prove impossible to ignore. However in order to fulfill his potential he will need to take all the opportunities he can and not be afraid to move in the short term to get the much needed game time, if those chances should become restricted.