Arsene Wenger says Alex Iwobi has everything in his locker to be a number 10, he just needs to improve his composure in front of goal.
The Nigerian international has predominantly played out on the left wing this season but started Arsenal’s EFL Cup win over Reading in the position traditionally filled by Mesut Ozil.
“You see, he is not a typical winger and I think he can play in that role,” reflected Wenger after an encouraging showing by the academy graduate.
“He turns the game forward, he passes the ball through the lines very well. He has a final ball in him. He is now a little bit, I think he has it all in the locker to pass and give the final ball.
“What you want from him now is the finishing, you know. That’s still a little part that is missing in his game. I think he is too nervous at the moment when he has the possibility to finish.”
Iwobi scored twice for the Gunners in his breakthrough season and will no doubt be looking to follow the lead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, two players who’ve been in a purple patch in front of goal recently.
The Ox, who scored both goals last night, says he’s benefitting from the buoyant mood in the camp with Arsenal now 13 games unbeaten.
“I think the spirit is really good in the team,” he told Arsenal Player.
“Even when we drew to Middlesbrough on the weekend, it was almost like we lost the game and it shows how hungry this team are to win and we’re in a spell where we feel like we should be winning every game and we can win every game, so that’s a good thing. So I think it is really positive at the moment and the team’s got a lot of confidence.
“I know from my personal point of view, I’ve got a lot of faith in the team and what we’re doing as players and I believe we can do good things this year. But there’s a long way to go. But as you said, the positive vibes around us are really important. We need to keep the momentum going and put them to good use.”