Wenger: Mkhitaryan can show Iwobi the way

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Arsene Wenger says Alex Iwobi is on the up again after a drop in form and believes the Nigeria international will benefit from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s arrival at Arsenal.

The 21-year-old midfielder was in and out of Arsenal’s Premier League matchday squads in the first half of the season and then found himself fined in January after pictures surfaced of him at a party 48 hours before the FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Despite disciplining Iwobi the boss kept has faith with his Academy graduate starting him in six consecutive matches. A goal against Crystal Palace and a couple of assists, including one last weekend against Everton, have hinted at a turnaround in fortunes. The boss now feels that the arrival of Mkhitaryan will spur him to even greater heights.

“It is a good example to follow because they have similar qualities,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.

“Alex Iwobi is at the moment moving forward. He has had the highs and lows this season, but that is a big part of his age.

“To see examples like Mkhitaryan, and the professionalism that this guy shows, will show him the way to behave and the way to play as well.”

The boss also believes there is long-term gain to be had from bouncing back from a short-term patch of poor form.

“When you want to make a big career you have to go through low points. What makes the career is how you respond to that, how much you learn from that process and how well you bounce back.

“That’s when you’re love and passion [for the game] and strength of character is tested and I’ve seen so many fail because they could not respond to that.”

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You’ve done some reading, so here’s a reward…Iwobi in a new Nike advert. It’s quite fun.

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Ric

Wavey advert

Pedant

We forget that Iwobi is still young with his best years in front of him.

21, scored the winner to get Nigeria through to the World Cup. He’s potentially a great player for us, let’s let him grow up and learn from Mkhi and Ozil.

Newxieland

Yeah… all the way to the subs bench hehehe 😉

On a more serious note any chance we’ll get to see LMAO all on the pitch at the same time?

Any idea how Lacazette will do on the wing? I mean if Wenger thought it was a good idea giving that position to TGSTEL surely Lacazette is worth a try…

Mentalist

Mikhi, do you know the way?

Iwobi\'s left foot first touch
Iwobi\'s left foot first touch

Typical AW decoy, expect Iwobi on the bench, Elneny in.

Alexit Micki Aubarsenal
Alexit Micki Aubarsenal

Way will find Mkhitaryan

Santori

This isn’t school, we need results.

If Mhkitaryan can show himself the way I’d be happy.

Played on the left side, he could not cross to save his life.

As I mentioned in transfer window, we bought for expediency of the ‘football director’ Mslintat, not for the better balance of the team.

Again, a Mahrez would have given us more creative width, a player who could take on opponents on his own, and one that is left footed but can/and does play inverted right side.

Instead, we buy yet another player who likes to go through the middle.

Where Mhkitaryan is probably more diligent defensively, Iwobi may have given us better left side ability earlier in the game. By the time he came on (and with us switching to two wide strikers, he had to drop deeper but it showed some potential as he was better able to pick out the pass to Lacazette.

Provided with that ‘service’ some have inexplicably complained he was lacking, the Frenchman conspired to miss his chance. World class stats.

Indeed if anything, (kane’s goal) and our inability to mount much of a sustain threat up top, illustrates more than amply the folly of trading Giroud (our battle axe) for two similar weapons that were all too easily nullified.

Sometimes you need the battle axe.

Instead, with two wide strikers, we were bereft of presence in the middle and easily shunted sideways (AGAIN again again)

Nor would the introduction of Ramsey to burst into the middle help in this instance with Spurs very effectively dealing with our poor crossing and constricting space in the box.

Put it very frankly, the buying team of Mslintat did what was MOST CONVENIENT for them.

Committed to the swap deal for (spoilt goods) Mhykitaryan, we were less likely to buy Mahrez.

Early in market, he was wanting out (as he is now) and they were willing to listen to 50m offers. Do not get yourself confused with the 95m asking price end of market. This is not fixed price and prices go up particularly if you were City calling with no other options and at 11th hour.

Instead we settled on players that neither fix our midfield issues (we needed two players in Elneny AND Granit to anywhere even appear ‘remotely’solid today instead of the one player). Nor have we solved our forward attack. The creative element in the wide areas now missing not to mention the pace having sold Alexis and Walcott not to mention Ox (and Gnabry) before.

This is not a balance team in capability by any means.

Hard truth is NO Aubameyang and Lacazette are not “world class” just because of stats.

The composition and balance of the team has been neglected over superficial raw stats because it is all too easy to pull the wool over the eyes of Arsenal fans.

Alas.