Arsenal youngsters are giving Unai Emery a selection ‘headache’, says Alex Iwobi after Blackpool scalp

Iwobi says that the youngsters are going to cause Emery selection headaches

Arsenal‘s youngsters are giving manager Unai Emery a real selection headache, claims Alex Iwobi.

The Gunners thrashed Blackpool 3-0 in the third round of the FA Cup, with the youngsters playing a key role in the triumph. Joe Willock made the most of his opportunity and scored a brace while Bukayo Saka replaced Iwobi for the final few minutes of the game. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was also in the line-up and embraced his chance with a full-blooded performance.

Unai Emery has resorted to squad rotation in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League with Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and a few of the other younger players getting a fair crack of the whip to express themselves at the highest level.

And Iwobi believes that the performances of the youngsters at the club are going to give the manager a few selection dilemmas in the coming games.

Iwobi said on arsenal.com: ‘We knew it was going to be difficult and it’s not like the Emirates where it’s a big pitch.

‘It’s all tight and compact, but we managed and we were able to focus on the game and do well.

‘Blackpool are a good team. They fight well and they win aerial duels and we knew we were going to be up against it but we dug deep to get the result.

‘It’s good that we have youngsters like Joe and Eddie who came in and did well. Even Bukayo Saka who came on. We have a lot of pace in the team.

‘It’s one for the manager, there’s going to be a lot of headaches for who he has to play if we keep on fighting for positions and getting three goals.’

 

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