Unai Emery has applauded Iwobi’s attitude but wants more from him
Arsenal manager Unai Emery was impressed with Alex Iwobi’s performance against Huddersfield Town in their 2-1 win on Saturday, but thinks the Nigerian winger has loads of space for improvement.
Iwobi scored the opening goal for the Gunners at the John Smith Stadium, when his volleyed attempt was deflected off the defender into the back of the net. It was his third goal of the season, matching the numbers of last year, despite making seven fewer starts.
The 22-year-old made a great start to the season and it looked like he is going to be the main man under the new management. But his form has dropped off in the past few weeks.
Emery believes the player has the right attitude and wants him to improve in certain areas. The Spaniard said: “He’s young, makes a big commitment and he has good physical condition.
“He needs to improve something tactically, maybe, but above all he’s calm with the ball in the attacking third [in order] to find better assists, finding the possibility to score with composure, or find the best option, whether that is shooting or dribbling.
“He scored [on Saturday], got another very good chance and the possibility to assist [Alexandre] Lacazette, but I think his match – first starting with his attitude – was very big, and his performance was very good.”
Arsenal go away to BATE Borisov this Thursday for Europa League round of 32 first leg. It won’t be easy for the Gunners as they chase the only realistic hope of a trophy this season.