Alex Iwobi : The latest game-changer for Unai Emery

Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi is fast becoming fans favourite at the Emirates Stadium due to his recent fine performances.

The Nigerian faced lots criticism throughout last season as he was far from the player, whom many thought he was in 2016-17 season.

Upon Emery’s arrival at the North London club, many fans advised the former Sevilla and Paris St-German manager to get rid of the player’s signature if he must succeed during this season.

Amid every advice, Emery failed to loan him out neither did sell him outrightly. Emery’s decision to keep Iwobi has turned out to be the best as the 22-year-old is presently one of the best in the team so far this season.

Though Iwobi hasn’t seen much game-time under Emery, the player has seized every opportunity to prove his worth to the North London supporters.

During the week Iwobi enjoyed a wonderful display against Brentford in the Carabao Cup, helping the Gunners to a 3-1 victory over the Championship side.

Heading into yesterday’s clash against Watford, Unai Emery’s men were chasing their seventh consecutive victory.

However, things weren’t going smoothly for Emery and his players until the Spanish tactician introduced Alex Iwobi into the game in the 63rd minute.

Unimpressive Aaron Ramsey made way for the young Nigerian and that change the contest completely.

Iwobi, who is full of energy and determination, was a thorn in the flesh for Watford’s defence as they found it difficult to cope with his pace and techniques.

After so much trouble, Iwobi got the reward for his hard work as his cross was deflected by Craig Cathcart into his own net in the 81st minute.

That goal was all that was needed by the Gunners to spring into life. They began to press forward for another goal as Iwobi was everywhere on the pitch, trying to make things happen for the second time.

Unsurprisingly, Mesut Ozil- who was less-inspiring until Iwobi’s introduction – scored the second goal of the game as he clinically slots home the ball pass Watford goalkeeper Gomes.

Though it might be too soon to start singing the player’s praise, Iwobi looked a different player under Unai Emery. Should he continue his blistering form for the Gunners, it won’t be surprising seeing the winger compete with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Marcos Asensio for the top award.

%d bloggers like this: