Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised the impact of Nigerian international Alex Iwobi in his squad. The 19-year-old continued to prove his worth at Arsenal as he scored his second goal in as many starts in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Iwobi had earlier netted his first league goal of the season for Arsenal against Everton at Goodison Park on March 19. He got the nod from Wenger to start his second successive game for the Arsenal in the 4-0 defeat of Watford yesterday and did not disappoint.
He scored a goal, created an assist, struck the crossbar and put in a lively performance which will no doubt please Wenger to no end.
Iwobi was instrumental in Arsenal’s first goal in the fourth minute as he teed-up Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who fired home unerringly from close range.
The Nigeria striker turned from provider to scorer in the 38th minute when he finished confidently from inside the box off a Sanchez pass.
He was extremely unfortunate not to complete his brace in the 51st minute when his powerful strike clattered against the crossbar after cutting inside his marker.
Iwobi was substituted in the 74th minute to a standing ovation by the Arsenal faithful at the Emirates who realise that they have a gem in their hands.
Wenger has now taken the time to extol the qualities of the young Nigerian forward after yet another accomplished display that belied his tender years.
“He’s a creative player. He scores goals as well. Overall, he’s a midfielder and a striker so he can be creative in his passing. He’s very mobile too. We have a game based on movement and he participates very well,” Wenger told ITV after the game.