Following Alex Iwobi’s Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr’s, revelation that he’d actually had a meeting with Arsene Wenger over the 20-year-old’s future, it got me thinking about where his career could go.
The forward has already began to reportedly attract the attention of Barcelona, who are currently licking their wounds over missing out on Hector Bellerin. In fact, Iwobi’s dad had to step in and confirm that his son was not joining the La Liga club.
However, what I found interesting was when his Nigeria coach, Rohr, revealed that Wenger had met with him over the player’s future.
“I didn’t see [his rainbow flick] coming but I wasn’t surprised he did it,” Rohr said.
“When I met Arsene Wenger last month, we talked about Iwobi and he told me there’s more to his game than what we are seeing at the moment.
“He (Iwobi) is a confident lad. He is not afraid to try new tricks in training and games. He can only get better, his best is yet to come.”
Iwobi has played a total of 1,985 minutes for Arsenal’s first team so it’s hard to imagine that he only broke into it last season, scoring two goals in two games after injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave him a chance.
Although there are plenty of aspects of his game that he needs to work on, he’s only 20, and with his existing contract with the club not running out until 2020 and talk of a new improved deal in the works, it’ll be a pleasure to watch him continue to grow in north London.
What do I see for Iwobi? Not just improvement generally as he gets older but I think Wenger will begin to experiment with him in a more central role a little more often. Against Reading in the EFL Cup he did a good job and was one of our standout players despite coming accustomed to being a winger. His movement and pace can be lethal as an attacking midfielder, all he needs is to be a little more composed.
It’ll be interesting to see how he adapts.