After falling down the pecking order from Arsenal’s first team to the bench, Alex Iwobi reckons he knows what it takes to get back in the starting lineup.
The 20-year-old came on with 20 minutes to spare against Stoke on Saturday and managed to score Arsenal’s third goal, temporarily sending the Gunners to the top of the Premier League until Chelsea beat West Brom.
That’s two goals in two games for the Nigeria international, who’s struggled in front of goal despite showing bundles of promise.
Speaking after the match, Iwobi explained that all he can do is push on and keep doing what he’s doing now in order to get that place in the starting lineup back.
“I was able to get a goal last week in the Champions League and now I was able to get one in the Premier League,” he said.
“I just need to kick on now and show what I can do to get into the starting team again.”
It won’t be easy. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in fine form and Theo Walcott is scoring. Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to change a winning formula means that Iwobi could have to really work for game time.