Arsene Wenger praised Arsenal’s faith in youth players after Alex Iwobi put in another amazing performance during our 4-0 win over Watford.
The forward scored his second goal in as many Premier League starts and was a massive part of our attack. Wenger has put his faith in Iwobi for a while now, steadily giving him the odd appearance throughout the season, and now he’s being rewarded.
“We have values in our club that are maybe not rated always, but one of them is to give a chance to young people and educate them,” the boss said after the match.
“Every year we bring players out and not many players can say that. I’m happy Alex is one of them. He arrived here at the age of seven or eight.
“He’s completely integrated in the way we want to play football. He’s worked with us since the start of the season and it shows because when he came in he was used to the way we want to play.”
The boss also praised Iwobi’s fearlessness, saying, “It’s one of his qualities. He’s also very mobile and is a midfielder with creativity, but is also a finisher. The quality of his receptions is very good because he gets into good spaces.”
Iwobi is a prime example of how allowing youth to develop and flourish can really pay off. The 19-year-old has not only given the manager another attacking option but has shown Theo Walcott exactly what he should be doing.
Since Welbeck returned from 10 months on the sidelines, he and Iwobi have been tearing up the pitch together and seem to have established a strong connection.
The match against Watford showed what Arsenal and Iwobi are capable of. Let’s hope this is just the beginning for the youngster.