Alex Iwobi thought he’d got his name on the Arsenal scoresheet again, this time against Hull, only to have the goal taken away from him by Alexis Sanchez’s quick reactions.
Speaking after the game, Arsene Wenger was asked about the 20-year old, and called on him to keep his feet on the ground. Wenger said, “Yes, he had a good performance, and you want him to improve.
“He is 20 years old, and I think he has talent, he has ambition, he has a big passion for the game and until now he has humility. We have to take care that he keeps that quality, because it’s an important one.
“But he has gained confidence and power. I believe as well he has a good combination between quick passing, picking players out and running with the ball. He gets that balance right, until now, and that’s not easy.”
Wenger also told reporters assembled for his post-match press conference, “I started him last year because I’ve seen that there’s something in him that is quality of vision, quality of give and go, of movement.
“He can break the lines with a pass and individually as well, so there’s a lot in the locker. Overall, he’s only 20 years old so you could see that he has gained in confidence now.
“He can take people on much more and he has gained power as well. It’s interesting what he has done.”
Since making his breakthrough into the Arsenal first team, the winger, who came through the ranks at the club after joining in 2004 when he was just 8, has made 25 appearances, scoring 2 and assisting 7.
In fact, Theo Walcott, although scoring more than the youngster, has only assisted one more, showing the impact that Iwobi has been having.
Taking to social media after the game, Iwobi complained, jokingly, of having his goal ‘robbed’ from him: