Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi revealed he is working on his finishing with his father, in a bid to become a more ruthless player in the final third.
Finishing off scoring chances is the one glaring flaw in Iwobi’s game. Despite always taking up good scoring positions, he hasn’t bagged as many goals as he could do. Last season, he netted just four goals in 38 appearances.
Fully aware of this weakness, Iwobi has admitted that he’s doing extra work with his father to improve. “In the position I am in, I need to get goals and create chances so normally after training or when I am at home, I go out on the field with my Dad and just practice my finishing,” Iwobi said, reports Pulse.
“There’s always areas of my game that I need to work on. I did a lot of off-season work, I was doing a lot of running, a lot of fitness work.
“[I wanted to impress], especially as towards the end of last season I didn’t play as much as I would have liked. Preseason is a great way to get yourself ready, and I feel sharp, confident and ready to play games this year.
“I am happy with my form, but I still have a lot more to prove as it was only pre-season – I just have to carry it on now.”
Iwobi’s extra work was noticeable during pre-season. He had a number of eye-catching performances in Arsenal’s friendlies and scored goals against Bayern Munich and Benfica. This isn’t the first time that Iwobi’s poor finishing has been mentioned.
Last season, the 21-year-old admitted he could be doing better in front of goal, and that he’d been receiving advice from his teammates. A player like Iwobi could feasibly hit double figures for goals with his ability to find space in the penalty area, I feel.
Although he won’t be a consistent starter this season, he’ll have plenty of opportunities in cup competitions this campaign to show that all his work is paying off.