Alex Iwobi says he’s happy with the progress he’s made this season, and he doesn’t really pay any attention to his critics.
Iwobi was speaking on the Planet Sport Football Africa podcast recently, and he discussed how the season is going for him individually so far. Whilst the 23-year-old earned a lot of praise for his development under Unai Emery in the early part of the season, Arsenal’s downturn in form has left him receiving some criticism recently.
“I am meant to be strong and obviously everybody has his own opinion, I don’t really look at that one,” Iwobi said on the subject of those critics (via Yahoo Sport). “I try to dwell on the positive and not dwell on the negative as much as I can. If I make a mistake I try to use it as a lesson and try to improve on it.
“We have a lot of good fans as well. They are entitled to their own opinion and I am happy with the progress I have made this season. I have been able to get more goals than I had in the previous season and I have had a few assists.
“As long as I am progressing and trying to do my best for the team that is what really matters.”
Iwobi has five goals and seven assists in all competitions this season, an improvement on his three goals and seven assists in 2017/18. He’s also played an extra 68 minutes, but that still means he’s contributing to the goals a bit more often than in the previous campaign. Nonetheless, some Arsenal fans will say it’s still not enough.
It’s now been almost three months since Iwobi’s last goal or assist in the Premier League, despite the fact he’s appeared at some stage in every game during that period. That wasn’t such a bad thing when Arsenal were winning anyway, but with four defeats in their last five league games, the Gunners really need goals right now.
Let’s hope Iwobi can prove he really has progressed this year by getting Arsenal a couple of victories in their final games.