Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi can be highly frustrating at times. The Nigerian international does have ability, but he has been so wildly inconsistent for Arsenal that it is infuriating.
Iwobi has been in and out of the Gunners starting line-up in recent seasons. However, under Unai Emery, he seems to have improved slightly. The Spaniard is renowned for improving players and maybe he has had a hand in Iwobi’s improvement this season.
Producing an end product
The big issue with Iwobi has been that he has the ability to beat players and is an intelligent footballer, but he is often missing an end product. This season Iwobi has made just four top-flight appearances, with three coming from the substitute’s bench.
In fact, his total of minutes on the pitch this season adds up to less than two full games. However, he has scored once and also produced two assists. One of those assists was vital, as it was the opening goal against Watford at the weekend.
It was a crucial contribution at that point in the game, as the Gunners were struggling to find a way past the stubborn visitors. When on the pitch he looked lively, just as he did in the away game at Chelsea.
Who drops out for his selection?
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing out wide for the Gunners, it means there is one less starting spot available in the attacking roles in the team. Aubameyang has to start for the Gunners, as he is one of the team’s biggest attacking threats.
Despite inconsistent displays for the Gunners, German playmaker Mesut Ozil is also likely to start most Premier League games. He has been playing on the right flank, although arguably his best position is as a number ten.
The most likely player to miss out if Iwobi is selected from the start is Aaron Ramsey, who has been playing as a number ten. The Welshman has not exactly set the world alight in the role.
His protracted contract negotiations may be playing on his mind. However, he has not been great of late. It would not be a massive surprise if Iwobi started on the right next game with Ozil back in his preferred position of number ten.
In his limited appearances this season, Alex Iwobi has shown that he could be about to start fulfilling his promise in an Arsenal shirt, which is only good for the player and Arsenal.
Does Alex Iwobi now deserve to start for Arsenal?