According to a report in the Evening Standard, Alex Iwobi is excited about working with the newly appointed manager Unai Emery.
The sudden departure of Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge came as a bit of a shock for the young Nigerian. The Frenchman represented a huge figure in his development. Iwobi has been with Arsenal since he was six, and to play for the Gunners’ first team now is a life-dream come true.
Now, with Wenger gone and Emery about to take charge, the attacker is keen to see what working with the Spaniard will be like.
Iwobi rose through the ranks at the Academy and established himself as a regular first-team feature under Wenger. Since his debut in 2015/16, he has made 98 appearances in all competitions in an Arsenal shirt but scored only nine goals. An underwhelming output for an attacking player, outlining the fact that this is still a very raw player, albeit very talented.
He also played for England through the youth teams, but he eventually chose to represent Nigeria at senior level. A smart move, as he wouldn’t be very likely to get into the England team at the moment, given the competition from the likes of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, and even Tottenham’s Dele Alli. This way, Iwobi made it likely he would appear in the upcoming World Cup in Russia this month, though the current list of 30 names still has to be cut down to 23 by Monday.
His chances of making the cut will be improved after he scored what turned out to be a 47th-minute consolation goal in a friendly against England on Saturday, after Gary Cahill and Harry Kane had given the Three Lions a two-goal lead.
Given the amount of money reported to be at the club’s disposal for transfers this summer (£70million plus any potential sales income) and the fact that the defence is where the priorities lie, it’s very likely Iwobi will be given a chance to impress Emery.