The neverending cycle of players coming in and out of Arsenal Football Club continues to bemuse many, but at the same time, it’s actively exciting as well. Case and point: Unai Emery seems to be forming a team that’ll work to his style, and it’ll be interesting to see whether or now that can translate to the English style of play. With that, he’s brought in a series of new players whilst also shipping quite a few out, and it seems as if he’s willing to give one surprise star another shot at proving himself with the club.
That player is Nigerian international Alex Iwobi, who recently returned from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Iwobi is someone who has always been tipped to do some big things at the Emirates but, unfortunately, he hasn’t quite been able to find the consistency necessary to thrive in the Gunners’ first team. While he’s certainly had moments of brilliance, with both Arsenal and Nigeria, the general hope and belief was that he’d be much further along by now.
It seemed as if the interest from Everton was going to lead to a move for the 22-year-old, whether that be on a permanent deal or in a loan capacity. Now, however, there seems to have been something of a U-turn, with Emery seemingly ensuring Iwobi that he’ll be a big part of Arsenal’s plans moving forward.
This is an interesting one as while 22 does seem quite young, the majority of young superstars tend to break out into the mainstream a few years prior to this. One argument that could be made is that Arsene Wenger didn’t really know what to do with him, which is a viable answer – or perhaps he just wasn’t being played in the kind of positions that would allow for him to succeed.
The Spaniard (Emery) doesn’t have to explain himself to anyone just yet, but he’s making so many decisions that we’re bound to be invested in what’s going to happen once the first ball is kicked on the opening day of the season. It’s difficult to figure out whether or not he considers this to be a squad in the rebuilding phase, or whether or he believes they’re ready to challenge for league titles and European silverware once again.
For Alex Iwobi, he needs to ensure that he grabs this opportunity with both hands and runs with it.
Are you happy about Iwobi staying?