Starlet has emerged as one of Arsenal’s most impressive players this season as he establishes himself in the Gunners side.
ARSENE WENGER believes the world is only just starting to realise just how good Alex Iwobi is.
Iwobi has emerged as one of Arsenal’s most impressive players this season as he establishes himself as a regular in the Gunners side.
He was one of the stand-out performers in the club’s 3-0 win over Chelsea last weekend as he announced himself to the Premier League.
And Wenger says the 20-year-old has now developed from a player of promise into the real deal.
Writing in the match programme for the Basel match, Wenger said: “It was especially encouraging to once again see Alex Iwobi perform so well in a big game.
“Alex has a discreet way of assessing his place in the team – he doesn’t talk a lot and he is not what you would call a flashy player.
“He’s a player who connects the team and that’s why I think he’s integrated so quickly, because our game is based on those combinations.
“At the start, nobody talked too much about him because he does his job very well.
“But now people realise more and more that he can play at a high pace, that he has real quality,he works for the team, and when it comes to distributing the ball he does that very intelligently.
“When the ball gets to him you always feel the game can become quicker now. He’s developed that in the last 18 months.”When I saw him in the youth team he was more of a dribbler, an individual player.
“He’s slowly discovered from training with the first team that he needed to find a mixture between the individual and the collective game.
“That mixture is right now.”
Wenger added: “What is important now is that we ensure Alex keeps his humility.
“We live in a world where young people have to be careful about staying humble.”