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Wenger reveals what persuaded him to give Iwobi a chance at Arsenal

September 19, 2016

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his reasons for showing faith in impressive young forward Alex Iwobi after an eye-catching display against Hull City.

The Nigerian attacker grabbed two assists in a 4-1 win over the Tigers, including a delicious back-heel to Theo Walcott for the second goal.

Iwobi only broke into Arsenal’s first-team towards the end of last season, but Wenger is a big admirer of his talent and is seeing his faith in the player repaid handsomely.

‘I started him last year because I’ve seen that there’s something in him that is quality of vision, quality of give and go, of movement,’ Wenger said after today’s game.

‘He can break the lines with a pass and individually as well, so there’s a lot in the locker.

‘Overall, he’s only 20 years old so you could see that he has gained in confidence now. He can take people on much more and he has gained power as well. It’s interesting what he has done.’

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