Arsene Wenger has praised Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin for their contributions to the 3-1 win over Sunderland today.
The Gunners are in the draw for round 4th round of the FA Cup after today’s win, achieved without Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck.
It meant a full debut for Alex Iwobi, playing as the attacking central midfielder in place of Ozil, and the youngster impressed in the 65 minutes he played.
“I liked the timing of his passes,” said Wenger. In the middle of the park that is a vital quality and that fact he plays forward and sees things. As a young boy he is not afraid to come on and that is not easy.
“He was very good in the first half, he tired a little bit in the second half.”
Meanwhile, Hector Bellerin got two assists in a season in which he’s impressed from an attacking point of view, and that drew the plaudits from his manager.
“He became stronger and stronger,” said the boss. “Sometimes I felt in the last 20 minutes, every time he went forward he created a chance on goal.
“Look at the defensive and offensive numbers. The fact that he is only 20 years old, there is a lot more to come from him.”