Iwobi keeps a level head as he looks to progress

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Alex Iwobi is likely to start Arsenal’s opening game of the season against Liverpool on Sunday as his first team progression continues.

The youngster was eased into action last season by Arsene Wenger but by the end of the campaign had become a fixture in the starting XI, with the manager’s faith in him apparent when he picked him ahead of more senior players for the Champions League tie with Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

He’s been in goalscoring form in pre-season too, netting against Man City in the 3-2 win on Sunday, but the Nigerian international is determined to keep his feet on the ground and not get carried away.

“I just want to push on, improve as a player, play more games, score more goals, make more assists and contribute to the team,” he told FIFA.com.

“I don’t like to get ahead of myself, but it is a long season and there are plenty of games, so hopefully I’ll have the chance to do that.”

The 19 year old also thanked his manager for giving him the chance at what was a difficult period in the Gunners season.

“It is every boy’s dream, to score in the Premier League and play in the Champions League.” he said. “I’m grateful to the manager for showing faith in me and giving me the chance.”

So, while signings are needed and frustration is felt until they arrive, let’s not overlook we’ve got one of the most exciting talents in the Premier League emerging right under our noses.

Enjoy it.

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Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

He was excellent against City. Still areas of his game to improve (and I’m not in general a fan of using the PL and CL as training matches for young players), but I believe he can make a real contribution to our season. Something nice to think about amidst the frustration of our transfer window non-event.

Scott P
Scott P

Iwobi really has been something. How many promising attacking youngsters have shown glimpses of potential before fading back into the reserves and then disappearing from the club altogether? It looks like this one’s made of sterner stuff and it’s great to see him evolve.

Ox in the Box
Ox in the Box

There is no player with worse dance skills than he has. Every and each one of his goal dances is cringeworthy. This makes me so happy, as I am an horrible dancer myself and it feels as he is one of my kind. It is beautiful to see something that makes you relate to millionaire players that have more talent in playing football that you have ever wished for.

Also, he looks like a great lad, humble and dedicated. Amazingly talented too. To see someone like Iwobi take his chance makes me 100x times more happy than signing players for 50mio. Except for Ozil, still can’t believe we have him.

Vincent Kompany/Jamie Vardinho
Vincent Kompany/Jamie Vardinho

These kids nowadays have terrible celebrations, his first ever senor goal was great.

He looked like he had a seizure with this one (allowed to say this as im epileptic)

Really exciting player, Akpom looks great too.

Gunner in Canada
Gunner in Canada

Sturbridge is worse, with his goofy goal dance, far worse

sahil
sahil

Hopefully he can smash the mugsmashers on Sunday. Exciting talent.

Ken
Ken

I think this should be out line up for Liverpool Cech bellerin Chambers/Holding Monreal Gibbs coquelin Elneny Cazorla Iwobi Walcott Campbell. I think Campbell should play CF Walcott on the right.

As for defence. Either Debuchy or Monreal should play CB with either Chambers/Holding. I prefer Montreal but Debuchy has played there before and he did surprisingly well and he’s very experienced. But that’s my solution until hopefully we buy a CB soon.

Also apparently Lacazette is injured so there goes another transfer target. But I have a feeling we’ll win on Sunday.

Mc1892
Mc1892

There’s two rather large xhaka and alexis shaped holes in that lineup..

ken
ken

lol yeah i thought of it but it didn’t make sense and just like Wenger did last year he started Sanchez of the bench because he wasnt fit thats what wenger will do again. Theres no point risking the only world class striker we have when we haven’t even bought a replacement for Welbeck yet… starting Alexis is suicide what if he gets injured because hes not match fit??? then wed have another problem like the CB situation and then every striker we go in for would be 10m more. So yeah i don’t think so Alexis would be on the bench against liverpool you watch. Xhaka may start but frankly I don’t think he’s warranted a place ahead of Elneny and he’s not a tackler or ball winner like Coquelin also he’s new to the premier league Wenger might do what he did to Pires by starting him from the bench while telling him to watch the pace of the game to prepare him for when he comes on. Elneny knows the pace of the league already thats why I think Elneny would start but xhaka may start but i’d be surised if he does. as for Ramsey if he makes the bench I’d be suprised he’s not match fit. And those suggesting he’ll start ahead of cazorla in that 10 role is dreaming. Why do you think Wenger deliberately made sure cazorla got 90min against viking? to accelerate his fitness because quite frankly he’s the only world class no.10 we got next to Ozil and since ozil is not available Cazorla is starting you can bet your life on that. When Ramsey get’s fit then he may start but for against liverpool Cazorla will start you watch in fact he’ll be the captain. lol

mc1892
mc1892

I agree that Cazorla will start as captain in the number 10 role, but I’d wager a lot of money that both Xhaka and Alexis start too. We can’t wrap our good players in cotton wool just because we haven’t got an equally good replacement, otherwise Koscielny, Sanchez and Ozil would never play.

Dan Hunter
Dan Hunter

I am actually dreading the start of the new season and we are understaffed yet again

?@iambadal

His progress was so inspirational that EA sports created a player for their Fifa 17. Alex Iwobi=Alex Hunter. On a serious note, I hope he continues his pre-season form. Thomas Vermaleen signed for Roma, so Kostas Manolas should be available.

Con
Con

The Vermaelen / Manolas merry-go-round crossed my mind also. The latter is exceptionally aggressive at attacking the ball in the air, which is exactly what we need. As for Alex, what impresses me most about him is his composure and intelligence on the ball. Playing with Ozil will greatly assist his development.

NW Gooner
NW Gooner

Absolutely love Iwobi. It’s incredible he’s only 19, he plays with so much composure.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

Pretty sure blogs got it wrong and he is in fact 20.

Martin
Martin

What A Class Act This Boy Is.

Tim
Tim

Title Of A Movie?

Tom Gun
Tom Gun

So what do we think the front 6 will be for Liverpool?

Xhaka Coquelin
Ramsey
Oxlade Iwobi
Sanchez

Will that be right? Will Wenger play Walcott from the start and if so where?

Thoughts….

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Not a bad line-up, but I think Walcott will play and one of Ox or Iwobi will not. I think we’ll see this:

Xhaka Coquelin
Sanchez Ramsey Iwobi
Walcott

It’s not necessarily what I’d put out if I was Arsene, but given what’s been used in pre-season I can definitely see this happening. I really hope Walcott has a good game against the Mugsmashers.

Mc1892
Mc1892

I suspect we’ll see xhaka Ramsey alexis iwobi Cazorla and ox (with alexis up top). Though I’d be tempted to sacrifice ox, have Ramsey out on the right and get elneny alongside xhaka given how inexperienced our centre backs are likely to be.

Tom Gun
Tom Gun

And play 3 at the back or no goalkeeper?!! Or maybe the referee will take pity on us and allow us to play 12 on the pitch.

Referee: “Come on Mr Klopp, look at their fans – they are going crazy with no transfers coming in. Look at that poor bald fella – he had a full head of hair a few weeks ago but has pulled it all out. Let’s allow them to play with 12.”

Klopp: “Well ok but only if it’s Walcott. Then it’s basically the same anyway.”

Tom Gun
Tom Gun

Oops! Please ignore my stupidity – apparently I can’t count and you can Mc1982. Apologies! As you were…

Van Doorn

Campbell?

Midwest Gooner
Midwest Gooner

Love this kid! He just needs more time to properly develop his celebrations.

DJ
DJ

I actually really like his celebration. Nothing wrong with being unique. But to each his own I guess.

Nicky
Nicky

I find myself doing it as a default celebration in work meetings. I am 33. I am respected in the workplace.

CJ
CJ

Love this guy

Bob Davis

He had a great game against Man City. I’m really pleased with how he’s progressing. I hope he plays against Liverpool. COYG!

Papyrus
Papyrus

Quick question: What would Iwobi cost if another team came in for him? Say, Chelsea or Man City? Would fit well at BVB as well…

Gargoyle
Gargoyle

I guess people like to get instantly offended instead of engaging in any form of discussion. I’d say 25 mil.

Ricardo
Ricardo

Hey Arseblogger, I have a feeling you just put the Arseblog curse on Iwobi with this post.

If I recall correctly, you said the same about Walcott and Chamberlain.

Goon
Goon

Better than Sterling

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Back-handed compliment. Almost everyone is better than Sterling.

AnonymousGun
AnonymousGun

Even Sanogo?

ger

did you see lingards celebration sunday………looked like billy elliot gone wrong

Iwobis are fine

Gunnersaurus
Gunnersaurus

Living his dream with humility. Big 17 off safety!

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

If iwobi and Sanchez play on the wings, Ramsey will play in central midfield. We will then have Wilshere, Santi, El Neny, Coquelin, the OX, Campbell on the bench. Coquelin may be loaned to another club in January or sold for his need of regular football.

Serpent
Serpent

With the Arsenal injury situation being on “normal”, Coquelin will probably play every single game from November…

EVANG. FEMI
EVANG. FEMI

I just pray the injury gods spare you so that nothing will hinder your progression.

Oooh aaah Ray Parlour!
Oooh aaah Ray Parlour!

Love him!

True gunner
True gunner

One of the best developing player I’ve seen in a while, let’s hope more Arsenal youngsters follow suit.

Getso gunner
Getso gunner

Hope He will help Arsenal and Nigeria win UCL and world cup respectively

Marble Balls
Marble Balls

I reckon Alex could and should be given a go up front sooner rather than later and certainly sooner than Chuba! Alex has the necessary strength, pace, skill, positional nouse and scoring ability, while I haven’t seen much other than a few easy tap-ins from Chuba.

Elcamino
Elcamino

Is his best position central or wide? Last season he was played at no.10 and i like his directness and ability to run past defenders but given the midfield options we havr is he better suited to a wide role?

stefangunner
stefangunner

Lad showed great decision making and maturity and that’s what puts him ahead of Ox and Walcott in my head.Great talent and I’m still surprised how he hasen’t still drawn much attention.I feel like he brings more balance to team with Alexis in side,than Ox.

Love his short socks also.

Van Doorn

This guy is all we hope comes out of our youth system

Xzibit
Xzibit

He could do more.

shokim
shokim

I enjoy watching Iwobi’s confident play on the pitch. Having said that, he definitely needs to work on his goal celebrations.

AnonymousGun
AnonymousGun

He should dance like Charlton Banks when celebrating goals 😀

Nicky
Nicky

It is worth noting that he just seems like a sweet, good-natured kid and is not a cunt. They all are at 19, sure, damn he plays with not an insignificant amount of joy.

richard of York
richard of York

i love his jay hands movements and the low cut socks.

richard of York
richard of York

**jazz hand movements**

Chinaman
Chinaman

Iwobi & Lingard have the worst celebrations in the league. But they’re both proof that internal solutions should not be scoffed at. Hope they both cement their places in their respective starting XI’s this season…

LeProf
LeProf

Is it only me who thinks Elneny deserves a starting spot after his impressive pre season performances?

My team for Sunday:

Cech

Bellerin Holding Chambers Monreal

Elneny Xhaka

Oxlade Chamberlain Iwobi

Sanchez

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

Yeah that’s a great team, add an eleventh player and we’ll be laughing! Sigh.

richard of York
richard of York

terrific line-up though we will be better off fielding 11 players rather than 10

LeProf
LeProf

Ramsey -_-

Commuterzombie
Commuterzombie

It will be interesting to see how Iwobi deals with the pressure. If he can handle it he’ll be a good asset to the team. Still need that world-class striker though…

Ken
Ken

You can’t wrap our good players in cotton actually common sense says we should but how about this there are over 45 games this season risk Sanchez for 1 game and if he gets a serious injury because he’s not fully fit don’t you know you’re more injury prone when you’re not fully fit? I think that’s what happened to Gabriel also a little but of bad luck but I think if he was fully fit he’d have gone into that challenge cleaner and maybe he won’t be injured now but that’s a maybe. But risking Sanchez for 1 game & possibly lose him for 3 to 6months does not make any sense. starting him off the bench and see how we do until the 2nd half who knows maybe we would actually be winning by the 2nd half and Sanchez may come on and not be under a lot of pressure or maybe it’ll be stalemate and he’ll come on and win it or provide an assist to win for us who knows. But doesn’t that make more sense? It’s not just about Liverpool what about Leicester what about the other important games. Also all the other players are not completely useless and without Sanchez or xhaka we can’t win. Like I said I’m more confident with elneny starting than xhaka. And xhaka is not our best player lol even in midfield he’s not our best player so yeah if he starts great baptism by fire he’s a tough guy I’d expect him to get through it but logically thinking like a manager with the big picture ahead of you what’s the logical move I’d say it’s to start both Sanchez and xhaka off the bench. But we’ll see the most important thing is we pick a team that’s capable of doing the job and hopefully we start off with a solid win.

Ken
Ken

You can’t wrap our good players in cotton actually common sense says we should but how about this there are over 45 games this season risk Sanchez for 1 game and if he gets a serious injury because he’s not fully fit don’t you know you’re more injury prone when you’re not fully fit? I think that’s what happened to Gabriel also a little but of bad luck but I think if he was fully fit he’d have gone into that challenge cleaner and maybe he won’t be injured now but that’s a maybe. But risking Sanchez for 1 game & possibly lose him for 3 to 6months does not make any sense. starting him off the bench and see how we do until the 2nd half who knows maybe we would actually be winning by the 2nd half and Sanchez may come on and not be under a lot of pressure or maybe it’ll be stalemate and he’ll come on and win it or provide an assist to win for us who knows. But doesn’t that make more sense? It’s not just about Liverpool what about Leicester what about the other important games. Also all the other players are not completely useless and without Sanchez or xhaka we can’t win. Like I said I’m more confident with elneny starting than xhaka. And xhaka is not our best player lol even in midfield he’s not our best player so yeah if he starts great baptism by fire he’s a tough guy I’d expect him to get through it but logically thinking like a manager with the big picture ahead of you what’s the logical move I’d say it’s to start both Sanchez and xhaka off the bench. But we’ll see the most important thing is we pick a team that’s capable of doing the job and hopefully we start off with a solid win.

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