Arsene Wenger says he has high hopes that Alex Iwobi can go ‘much higher up’, highlighting the young midfielder’s ‘team attitude’ as a key factor in his development.
Iwobi, 20, was instrumental in setting up two of Arsenal’s four goals at Swansea on Saturday and now has five assists and four goals to his name in 30 Premier League appearances.
Wenger says the latest performance was indicative of a player growing in confidence.
“He is more and more comfortable in the team,” Wenger said to Arsenal Player after the game.
“But I think Alex Iwobi, above all his talent, is a guy who has a fantastic team attitude.
“He is gaining in confidence as well. You could see overall that he develops very well. If he keeps that kind of spirit he has at the moment, he can go much higher up. That’s my wish.”
After the victory at the Liberty Stadium, Iwobi was confident he’d be able to claim a goal after his second half effort looped in via a big deflection off Jack Cork.
“I’m claiming the first one! It’s on target so I’m going to claim that one,” Iwobi said.
“Second one I can let slide, but the first one is definitely my goal.
“It was quite big [the deflection] I’m not saying, but they all go in, they all count. But that one at least, I’m praying it’s my goal.”
Unfortunately, on this occasion the mysterious panel that decides these things has ruled against him.