Robert Pires, swashbuckling d’Artagnan of Highbury’s flanks, believes that Alex Iwobi and Arsenal have a bright future together.
We’re inclined to agree. In a team that lacks natural wide men, the Nigeria international’s pace, power and dribbling ability has the potential to be a vital tool in Unai Emery’s armoury this season.
We’ve already seen flashes of his game-changing ability; the 22-year-old was impressive in his first start of the season against Chelsea – he scored and grabbed an assist – and on Saturday he came off the bench to inspire a late victory over Watford.
The upturn in form – something Iwobi attributes to Emery’s arrival – has Bobby purring about the player.
“I know just one thing, I told him after the game [against Watford] he made the difference,” Pires told the Evening Standard. “He’s a great player, very fast.
“He finds good solutions on the field with his vision. He has good mentality and spirit. Of course, he’s young but he’s learning very quickly.
“Arsenal with Alex Iwobi and Alex Iwobi with Arsenal have a good future.”
No doubt Iwobi will love hearing that from someone as special as Bobby, even if the Frenchman’s eternal optimism is in part tied to his free gym pass at London Colney.
As you’ll remember, Iwobi penned a new five-year contract in the summer and with Aaron Ramsey set to leave the club certainly has an opportunity to nail down more regular football. The ball is in his court…