Although he does draw some criticism from sections of the Arsenal fanbase, Alex Iwobi is a player who has improved this season under Unai Emery.
With four goals and seven assists to this name this season, he’s already bettered last season’s contribution by one goal, and given that we’re still in February he could significantly upgrade his stats by the end of the season.
The Arsenal boss is pleased with what he’s got from him so far, but is demanding more from the 22 year old who can still be a bit hit and miss when it comes to producing in the final third.
He got an assist on Sunday in the 2-0 win over Southampton, looks like he’s regaining some of the confidence that appeared to have deserted him earlier in the campaign, and Emery is insisting there’s more in the midfielder’s locker.
“I am very happy and I think he is working a lot to improve,” he said.
“He has energy, he has quality, he has things to improve, but he can do that.
“For us, we have to be demanding with him and he himself being demanding to improve the things that he can get better at in his qualities.
“When he’s getting into the attacking third, into the box, to be calm to decide the last action with assists and scoring more.
“But he is giving us a lot of attacking moments and opening space for other players when they are arriving to the ball.”
The Nigerian international went off with cramp on Sunday but was in full training today.
Whether he starts tomorrow remains to be seen with Emery again stressing the need to rotate ahead of North London derby on Saturday.