Alex Iwobi says that working this season with his own analyst has helped him improve his game, but he admits he needs to add more goals and assists.
The Nigerian international was caught out badly in the Man City game last weekend, losing possession on the edge of our box which allowed Sergio Aguero to open the scoring inside the first minute.
However, he has performed well at times this season in a team which hasn’t always allowed individuals to shine, and at 22 he still has plenty of time to improve on aspects of his game.
In particular he highlights the need to score more often, and to provide the final ball to his teammates.
“I would say each day I’m still growing and still learning, but negatives, obviously they’re always going to criticise me for my goals and assists, which I need to add to my game if I want to be compared with the people I’m playing with,” he told the official website.
“This season I feel much better and I feel like I’m in control, especially going forward in an attacking sense.
“I have an analyst now who is always trying to help me, which I didn’t have in seasons before, so he’s sending me clips and saying what I can do better.
“That’s helped me and I’d like to say I’ve been involved in a few goals this season, even it’s not the assist or the goal.
“I’ve been getting a few pre-assists which go unnoticed. But at the end of the day as long as the team does well, that’s my main concern.”
The Arsenal academy graduate is someone who divides opinion, but as a home grown player is valuable to the squad, and there’s no doubt that he has taken some steps forward this season.
Only Alexandre Lacazette (8) has more assists than Iwobi (7 – along with Aaron Ramsey), so he’s not unproductive, but if he can find a bit more in the final third that would obviously be very welcome.