Arsene Wenger has praised the impact of Alex Iwobi since breaking into the Arsenal first-team, claiming that the youngster is “growing” while playing with the senior squad.
The 19-year-old has impressed in his last two outings, playing very well in the Champions League loss at Barcelona last Wednesday and scoring his first senior goal in the Gunners’ 2-0 win at Everton yesterday.
At a time when Arsenal have been woefully out of form, the displays of Iwobi and Mohamed Elneny in particular have been a welcome relief for Wenger, who himself has come in for plenty of criticism after his side crashed out of
Europe and the FA Cup in a matter of days, as well as falling off the pace in the title-race since the turn of the year.
The Frenchman reserved special praise for the attacker following yesterday’s result at Goodison Park, hailing his attributes as a player.
“He benefits from his talents, intelligence and attitude,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “He has been practising with the players since the start of the season and he has been growing in contact with these players and he is learning quickly from them.”
As for Arsenal, they remain third on 55 points, six behind Tottenham Hotspur in second following their win over Bournemouth today and 11 adrift of leaders Leicester City, with just eight games remaining.
Next up for the Gunners is a home clash with Watford after the international break over Easter, who just last week knocked them out of the FA Cup at the Emirates in the quarter-finals.
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