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Alex Iwobi proving to be one of Arsenal’s most valuable players this season

Alex Iwobi proving to be one of Arsenal’s most valuable players this season

Unai Emery has shown great support and patience in Alex Iwobi since he took charge of the North London club last year May.

The Nigerian international has enjoyed a great deal of game-time under the Spaniard and has pretty much been the manager’s first choice left-winger for most of this campaign.

Iwobi, who is more than capable of operating on the right-flank as well, has grown tremendously under Emery’s reign and has certainly looked a lot more mature than previous seasons.

Despite being named on the left-wing over the weekend for the clash at Huddersfield Town, Iwobi drifted across the pitch from side to side on a number occasions with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving to the left in the process.

The movement of Iwobi made it difficult for the Terriers to cope with the Arsenal onslaught and the 22-year-old came very close to finding the back of the net from the right-wing very early on in the game.

The confidence and freedom that he has been playing with this season has been a joy to watch from an Arsenal perspective.

Iwobi doesn’t look like the scared and cautious winger anymore, who burst onto the Premier League scene in 2015 under Arsene Wenger’s watch.

Many would’ve thought that with players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil in the squad, Iwobi would’ve been a regular face on the bench.

But, since the second match of the season at Chelsea, Emery has made it no secret that he is a big admirer of Iwobi and has placed his trust in him to attack opposition teams with a lot of width.

There have been matches this season where Iwobi wasn’t at his best but every time he has shown a sort of response to a poor performance by stepping up in the big occasions and clearly strives to deliver those sort of showings on a more consistent basis.

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