Arsenal supporters have been somewhat quieter in recent times after seeing their side’s 11-match winning run in all competitions come to an end at the weekend.
Unai Emery’s men went into their clash with London rivals Crystal Palace having won each of their previous seven games in the Premier League, alongside three victories in the Europa League as well as a 3-1 success over Brentford in the Carabao Cup. And while they beat Blackpool in the latter competition on Wednesday night, their winning streak came to an end on Sunday in drawing 2-2 with Roy Hodgson’s Palace, what with two Luka Milivojevic penalties cancelling out efforts for the visitors from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to earn the hosts a deserved point.
As such, there have been many quiet Arsenal fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter to express their delight with winger Alex Iwobi, with many loving the club’s montage of his nutmegs, while some heaped praise on his reinvention under new boss Emery.
And those Arsenal fans are spot on to rave about the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), with manager Emery deserving huge credit for turning around the fortunes of the Nigeria international.
Ultimately, the 22-year-old has always possessed genuine ability in the final third of the pitch but has rarely shown a level of consistency which warrants a regular place in the Gunners first team – he only started 22 times in the Premier League under Arsene Wenger last term.
And in netting only ten goals in 109 appearances for the North London giants, he simply hasn’t translated that talent into meaningful contributions, while the arrival of Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan back in January must have had him worrying about his future at the Emirates Stadium.
Yet he has been reinvigorated by new boss Emery and appears to have found a new level of confidence previously unseen during his time at Arsenal, with all three of the nutmegs on the above Twitter compilation from this season, and thus underlining how much he is enjoying his football under the new Gunners chief.
And with a goal and four assists in all competitions, the latter tally already over halfway to what he produced last term, it appears that the 22-year-old is slowly but surely beginning to turn that talent and skill into direct contributions – Emery must take a lot of credit for that transformation.
Thus, those Arsenal fans are right to rave about Iwobi’s nutmegging ability, with it illustrative of the new-found confidence in his game which has seemingly come about following the arrival of new manager Emery.
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