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Opening fixture shows Alex Iwobi may not be part of Unai Emery’s plans this season

Opening fixture shows Alex Iwobi may not be part of Unai Emery’s plans this season

The opening fixture may already tell us that Alex Iwobi is a long way from Unai Emery’s first team plans. 

It was a real tough introduction to Premier League football for Spaniard Unai Emery, as his Arsenal side went down 2-0 at the Emirates to Pep Guardiola’s seemingly unstoppable Manchester City. Things will surely only get easier for Emery as the season progresses, and he gets a feel for his team and how his players are best utilised.

Whilst it was a tough game, Arsenal did come away with some credibility. It certainly wasn’t the embarrassment that ensued last season when Manchester City came to North London to play Wenger’s Arsenal and ran away 2-0 winners. One worry for Emery is that Arsenal struggled to create chances themselves, and relied on City to make mistakes whilst playing out from the back.

One player who did not see a single minute of action is Alex Iwobi, a likely sign the Spanish manager simply does not trust the Nigerian international.

The Nigerian is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt. However, his finishing has left the Gunners frustrated on several occasions.

The forward-man has never scored more than three Premier League goals in a season. It is easy to see why Emery would favour throwing on Alexandre Lacazette rather than the Iwobi, due to his much better goal scoring record.

With the level of talent going forward at Arsenal, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang leading the line, it is going to be tough for Iwobi to see much first-team action. Now 22-years-old, the player needs minutes on the pitch to take his game to the next level.

Already, it looks like another season frozen out of first team action sat on the bench beckons for Iwobi.

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