Alex Iwobi is an upcoming talent from our club’s ranks but many fans have been questioning Arsene Wenger’s decision to play him so often throughout this season. Many people believe that our manager has the resources to play our youngsters when needs be which is the justification for the frustration.
Currently the Nigerian international has made 35 appearances contributing 4 goals and 7 assists. Towards the end of last season Iwobi was starting games and playing with confidence and desire but recently, along with the team, he has not been performing.
In my opinion for a youth player to be in and amongst all the chaos surrounding the club on and off the pitch(maybe in the air too) is chipping away at his self-belief and his passion to play for the team and manager. The point of a youth player is to have a clean palette for the manager to work with but the 20 year-old is being exposed to the mentality of giving up and no desire or passion and further down the line this experience could affect Alex’s career.
Arsene Wenger is a well known huge fan of bringing up young talent but this is going beyond for many fans. However the elephant in the room causing the frustration from the fans is the fact that there are other players much better suited. Whilst spending 90 million pounds over the summer Arsenal purchased a budding Spanish talent-Lucas Perez. Ever since he has joined the club he has been given minimal game time but there have been many opportunities for him to start with fans crying out for him to play as he has been one of the only players willing to play for our club. Furthermore Perez has scored 7 goals and 2 assists yet has better stats, more desire and greater experience.
Especially in the 2nd leg against Bayern Munich this season Iwobi should have been put on the bench as everyone knew there was only a glimmer of hope for redemption and the fact that it was likely to be a loss was not going to be good for Iwobi’s mentality but the manager insisted on playing a youngster in a what was described by Robbie to be “the pointless game”.
A great opportunity for a young talent to cherish or a youngster being played outside of the limit?