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ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
31 December, 2018 01:23
Guess most of you should take notice of his MOTM performance in a wildly inconsistent Arsenal side when he is given the freedom to roam, added responsibility as creative playmaker and to link-up with Auba and Maitland-Niles.

In hindsight, it was the presence of Ramsey and Ozil that prevented him from playing a free role with licence to roam between lines and goes flank to flank.

His weakness is his goal-scoring mentality … perhaps like Patrick Vieira lack of goals.

But what we needed are his energy, his directness, ability to hold the ball in tight situation, and the ability to dribble and deliver a telling cross or a through ball.

His glaring weakness is his lack of peripheral vision and a tactical brain that can see at a glimpse (like Ozil or Fabregas) the instant developing tactical situation on the pitch, and to spot a passing channel a split-second ahead of opponent to deliver a telling pass.


An instant glimpse through a thicket of bodies and legs on the pitch and instinctively spotted a passing channel is not easy. You need years of playing regularly together like the French Spine from 1998/99 to 2001/02 before Arsene Wenger won his 2nd title.

Meaning that it will take 3 more years before Alex Iwobi will develop into a world-class central midfielder by playing regular and consistently with the same set of players for the next 3 seasons. And it is up to Unai Emery to plan and plot with Mislintat to buy the players he needed to build a title-winning teams by 2021/22.


Alex Iwobi shown us he can thrive when given the responsibility to play between the line as No. 10, with the freedom to switch flank with Aubameyang and Lacazette.


Least we forget, Iwobi forms a lovely triangle with Kolasinac and Holding when both of them drove forward with the ball down the left flank.


An experienced Monreal and Kolasinac down the left flank will bring out the best in Alex Iwobi, who then has the freedom to cut inside with Aubameyang moving out to stretch the defence.

But all these will very much dependable on the Xhaka-Torreira Double Pivot to protect the centre when Alex Iwobi roams between the lines with a quick-thinking and visionary Torreira that is so good killing the ball with one touch and instinctively selecting the correct quick pass to an available player. With a speedy Iwobi receiving all these quick passes from Torreira, Iwobi will have that split second to decide to drive forward or to thread the ball to a quick Aubameyang down the flank or Lacazette in the centre.


Anfield gave us a glimpse of what Emery saw in Iwobi and what his future palns for Alex Iwobi.


Lastly, an honourable mention.
Maitland-Niles is not a RB full stop.
His best role is central midifelder like Jordan Henderson.
The future is a Toreira-Maitland-Niles Double Pivot and a Kolasinac-Torriera-Matiland-Niles-Bellerin atatcking Midfield-4 supporting Aubameyang-Iwobi-Lacazette Trio.


Tiem to sweep away those debris left behind by Arsene Wenegr and start rebuilding during summer 2019.
Unai Emery should learn enough during 2018/19 season to decide who to keepa nd who to sell.
2019/20 Team will be 100% selected, nurtured and coached by Unai Emery.

(Psst ... Padre, no objection should you wish to turn this into an article with complete freedom to add, revise and edit.)



'I like the total intensification, where there are crashes and bangs everywhere, pure adrenaline and no one being able to breathe' Jurgen Klopp.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/01/2019 17:32 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
AJ The Gunner (IP Logged)
02 January, 2019 09:29
Iwobi may have racked up 6 assists I think but his passing is still poor. If he can perfect his passing accuracy right, he will be impossible to stop



Wenger Is Gone Now So Can We Be Allowed To Breathe Now???

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
02 January, 2019 15:35
He is at least a winning runner. Only players who make runs are iwobi, Kolasinac and Lacazette who is also fantastic overall with link ups

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
Gooner Sod (IP Logged)
02 January, 2019 16:00
He's already improved a lot since last season. And still has loads of room for improvement.

It's obvious the quality is there, Emery just needs to get the consistency out of him. Maybe like how Pep did with Sterling by having one on one sessions?

I don't think his shooting will ever be good though.

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
mapleleafgooner (IP Logged)
02 January, 2019 17:36
The talent is there but only if he is able to harness it for the benefit of the team. Too often he makes the wrong decision on the field. Too often he goes for the spectacular than the simple pass. Too often his touch is heavy resulting in lost possession. He should focus on improving his game and stop trying to be a party animal. He can attend all the parties he wants AFTER he retires or leaves Arsenal. Spend an hour a day after training to work on shooting practice or passing practice - that would be a good way to invest in his own career.

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
Gooner Sod (IP Logged)
02 January, 2019 22:50
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mapleleafgooner
The talent is there but only if he is able to harness it for the benefit of the team. Too often he makes the wrong decision on the field. Too often he goes for the spectacular than the simple pass. Too often his touch is heavy resulting in lost possession. He should focus on improving his game and stop trying to be a party animal. He can attend all the parties he wants AFTER he retires or leaves Arsenal. Spend an hour a day after training to work on shooting practice or passing practice - that would be a good way to invest in his own career.

Haha, he's a Naija boy. We love a good party.

But i agree, paid off for Sterling.

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
PKGooner (IP Logged)
03 January, 2019 22:14
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Merlion96
perhaps like Patrick Vieira lack of goals.


Please never mention Iwobi and Vieira together in any way or form again

Please

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
litmus (IP Logged)
04 January, 2019 17:28
Vieira was a central midfielder, and we know what his strength was. In fact he did chip in with more than his fair share of goals from midfield. Iwobi, however plays as a forward, the ability to score and make assist is what he rightly should be judged on.

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
04 January, 2019 18:57
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litmus
Vieira was a central midfielder, and we know what his strength was. In fact he did chip in with more than his fair share of goals from midfield. Iwobi, however plays as a forward, the ability to score and make assist is what he rightly should be judged on.

The ability to consistently play 10 hard passes when under no pressure. Let's first go do that before we exec talk about goal scoring /assists

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
04 January, 2019 23:27
Quote:
CazOnARola
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litmus
Vieira was a central midfielder, and we know what his strength was. In fact he did chip in with more than his fair share of goals from midfield. Iwobi, however plays as a forward, the ability to score and make assist is what he rightly should be judged on.

The ability to consistently play 10 hard passes when under no pressure. Let's first go do that before we exec talk about goal scoring /assists

Yes, that is what I am looking for at Iwobi as a No. 10 - to press opponents in their half like Vieira. Then, he is a ocmplete No. 10. Assists and goal-scoring will improve the more games he played regularly with consistently with same group of team-mates.



'I like the total intensification, where there are crashes and bangs everywhere, pure adrenaline and no one being able to breathe' Jurgen Klopp.

 
Re: ALex Iwobi - banishing the "in" out of the "wildly inconsistently"
goonerred (IP Logged)
05 January, 2019 12:56
I'm not convinced about Iwobi, he's not consistent enough for me.


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