The season threatens to fizzle out for us Gooners, unless of course next week’s three games in a row – in which nine points can be gained but also lost – throws a spanner into the works for the Foxes, who will play twice themselves. There is still faint hope that we can get close to the leaders but it is more likely that we have to fight for second or third position till the very end.
It is what it is, but luckily we have Alex Iwobi to warm our football hearts and allow us to dream of the future.
Since Wenger decided to have him start PL games instead of Theo or Campbell, Iwobi has been a revelation. With two goals and two assists in under 300 minutes he has been bringing in the bacon, but what is even more important is that he had real presence in all of his games. Alex gets involved all over the pitch and has a skillset that allows him to influence play everywhere. He is tenacious when he is helping out the defence, he already produces 0.8 key passes per game – on a par with the Ox and Giroud and better than Welbeck – he attacks with purpose and penetration AND he plays for the team. There is no I in team as the saying goes, but Iwobi starts with one and ends with one: the I’s of interplay and inspiration.
I did a quick analysis of average time between PL goals/assists for our attacking players and Iwobi tops the Arsenal team current with just 72 minutes. Next up is Welbeck with 107 minutes and Ozil with 109 minutes, followed by Giroud (124), Alexis (147), Campbell (176), Theo (188), Ramsey (281) and poor young Oxie with 925.
Of course it is early days and a dip in form is very likely to come, but a good start is always important for a young player and Iwobi has made a hell of a start for us: let there be no doubt about that.
What I am not sure about is what his best position is within the team and I welcome those who have seen him play a lot more than me to comment on this. Is he a new Ozil, a new Alexis, or a new Thierry even?
You tell me! 🙂