Alex Iwobi: Big 17 No Safety

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by beaney, Feb 23, 2004.

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  1. RunTheTrap

    RunTheTrap Well-Known Member

    I remember when Wenger played him in midfield for his first game for us. I think it was Watford in the FA Cup so I’m intrigued as to why Wenger moved him out wide. Probably to accommodate Özil but I always believed him to be a number 10
  2. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Really? Ramsey, Wilshere, Özil, Cazorla, Arshavin, Nasri, Iwobi, Rosicky the list of Midfielders Wenger shoehorned in to the wing positions is endless!
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  3. GoonerJay24

    GoonerJay24 Active Member

    Because of Wenger's playing style during Emirates years
  4. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Follow the convo, lad..
  5. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member


    For Nigeria, Iwobi looks great in the centre if I’m honest. Not enough end product for week in week out in prem, although it would be hard to be worse than current Özil.

    Iwobi’s weak shots are hella frustrating.
  6. Sammy1887

    Sammy1887 Still Hating Reed in 2019

    Would be an abomination in midfield. No thank you!
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  7. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Like having a dream where you want to hit something really hard but you just can't, like something is holding your arm while you throw the punch.
  8. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Well-Known Member

    Absolutely ridiculous statement. He has all the qualities needed to be a starting calibre central midfielder. He is a completely different player when he is in an attacking central midfield role, move him deeper and he has the ability to completely dominant a midfield. He has the size, strength, close control, vision and pace to play in that position. He doesn't have a consistent final ball, but he has the ability to make the pre assist on a consistent basis. He is the one who gets Kolasinac in down the left hand side. He can also receive the ball under pressure. Whether he would be switched on or not is another matter, but if he is central he kind of has to be. You don't have dead spells in the game. So his fitness would have to improve.

    That game is Iwobi deeper, practically in a midfield three, not as a 10. He is an absolute handful when he plays there as he has very good ball retention and is strong enough to ride challenges in midfield. This isn't against a mickey mouse team. He is driving past Kante ffs and people want Ceballos.
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  9. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Well-Known Member

    People made the exact same mistake with Ox. He wasn't smart enough to play central midfield, he always gave the ball away, Ox is a winger, no Ox should be a wingback.

    Ox had all the ability to play central midfield in a 3. People would still have taken Ceballos over him. Yet look where he plays for Liverpool. Now people are writing off Iwobi, even though he hasn't been given the chance to play there, but when he has, he has been a much better player.
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  10. TakeChillPill

    TakeChillPill Well-Known Member

    I Agree that Iwobi could do very well in the deep, where he doesn't have the pressure of havin gto play the final ball. The issue is can he do the work defensively?
  11. SingmeasongSong

    SingmeasongSong Rarely Right

    I want Ceballos desparately, but I agree with this also
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  12. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    Think we have already tried this in training and other games.

    Think he lacks passing.
  13. Sammy1887

    Sammy1887 Still Hating Reed in 2019

    People expecting Iwobi to dominate midfield centrally are smoking on something.
  14. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    Iwobi would be brilliant in cm. I see him in the Wijnaldum mould of technically good, strong, good worker and confident. Nothing flash, just reliable. Would do well in a midfield 3.
  15. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Iwobi's had good games in midfield already aswell. It makes perfect sense - even the way he plays as a wide man is more like a midfield rather than a forward. But I'm not surprised people are writing off this idea - people have already made their minds up about Iwobi to the point where I think he's becoming underrated. Not one word about the good things he does, just that he's **** and needs to be sold :lol:.
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  16. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    There is very little that's particularly impressive in that video.
  17. Sammy1887

    Sammy1887 Still Hating Reed in 2019

    Naa mate, he's dominating the midfield.
  18. Gunner-Union

    Gunner-Union Well-Known Member

    Can he do the defensive work required in midfield? Even am have to be able to help out like cities midfielders do
  19. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho La Liga Correspondent

    He ended Wenger's last season playing deeper from what I can remember, and looked good doing it.
  20. Divided_Pie

    Divided_Pie Well-Known Member

    Iwobi's passing/possession skill is a big question mark if you're thinking about him in midfield. He would need to adjust to being to focal point of possession - constantly making himself available, quickly receiving and distributing the ball. If you look at his passes per 90 mins last season it's barely more than half of what Özil had playing the #10. (30 vs 56 passes per 90 - I think Özil's contribution to possession and build-up is criminally underrated here but that's another story). Not saying Iwobi doesn't have the skills for it but it would be a huge change in responsibility for him. Wouldn't mind seeing him play as the forward-most CM in a 4-3-3 in preseason or league cup games but I hardly think it would be an easy fit.
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