Alex Iwobi: Big 17 No Safety

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

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  1. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    He looks more like a midfielder than a winger. Very tidy on the ball, god athlete and very strong. I'd kind of written him off a bit to be honest, especially out wide, but centrally may be a different story.
  2. MutableEarth

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    He's always been a versatile player to be honest, as he's done well at CAM, out-wide, upfront and in CM. Will be interesting to see how they develop him, but to me he's more of an attacker. If he does become a midfielder, it would be interesting to see how he grows into that role. Certainly has the intelligence, technique and stature, but I think he's better going forward.
  3. Rocky

    Rocky Swears he's not a Tottenham fan

    Yes. The way he runs is very Diaby-esque. Let's hope he stays fit and lives up to his potential more than Diaby was able to.
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  4. RandyMarsh

    RandyMarsh Established Member

    Why do all our young prospects have to be central players lol are we not capable of developing wingers at this club?

    We've got enough central prospects. We need some top talent outwide coming through the ranks. I think Iwobi could be a real force on the flanks.
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  5. MutableEarth

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    I think because he doesn't have searing pace, or partiularly flashy dribbling skills, he isn't seen as a typical wide player. Iwobi probably closely resembles Campbell stylistically as far as his skillset goes.

    A year and a half ago, I talked about Arsenal developing hybrid wingers in the reserve thread, as in wide players who function like wide-forwards and midfielders simultaneously. The players I mentioned then were Gnabry, Iwobi, Maitland-Niles and Willock. They all appear to be comfortable central but play out-wide. Maitland-Niles is probably the one who feels most comfortable wide, but they are all capable of playing like midfielders and functioning as wide-forwards if needs be. Wenger likes to have that security on the wing of intelligent players who can recycle possession or otherwise provide some sort of dual function.

    Iwobi is a prime example IMO. He's shown the calmness and intelligence of a CM but has the capability of playing as a wide player. The versatility playing both positions is what Wenger probably desires more than anything.
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  6. Trilly

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  7. Coolin

    Coolin Doesn't appreciate the mighty Nacho

    I like Iwobi. I think it's because I see a bit of myself in the way he plays. Passing and moving, bringing others into play, no dwelling on the ball. Tidy in possession without being wasteful. But at the same time can skin a defender when the time calls for it.

    He certainly looked the part yesterday. Now for consistency ...
  8. KillaJax

    KillaJax Well-Known Member

    He glides around the pitch so effortlessly. I really like this kid. Sometimes he appears a bit awkward on the ball but I think its just nerves. Settles in pretty quickly with the first team and dictated play very well.

    He and Zelalem have this calmness about them, rarely look out of place when playing with the first team. These two have a bright future in our midfield.
  9. MutableEarth

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    Impressive cameo. Showing once again that his intelligence and technical ability could prove to be vital if he wants to make it at Arsenal.

    Passing was very solid, movement was good and some very nice touches to create space for himself and teammates. Need to see him gain some confidence in the final 3rd and take a little risk here and there. He can finish so would like to see more of that.
  10. Kroket

    Kroket Trusty and Sensible Trusted

    Silky smooth player, easy to see why Arsène likes him so much.
  11. Sweggeh

    Sweggeh Well-Known Member

    Embarrassing how much better than Walcott he looked. He can pass, he can link play, he doesn't lose the ball every time he gets it. He is a better option than Theo on the left wing.
  12. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    Promising cameo today, looks pretty decent.
  13. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Just needs some end product. I'm willing to be patient in that area, and I actually think that when Alexis comes back, it could be a shout to give him minutes at RW when Campbell's tank runs empty.
  14. chessygoal

    chessygoal Well-Known Member

    He received a good bollocking from Kos at some point, but with the ball at his feet he's very promising!
  15. SuperGoon

    SuperGoon Debbie Downer

    Iwobi is silky smooth. The confidence is impressive, tbh.
  16. gunner4lyfe

    gunner4lyfe Well-Known Member

    When he came on i was hoping he would be the 10 a send ox to the wing. I think we wud have got the 3 points as he would have created a chance.
  17. Charmlessman

    Charmlessman New Member

    Bit of a crazy game to throw him into, but I quite like what I saw. Surely he will be involved in the FA Cup from the start?
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  18. Nyctophobia

    Nyctophobia Well-Known Member

    Might as well start ahead of Theo considering how his form is
  19. gunnergoa

    gunnergoa Well-Known Member

    If he can put in a shift like Campbell he will be ahead of both Theo and Ox in my books.
  20. aevi

    aevi Hale End FC Moderator

    Can he play at both wings?
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