The Chalkboard: Alex Iwobi needs to sort out his end product to stay in Arsenal line-up

Despite earning plaudits from many of the Emirates faithful so far this season, Alex Iwobi’s end product is still lacking considerably for a player who consistently features for one of England’s top teams.

What he needs to do

In 113 appearances for Arsenal, the club where he has spent the entirety of his career, the Nigerian international has managed to score just 10 goals for the club. Whether you rate him or not, those numbers are awful for a player of his talent.

Whilst he can perhaps be excused as he is not in the team necessarily to bear the burden of being a goalscorer, his assist record is partially lacking also; the nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha has just 18 assists in the same time period.

He is hardly a showpony, but the general feeling is that the 22-year-old needs to undergo the same footballing epiphany as Raheem Sterling has experienced whilst under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.

The Manchester City star used to be accused of being wasteful with the ball, taking the time to throw in an extra step-over as a key moment to score went begging. However, under the Spanish coach, the former Liverpool man is unerringly effective in the final third, where he now rarely makes the wrong decision.

At just a year younger than Sterling, Iwobi is light years off the England international in terms of statistics, but not so much in ability. It is down to the player himself to cut out the excess needlessness in his game, whilst it is also down to Emery to fine tune his forward.

No excuses

The Arsenal academy graduate is playing week in, week out in a fluid attacking system, with two strikers in hot form ahead of him and under a manager who trusts him.

There are no excuses should he fail to improve statistically; if he doesn’t start to merit his place in the team through goals and assists, the former Sevilla and PSG coach wouldn’t be blamed for dipping into the market.

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