The Chalkboard: Emery must solve Iwobi problem before end of season

Unai Emery is not using Alex Iwobi properly.

The Arsenal winger endured a quiet game against Newcastle United on Monday evening as the Gunners won 2-0.

On the chalkboard

Iwobi is a versatile winger but was deployed almost as an attacking midfielder against the Magpies, alongside Mesut Ozil and behind striker Alexandre Lacazette.

The Nigeria international has mainly been deployed on the left wing this season and has scored five goals in all competitions, while laying on seven assists.

But he was wasted as an attacking midfielder on Monday evening in a game that the Gunners dominated.

Iwobi touched the ball a total of 57 times, per WhoScored, and attempted 49 total passes, of which 42 were successful.

He did not make a key pass, nor did he complete a dribble, despite attempting three.

Iwobi did take one accurate corner but was substituted just after the hour-mark, making way for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Quite simply, Emery’s system left Iwobi struggling on Monday.

A puzzle for Emery to solve

Where exactly should Iwobi play?

He does not really have the searing pace to make too much of an impact on the flank, but he was routinely crowded out in the centre.

Emery could choose to deploy the 22-year-old in a deeper-lying midfield role but he has played in central midfield just once for the club, in a 17-minute cameo against Southampton in 2017.

With Mesut Ozil seemingly returning to form and Henrikh Mkhitaryan back to full fitness, it is a difficult conundrum for Emery to find his way around.

As it is, it does not appear that Iwobi fits into the team at all.

Article title: The Chalkboard: Emery must solve Iwobi problem before end of season

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