Wenger: Iwobi needs to lose nerves

Alex Iwobi has enjoyed a tremendous rise into the Gunners’ first-team in the last year or so, with the highlight being a continued number of starts in Arsene Wenger’s side this season.

The Nigerian international has found himself regularly utilised in Arsenal’s attack alongside Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with his strong performances forcing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to remain on the fringes.

Iwobi put in another fine showing against Reading on Tuesday evening but missed a decent opportunity to score, and Wenger has urged the youngster to lose his nerves in front of goal:

“Now we want the finishing – that is a little part missing in his game.” he said. “He is too nervous when he has the possibility to finish. Tension is something goalscoring doesn’t like. You have to be relaxed to finish.”

The Frenchman has said similar of Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent years, and both now perform well in front of goal. Walcott is Arsenal’s leading scorer in all competitions this term, whilst the Ox’s brace against Reading on Tuesday saw him achieve a season-best tally of goals for the Gunners.

Iwobi now faces competition for his spot from Oxlade-Chamberlain and rotation is likely in the next week, with Arsenal facing Sunderland, Ludogorets Razgrad and Tottenham.