Arsenal academy manager Andries Jonker has showered plaudits on youngster Alex Iwobi, describing him as the “perfect” player to coach.
The 19-year-old captained Arsenal’s Youth League side last season and has gone on to make his first-team debut and win his first international cap for Nigeria during a breakthrough campaign.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, on Arsenal.com, Jonker says Iwobi’s emergence is one of the biggest positives from the club’s academy.
“Every now and then we have had players who have attracted attention but I think the one who has succeeded most is Alex Iwobi, who is with the first team now,” Jonker told Arsenal Player.
“He played at home against Bayern Munich, made two very nice goals and was great for the team. Since then we haven’t seen him because he’s with the first team and that’s what it’s all about.
“Alex is incredibly motivated, dedicated, willing to work and open to listening. He is always trying to improve himself. That makes him a perfect player because, with the talent he has already, he can continue to develop. That’s what’s happening at the moment.”
Iwobi has made four appearances for Arsenal this season since making his breakthrough into the first team.
He was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Bournemouth in last weekend’s Premier League clash.
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