Arsenal's Nigerian teen star, Alex Iwobi is seen as the next top-rated star at the Emirates after impressing Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger, in his first UEFA Champions League game against Barcelona at Camp Nou, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Iwobi has made 13 appearances so far this season and Wenger who is currently having a torrid time as gaffer of the Gunners admits he loves the way the Super Eagles star has settled into the first team squad with his apt understanding of the game.
Wenger whose side face Everton this weekend also reveals that he changed the 19 year old's role from the flanks to the middle as he can play in every single offensive position.
“Every year we have the good luck to see young players come through. Last year it was Hector Bellerin, this year it is Iwobi," British tabloid, The Sun quotes Wenger on Thursday.
“I know that Alex has impressed a lot of people since he came into the first team squad. He is a creative player, a guy who provokes mistakes from the opponents with the vertical way he plays.
“That can be expressed on the flanks or through the middle. In fact, when he was in the youth team, he only played on the flanks and I put him in the centre because I liked the way he read the game and the speed of his understanding of the game.
“I saw him emerge in training, but he was not one of the obvious ones who looked like breaking through.
“When he was in the youth team, you had to keep a really close eye on him to see what was behind.
“I’m not surprised that he does so well but it is true that at the beginning of the season even I would not have predicted that he would make such an impact in such a short space of time.
“He can express his talent in every single offensive position. Alex has the stature and can use his body power to play a bit deeper in midfield.
“But you want to be cautious. What is always a problem in England is that immediately people become too famous too quickly and are treated like they have done it all."
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