Alex Iwobi has credited “world-class” Mesut Ozil and new boss Unai Emery for helping him move his game on to the next level.
Iwobi has now started five of the last seven games for Arsenal, with the Nigeria international showing improvement on last season – something he believes has been partly down to the influence of Ozil.
“He gives me advice in a different way,” Iwobi said. “He jokes around but always tells me I can do more – even last night he was saying I can do more, he is always one of those guys.
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“But he is always happy, always telling me and giving me the confidence to express myself so it helps me. Mesut will come across as laid back but he is helping everyone in a different way and he helps me a lot.”
As well as Ozil, Iwobi believes playing under Emery has helped him improve his confidence levels after some shaky spells during his early Arsenal career.
“For me, he has just given me confidence to express myself,” he said of Emery. “To believe in my ability which I have been trying to show and basically also in training he is always letting me try new things, be positive, be direct and prove it in the game. It is working for me so I just have to keep it going.
“I’d just say I am more confident. I feel that even if I make a mistake I am able to go again. I think that is the difference between me last year and this year.”