By James Agberebi:
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Alex Iwobi's ability to connect with his team-mates and also analyse games were some of the reasons he decided to give the young Nigerian a chance with Arsenal's first-team.
Arsène Wenger gave Iwobi his first-team debut in the League Cup last season.
The 20-year-old went on to score two league goals and grabbed a couple of assists.
Despite sustaining an injury against Liverpool, Iwobi has since returned to first-team action and provided two assists in Arsenal's 4-1 win against Hull City last weekend.
“I knew when I took him in training a few times,” Wenger told arsenal.com.
“He is not the kind of player who impresses you at first. But when you look a bit deeper he is quick at connecting with other players. Quick analysis.
“Football is perception, decision-making and acting. The perception especially struck me. The perception he has of the game and the speed of his decision-making struck me.
“When you look at him at first there is nothing special there. But after when you look he is always connecting with others at a very high level and a very high pace. That’s why I think he is improving.
“He has still a lot of work to do but he has something that is very important at the top level. Speed and an understanding of the game.”Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN