Alex Iwobi says he’s improving under Unai Emery more than Arsene Wenger
Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Alex Iwobi believes his game is improving under the new mentorship of Unai Emery this season.
The 22-year-old has felt rejuvenated since the new manager has taken over from Arsene Wenger and is excited by the way Arsenal are trying to play, despite two opening defeats so far this season.
Iwobi scored the equaliser for Arsenal against Chelsea last weekend, although they eventually lost, and is hoping he can cement his position in Emery’s starting XI by continuing to work hard.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about Emery’s coaching, he said: ‘It’s benefiting me a lot more. It’s making me feel a bit sharper, I’m doing things with a bit more intensity. It’s not just for me, though, I feel like I’m helping the team a lot more.
‘It’s exciting times to be fair. Everybody’s enjoying and buying into the new ideas. For me personally, I’m enjoying the new sessions, the new training methods and the new ideas, so I’m enjoying my time with him.
‘He demands a lot. He’s a lot more intense, a lot of high pressing and keeping the ball so that it benefits us if we have the ball. It’s good for us, especially the attackers who like to have the ball a lot.’
The Nigerian international fell out of favour toward the end of Wenger’s stay but has forced his way back into contention at the Emirates through hard work this summer and claims it will continue.
‘Whenever something in the system changes, you have to prove yourself again,’ he said. ‘But wherever you go, you have to prove that you’re better than whoever else is on the team.
‘At a team like Arsenal, that’s always going to be hard, so I always have to be on it in training and matches.
‘I’ve got to be different. It’s going to be hard because we’ve got so many attackers and so many world-class players, so I’ve just got to prove that I’m on that level or as good as them so that I can be ahead of them, which is my aim.’