There’s a reason Arsene Wenger has such a reputation for getting the best out of young players.
Le Professeur has developed countless stars over the years having harnessed their talents at the very start of their careers.
Arsenal’s current side is brimming with such players, Hector Bellerin and Alex Iwobi the standout youngsters.
And Wenger has now hailed Iwobi’s impact this season after watching the 20-year-old shine again in the EFL Cup 2-0 win over Reading.
In that game, the midfielder operated in a more central role, even if he is usually used on the wing.
That just shows he has the versatility to earn a run in the Gunners’ first team, but Wenger has explained he still wants one more thing from him – goals.
“Yes, he can play in a central role,” Wenger said, as per the Sun.
“You see that he is not a typical winger. I think he can play in that role.
“He turns the game forward, he passes the ball through the lines very well, he has a final ball in him.
“I think he has all in the locker to pass and give the final ball – what you want from him now is the finishing, and that’s still a little part that is missing in his game.”
Iwobi has played a key role in Arsenal’s superb start to the season, with Wenger’s side unbeaten since the opening day defeat to Liverpool.
The Gunners travel to winless Sunderland on Saturday, knowing that three points could put them top of the Premier League.