Date: 27th October 2016 at 2:51pm
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Alex Iwobi, who has managed 33 first-team outings for Arsenal since breaking into the first-team having apparently chosen the Gunners over West Ham, has netted just twice though and not at all this season.

He’s got plenty of qualities though that Arsene Wenger has highlighted, saying.

‘You can see that he is not a typical winger. I think he can play in the number 10 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 it all in the locker to pass and give the final ball.’

The last of his two-goals came some 17-matches ago with him having chances to add to this tally since but the Nigerian international hasn’t taken them.

Wenger believes he’s got the ability to become a decent goalscorer but this is still an area he’s got work to do until he’s the finished article.

‘What you want from him now is the finishing and that is still a little part that is missing in his game. He is too nervous at the moment when he has the possibility to finish.’

As for the West Ham connection, Iwobi himself has said in an interview with Match of the Day magazine he could have signed for them after also training with them as a youngster before penning his first professional deal with Arsenal in 2004.

Both he and teammate Chuba Akpom could have signed for West Ham but the 20-year-old said he went for the bugger club.

‘Arsenal and West Ham were interested in me and Chuba [Akpom], so we were training with both clubs for three years, because we were scouted at six and you can’t sign until you’re nine. I decided to sign for Arsenal because I supported them back then and I always saw them as the bigger club – no disrespect to West Ham.’

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