With news that is set to divide opinion amongst Arsenal fans, Alex Iwobi has been awarded a long-term contract by the club.
This move was sure to be pushed forward by Unai Emery, and that means only one thing - Emery gauges Alex Iwobi to be more than good enough for now and for the future.
Iwobi’s displays last season showed the best and worst of the Nigerian in equal measure. At times he showed how he can ghost past players like they aren’t there, a dip of the shoulder, a fine touch and some link-up touches that often go unnoticed.
Then there is the other side of Iwobi, one that no doubt Emery feels he can eradicate.
His decision-making skills border on the ridiculous at times, he often loses the ball and Iwobi must grow in order to fulfill his potential, which is something that our fanbase often lose sight of.
Iwobi registered 3 goals and five assists from 26 games, in a modest return for a campaign. The midfielder though, failed to get a decent run of games to build up momentum, something that is vital for any player to get the best out of them.
Iwobi has some fine figures for Nigeria, which is evidence that Iwobi can be more effective than he is currently. One thing that stands in his way is the level of competition that is standing in front of him.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Reiss Nelson and Lucas Perez - perhaps even Danny Welbeck - stand in his way for a regular start at the moment. Iwobi is very much a squad player right now, but with a new coach, it means Iwobi has a chance to stake a claim to a more focal point in the eleven, rather than the subs bench.
Iwobi is a home-grown player and has come through the ranks of the club, and is someone we should cherish as 100% Arsenal.
Emery rates Iwobi, and he is very much a fixture for the Spaniard’s first season in charge. Here is hoping that we can see the positive sides of Iwobi and another year of experience can fully flesh out his talent - and weed out his mistakes.