Alex Iwobi can become a key player for Arsenal, says Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that “with the right encouragement”, Alex Iwobi will become a very important player for Arsenal.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi volleys in the opener in Saturday’s win at Huddersfield

The Nigeria international scored the opening goal in the Gunners’ 2-1 win at Huddersfield on Saturday when his deflected volley off Sead Kolasinac’s cross was palmed in by Ben Hamer.

Iwobi also had a goal ruled out for offside, as Unai Emery’s side kept their top-four chase on track.

The 23-year-old’s performance caught the attention of Wright, who gave his assessment of the player.
“It was a game that they were favourites to win, with Huddersfield’s record,” the former Arsenal striker said, speaking as a pundit on Match of the Day.

“What I like about [Alex] Iwobi – somebody that takes a lot of stick from the Arsenal fan base – is he continually tries to get forward, and tries to play his game, which is taking players on and getting into the box.

“We are still talking about a very young player who has got a lot of ability and a lot of promise about him, and he is somebody who will get better.

“He needs a lot more encouragement but he is someone that does not hide, he doesn’t play safe or get the ball and pass sideways.
“He gets a little bit of luck with the deflection [for the goal], and he was just offside for another one.

“But he is somebody who, for me, with the right encouragement will be a very, very good player and a massive asset for Arsenal.

“Again he gets into a good position here and you want him to be a bit more clinical, but he is somebody they have got to get behind, he is a super player.”