Alex Iwobi has been told his energy holds the key to become Arsenal’s perfect super-sub, by Unai Emery.
Nigerian ace Iwobi was left out of the starting XI for the Gunners’ draw with
Liverpool , with Henrikh Mkhitaryan preferred on the wing in a front three with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
But was introduced in the 68th minute, as a replacement for Mkhitaryan, and helped turn the game in the Gunners’ favour.
James Milner has given Liverpool the lead in the 61st minute of a barnstorming game at the Emirates Stadium.
But Iwobi produced a stunning through ball, which ripped through the heart of the Reds’ backline, to set-up Lacazette – who half rounded keeper Alisson and bended a sublime finish.
Iwobi has been consistently good for Arsenal this season, but Emery suggested he might be utilised as a super-sub due to his ability to tear apart tired defenders.
“We need every player and the characteristic each player has is important, and Iwobi he can impact hard in the match after starting in the bench,” Emery said.
Gunners legend Ian Wright agreed that Iwobi changed the game when he was called upon.
He said: “Iwobi came on and was brilliant today.
“He’s not afraid to make substitutions, Unai Emery. Substitutes for Arsenal , 10 goals they’ve been involved in this season: six goals, four assists.
“[Iwobi] came on again today with that brilliant skill and he made a big, big difference. Iwobi kept the ball alive.”