Alex Iwobi burst into the Arsenal side after being handed his debut in 2015 by Arsene Wenger and initial impressions were favourable.
Under Unai Emery, he has improved and seems to be a regular first team member, providing pace in attack down the flanks.
He is also useful with his contribution in front of goal with 6 goals and 6 assists and in addition he has a 76% pass rate, which is marginally less than Aaron Ramsey (81%) and Henrik Mkhitaryan (80%) who also has the same amount of goals and assists.
Jesse Lingard has 9 goals, 5 assists and a pass rate of 84%, so there’s not a drastic difference between Iwobi and the United midfielder.
The main difference is that Lingard is generally highly regarded , whereas Iwobi is regularly lambasted by a section of the Arsenal fans who seem oblivious to the fact that he is still only 22 years of age.
The considered opinion of Iwobi, is that he is a threat going forward, supports the strikers well but lacks an end product with his final pass.
It’s something that is no doubt being worked on in training and will become a natural part of the players game with experience but it takes time and patience.
Against Rennes, before Sokratis got an inevitable red card, Iwobi looked very promising and even managed to put the ball in the back of the net, with a cross that befuddled everyone.
It was an unfortunate series of events that saw him substituted at a time when he seemed as if he could have inflicted more damage but it was a case of needs must.
Quite why Iwobi is frustrating sections of the Arsenal fans is slightly bewildering.
He shows purpose and commitment with his consistency and contribution on the rise but it seems that isn’t quite good enough at present.
Time for fans to back off, give the lad a break and show the support they have displayed for other emerging prospects.
It’s hard enough with an inconsistent team in the process of transition, without having to contend with inconsistent fans aiming their frustrations at a young player.
Get a grip people !