Arsenal Captain Koscielny – Emery Has Improved The Confidence Of Alex Iwobi

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The recent upturn in the form of Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi is down to the impact of new coach Unai Emery according to captain of Arsenal Laurent Koscielny, who is presently recuperating from an injury picked up towards the end of last season.

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Iwobi’s abilities since his breakthrough at Arsenal two seasons ago has divided opinions among fans of the club with many believing his development stalled last season, which happened to be the final season for coach Arsene Wenger at the club.

His replacement Emery stuck with the Nigerian and even offered him a contract extension with Iwobi responding with a goal in the 2-3 loss against Chelsea before posting a man of the match display against Vorskla in the Europa League.

Speaking in the Arsenal matchday programme, Koscielny said the 22 year old Nigeria international need to realise how good he can become before crediting new coach Emery for the increase in the confidence of the Nigerian.

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“Right now, he is definitely on the right path to do just that. He is working hard at training and his confidence is high since Unai Emery arrived.

“If you look at him he has everything. He is strong physically, quick, good technically and his movement is good. He needs to be more efficient and clinical so he scores and assists more.

“He is very receptive and listen to advice so I have no doubt that he will continue his progression.”

Michael James