Emery implores Arsenal man to ‘be calm’ amid criticism

Matt Stead
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Unai Emery wants under-fire Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi to “be calm” in possession.

Iwobi was once again the subject of plenty of criticism despite his goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Huddersfield.

The Nigerian might never win over a support that does not believe he is of the requisite standard in north London.

Emery has offered him some more constructive advice however, imploring him to act with more “composure” in attack.

“He’s young, makes a big commitment and he has a good physical condition,” the manager said.

“He needs to improve something tactically, maybe. But above all he needs to be calm with the ball in the attacking third to find better assists, finding the possibility to score with composure, or find the best option, whether that is shooting or dribbling.

“He scored, got another very good chance and the possibility to assist Lacazette, but I think his match – first starting with his attitude – was very big, and his performance was very good.”

On the overall result, Emery said: “Each training, each match is a big a challenge. You can win, lose, draw, but the most important thing is going ahead thinking about creating – little by little – an identity, collective spirit, team feeling.

“This is one process. It’s not finishing or starting now. It’s a process, we can improve a lot.”