Iwobi says Emery is more demanding than Wenger

Date published: Wednesday 22nd August 2018 4:14 - Matthew Stead

Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi has revealed the differences between Unai Emery’s training sessions and Arsene Wenger’s.

Emery was chosen as the man to replace Wenger after 22 years at the helm, but has not been able to guide his new side to victory yet after a difficult opening two games.

However, Iwobi insists he is excited about the season ahead at Arsenal under Emery.

“It’s exciting times to be fair,” he told Arsenal Player. “Everybody’s enjoying and buying into the new ideas. For me personally, I’m enjoying the new sessions, the new training methods and the new ideas, so I’m enjoying my time with him.

“He demands a lot. He’s a lot more intense, a lot of high pressing and keeping the ball so that it benefits us if we have the ball. It’s good for us, especially the attackers who like to have the ball a lot.

“It’s making me feel a bit sharper, I’m doing things with a bit more intensity. It’s not just for me, though, I feel like I’m helping the team a lot more. It’s benefitting me a lot more.

“Whenever something in the system changes, you have to prove yourself again. But wherever you go, you have to prove that you’re better than whoever else is on the team. At a team like Arsenal, that’s always going to be hard so I always have to be on it in training and matches.

“I’ve got to be different. It’s going to be hard because we’ve got so many attackers and so many world-class players, so I’ve just got to prove that I’m on that level or as good as them so that I can be ahead of them, which is my aim.”

Iwobi started the 3-2 loss to Chelsea on Saturday, scoring his first goal of the season.


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