BY ABAYOMI JOHNSON
Arsene Wenger has urged Alex Iwobi to learn from new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with the French tactician convinced the Armenia, who recently joined from Manchester United can inspire the Nigeria international to hit new heights with Arsenal.
Wenger spoke to Evening Standard after his team lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hostspur at Wembley on Saturday.
He said: “Mkhitaryan is a good example to follow because they have similar qualities. Alex Iwobi is at the moment moving forward. He has had his highs and lows this season, but that is a big part of his age and to see examples like Mkhitaryan will show him the way.
“People don’t know it well but his defensive numbers are quite good. I think when you are a team player and you want to win games, you help your team when it needs you.
“Every time you lose the ball you want to win it back, because we love to have the ball but unfortunately to have the ball you have to win it back first.
“That’s why I deeply believe that if you love football, you love to defend because it gives you an opportunity to have the ball and express your talent.”
Iwobi endured something of a slump over recent months at Arsenal, struggling with the burden of being the main back-up to Mesut Ozil.
However the Nigerian looked reinvigorated in last week’s 5-1 win over Everton, where the left winger continually switched flanks with Mkhitaryan to devastating effect.