Super Eagles’ and Arsenal winger, Alex Iwobi has revealed that the arrival of new manager Unai Emery brought a new dimension to his game after he was supported by a data analyst who helps optimize his offensive attributes, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Nigerian, who has often been accused of lacking the end product, diminishes the importance of his stats and claims he now feels more involved in the Gunners’ attacking play.
Iwobi told the club’s website that he now feels more confident going forward, thanks to a data analyst, who sends him video footages of his performances after every game.
“This season I feel much better and I feel like I’m in control, especially going forward in an attacking sense.
“I have an analyst now who is always trying to help me, which I didn’t have in seasons before, so he’s sending me clips and saying what I can do better,” Iwobi said.
Iwobi added that he is aware the numbers he puts up at Arsenal are short of what is expected from an offensive player at a top Premier League club, but also thinks that stats do not always reflect a player’s impact on his team, and believes the extra work he puts in has made him contribute more offensively at the Emirates.
“That’s helped me and I’d like to say I’ve been involved in a few goals this season, even it’s not the assist or the goal. I’ve been getting a few pre-assists which go unnoticed but at the end of the day, as long as the team does well, that’s my main concern.
“I would say each day I’m still growing and still learning, but negatives, obviously they’re always going to criticise me for my goals and assists, which I need to add to my game if I want to be compared with the people I’m playing with.
“The main thing is just to remain calm. We’ve even been doing some mental work to remain calm under pressure and calm when I’m on the pitch, and this is something I’ve been working on, not just in football but also off the pitch as well,” Iwobi concluded.
The Nigerian broke into the Gunners’ main team three years ago and has been backed severally by a new boss, Unai Emery who believes the Eagles’ winger has plenty of potentials.