By Izuchukwu Okosi
Super Eagles of Nigeria and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi who was in action Thursday night in Nigeria’s international friendly against Senegal which ended in a 1-1 draw has called on fans of his London club to be patient with manager Arsene Wenger, Newslegend.com.ng reports.
Arsenal are currently 6th in the Premier League table and faces the danger of missing out from Champions League qualification.
Iwobi bared his mind to Dailymail.co.uk after his national team’s game at The Hive Stadium.
”They need to have a bit more respect in my opinion. I mean, he’s been at the club for 20 years, he’s achieved a lot, obviously they’re a bit impatient with the results and where they want to finish”, Iwobi said.
”We also want to finish there, we want to win the league like anyone else, I can guarantee we are trying our hardest”.
A number of supporters have called on the Frenchman to resign at the end of the current season and a series of poor results have seen him come under increasing pressure in recent weeks.
Wenger is still mulling over whether or not to sign a two-year contract extension at the club, but a series of poor results have seen him come under increasing pressure in recent weeks.
Iwobi, who was brought into the Arsenal first-team by Wenger at the start of the 2015/16 season, also stressed that the players take little notice of the protests taking place in the stands while they are playing.
“Whatever happens we are the players, we affect the result,” he added.
“We don’t really look at the banners or what fans are screaming, we focus on trying to do our jobs on the pitch,” the midfielder cum winger added.
Meanwhile Alex Iwobi insists Alexis Sanchez’s recent outbursts haven’t had a detrimental impact on team spirit at Arsenal.
The Chile international was dropped from the starting line-up for the recent defeat against Liverpool following reports of a training ground bust-up with Arsene Wenger.
Alex Iwobi insists Alexis Sanchez isn’t harming team spirit at Arsenal.
Alexis Sanchez was in international action for Chile against Argentina on Thursday.
Sanchez was subsequently seen smirking on the substitutes’ bench as Bayern Munich handed out a 5-1 drubbing at the Emirates Stadium, leading to suggestions he was ready to quit the club in the summer.
Iwobi admits the former Barcelona forward displays his passion in a different way to the rest of his teammates, but he is far from alone in having a winning mentality.
“He’s a player that always wants to win, like everyone in the team,’ said Iwobi.
“Maybe he shows it a bit more than anyone else, but that’s what everyone is like, we all want to win, we’re trying our best to win.
“But it’s just a winning mentality, it’s not something everyone in the team hates, we all love to have a player like that. The goals and the assists he brings to the team are great,” Iwobi enthused.
Arsenal will return to league duties on April 2 with a clash against Manchester City.