By Izuchukwu Okosi
Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi was handed great ratings by the English press Saturday evening despite the Gunners’ 3-2 away defeat to city rivals Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge in head coach Unai Emery’s second Premier League game in charge.
Iwobi scored a first half goal to bring score to 2-2 but a late Marcos Alonso goal meant the north London side lost their opening two league games of the 2018/2019 season.
Mirror.co.UK rating of the Nigeria international went thus:
“Surprise selection but provided defensive cover on the left wing and scored.”
Daily and Sunday Express wrote:
“Iwobi – The Nigeria international was a surprise name in the starting line-up but he justified Emery’s decision with an excellent goal and an all-round determined performance – 7”
For www.Football.London the Nigeria international also deserved a pass mark and was clearly one of the bright sparks for the stuttering side.
“Brought into the side and produced a superb performance on the left side of the attack. He was direct, always attacked the box and pressed Chelsea back. Set up the first goal and scored the second. 8”
Arsenal’s next league game is also a London derby against West Ham United.
Now retired Super Eagles star Victor Moses was an unused substitute in the five goal thriller.