Alex Iwobi reveals how Unai Emery & Mesut Ozil have helped his Arsenal career

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The Super Eagles forward highlighted a major improvement in his game from last season and in the 2018-19 campaign

Alex Iwobi has disclosed that Arsenal boss Unai Emery has aided his development at the club by giving him freedom to try new things and the confidence to believe in himself.

The Nigeria star played a starring role as the Gunners rallied back to defeat Leicester City 3-1 in Monday’s Premier League game.

His performance earned him the Man of the Match award and he has revealed the impact of Emery on his career and on the team as a whole.

“The manager has imposed a new style and we are enjoying our time. We are enjoying each other and the chemistry is good – it’s not just the people who are starting but those on the bench, as well. It’s a team thing and we are all enjoying it,” Iwobi told reporters.

“The manager has just given me the confidence to express myself and to believe in my ability, which I have been trying to show. In training, too, he is always letting me try new things – be positive, be direct and prove it in the games. It is working for me so I just have to keep it going.

“Do I feel like a better player than a year ago? I’d just say I am more confident. I feel that even if I make a mistake, I am able to go again. I think that is the difference between me last year and this year.”

Mesut Ozil who skippered the Gunners from the start was in superb form and was involved in the build-up to the three goals.

The Germany international cancelled out Hector Bellerin’s own goal on the stroke of half-time and later set up second-half substitute Aubameyang for his brace.

And Iwobi has talked up how the five-time German Player of the Year has helped him become a better player.

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"I get the privilege to play with Mesut every day. He is a world-class player. He gives me advice in a different way,” he added.

“He jokes around but he always tells me I can do more. He also gives me the confidence to express myself.”