Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has praised new Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s training methods, explaining how the Spaniard’s sessions are ‘exciting’ and ‘intense.’
The 22-year-old is one of a number of players learning to adapt to a new manager and new training methods after spending the entirety of this senior career under departed manager Arsene Wenger. The much-criticised Nigerian has seemingly grasped this new opportunity with both hands and is clearly a player Emery trusts, evidenced by his selection in last week’s 3-2 loss to Chelsea.
Speaking to Arsenal Player Iwobi spoke of his excitement and adaptation to Emery’s new regime,
“It’s exciting times to be fair, everybody’s enjoying and buying into the new ideas.”
“For me personally, I’m enjoying the new sessions, the new training methods, and the new ideas, so I’m enjoying my time with him.”
Iwobi also spoke to the intensity demanded by Emery and his training staff and how it benefits the team,
“He demands a lot. He’s a lot more intense, a lot of high pressing and keeping the ball so that it benefits us if we have the ball,” Iwobi continued. “It’s good for us, especially the attackers who like to have the ball a lot.”
Despite the Gunners’ tough start to the season, failing to pick up a point through two matches, the attitude around the club and fanbase towards Emery is still positive. The Arsenal manager still seems to be deciding what his preferred lineup will be with summer signing Lucas Torreira yet to be handed his first start.
With no guarantees at this point in Emery’s tenure, Iwobi knows he needs to play well to stake a regular claim in this starting XI,
“At a team like Arsenal, that’s always going to be hard so I always have to be on it in training and matches. “I’ve got to be different,”
“It’s going to be hard because we’ve got so many attackers and so many world-class players, so I’ve just got to prove that I’m on that level or as good as them so that I can be ahead of them, which is my aim.”
The Gunners entertain West Ham this Saturday in a game that many believe Emery must tack his first three points on the board, a tough start is forgiveable, but dropping points against inferior opposition is unlikely to be well received.