Arsenal Academy chief Andries Jonker has labelled young attacker Alex Iwobi as a 'perfect player' following his breakthrough into the first-team this season. The Nigeria international, who can play across the forward line, has made eight first-team appearances this season in all competitions, which include two appearances in the Champions League.
The 19-year-old forward was promoted to the first-team by Arsene Wenger at the start of the season after he impressed the French manager with his performances for the youth team last season. He made his full debut for the first-team in the FA Cup third round against Sunderland, which impressed the manager. He started the season playing for the U21 and U19 sides, and impressed the academy chief with his performance against Bayern Munich in the U19 Uefa Youth League. Since then, he has not been involved due to his commitments with the first-team, as the Arsenal youngsters were knocked out in the last 16 by Anderlecht.
The Dutchman, who oversees the development and transition of the young players at the club, is confident that Iwobi's natural ability and his willingness to learn will help him develop into a top player for the club.
"Every now and then we have had players who have attracted attention but I think the one who has succeeded most is Alex Iwobi, who is with the first team now," Jonker told Arsenal's official site.
"He played at home against Bayern Munich, made two very nice goals and was great for the team. Since then we haven't seen him because he's with the first team and that's what it's all about."
"Alex is incredibly motivated, dedicated, willing to work and open to listening. He is always trying to improve himself. That makes him a perfect player because, with the talent he has already, he can continue to develop. That's what's happening at the moment," the Arsenal Academy chief explained.