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What does Alex Iwobi bring to Arsenal?

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi in action with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic

20-year-old Alex Iwobi has, seemingly out of nowhere, become an integral part of Arsenal's squad. What exactly does he bring to the starting XI?

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi in action

Alex Iwobi has featured from the off in Arsenal's last three Premier League games, and he already seems to have made the left-wing position his own.

He started the club's first game of the season, a 4-3 loss to Liverpool, before losing his spot to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the next three matches. Despite picking up seven points in that run, Arsene Wenger replaced Chamberlain with Iwobi - and the youngster has been a revelation.

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi in action with Paris Saint-Germain's MarquinhosWith Alexis Sanchez moving up front and Theo Walcott nailing down the right wing position, a spot opened up on the left flank. 

What Sanchez and Chamberlain brought to the left wing role was lots of pace and direct running, taking players on and bearing down on goal.

Iwobi brings something slightly different to the table. Stylistically, he is actually closer to Mesut Ozil than to Alexis Sanchez. The Nigerian is no slouch for pace, and certainly no stranger to dribbling, but his greatest quality is his vision. 

That vision was exemplified in the 3-0 thrashing of Chelsea, when Iwobi drove inside from the left, picked up the ball and played a perfectly-weighted pass to Hector Bellerin, who slid it across for Walcott to make it 2-0. 

His vision and awareness, coupled with his impressive technical skill, take some of the creative burden off of Ozil's shoulders. 

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring their third goal with Alex Iwobi

Previously, there was a risk that if teams were able to mark the German out of the game, it would be left almost entirely to Sanchez to create openings in the final third, with Santi Cazorla largely being deployed in a deeper midfield role.

Now, however, there is a healthy mix of players who are able to create openings for their teammates, and - as was seen against Chelsea - when they are all in tune, it can be both beautiful and devastating.

If Iwobi can learn from some of the best in the game in Ozil and Sanchez, he has a bright career ahead of him at Arsenal. 

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