In the wake of mounting criticisms surrounding Arsenal’s recent struggles, Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi has come forward to defend his teammates, insisting that they are deeply affected by the club’s poor results. Arsenal faced severe backlash after a series of disappointing performances, leading to doubts about the players’ commitment.
Currently occupying the sixth spot in the Premier League with 45 points, Arsenal faces a considerable 13-point gap from the coveted fourth place. The team, however, managed to defy expectations with a surprising 2-0 victory against AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg at San Siro.
Addressing concerns about the team’s cohesion, Iwobi emphasized the unity among the players, asserting that there is a collective effort to address issues. “I know the players – and they lead by example in the team,” Iwobi stated in an interview with the Mirror.
While acknowledging the criticism from the media, Iwobi highlighted the communication within the team, both on and off the pitch. “Maybe it doesn’t come across as being loud on the pitch – and you don’t see it as much – but we do speak when things aren’t going as well as planned,” he added.
Looking ahead to their upcoming fixture against Watford, Iwobi expressed confidence in the team’s ability to improve defensively and offensively. “The key thing is to find a way to defend and attack all together. We have to work on that, we know that, and we have been trying to do that so, hopefully, we will be able to show signs of that togetherness soon.”