Iwobi’s work rate is exactly what Arsenal need, claims Wright as he hails Lampard for getting best out of him at Everton

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ARSENAL legend Ian Wright has hailed Alex Iwobi’s form for Everton while also praising his manager Frank Lampard.

The former Arsenal striker was complimentary when talking about the Nigeria international, who began his career at the Gunners coming through the youth ranks into the first-team.

Ian Wright believes Arsenal could do with Alex Iwobi in their midfield

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Ian Wright believes Arsenal could do with Alex Iwobi in their midfieldCredit: Getty
Alex Iwobi is performing well under Frank Lampard

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Alex Iwobi is performing well under Frank LampardCredit: Getty

Iwobi was eventually sold by Arsenal for a fee of around £35million to the Toffees back in 2019 with fans happy with the figure they got for him.

Wright said on his podcast: “I’m so pleased with the way it’s going for him [Iwobi].

“I remember Arsenal fans, it’s the same thing they did with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, they ridiculed him.”

But the 26-year-old is enjoying a new lease of life at Everton with Lampard converting him from a winger to a central or attacking midfielder.

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Wright continued: “His ball progression and work rate, Frank has now recognised him and put him there, Listen to the Everton fans when he’s doing his work, they are adoring him now.

“I’m loving the way it’s working out for Iwobi.

“Everton fans are now starting to realise that if they get the right players in and around him, he’s going to be a force for them.

“You look at his work rate, it’s unbelievable. It’s the kind of intensity that Mikel [Arteta] wants now and needs now, we need that, we need somebody who can press like that.”

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At Everton, Iwobi has become a key man playing the full 90 minutes in every match so far this Premier League season.

In his full spell at Goodison Park, Iwobi has featured 104 times scoring seven goals and assisting a further nine.

Back at Arsenal he appeared in 149 matches netting 15 times and registering 27 assists.

Iwobi was set for a trip back to the Emirates last weekend but the match was postponed due to the death of the Queen.

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