Arsène Wenger says Alex Iwobi’s intelligence underpins his promising start to life in the first team.

The 19-year-old impressed in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round victory over Burnley, producing an encouraging performance in the No 10 position.

It was just Iwobi’s third start for the club but his manager believes he could be due many more if he continues to progress,

“I think he has shown everybody that he is a good player again,” Wenger said. “I personally find him very interesting because of his decision making, his awareness is very interesting.

“He is a boy who, two years ago, not many would have said he [will make it]. You see he develops very well because he’s very clever.

“I like his game, I like the timing of his decision making and the quality of his decision making. He always turns where you want him to turn and he plays the ball where you want him to play the ball. He’s very interesting.

“He can play on the left, he can play on the right, he can play behind the striker and he can even play as a No 9, because he scores goals in training.”

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Nik Brumsack 31 Jan 2016