Arsène Wenger says that training with the first-team squad has helped Alex Iwobi become a Premier League player.

The 19-year-old looks right at home on the big stage, impressing against Barcelona in the Champions League before scoring his first senior goal for Arsenal in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Everton.

He has been practising with the players since the start of the season and he has been growing in contact with these players

Arsène Wenger

Iwobi’s tenacity won the ball inside his own half and a determined run to meet Hector Bellerin’s long ball was followed by an unerring finish - and a joyous celebration.

“He benefits from his talents, intelligence and attitude,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “He has been practising with the players since the start of the season and he has been growing in contact with these players and he is learning quickly from them.”

The only downside to Arsenal’s win at Goodison Park were knocks to Mesut Ozil (ankle) and David Ospina (back), the latter caused by a hefty collision with Gabriel and Romelu Lukaku.

“Both are similar kicks and a few days should heal their problems,” said Wenger. “I don’t think it is a basic problem.”

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Chris Harris 20 Mar 2016