Press conference

Emery - How we've helped Iwobi's development

Of all our players, there's a strong argument to say that Alex Iwobi has made the most progress under Unai Emery.

The Nigeria international has been in fabulous form this season, so what has our head coach done to help the 22-year-old?

This is what Emery told the media on Friday:

on Iwobi's development and him receiving more involvement...
He is very young and I think he played here with improving moments in his career. We need to also push him more to improve because he has the quality and the capacity. The first thing is with the behaviour in training, finding ways to improve every day. And then, also to give him what he can improve tactically, individually. I think a lot of it is confidence, every player needs confidence. Not only with playing but when we are together and we are here. I want every player to feel this confidence but also with a very big demand from us and on himself also to work every day.

on what he has told Iwobi...
It's try, try, try and try. If you are doing a good action individually or not, continue with the confidence to try another, to try again. After that, good commitment every day, good behaviour every day and feel together with your team and respect decisions and respect your teammates. There is only one thing I know, work. You are working, you are winning this confidence every day, then your quality is there to be better in each match.

on Iwobi saying it's like a family here...
I think before I came here, Arsenal was already one family. Maybe we needed to improve or to develop some things differently with the team and with the club, but I think this club is very big and was a big family also before I came here. We are doing more combinations to do more to be stronger with the relationship between us. The family is very important for us, for every player to feel important and enjoy.