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Emery’s message to Iwobi: don’t fear mistakes

Unai Emery with Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi has been a revelation this season, and the Nigeria international credits Unai Emery for his fine form.

For all of Mesut Ozil’s heroics against Leicester, Iwobi outshone even him at times, and it’s hardly a one-off - the 22-year-old has been sensational since he scored at Chelsea in our second game.
 
Emery has breathed new life into Iwobi by urging him to express himself and not be afraid to make mistakes.
 
“We can’t just stop at one mistake,” said the head coach. “The mistake is to learn and to attempt another action.
 
“The confidence is giving them the possibility to do the things well and also, when they make a mistake, it makes them want to do better on the next attempt.
 
“I think my idea with the players is to give them confidence every day by working hard in every session, in the video analysis, with the videos we give them. We give them the opportunity to watch their action first, their good actions, their bad actions, and this is the way for them to take a lot of confidence or learn how to improve.
 
“They think, ‘How can I improve?’ or ‘How can I do better in a different situation within the game?’
 
“I think for [Alex] and for our other players, we need to work on things every day.”