Wenger full of praise for Iwobi

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed why he believes Nigerian international Alex Iwobi has what it takes to make it big at the Gunners.

Speaking to the official Arsenal website priorto his side's Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday, Wenger admitted he wasn't too impressed with Iwobi at first.

"[I knew] when I took him in training a few times, he is not the kind of player who impresses you at first," Wenger said of the 20-year-old from Lagos.

"But when you look a bit deeper he is quick at connecting with other players. Quick analysis.

"Football is perception, decision-making and acting. The perception especially struck me. The perception he has of the game and the speed of his decision-making struck me.

"When you look at him at first there is nothing special there. But after when you look he is always connecting with others at a very high level and a very high pace. That’s why I think he is improving.

"He has still a lot of work to do but he has something that is very important at the top level. Speed and an understanding of the game."