Following a disappointing end to Unai Emery’s first year at the helm, it’s clear that significant improvements are needed at Arsenal. However, with limited finances, giving opportunities to some of their emerging youth products is likely to play an important part in their attempts to rejoin Europe’s elite.
Along with blooding youngsters such as Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, and Emile Smith-Rowe, head coach Unai Emery might also look to give Alex Iwobi a more integral role in the side. The 23-year-old hasn’t been without his critics since breaking into the first-team back in 2015. However, there were plenty of positives to take from his contributions last term.
In this tactical analysis, we will examine the 23-year-old’s strengths, while highlighting some room for improvement.
Although Arsenal’s goals tally was just one lower than in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign, they finished last season with only the 11th most attempts on goal. Their shot total of 467 was down 127 from the previous term. Furthermore, their highest assist provider was Alexandre Lacazette with eight, the lowest among the top six teams. Mesut Ozil was expected to shoulder much of the responsibility for chance creation, but the former Germany international only recorded two assists in 25 domestic appearances.