Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi has admitted that he needs to be performing consistently in order to keep his place in the Arsenal first team.
Iwobi, 21, broke into Arsenal’s first team in the second half of the 2015/2016 season and went on to impress by scoring two goals in 13 appearances.
However, Iwobi found his second full season a bit of a struggle and found playing time hard to come by as Arsenal struggled for results.
Iwobi, who is a doubt for next weekend’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia due to a muscle strain, has made just two league appearances this season.
“It was hard but something I had to learn from,” he told Evening Standard. “If you are not performing consistently at a club like Arsenal, then there are other players ready to take the opportunity — which I learned the tough way.
“I wasn’t involved as much as I wanted to be but I just had to be patient, still have the same attitude, work hard in training and wait for my chance again. That’s what I’ve been doing.
“Obviously, I am an attacking player, so when you are an attacking player, you need to create goals and get goals — and that’s the main thing for me.
“People in my position were doing better than me in that aspect of the game, which is to eventually win games, and that’s something I had to work on.”
The FA Cup winner with Arsenal last season stated further: “At the end of the day, there could be injuries which come left, right and centre.
“So you might be chucked in to play a Premier League game or on the Thursday in the Europa League. No matter the situation, you have to be ready for it.”