Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained why he took off Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi during the Gunners’ slim 1-0 win over Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.
The 19-year old started for the Gunners but was replaced in the 56th minute by Danny Welbeck, who went on to score the winner for Arsenal and Wenger has explained why he took off the young Nigerian
“I saw the opportunity there, because Alex Iwobi comes more towards the ball but, with a runner in behind on our left side, there was some room to exploit, and Danny did that very well,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “On top of that he scored a goal when he came on,” he explained.
Speaking further, the Frenchman went on to praise Welbeck’s contribution.
“That is good for his confidence as well. Overall I’m very happy.
“We were a bit subdued at the start – serious, but not fluent enough and not quick enough or sharp enough. During that period in the first half, we needed not to concede a goal.
“After that, we slowly took over and in the end we won 1-0. That’s what we needed above all. It was a bit of a strange atmosphere and the most important thing for us was to win the game.”