Iwobi admits Arsenal stars are putting in ‘an extra shift’ under Unai Emery

Alex Iwobi has said that Arsenal’s players are putting in ‘an extra shift’ in both training and on the pitch under new manager Unai Emery.

Having lost their opening two games of the season, Arsenal have gone on an incredible 14 game unbeaten run in all competitions, and are currently in fifth place in the Premier League, just six points behind Man City.

One player who has shown some improved form this season so far has been Alex Iwobi, who, despite the abundance of talent in attacking areas for the Gunners, has been involved in 11 games so far, scoring one goal and providing two assists.

As Arsenal try to shake off the old routine of the Arsene Wenger days, 22-year-old Nigeria international Alex Iwobi has described the ‘demanding’ nature of new boss Unai Emery.

“It’s basically a family and we’re all fighting for each other, not just for the manager and the players, but also for the fans,” Iwobi said ahead of tonight’s Europa League game with Sporting Lisbon.

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“It’s one big family and we’re always going to fight for each other.

“We’re putting in an extra shift, not just in matches, but in training as well.

“Unai’s very intense in training and he’s demanding because he knows how good we are. He always wants us to be at 100 per cent, giving our best. It’s not just him, though.

“We know what we expect from each other, so we’re also trying to get the best out of each other in training.

“He’s always encouraging me to be positive with the ball, always encouraging me to work hard off the ball for my team as well.

“It’s not just for me, he’s helped out my other team-mates as well and has helped every player individually.

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“He’s always talking to them and if it’s not him then it’s his assistants, the other coaches talking to me, showing me different clips, analysing my game, analysing opponents as well.

“His staff are always helping me. He’s given me that confidence in games and in training to go out and express myself.”

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