Thursday, 25 April 2019


Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi was among the players unable to prevent Arsenal from suffering a humbling 3-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Wednesday night, a result that left the top four hopes of the Gunners hanging in the balance.

And Iwobi told the club website after the game that yet another poor day in the office away from home for Arsenal is a mental thing which the players must try to overcome.

The loss was the second in four days for the club following a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Goals from Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty in the first half at Molineux rendered Arsenal’s dominance of possession useless, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ 80th minute goal proving a mere consolation as the Gunners suffered yet another reverse on away soil – Arsenal have won just six league games away from home this season and 10 of the last 36 away games stretching from last season.

“I think it’s a mental thing – we just have to keep on fighting, keep on being together as a team and just focus again on the next game,” Iwobi told “It’s still up for grabs. We believe we have a chance, so we’ll keep going.”

The Arsenal forward, who was handed a start in one of seven changes made by head coach Unai Emery, went on to say: “Obviously it’s a tough one to take. It’s not a good result when we want to get in the top four, but we can’t dwell on it, we have to move on to the next game.”

However, Iwobi believes it could be the start of a good run for the club: “It’s [disappointing] but last time we had back-to-back [league] defeats, we went on an amazing run. We’ll look at that as a confidence boost, go back to training and just focus on the next game.”

Arsenal next face Leicester City in another tricky away match before rounding up the season with games against Leon Balogun’s Brighton & Hove-Albion in their last home game, and Burnley at Turf Moor on the final day of the season – matches that may prove not enough even if the Gunners win them all.

That is because Arsenal currently occupy fifth spot with 66 points from 35 games, a point behind Chelsea and four points behind third placed Tottenham Hotspur in the race to finish in the top four. Will Iwobi and his Arsenal teammates manage to finish in the top four?

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