Arsenal attacker, Alex Iwobi has admitted he had a case of double regrets in Tuesday’s loss against Swansea City, as his personal rating was very low on an evening his side lost 3-1 away.
Though the Super Eagles star said he was happy to get a starting role for The Gunners, he was sad that he was not able to step up his game and his side went on to lose a match all pundits thought they would win.
Iwobi started alongside attacking triumvirate of Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil in the clash, but a Sam Clucas double proved enough for Carlos Carvalhal’s side at Liberty Stadium.
The Nigerian forced Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski into a early save, wriggling free of his marker to strike a venomous near-post effort which the keeper parried for a corner.
Nacho Monreal ghosted in to stab home from an Ozil’s cross moments later after the German had parted the opposition defence with a looped pass.
Alfie Mawson slipped in Sam Clucas at the other end to equalise almost immediately as Arsenal went to bed after going ahead.
Peter Cech’s ridiculous error after the restart allowed Jordan Ayew to poke home from close range as the hosts took a surprise lead.
Arsenal were further exposed when a failed acrobatic clearance from Monreal allowed Ayew a chance to race into their area and square for Clucas who made no mistake, notching his second of the night while Arsene Wenger’s men were left cursing their luck.
Iwobi had a relatively quiet game and went off for Oliver Giroud after 76 minutes of action, after which the Nigerian lad was rated the joint-worst Arsenal player on the pitch.
The Hale End Academy product was awarded a score of three out of ten by Football.London, along with Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka.
Against Swansea City, Iwobi played two shots and one was on target, made two key passes and his passing accuracy of 80.4 percent was the second worst in the Arsenal side.
Of the eleven players that started for the Gunners, the Super Eagles was second-least in touches with 59.
Iwobi completed two dribbles, was dispossessed on the ball by an opponent once, won no foul, made zero tackles, clearances and interceptions.
”Created one chance for himself before the break which was saved, but other than that it was a poor night for the attacker. Sloppy in possession and never a threat,” wrote Charles Watts.