Arsenal must be delighted with the form of Alex Iwobi this season.
The Nigerian winger has seen a big improvement in his game this term following the arrival of Unai Emery as manager.
Before the Spaniard came in, Iwobi was regularly criticised by supporters for his poor final ball and general lack of consistency.
The majority wouldn’t have minded seeing him leave the club, especially if it had meant Thomas Lemar replacing him
The Gunners pursued the then-Monaco winger throughout the summer of 2017, and were reported on transfer deadline day to have lodged a whopping £92 million bid (Sky Sports).
A move never materialised, but Gunners fans need not be upset almost two years down the line.
Iwobi’s constant improvements extinguish Lemar failure
This term, Lemar has been a relative mainstay for new club Atletico Madrid, but has been average at best for the Spaniards.
In 32 appearances, he has contributed just three goals and two assists.
Last term, the World Cup winner registered two goals and 10 assists, but arguably the standard of Ligue 1 is not as a good as that of La Liga.
Iwobi has gone from strength to strength since those staggering £92 million links to Lemar, particularly this season under Emery.
He’s contributed four goals (his latest strike coming against Rennes in the Europa League) and six assists for the Gunners, and is beginning to show the consistency that he has previously lacked.
Arsenal will be delighted he was able to come good and relieved that Lemar has not pulled up any trees after they missed out on him. And still only 22, there he’s still way off his peak.