Nigerian international Alex Iwobi could not be accommodated in coach Arsene Wenger’s new 3-5-2 formation against Middlesbrough in Monday night’s Premier League game.
Arsenal won the match 2-1 at the riverside, meaning the formation temporarily arrested the gunners’ poor away form.
Alex Iwobi has come under severe criticisms from Arsenal fans who believe the best young African player is not doing enough to merit a starting spot.
Iwobi watched the entirety of the game from the bench as goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mezut Ozil secured a hard fought victory, taking Arsenal back to sixth and within touching distance of a UEFA champions league spot.
Iwobi will be hoping for a role in the FA cup semi finals clash against Manchester City next Sunday.