Alexandre Lacazette’s goal on his Arsenal debut on Thursday night is a sign of what’s to come, according to Alex Iwobi.
The club record signing came off the bench against Sydney FC and had opened his account for the Gunners within 15 minutes as Arsenal began their pre-season with a 2-0 defeat of Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium.
Alex Iwobi had the best view in the house of the £53m man’s first goal for the club after providing the assist with an inch-perfect cross and he expects there to be far more to come from the Frenchman once the season starts for real.
“He is a good finisher,” said the Nigeria international, speaking to football.london at a #RacetotheEmiartes event during Arsenal’s tour of Australia.
“If he gets the chances I’m sure he will put them away. I was just happy I was the one to help him get his first goal.”
Arsenal’s move for Lacazette was one of the summer’s big early transfer stories.
Despite it looking like he could end up at Atletico Madrid, Arsene Wenger finally got his man when the Gunners struck a deal with Lyon for the prolific frontman.
And Iwobi admits he was keeping tabs on the saga as it all unfolded.
“I just waited for it to be done,” he said.
“Of course it was exciting to hear it could happen. Someone of that quality coming to the club is great, I’m sure he is going to have a great season.
“For me as a young player he is someone to learn off, he is someone who can teach me something just by watching him.
“The fact that I get to play with him now is great.”
Lacazette’s late goal on Thursday night wrapped up a fine evening against Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium.
The 2-0 success was played out in front of 80,000 fans – with a similar turn out expected for Saturday’s game against Western Sydney Wanderers.
And Iwobi believes Arsenal put on a good show for the capacity crowd.
“I think everyone performed well,” he said. “It was nice to get minutes.
“It was our first game, everyone needed to blow the cobwebs out, it was a good way to start.
“There was a lot of energy in the game. We’ve been working very hard, now we just need to push on during pre-season.”
Iwobi added: “The fans were amazing. As I came out to warm up I was shocked, I didn’t know there would be that many there.
“But the Arsenal fanbase is that big. This is my third pre-season tour ad every time you just see so many Arsenal fans. It really makes you open your eyes.”