Cape Town - Alex Iwobi says
he has to continue catching Arsene Wenger’s eye in training if he is to get
more first-team opportunities.
The 19-year-old made his first-team home debut against
Sunderland in the FA Cup and has also featured in the Premier League and
Champions League after impressing for the under-21s.
Iwobi's family inspired him to become a footballer and he
says he must maintain his work ethic if he is to be a success at Arsenal.
“I grew up in a footballing environment,” Iwobi told Arsenal's website.
"My dad, my uncle and my whole family loves football. I played
with a local team with Chuba Akpom so I grew up with a footballing life.
I was just hoping to go out and learn but to play for
Arsenal’s first team means so much [to me] because when I play I think about
all I have done to get to where I am and I feel so happy to do it
“I see it helps me [to be related to Jay-Jay Okocha] and it
gives me guidance, [it shows] what I need to work on and what I need advice on
so it has helped me over the years. I don’t see it as pressure [to be related
to him] but he is someone I look up to as motivation as I try to be better than
“I had a few doubts when I was younger, especially when I
was 13 to 14 years old. I was questioning whether I was good enough at that age
as I… had to work on a few things. I didn’t let it get to me but I stayed
focused and try to prove to them why I should get another contract.
“It is very hard. You need to train well every day and you
have to be in the boss’ eye and his mind all the time so that is what I’m
trying to do all the time.
"I was just hoping to go out and learn but to play for
Arsenal’s first team means so much [to me] because when I play I think about all
I have done to get to where I am and I feel so happy to do it.
"I had a few chances like against Swansea where I came
on and against Bayern Munich. I got to play 90 minutes against Sheffield
Wednesday. I got a few chances and now I’m hoping to get some more. I don’t
know what to expect nowadays but playing at the Allianz Arena with the world’s
best players was just crazy.
"I’m taking it as it comes. You have to always be
prepared as you never know when that chance will come."