Alex Iwobi is really starting to establish himself as a first-team player at Arsenal, despite only being 20-years-old.
The winger was in-and-out of the line-up last season, making 21 appearances in all competitions. However, this season, he has already featured in five of Arsenal’s seven Premier League matches and has largely impressed.
The Nigerian has been publicly praised by his manager Arsene Wenger in the past with the Frenchman saying this week: “He has something that is very important at the top level: speed and an understanding of the game.”
While getting praise from your manager is one thing, getting praised by your fellow teammates probably gives a player even greater satisfaction.
That also happened this week with Arsenal star Mesut Ozil comparing him to Edgar Davids and Jay-Jay Okocha.
He said: “Alex reminds me of a mixture of him (Okocha) and Edgar Davids.
“The manager knows exactly how good he is and I wish him all the best.”
If you weren’t already aware, Okocha is actually Iwobi’s uncle and guided him through the early stages of his career.
And Iwobi has revealed Ozil’s advice for him and his reaction to the German’s recent comparison.
“Mesut just tells me that I’m young and need to express myself on the pitch,” Iwobi said.
“Obviously I need to listen to other people’s advice as well, but he tells me to always play with a smile on my face and enjoy the game.
“When I saw [his comments comparing me to Okocha and Edgar Davids] I was like, ‘Wow is he serious?’ because he never really says that much to me.
"He just gives me advice and help, but it’s such a confidence boost for such a great player to say that about me.
“I’m the same kid I used to be, the same kid who used to work hard. There’s a bit of luck as well. For me to get that chance and take it like I did, I’m just fortunate and happy to have taken them. I guess it’s luck at the end of the day.”
Well, Iwobi will be hoping ‘luck’ continues to go his way as he aims to fulfil his potential at the Emirates as he tries to better the careers of his uncle and the Dutch legend Davids.