Arsenal have a number of talented youngsters on their books, but Alex Iwobi has been a standout performer lately.
The youngster scored a superb hat-trick during the Under-21s’ 4-1 win over Stoke this past Tuesday night, and if he continues in this vein of form then Arsene Wenger will surely sit up and take notice.
With Iwobi already looking like a potential star of the future, here are five things you probably didn’t know about the young Gunner:
5) Football is in his blood
Iwobi’s uncle is none other than Jay-Jay Okocha, the former Bolton and Nigeria star.
Spending time with his uncle and watching him as a child has had a huge impact on his game, with Okocha playing a major role in some of his career decisions.
4) He has chosen to represent Nigeria
The talented young forward has turned out for England at various different youth levels, but has recently chosen to switch allegiances to Nigeria.
He was set to take the field for the Super Eagles during their recent bout of internationals, but was forced to watch from the sidelines after the Nigerian Football Federation revealed they needed clearance from FIFA, as reported by the BBC.
3) He’s unbelievably versatile
Iwobi started life as a winger, but has gradually moved farther in field, and has more recently been deployed as a No.10 and an out-and-out striker.
2) He has been a Gunner for a decade
He has been at Arsenal for his entire career so far, becoming a Gunner at just eight-years-old.
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— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) March 13, 2015
1) He idolises Nwankwo Kanu
The 18-year-old is a huge fan of former Arsenal and Nigeria star Kanu, who he claims has inspired him throughout his career.
“I grew up watching Nigerian football and read all about my uncle’s [Jay-Jay Okocha] remarkable career and the success story of Kanu with Nigeria and Arsenal,” he is quoted as saying by the BBC.
“Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu have influenced my decision to play for Nigeria,” he said (via the Daily Mail)