Alex Iwobi looks set for a breakout season in 2015/16, with the youngster impressing hugely in pre-season. He claims he draws inspiration from fellow Arsenal academy product Chuba Akpom, who he says has pushed him to become a better player, as reported by Arsenal.com.
Iwobi and Akpom rose through the Arsenal ranks together, but it was Akpom who looked like getting his big break soon.
Akpom has now been loaned out to Hull for the season, and has already got his campaign off to a great start with two goals in two games. Iwobi has remained at the Emirates however, so we may see him handed a number of first team opportunities.
Talking to the official website, Iwobi spoke about his relationship with Akpom, insisting that his loan move to Hull would be good for him.
“I don’t remember when we first met because we go way back, since the age of four,” Iwobi said.
“I remember playing for a Sunday team together and it was basically us two and then the other team-mates would help, but we were the main players.
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“We grew up together so we’ve been going through the same things, but also he’s been progressing more so I use him as an inspiration. He lets me know what he’s going through so that I can prepare for it. Watching him grow and become what he is right now is so good to see.
“I was happy for him [to join Hull City on loan].
“I was speaking with his family and I could see that he was really happy to go on loan because he just wants to get some minutes and prove a point. Hopefully Hull will be the team for him.”
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Both players could potentially be future stars of the Arsenal first team, so hopefully they enjoy excellent campaigns and set themselves on the path to success.