Alex Iwobi has been superb recently, and he’s proving hugely popular among Arsenal fans. He claims he owes some of his success to the mentoring of Danny Welbeck, who has taken him under his wing and taught him a lot about the game, as reported by Arsenal.com.
The 19-year-old has looked like a talent for quite some time, but few expected him to break into the first team in such emphatic fashion. After impressing in pre-season he got a handful of chances with the senior side, and in recent weeks he’s been arguably one of our best performers.
He claims Welbeck’s experience as a young English forward, coming through at Manchester United before making the switch to Arsenal, has helped him grow as a player.
“Danny Welbeck has taken me under his wing,” he said.
“He’s been helping me a lot because he is a young English player that came through at Manchester United, so he knows what it’s like.
“He came through at a young age so he is always helping me or having banter with me and making me feel comfortable. I think it is key [to feel comfortable] and they have all welcomed me.”
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This is exactly what Arsenal have always been about, with young players being nurtured and helped into the first team by their senior teammates. We’ve seen youngsters like Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey benefit from the tutelage of the many superb midfielders we’ve at at the club in the past, and Iwobi is following their footsteps by breaking into the first team.
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While it’s obviously great that Welbeck is passing on his knowledge to Iwobi, we really want the teenager to surpass the ex-Man United man as quickly as possible. Welbeck has proven himself a superb squad player, but Iwobi is capable of being so much more. If he can realise his massive potential then he could end up an Arsenal great, and his emergence really has been a breath of fresh air.