Alex Iwobi has revealed how both both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are helping him develop at Arsenal.
The Nigeria international has been the surprise package of this season becoming a regular in the first-team and scoring his first Champions League goal against Basel in midweek.
The victory saw the Gunners finish as Group A winners and Iwobi says both Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have helped him adapt with the German setting up his goal in midweek.
“I have to call him [Ozil] ‘my boss’ because he assisted me,” a laughing Iwobi told The Guardian.
“Alexis likes to take the mick out of me when I don’t score in training. They are funny.
“They will tell you what you need to work on but in a jokey kind of way. They do advise me, saying I just need to compose myself, relax and the chances will come. They try to help in the best way they can.”
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Iwobi also reveals how his mother made him do extra training as a youngster in a bid to help him make the grade at the Gunners.
“Because I wasn’t as big, fast or strong as everyone else, there were question marks on me and my ability that I wasn’t imposing myself on the game as I should,” he explained.
“It was upsetting because I was going to school thinking, ‘What can I do to improve?’ I would have extra sessions with my dad or friends. My mum made me do kick-ups in the living room. My sister even tried to play football. Everyone was trying to help me.”
The 20-year-old is also keen to bring success to Arsenal and feels Wenger’s side could claim silverware this season.
“Some of the players Arsenal used to have were scary. But even now the quality we have now, this season could be our season. It is wide open,” he explained.
“I walk past the corridors and see all the pictures of players holding a trophy and celebrating but my face is not there. I want to be there. Hopefully one day my face will be on the wall celebrating too. That would be amazing.”