The Nigerian-born attacking midfielder, Alex Iwobi, has revealed his inspiration as Hector Bellerin, an Arsenal player once loaned out to Watford.
Iwobi, who is looking to follow the path of his famous legendary uncle, JJ Okocha, expressed his desire to force his way into the Arsenal first team.
The 19-year-old, who made a huge impression at the pre-season matches for Arsenal, scoring two goals in three appearances, stated why Bellerin is an inspiration for him.
“Hector (Bellerin) went out on loan at Watford, did well there and then he took his chance against Borussia Dortmund. The rest is history, he’s been doing his job really well and he’s a real inspiration for me,” Alex Iwobi told Arsenal.com
Iwobi, captain of the Arsenal U21 team, scored 11 goals for the team across competitions last season. He recognised that breaking into the first team will not be a piece of cake, but hopes to be involved in the Capital One Cup competition for the first team.
“I would like to hopefully play a few games here and there, hopefully be involved in the Capital One Cup, so its just about trying to get into the first team”.
In February Iwobi was invited to the Nigerian U23 squad by Samson Siasia, head coach of the team, but he could not make it to the senior team as the Nigeria Football Federation awaits his decision to play for Nigeria or England.
He was capped for England U16 and U17 national teams.