Since making his Arsenal in the League Cup at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season, Alex Iwobi has gone on to reach heights even he didn’t expect.
Though he is yet to have a major impact on a first team game, he made his Champions League debut at Bayern Munich and has been trusted in the Premier League too.
After cameos against Swansea City, Southampton and Bournemouth, Iwobi started in the FA Cup against Sunderland was used as a substitute in the recent 0-0 draw with Stoke City, as Arsenal looked to clinch all three points.
“To play for Arsenal’s first team means so much [to me] because when I play I think about all I have done to get to where I am and I feel so happy to do it,” the 19-year-old said to Arsenal.com.
“I had a few chances like against Swansea where I came on and against Bayern Munich. I got to play 90 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday. I got a few chances and now I’m hoping to get some more. I don’t know what to expect nowadays but playing at the Allianz Arena with the world’s best players was just crazy.”
His full home debut came in the third round of the FA Cup, where Iwobi put in a strong performance against Premier League opposition in central midfield. It was a convincing display and certainly wouldn’t have discouraged Arsène Wenger from using him again.
His next opportunity to do so comes in the same competition on Saturday, when Arsenal welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium. It will be another chance for Iwobi to make a statement, should he play, but he isn’t getting ahead of himself.
“I’m taking it as it comes. You have to always be prepared as you never know when that chance will come.”