Alex Iwobi has admitted that he would like to score more goals and get more assists for Arsenal next season.

The 20-year-old burst into the first team during the 2015/16 season and has been enjoying a decent international break for Nigeria. However, he’s not 100% happy and wants to do more for the first team next season.

Speaking recently, the young forward admitted that he’s not always been confident in his ability and almost got released when he was younger.

“I nearly got released when I was 13 or 14, so back then I really didn’t think I would make it here,” he claimed.

“There was a stage when I wasn’t playing up above my age group, but all the better players were.

“I questioned myself a lot at that age about whether I was good enough, but I eventually got through it.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal controls the ball under pressure of Jonathan Howson of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at The Emirates Stadium on April 30, 2016 in London, England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“They did keep me on and I guess since then that’s when I really kicked on.

“I played in the Nike Cup (youth tournament) shortly after that, and then England called me up and things started moving.”

Adding, “I think because of the position I play I need to get more goals and assists.”

The issue with Iwobi being thrust so quickly into the limelight means that he’s probably expecting more of himself than is required. Of course, ambition is fantastic and should be encouraged every step of the way and he did fizzle out after his initial success last season. However, he is so, so young and all these things – assists, goals – will come with time and experience. He’s progressing amazingly, all he needs to do is get his head down, focus and carry on. The rest will follow.

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