Alex Iwobi will continue to fight for his place at Arsenal, even if Arsene Wenger does leave his managerial role in future according to his uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha.
Having made his competitive debut in October 2015, Iwobi took his first-team opportunities well and established himself as a valuable player in the senior squad.
However, a number of frustrating decisions in the final third have saw calls for him to be given an extended break from the firing line, during a tough period in the season where Arsenal have struggled for consistency. It was a call that Arsene Wenger answered.
Iwobi has not featured since the 2nd of April, during a 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
Unsurprisingly, questions over his long-term future at the Emirates have surfaced, but Okocha has remained adamant that Iwobi will continue working hard regardless of who is in charge.
Okocha said, “It’s not easy to break into an Arsenal team from youth. A young player won’t cope with a whole season. It’s understandable he’s not been playing recently. Overall he has done well.”
Iwobi himself admitted that he’s not comfortable watching his team-mates from the substitutes’ bench and is eager for another opportunity to showcase his capability before the season is complete. However, Okocha also revealed this is an important part of the learning process for him.
“No player is happy when he’s not playing but he’s still learning, he’s still young. He’s not playing for Wenger. He’s playing for Arsenal, even though Wenger gave him the opportunity. If Wenger goes, he’ll fight on.”
Iwobi has defended the Frenchman and condemned the supporters’ criticism of Arsene in previous months, saying he deserves more respect and recognition – as opposed to unnecessary abuse and pressure about his future at the club.
In addition to this, he did say that he would continue to fight for his Arsenal future, regardless of the situation.
“I have no other club. London is my home. I have no choice than to keep fighting for the shirt. I will never quit Arsenal no matter what till I get it right.“