Alexi Iwobi is looking to continue his successful streak with the u21s against Fulham.
The last time the 19-year-old featured for the team, he scored a hat-trick against Stoke bringing his total tally with the team to 10, and will obviously be looking to achieve something similar against London rivals, Fulham. The team won 4-1 that day.
Speaking recently, the forward recalled the match, hailing the work of the rest of the team, particularly ex-teammate Abou Diaby.
“It [the Stoke game] was probably one of my first games playing up front for the Under-21s,” said Iwobi. “When you have [Abou] Diaby assisting you, it makes life a lot easier.”
He continued, “He made my life a lot easier by giving me chances to score and I took those, so it was good. I’ve proven I can score goals now.
“Playing on the wing, I always used to aim for assists but when I’m playing up front it’s all about the goals. I’ve got a few tricks in my locker as well, so hopefully I add a little bit of flavour to the team.”
The winger joined Arsenal’s academy as a kid and hasn’t ever played anywhere else. The talent is obviously there and he’s progressing rapidly, even scoring for the first team against Lyon in the Emirates Cup recently.
“It’s great to play on an amazing pitch in front of so many fans,” Iwobi described. “I can’t describe how it feels to walk out and look around at this huge stadium. I’m trying to keep a straight face but inside I’m absolutely buzzing.”
I’m sure we’ll see Iwobi feature for the first team again during the course of the season, perhaps in some cup matches against lower league opposition. His friend at the club, Chuba Akpom, has now gone out on loan to Hull City, so perhaps we’ll see a similar move for Iwobi in a season or two.