Alex Iwobi is one of Arsenal’s rising stars but don’t let his success fool you into thinking he’s resting on his laurels any time soon.
The 20-year-old broke into the first team last season after Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both picked up injuries during our embarrassing league cup loss away to Sheffield Wednesday.
It turned out that all he needed was that chance because he scored two goals in two games against Everton and Watford. After this, he grabbed two assists against West Ham and the rest is history.
Although he’s not been able to recapture that form in front of goal, he’s still managed three assists in 14 appearances this season. He’s become a regular starter at the age of 20, which is staggering, as well as picking up several caps for Nigeria.
Speaking to Arsenal Player recently, the nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha, explained how he broke into the first team and how he stays there. Simply by treating each day as his last.
“Honestly I didn’t expect to be where I am today,” Iwobi said.
“I thought a long time ago that I’d be on loan and probably get experience there before having experience in the first team, but the fact that the boss trusted me to jump into the first team as quick as I did, I’m just grateful for it.
“The same way I was able to break into it is the same way that I take the chance now.
“I play like it’s almost like my last game, I treat it like it’s my last moment here, so I do my best and I always put 100 per cent into whatever I do.”
Iwobi is astonishingly humble for a man of his age who’s been thrust under the limelight so quickly. He obviously has a good team, friends and family around him. Hopefully he stays this way and continues to grow at Arsenal.