By Will Butcher
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has revealed that his Premier League idol is family member and Nigeria legend Jay-Jay Okocha.
The former Bolton superstar is Iwobi’s uncle, and starred for the Wanderers between 2002 and 2006 after winning the BBC African Player of the Year for 2003 and 2004.
Speaking to the Premier League’s official Twitter account, Nigeria international Iwobi revealed that Okocha helps the Arsenal youngster both on and off the pitch.
The 20 year-old has become a regular feature for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, making 13 league and cup appearances for the North London giants.
He was also involved in the Gunners’ Champions League victory against Ludogorets and started their other two European clashes against Paris Saint-Germain and FC Basel, before playing a cameo role in Tuesday night’s late 3-2 win against Ludogorets.
The Nigeria international is yet to get his name on the scoresheet this season, but has notched up two assists for his teammates.
He may face a battle for inclusion when Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud fully return to action but has done enough so far to be considered.
Okocha was part of the most successful era of Bolton’s history under manager Sam Allardyce, making 145 appearances in all competitions and finding the net 18 times in the white of the Lancashire outfit.
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