By Harvey Byrne
Alex Iwobi has revealed that his uncle and former Bolton midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha is helping with his development off the pitch.
The 20-year-old Arsenal ace made his debut for the Gunners in 2015 during a League Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday and has been a regular in the new campaign, playing in seven encounters.
Okocha, who starred for Bolton for four years, while also playing for Hull, Paris Saint-Germain and Fenerbache is now passing down his advice to the Arsenal youngster.
“Growing up I got advice with football, but the older I get [Okocha’s] probably helped off the pitch as well,” said Iwobi to football YouTube channel Copa90.
“As football’s such a short career, he’s trying to make sure that I’m going to end up being like him, where he’s comfy when he’s retired. I want to be as good as him, or even better than him.”
Iwobi started in the Gunners 1-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday, where he played 71 minutes before coming off for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Despite playing for England at Under-16, 17 and 18 level he has elected to play for Nigeria, the country that he was born in, winning six caps at a young age.
He has played a key role in Arsenal’s impressive start to the new campaign with the north London club now sat in third place and two points behind Manchester City.