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.

In other Arsenal team news, Mesut Ozil has admitted the Gunners beat Burnley on Sunday afternoon with “a bit of luck” following Laurent Koscielny’s controversial late goal.