By Will Butcher
Alex Iwobi has revealed that Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin have proved influential figures in his development after making more than 50 Arsenal appearances.
The eight-time Nigeria international made his 50th appearance for the Gunners in all competitions against Watford, scoring Arsenal’s only goal in a 2-1 loss.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Iwobi believes that midfield duo Coquelin and Wilshere are largely responsible for his rapid rise to first-team stardom at the Emirates.
“[The biggest influence on me] would probably be Jack Wilshere,” Iwobi said. “He talks to me off the pitch because he has been through the same system as me, I just watch what he does.
“Now I would say it is Francis Coquelin, he is always talking to me. After the Watford game he told me what I did well, and what I need to improve on. He keeps me in check.”
Making his Arsenal debut last term during the dismal 3-0 loss to Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday in the EFL Cup, Iwobi has remained undeterred in his quest for success.
Now wearing the number 17 shirt for the north London giants, Iwobi has been in red-hot form this time round during his 30 league and cup outings.
Having a hand in ten goals, Iwobi has scored against Basel, Stoke and Crystal Palace as well as Watford, and has also provided six assists for Arsene Wenger’s side.
The 20-year-old will be looking to build on those impressive stats against Hull City on Saturday, as the Gunners look to put two successive defeats behind them.
However, they must be wary against Marco Silva’s relegation strugglers, who shocked the footballing world with a wonderful 2-0 victory at home to Liverpool last weekend.
In other Arsenal news, this report claims Wenger has joined the race to sign this England international.