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25th Oct, 2016 | 11:17am

Arsenal ace reveals team-mate and himself were training with London rivals

By Harvey Byrne

Alex Iwobi has shared that himself and Chuba Akpom were close to joining West Ham as youngsters.

The 20-year-old star, who has become a key member of the Gunners attack in the new campaign has revealed that he and Apkom were training with both the Hammers and Arsenal before they could sign professional contractse.

The young Nigerian ace has said that he chose to sign for Arsene Wenger’s team, as he supported the north London club and that they are a bigger club than West Ham.

“Arsenal and West Ham were interested in me and Chuba [Akpom], so we were training with both clubs for three years, because we were scouted at six and you can’t sign until you’re nine,” said Iwobi to the Express.

“I decided to sign for Arsenal because I supported them back then and I always saw them as the bigger club – no disrespect to West Ham.”

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Iwobi has made 10 appearances for Arsenal this season, taking over Alexis Sanchez’ position on the left-hand side of a three-man attack with the Chile international spearheading the side upfront.

Meanwhile, fellow young Gunner Akpom, 21, has made 10 appearances for the Gunners in the early stages of his career, but has failed to make a long lasting run in the first team.

He spent last season on loan in the Championship with Hull, making 41 appearances for the Tigers as they won promotion scoring seven goals.

He has made one EFL Cup appearance for the north London club in the new campaign, and faces strong competition in the forward position from Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez.

In other Arsenal news, Hector Bellerin has tweeted a brilliant message to former Barcelona teammate after playing against him on Saturday.