By Russell Edge
Arsenal are set to be cheered on by former Bolton player Jay Jay Okocha this weekend in their FA Cup semi-final tie against Manchester City.
It was revealed in the Mirror that the ex-Nigeria international’s allegiances lay with the Gunners as they look to secure a place in the FA Cup final in May.
The 75-time-capped midfielder, who also lined up for Paris Saint Germain and Hull City, explained that the reasoning behind his support is a family connection to one of the club’s brightest stars.
Okocha is the uncle of Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi, and explained he had to support the North London side in Sunday’s clash at Wembley.
Okocha was quoted in the Mirror as saying: “I hope that Arsenal will win because I am supporting my nephew.
“Alex and I speak a lot and he is not just my nephew, but like a son to me.
“He is not only a good player, but he has capitalised on his opportunities that he has been given more than others around him.”
Iwobi broke into Arsene Wenger’s side back in 2015 and has gone on to prove himself as an important squad player at the Emirates stadium.
So far this season the 20-year-old has made 24 appearances, scoring three goals, as he looks to establish himself in the starting XI for Arsenal, with uncle Okocha supporting him every step of the way.
Nevertheless, it is still regarded as unlikely given that Okocha has never played for or supported Arsenal.
The 43-year-old also said he expected a closely fought game between the two sides, but backed Arsenal to come out victorious.
He told the Mirror: “My money is on Arsenal.
“It is going to be a tough one because Pep Guardiola is trying to meet up to expectations in England and of course Arsene Wenger is also under pressure to save his season.
“That will make it a good game for the neutral, but I am not neutral.”
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