Red raw: Iwobi has showed encouraging signs in his few senior starts

By Amir Mir

Alex Iwobi has revealed he nearly joined West Ham as a youngster along with his youthful Arsenal teammate Chuba Akpom.

Winger Iwobi has been an integral first-team figure for Arsene Wenger’s side this term, having progressed through the youth ranks of the London giants.

The 20-year-old is known for his technical ability, skill and pace on the ball, as he has impressed the Gunners faithful this season.

But Iwobi has revealed how things could have been a lot different for him, as he explained how he was picked up by the club he supports.

“Arsenal and West Ham were interested in me and Chuba [Akpom],” Iwobi told the Express. “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.

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“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.”

According to the Mirror Iwobi is currently earning £30,000-a-week, having signed a new contract in April which keeps him at the club until 2021.

He made his debut for the Gunners during the 3-0 defeat to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup last season.

But since then the youngster has gone on to make 32 appearances for the first-team in all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying six assists.

This season he has made 11 Premier League, Champions League and League Cup appearances, providing three assists.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Hector Bellerin highlighted the club’s academy players on Twitter following their victory against Reading.