Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi is humbled by the show of respect coming his way from fellow Arsenal Academy product Reiss Nelson who is poised to be promoted to the first team, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Nelson, 17, impressed during the Gunners’ pre-season friendly matches in which Iwobi himself performed well.
“Coming from him (Nelson), that is a surprise – the way he talks to me, you wouldn’t think I’m his inspiration!” Iwobi told Arsenal Player.
“To be his inspiration, that’s crazy. But he’s a young lad, he’s got a long way to do and I’m sure he knows what to do.
“Last season when Reiss was training with us you could see he was a special talent. He’s got good feet, good awareness, his technique is amazing – he’s definitely one for the future.
“Most young players when they come into the first team, they look nervous, you normally have to introduce them and make it easy for them. But straight away he was calling for the ball, he’s demanding things – he plays like he’s mature, he’s comfortable. It’s good for him.”
Iwobi, who is expected to be part of the Nigeria national team to play Cameroon in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in September, has played only 11 minutes of English Premier League football this season.
Iwobi was a 79th minute substitute, coming off the bench in place of Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat against Stoke City on Saturday.