Alex Iwobi has stated that he was inspired by former Nigeria international and Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu.
Recently, Kanu showered encomiums on the 19-year-old who has made a big impact since making his breakthrough to the Arsenal team, scoring two league goals and providing three assists.
Speaking on Arsenal Player on Arsenal.com, Iwobi revealed that Kanu was a big role model for him growing up.
“As a kid, especially playing at Arsenal, I did look up to him,” Iwobi told Arsenal Player.
“He was just a classy player and I have spoken to him a few times as well.
“We have had conversations about Nigeria, about myself and what I need to do. [He says] to just be relaxed and he congratulated me and told me I was doing well.
“To hear that [praise] from such a player like him is crazy and I just have to prove him right. I don’t feel pressure, it is just a privilege to hear that.”