Five facts about Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi - The nephew of Jay Jay Okocha

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Five things you need to know about Alex Iwobi - including his famous legend of a footballing uncle.

If any team utilises the League Cup to develop youngsters better than anyone else it has to be Arsenal Football Club.

Some great names for the club made their debut in this competition and now Arsene Wenger seems ready to unleash his latest talented bunch - judging by his squad for the upcoming Capital One Cup game against West Brom.

Six teenagers and two 20-year-olds make the team - with Ryo Miyaichi and Thomas Eisfeld the latter, and Chuba Akpom, Hector Bellerin, Isaac Hayden, Kristoffer Olsson, Serge Gnabry and Alex Iwobi the kids.

Now while you might have heard most those names in the past, Iwobi is probably the least well known.

Well what can we tell you about him?

Here are five facts …

1) Iwobi started out more as a winger but has moved into the centre of midfield recently - playing just behind the striker.

2) Iwobi has been with the club for almost ten years. The 17-year-old has been a Gunner since the tender age of eight.

3) The young starlet was born in Lagos, Nigeria but has represented England at youth team level in the past. So far he has played at under-16 and under-17 level.

4) Iwobi comes into the game in good form - despite not featuring with the Under-21’s until this season. He scored in the recent UEFA Youth League triumph against Marseille - in which Serge Gnabry bagged a brace.

5) Iwobi has an uncle who is ‘so good they named him twice’. That’s right, Nigeria and Bolton legend Jay Jay Okocha can call Iwobi his nephew. Iwobi, who is of Nigerian descent, has stated in the past that he has always been able to turn to his uncle for advice, and a kickabout:

‘’When he was playing for Bolton I used to play with him in his back garden. I also used to go and watch him when he was at Bolton and a little bit when he was at Hull.’’

Hopefully he can become as good as the great playmaker who once did this against Arsenal:

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