Arsenal's Alex Iwobi, nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha, set to feature for first team this summer

Nigeria Fans

The winger is a member of the Nigeria and Bolton Wanderers legend's close family.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reported ahead of the club's tour to Singapore that he is taking a clutch of the club's most promising youngsters with the first team squad to gauge their quality. What isn't so well known is that one of those players, winger Alex Iwobi, is the nephew of a former World Cup star.

Iwobi's uncle is Nigerian hero Augustin 'Jay-Jay' Okocha, according to the club's website, the former Paris Saint-Germain and Fenerbahce midfielder who featured in three World Cups for the Super Eagles, and also became a household name in England when he moved to Bolton Wanderers, and later Hull City, just over 10 years ago.

With pedigree like that, it's no surprise that big things are expected of 19-year-old Iwobi, who has starred for the Gunners development squads, and has featured for the England youth sides.

The Mail have reported that the youngster is set to follow his uncle in switching to play for Nigeria in the future, quoting him as saying: "Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu have influenced my decision to play for Nigeria.

"My dad too has told me a lot of things about the honour and pride that goes with playing for Nigeria.

"So I thought a lot about this and decided to play for Nigeria."

It may be some loss for England, but with Iwobi having scored 10 goals in 19 Under-21 matches for Arsenal last season, he may well get the chance to prove just how good he can be when he takes to the pitch alongside the Gunners' international stars in the next few weeks. 

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