Alex Iwobi: I want to follow in Chuba Akpom’s shoes

The Arsenal starlet has been friends with the striker from a young age and is keen to break into the Gunners first team.

Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi has admitted that his friend Chuba Akpom is an inspiration for him and someone he wants to emulate, as per the club’s official website.

The young attacking midfield had an opportunity to play for Arsene Wenger’s men in pre-season, but will find it tough breaking into the Gunners’ first-team squad during the regular campaign.

Despite this, Iwobi is viewed as one of the brightest prospects to have recently graduated from the North London club’s youth academy and is being tipped to have a bright future in the game.

Iwobi has spoken out about his friendship with Akpom, who has received fleeting opportunities to feature for Arsenal and who will spend this season on loan at Hull.

“I don’t remember when we first met because we go way back, since the age of four,” he told Arsenal’s official website.

“I remember playing for a Sunday team together and it was basically us two and then the other team-mates would help, but we were the main players.

“We grew up together so we’ve been going through the same things, but also he’s been progressing more so I use him as an inspiration.

“He lets me know what he’s going through so that I can prepare for it. Watching him grow and become what he is right now is so good to see.

“I was happy for him [to go on loan]. I was speaking with his family and I could see that he was really happy to go on loan because he just wants to get some minutes and prove a point. Hopefully Hull will be the team for him.”

Iwobi also stated that Jack Wilshere was a classic example showing that despite the international calibre of players at the Emirates Stadium, the Englishman was a shining example to show that homegrown stars could make it.

“It’s clear for them to see that it’s possible,” the versatile forward continued.

“It shows that if you keep on working hard from a young age it’s possible to make it into the first team.”

The 19-year-old will continue to feature for Arsenal’s age-grade and reserve teams, with hope that he can be handed a chance or two to flourish in cup competitions for the North London side.

The Nigerian-born starlet is the nephew of former Bolton Wanderers talisman Jay Jay Okocha.

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