Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi has told the club’s Facebook page that his first start at the Emirates was like a dream come true.
Manager Arsene Wenger handed the youngster a start on Saturday as they beat Sunderland to progress in the FA Cup.
He put in an impressive display, demonstrating why many are predicting a bright future ahead of him with the Gunners.
He is now targeting further development with the first team moving forward, but says his first start was the best feeling ever.
“It is the best feeling ever. It is a dream come true,” he told the club’s Facebook page.
“It was a young boy’s dream come true. Playing at home with everyone screaming your name and giving you the confidence to express yourself - it felt like a proper debut.”
“Training and playing with them [the first team] every day is such a learning curve. Hopefully I can train with them more and play more so I can develop.”
The youngster will now be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of several other Arsenal youngsters to have broken into the first team in recent years.
Last season in particular saw Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin break through and become regulars in the team, while Joel Campbell has done a similar thing this year.
That shows there is a chance for youth at the Emirates, with Wenger clearly willing to hand youth a chance if he believes they are good enough for the first team.
Iwobi will certainly fancy his chances as well, with the Gunners being particularly light in the forward department.