I could tell Iwobi was special, claims Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshere

Alex Iwobi

The young striker has impressed since breaking into the Arsenal first team.

Jack Wilshere could always tell there was something special about Arsenal teammate Alex Iwobi, he has told the club’s official website.

The youngster was handed his chance in the first team squad this season, having impressed in the club’s youth ranks.

After sporadic appearances in the cup, he was a starter against Barcelona in the Champions League and has since gone on to establish himself as first team regular.

He is the latest youngster at the Emirates to do so, following on from Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin breaking through last season.

While his rise may have surprised some, Wilshere is not among them, claiming he could always tell there was something special about him.

“I really like him as a player,” he told arsenal.com.

“I watched him in the FA Youth Cup last year and you could always tell there was something special about him.

“If you ask anyone, it looks like he has been in the team for a number of years. He is confident, technically he is great, he fits in and physically he doesn’t look like a 20-year-old.”

Iwobi will now be hoping he gets more first team chances between now and he end of the season.

His performances have certainly earned that, while his budding relationships with some of the more established stars will encourage Arsene Wenger.

Indeed, the Frenchman doesn’t appear to be planning to drop him just yet, having stuck by him in favour of the likes of Theo Walcott over the last few months.

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