Arsenal teenage prodigy Alex Iwobi has revealed his desire to out do his famous uncle Jay Jay Okocha in his football career . The 19-year-old is a nephew to the now retired play- maker who was popularly known for his dribbling and passing during his playing days.
Iwobi, when speaking to the Gunners official website revealed that being related to the ex Paris Saint-Germain and Bolton Wanderers captain only guides him in becoming a better player. “I grew up in a footballing environment,” Iwobi told the club website, as quoted by Tribalfootball.
“My dad, my uncle and my whole family loves football. I played with a local team with Chuba Akpom so I grew up with a footballing life. “I see it helps me [to be related to Jay-Jay Okocha] and it gives me guidance, [it shows] what I need to work on and what I need advice on so it has helped me over the years. I don’t see it as pressure [to be related to him] but he is someone I look up to as motivation as I try to be better than him.
“I had a few doubts when I was younger, especially when I was 13 to 14 years old. I was questioning whether I was good enough at that age as I… had to work on a few things. I didn’t let it get to me but I stayed focused and try to prove to them why I should get another contract.”
Being an attacking midfielder capable of playing across the line behind a central striker Iwobi was always likely to draw comparisons with his uncle who was crowned Nigerian footballer of the year on seven occasions.
The youngster has seven appearances to his name thus far this campaign but he will be hoping to play a part in the FA cup fourth round tie against Burnley.
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