Iwobi's mom, Okocha react to Arsenal star's meteoric rise

Nigerian Football News By: Linus Onyeze | 04/04/2018

Arsenal star Iwobi takes positives from Super Eagles defeat

Former Nigeria skipper Austin Okocha has opened up on his nephew Alex Iwobi, describing the rise of the Arsenal ace as “amazing”.

“It is amazing what he has become and he’s enjoying what he is doing,” Okocha said in a special interview programme broadcast by SuperSport TV today.

“It’s even beyond your wildest dreams.

“But I knew (he will make it big in the game) because he had so much interest in football.

“His favourite then was Alan Shearer because he scored a lot of goals.”

But ‘Jay Jay’ insisted that despite the pressure Iwobi has to face when he is often compared to him, the Arsenal star has to be himself.

“Let him be his own man,” he said.

“He’s my son, I speak a lot with his parents about him, it’s my duty to make sure he is successful.”

Iwobi revealed that he does not ask for advice from “Uncle Jay” rather “he gives me advice”.

His mother said she was close to tears when he made his Arsenal debut.

“It was very emotional because we have come a long way,” she recalled.

“I almost cried.

“It has been unbelievable!”