If there’s a positive to take from Saturday’s ‘well-that-was-stupid-now-we-definitely-can’t-win-the-league result’ at West Ham, it was Alex Iwobi’s first half performance.
Having netted twice and registered an assist in his first two Premier League starts, the 19-year-old further consolidated his first team credentials with a brace of Boleyn Ground assists for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez respectively.
As things stand the Nigerian-born midfielder is in ‘first name on the team sheet’ territory, a fact that hasn’t been lost on compatriot Kanu – a man who knows a thing or two about hitting the ground running in N5.
Bigging up the way the teenager has taken his chance at the Emirates, the ‘Invincible’ striker predicted a bright future for Iwobi.
“He has the talent, he can do wonders in his career,” Kanu told AfricanFootball.com.
“He has grabbed his own chance and he is doing well. I’m happy for them. Age is on his side and with focus, the sky will just be his stepping stone.
“I am not surprised about Iwobi’s rapid progress after I saw what he could do during Arsenal pre-season.”
He added: “Wenger will always give the young players opportunities to showcase what they have and it is left for the players to take their chance.”
For his part, Iwobi is very much enjoying his stint in the limelight explaining that his first goal for the club, away at Goodison Park in the 2-0 win over Everton, has helped him relax into first team proceedings.
“That moment was crazy!” Iwobi told Arsenal Player. “When Hector got the ball and I saw the space, I just tried to sprint for my life.
“Thank God Hector found me, I got the ball and scored. I can’t describe the feeling, I started losing my head and the celebration…I don’t know where that came from, but I’m sticking with it now!
“The best way to describe it is that it’s my number , and the Gunners [are] Arsenal. I was just excited and also my friends told me to do something crazy, so it was for them.
“I already felt at home [in the team] but that goal made me a bit more confident, made me try a few more things and made me feel a bit more relaxed so I was happy to get it.”