Alex Iwobi is likely to start Arsenal’s opening game of the season against Liverpool on Sunday as his first team progression continues.
The youngster was eased into action last season by Arsene Wenger but by the end of the campaign had become a fixture in the starting XI, with the manager’s faith in him apparent when he picked him ahead of more senior players for the Champions League tie with Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
He’s been in goalscoring form in pre-season too, netting against Man City in the 3-2 win on Sunday, but the Nigerian international is determined to keep his feet on the ground and not get carried away.
“I just want to push on, improve as a player, play more games, score more goals, make more assists and contribute to the team,” he told FIFA.com.
“I don’t like to get ahead of myself, but it is a long season and there are plenty of games, so hopefully I’ll have the chance to do that.”
The 19 year old also thanked his manager for giving him the chance at what was a difficult period in the Gunners season.
“It is every boy’s dream, to score in the Premier League and play in the Champions League.” he said. “I’m grateful to the manager for showing faith in me and giving me the chance.”
So, while signings are needed and frustration is felt until they arrive, let’s not overlook we’ve got one of the most exciting talents in the Premier League emerging right under our noses.