Alex Iwobi says Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez often take the mick out of him in training but it’s just their way of helping him improve.
The partnerships struck up with Arsenal’s star duo have been an eye-catching part of the Nigerian international’s game and he admits he still has to pinch himself after a whirlwind breakthrough year that has seen him progress from life in the academy to high-profile first team regular.
Speaking to the Guardian’s Amy Lawrence about his development, Iwobi noted:
“When I sit down and actually think about what I have done, to score in the Under-19s a year ago and then to score my first Champions League goal for the senior team is mad.
Tuesday’s close-range strike – Iwobi’s first of the season – was laid on a plate by a majestic assist by Ozil and there’s no doubt the World Cup winner’s efforts are appreciated by the respectful young pretender.
“I have to call him ‘my boss’ because he assisted me,” Iwobi explained.
“Alexis likes to take the mick out of me when I don’t score in training. They are funny. They will tell you what you need to work on but in a jokey kind of way.
“They do advise me, saying I just need to compose myself, relax and the chances will come. They try to help in the best way they can.”
All very nice to hear from a young lad who seems to have his head screwed on the right way.
It’s well worth checking out the rest of Amy’s interview with Alex. There’s lots of good stuff about coming to terms with fame, playing for Nigeria and an insight into the hard work that preceded his speedy ascent to the first team.