Alex Iwobi today signed a new long-term deal with the club, and says it’s a continuation of a childhood dream – to represent the club he supports.
The Nigeria international is an Arsenal academy graduate, having come all the way through the ranks after joining the club as a 9 year old, and he hopes that his progress can inspire other youngsters at the club as they look to make a career in football.
Speaking to the official site, the 22 year old said, “It’s always been my childhood dream to represent Arsenal. To get an extended contract is an amazing feeling and I hope I’m doing the Arsenal family proud, as well as my family.
“The first kit that I had was Arsenal and long may I continue to represent them.
“I always realise that I have to be representing the team and giving 100 per cent at all times. It’s not just myself or my family I’m representing, I also represent the people and the younger generation as well.
“To actually wear the Arsenal shirt and walk out at Emirates Stadium and see all the fans is an amazing feeling. The very first kit that I had was an Arsenal shirt, and I’m still as honoured and proud to wear the shirt today.
“I can’t wait for that to continue.”
Like many young players before him, Iwobi was a breath of fresh air when he broke into the team, but has struggled to find consistency at times. Hopefully a new era, new coaching and knowing his future is secure can help him kick on again.
Also, despite having an up and down season last time out, he ended up with 5 Premier League assists (7 in all comps), which was more than both Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard.
There’s definitely room for improvement, so let’s hope we see that in the upcoming campaign.