Alex Iwobi: What Arsenal’s first-team stars have told me

Alex Iwobi says that his Arsenal team-mates have told him he has deserved to make the step-up to first-team action

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Alex Iwobi has revealed that he has been improving his game significantly by training alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal this season.

The 19-year-old has earned plenty of new admirers in recent weeks following his promotion to the first team under manager Arsene Wenger.

Iwobi produced an impressive performance during Arsenal’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona earlier this month.

He then followed up that display by scoring on his first Premier League start for the Gunners as he netted their second goal in the 2-0 win at Everton last weekend.

And the teenager has spoken of how playing alongside the likes of Arsenal’s established international has helped him improve his game.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website, teenager Iwobi said: “You learn things more quickly on loan but when you’re playing with world-class players at Arsenal, training with them every day, you become a better footballer in my opinion.

“You learn a lot more training with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis.

“The first-team players have told me that I’ve deserved to make the step up, that it comes with hard work.

“They advise me with a few things but most of the time they’re trying to keep me cool, relaxed and level-headed. I’m just focused on playing as much football as I can for the rest of the season.”

The youngster will be hoping to feature when Arsenal return to action after the international break with a home clash against Watford at Emirates Stadium on Saturday 2 April.

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