By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi admits he looks up to his childhood friend, Chuba Akpom, for inspiration.
Iwobi and Akpom were part of the Gunners’ pre-season in Singapore where they shone, helping the team win the Barclay’s Asia Trophy.
The Anglo-Nigerian stars joined the club’s Academy at under-9 level and attended the same Primary School.
Iwobi points to Chuba Akpom’s development as a source of inspiration and hopes to become an even better player.
Akpom is on a season long-loan to Championship side, Hull City, where he has scored two goals, including one in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Iwobi told Arsenal Player on Wednesday that he is happy for Akpom.
“I remember playing for a Sunday team together and it was basically us two and then the other team-mates would help, but we were the main players.
“I don’t remember when we first met because we go way back, since the age of four,” Iwobi told Arsenal Player.
“We grew up together so we’ve been going through the same things, but also he’s been progressing more so I use him as an inspiration.
“He lets me know what he’s going through so that I can prepare for it. Watching him grow and become what he is right now is so good to see.”
Iwobi interestingly revealed that he was glad his Nigerian-born team-mate went a step down to play in the English Championship.
“I was happy for him [to join Hull City on loan].
“I was speaking with his family and I could see that he was really happy to go on loan because he just wants to get some minutes and prove a point. Hopefully Hull will be the team for him,” Iwobi added.