By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles forward and Complete Sports Player of the Month for September, Alex Iwobi, has revealed that he is rarely on speaking terms with Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil.
Iwobi, 20, however pointed out that the German star midfielder always gives him tips on how to improve as a football player.
“Mesut just tells me that I’m young and need to express myself on the pitch,” Iwobi told arsenal.com.
“Obviously I need to listen to other people’s advice as well, but he tells me to always play with a smile on my face and enjoy the game.
“When I saw [his comments comparing me to Okocha and Edgar Davids] I was like, ‘Wow is he serious?’ because he never really says that much to me. He just gives me advice and help, but it’s such a confidence boost for such a great player to say that about me.
“I’m the same kid I used to be, the same kid who used to work hard. There’s a bit of luck as well. For me to get that chance and take it like I did, I’m just fortunate and happy to have taken them. I guess it’s luck at the end of the day.
“I’m never really happy or satisfied with my performances. I always want to improve and I think that’s probably got me to where I am. I’m still learning the game and want to be doing than what I am at the moment, so I’ll keep putting 100 per cent into whatever I do.”
Iwobi scored for Nigeria in last Sunday's 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Zambia in Ndola.