Jack Wilshere has described Alex Iwobi as the most outstanding among Arsenal youth players.
Iwobi was promoted to the Arsenal first team after impressing in the youth team and also during pre-season.
The 19-year-old has made four English Premier League appearances as well as in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup this season.
According to arsenal.com, Wilshere, who is yet to kick a ball this season, told Arsenal Weekly podcast that he was impressed with the hard work Iwobi puts in during training.
“Sometimes it’s hard for them to ask because they might be a little bit shy. They don’t really ask you but you feel as though you have a responsibility because you’re there, you’ve been there and you know what they’ve been through.
“They’re coming into a dressing room with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis who are big players, so that can be scary for a young player, but Alex (Iwobi) is a good kid off the pitch. He wants to learn, he’s got the right attitude, puts in the right work in training and when he gets game time he has shown the fans what he can do.
“I don’t like to call it mentoring because Alex is 19, so he’s not a kid, but I know what it’s like for him because I’ve been there. You almost feel a little bit of responsibility, not to mentor him, but to steer him in the right direction.
“When I first came in, players like Cesc and Samir Nasri were great with me. They put their arm around me and told me how to act. If I didn’t play then I would be upset, but they would tell me that I was young and that I would play in the end. I look back to then and, if I can be like they were for Alex, then I will do that.
“There are a few I have been impressed with in the youth team, but Alex is leading the way now. It’s probably six or seven years since I made the step and, apart from me, nobody has come up from the under-9s to make it into the first team. You’re seeing now that another one has done it and that will give the young lads confidence.”