Former Super Eagles captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, has insisted that Alex Iwobi will fight on at Arsenal, even if Arsene Wenger leaves the Emirates at the end of this season.
Iwobi, who is Okocha’s nephew, made his first team debut in October 2015, but has failed to play for the Gunners since their 2-2 draw with Manchester City on April 2.
Former Nigeria star Okocha said his nephew is determined to fight for his place, no matter whether Wenger opts to extend his own contract or leave the club this summer.
About his nephew playing for Arsenal Okocha told Omnisport,
“No player is happy when he’s not playing but he’s still learning, he’s still young. He’s playing for Arsenal, even though Wenger gave him the opportunity. If Wenger goes, he’ll fight on.”
Iwobi has started 18 Premier League games this season, but was dropped following the 3-1 loss at Liverpool in early March. He hasn’t made a single appearance since coming on as a substitute in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City on April 2. But Okocha said such a spell should be expected for a young player.
Okocha goes on to say,
“It’s not easy to break into an Arsenal team from youth. A young player won’t cope with a whole season. It’s understandable he’s not been playing recently. Overall he has done well.”
Okocha also said he hopes Wenger will stay on as manager, and that the Frenchman doesn’t deserve the criticism he has been receiving this season.
“I don’t think Wenger should go. They’ve been up there for 20 years, you’d expect they’d have one or two bad seasons. He’s one of the best coaches in the world and he deserves a lot of respect for what he’s done.”