With nine goals in the under-21s’ final nine games of the campaign, powerful forward Alex was the academy’s form player in the second half of last season.
Naturally a winger, the Lagos-born attacker - who is the nephew of former Bolton star Jay-Jay Okocha - was converted into a central striker and caught the eye with a hat-trick against Stoke City at Emirates Stadium.
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May 03, 1996 Lagos, Nigeria
Alex has an abundance of skill and pace, and was rewarded for his exciting performances with a place on the first-team bench for Arsenal’s Champions League tie at Galatasaray.
He then travelled with the first-team on the pre-season trip to Singapore.
Alex played four times in March, and scored his first goal against Everton. The 19-year-old also claimed an assist during the 4-0 win against Watford and started against Barcelona. Speaking after his man-of-the-match display at Goodison Park, the forward said: "I’m enjoying the moment. I’m just happy to help my team and that is a positive so we will take that into the next game.”
Alex played in all six of Arsenal’s games in April and scored in the 4-0 win against Watford. The midfielder also claimed two assists in the 3-3 draw with West Ham. Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Nigeria international said: “It has been an amazing experience, I’m learning from them each day. To play with them and become a regular with them is amazing. I’m enjoying the experience I’m having.”
Alex played once in May - in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City.