Alex Iwobi has revealed how much his connection with Arsenal supporters means to him.
The Nigeria forward has become a fan favourite at Emirates Stadium, scoring twice in 28 appearances, and he says that relationship will help him become an even better player this season.
“It gives you an extra boost, an extra bit of confidence,” Iwobi told the Arsenal Weekly podcast. “You feel you’re up for more things and more motivated to do well. When you have the fans [behind you], it’s such a good feeling.
"When you have the fans behind you, it’s such a good feeling"
“After the games I’m trying to go home but I see the fans almost breaking my car to grab a picture which is crazy. The connection I have with the fans is great. I’m young and most of the fans are young, so the connection’s there.
“There have been a lot of crazy things I’ve seen fans do. The last home game we played last season, I was driving for 15 minutes. There was lots of traffic and for 15 minutes there was one fan following me.
“I was getting a bit scared because I was close to my destination. I thought, ‘I’m going to have to take a detour before he finds out where I’m going!’.
“In all seriousness, though, I didn’t expect to be where I am today. I thought that I was going to be on loan a while ago, and probably getting experience there before getting first-team experience here.
“But the fact that the boss trusted me to make the jump up as soon as I have makes me really grateful.”