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‘Uncle Jay-Jay asked for my shirt!'

Alex Iwobi has come full circle: as a boy, the Arsenal playmaker idolised his uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha.

Now, however, Okocha is enjoying watching his nephew’s meteoric rise.

"He doesn’t just help me on the pitch, he helps me off the pitch, which is a key thing"

“He was at my house the other day and when he was asking me for my shirt, I was confused,” Iwobi said. “I thought it was a joke at first and then my dad got out one of my old jerseys and gave it to him.

“He said 'I’m going to treasure this' and I was like ‘Wow, it used to be the other way around'. For it to be like that was a moment I enjoyed, but it was crazy.

“I was always looking up to my uncle. Everyone knew that my uncle played for Bolton and he was a very big figure in Africa as well.

“He doesn’t just help me on the pitch, he helps me off the pitch, which is a key thing for me.”

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