‘You could see straight away Reiss is special'

It seems strange to talk about 21-year-old Alex Iwobi as “an inspiration” for his younger counterparts - but that is exactly how Reiss Nelson has described him.

While Nelson may have been the talk of social media after some outstanding displays this summer, his hope is to follow in the footsteps of the Nigeria international.

“Coming from him, that is a surprise - the way he talks to me, you wouldn’t think I’m his inspiration!” Iwobi told Arsenal Player. 

“To be his inspiration, that’s crazy. But he’s a young lad, he’s got a long way to do and I'm sure he knows what to do.


“Last season when Reiss was training with us you could see he was a special talent. He’s got good feet, good awareness, his technique is amazing - he’s definitely one for the future.

“Most young players when they come into the first team, they look nervous, you normally have to introduce them and make it easy for them. But straight away he was calling for the ball, he’s demanding things - he plays like he’s mature, he’s comfortable. It’s good for him.”

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