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Alex Iwobi Arsenal forward inspiring Nigerian-born teammates to play for Super Eagles

Although born in Nigeria, Iwobi has a British passport and represented England at the U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels.

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Alex Iwobi play Alex Iwobi's allegiance to Nigeria has inspired other Nigerian born British players at Arsenal (Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Alex Iwobi’s decision to play for the Super Eagles is an inspiration for other Nigerian-born Arsenal players.

Although born in Nigeria, Iwobi has a British passport and represented England at the U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels.

He, however, switched his allegiance for Nigeria and is now a bonafide international with the Super Eagles.

Alex Iwobi play Alex Iwobi represented England at the U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels (FA)

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His decision is inspiring other young Nigerians who have British passports at Arsenal.

Defender Joseph Olowu, who plays in the Arsenal youth team says seeing Iwobi play for Nigeria has inspired him to do the same.

Joseph Olowu play Joseph Olowu says he has been inspired by Iwobi (Twitter/Joseph Olowu)


My parents are from Nigeria and I am eligible to play for either Nigeria or England,” Olowu told Arsenal’s official website.

I have not featured internationally yet but that may come. Alex Iwobi has really been an inspiration to me and to my team-mate Tobi Omole, who I also live with in digs in Cockfosters.

Tobi Omole play Tobi Omole is another Nigerian born player at the Arsenal youth team (Arsenal)

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He (Iwobi) came through the Arsenal youth system and is doing so well. He scored against Zambia in the World Cup qualifiers the other week and his name is growing and growing in African football.

My dad has also noticed that there is a lot of attention being given to Toby and me in the African football forums which must in part also be due to how well Alex has been doing.”

Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho play Alex Iwobi is currently in Super Eagles camp for their 2018 FIFA World Qualifiers (Twitter/NFF)


Iwobi is set to play a part in Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria on Saturday, November 12.

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