Alex Iwobi grew up idolising his popular uncle, Jay Jay Okocha but things have changed since he became an Arsenal regular.
Iwobi has grown in bounds since he was promoted to Arsenal’s first team last season and has held down a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s starting 11.
The 20-year-old grew up idolising his popular uncle, Jay Jay Okocha but found himself in on the other side when the former Bolton midfielder asked for his jersey.
“He was at my house the other day and when he was asking me for my shirt, I was confused,” Iwobi told Arsenal Player.
“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.”
Iwobi has been impressive this season for Arsenal starting games and notching eight assists.