- Alex Iwobi says Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin have influenced his career the most
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- According to Iwobi, Wilshere and Coquelin are role models he looks up to
Alex Iwobi has revealed Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin are the players who have influenced his career the most.
Midfielder Iwobi celebrated his 50th Arsenal first-team appearance against Watford last week by netting his sixth professional goal.
And the Nigeria international put his impressive start to his Gunners career down to teammates Wilshere, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth, and Frenchman Coquelin.
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“[The biggest influence on me] would probably be Jack Wilshere, but he has not been around recently,” Iwobi told www.arsenal.com .
"He talks to me off the pitch because he has been through the same system as me, I just watch what he does - especially as I grew up as a No 10 and he’s a No 10.
“Now I would say it is Francis Coquelin, he is always talking to me. After the Watford game he told me what I did well, and what I need to improve on. He’s definitely one who keeps me in check.”
“I never thought I would be here at the age of 20, it’s an amazing feeling to have made more than 50 appearances for Arsenal. It is just the start of my career basically, so I just need to get more goals, more assists and make more appearances and do my best for the team.”