Kanu offers backing to young Arsenal star Alex Iwobi

Faith

Nwankwo Kanu has offered his backing to Alex Iwobi, and said he thinks the young star will show everyone just how good he is.

Kanu noted that in terms of pressure, it’s far harder for the player when featuring for his country, where everyone expects him to deliver and show the best of his game each and every time – but that at Arsenal, things are slightly more relaxed and easier for the player.

“In Arsenal you have big, big names,” Kanu told Standard Sport.

“I don’t think he sees himself in that way. 

“When I talk with him I want him to feel that way. Just because you’re younger than the other players doesn’t mean you’re not a star. He’s a star in his own right.

“When he comes to Nigeria he feels the pressure: he’s Iwobi, he needs to deliver. With Arsenal he thinks ‘ok, there’s other names here, no problem’. He needs to change that.”

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He carried on, and noted that Arsenal are fully aware of the quality Iwobi has and are waiting on him to deliver.

As many people say, form is only temporary, but quality and class of course last for a long time – and it may be the case that under a new manager, the player shines and finally comes of age – and Kanu is backing him to do just that.

He added: “For me he’s a special kid.

“Arsenal know the quality he has got and they know he can deliver on that eventually. 

“He didn’t just become a bad player overnight. If the team isn’t doing well it affects everybody. He’s a talented player who’ll do more and do better for Arsenal.” 

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