Arsenal and Nigerian youngster Alex Iwobi has revealed the Gunners and Premier League legend Thierry Henry is still mentoring him and offering advice on how he carry his game to the next level.
Henry – who currently works as Belgium’s assistant coach under Roberto Martinez – worked at Arsenal’s academy for a time before leaving last summer, and despite no longer having a former role at the Emirates, the club’s record goalscorer continues to mould the careers of the Gunners promising young stars.
Since graduating from the academy and registering his senior debut in 2015, Iwobi has become an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s system and a fan favourite at the club.
Iwobi was asked who his all-time favourite Arsenal player is by FourFourTwo and he answered with no desitation as he revealed it is the man who still helps him with his game to this very day, he said: “Thierry Henry, defo.
“The goals he got, the player he was – and he still advises me today, so definitely Henry.”
The academy is well-known for giving players the chances of playing in the first-team, and as an acedemy graduate himself, the Nigerian international has an insight into the club’s long list of talent, in which he tipped his friend Chuba Akpom to be the next to follow his steps into the senior side.
He added: “I don’t know who to expect because you never know at this time who will come through. But I would say Chuba Akpom.”
Following a resurgence in form for the Gunners, the 21-year-old will look to help Arsenal notch their fifth consecutive victory in all competitions when they face a Watford side on Saturday who have lost just once in the league this season.