Sunday, 23 April 2017

Okocha Wants Iwobi To Fight For Arsenal First-Team Place

Jay - Jay Okocha thinks his nephew Alex Iwobi should stay and fight for a first -team place at Arsenal rather than leaving on loan .

After regularly starting earlier in the season , Iwobi , 20 , has found opportunities harder to come by in 2017 .

But former Bolton midfielder Okocha , who will be playing for Nigeria at the Star Sixes tournament at The O 2 in July, thinks staying at Arsenal would be best for Iwobi .

“ We can ’ t forget that this is his first full season in the first team and Arsenal have all their players back now. There ’ s a lot of competition, so it’ s not easy , ” he told Sky Sports .

“ He has had a good season . It’ s not easy to make it through from the academy into the first team at such a big club. He has achieved this and has been phenomenal ; I am delighted with what he has achieved so far .

“ I think it’ s better for him to stay at Arsenal, because the style of play suits him perfectly . It might not be easy for him to go on loan and adapt somewhere else. He needs to stay and fight for his shirt . ”
Okocha will be one of a host of former Premier League stars competing at Star Sixes in July.

Steven Gerrard , Carles Puyol, Michael Ballack , Deco and Robert Pires will also be in action at the indoor six - a - side tournament .
“ I ’ m very excited for it, ” said Okocha . “ I think I will be in my comfort zone .

“ Everybody is looking forward to showing that we can still play a little bit. There are a lot of good players and it will be interesting .
“ It’ s all about meeting old colleagues, having fun and competing again without too much pressure . It’ s going to be fun. ”


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