Former Super Eagles Captain Kanu Nwankwo has described youngster Alex Iwobi as “the star Nigeria is looking for”.
The teenager had gained first team inclusion after a series of impressive displays which has caught the eyes of the Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger.
The 19-year old who featured for the Gunners in their fourth round FA Cup win against Sunderland, is expected to make a return in the fifth-round clash against Hull City on Saturday.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Kanu said that the forward has already shown a lot of potential and is ready to take the centre stage.
“He is a young lad and he has all it takes. He just needs to work hard and keep his head down and keep pushing so he gets his chance,” Kanu said.
“Football is all about chances and when you have the opportunity you have to grab it. I believe he is going to make his mark. He is from Nigeria and we all support him and love him.
“He is the star we are looking for. He is going to learn a lot from Arsène Wenger and the club he is playing
for – we need him to bring that back home and make sure he can help the national team.
“[He just needs to] keep his head down and not get carried away with a lot of things. Every day you train, you have to train on your weaknesses. With your strengths, you know them so you have to use them in the game,” the 39-year old added.
Kanu is not the only one who has a high regard for Iwobi, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also believes that the young Nigerian could be on his way to stardom.
Speaking earlier this week, the Arsenal coach said: “Personally I believe this boy will be a great player for Arsenal Football Club.
“He’s intelligent, motivate, focused every day, has a consistent attitude and I’m very happy for him. I hope he will be with the first team for a long time.”
Arsenal host Hull City in the fifth-round of the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.