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Alex Iwobi enjoying new striking role at Arsenal

13 October 2015, 11:34

London - Alex Iwobi was deployed as a striker following the departure of good pal and fellow Hale End Academy product Chuba Akpom to Nottingham Forest in the last few months of last season.

The 19 - year - old winger finished the 2014 - 15 campaign with 11 goals (four assists) in all competitions for the youth teams of Arsenal, with seven of those strikes coming after Arsenal U21s first - choice attacker Akpom was farmed out on loan to Forest.

Also read: Iwobi eyes first team spot at Arsenal

“There was one training session where we didn’t have a striker,” Alex Iwobi told arsenal.com.

“Chuba had just gone out on loan and we had to call on a few of the Under- 18s to cover, so the coaches looked at me and thought, ‘We might have to give Alex a go up front.”

The ex-England youth - teamer added: “They played me as a striker for the rest of the session and I was getting a few goals, so I started the next game up front.

“It was a friendly against Brentford at the training ground and I scored twice. Then the goals just kept on coming.”

Born in Lagos, Alex Iwobi made his debut for the Super Eagles against Democratic Republic of Congo in an international friendly played in Belgium last Thursday.

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