Arse­nal face Swans

Ozil, Iwobi is a ‘mix­ture of Jay-Jay and Davids ’

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY JONATHAN SPENCER/

Arse­nal play­maker Me­sut Ozil has given high praise to his tal­ented team-mate Alex Iwobi, by liken­ing him to both Jay-Jay Okocha and Edgar Davids.

Since Iwobi broke into the Arse­nal first-team last sea­son, he has im­pressed many and ce­mented his place in Arsene Wenger’s start­ing line-up.

Iwobi has made seven ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions so far this sea­son, de­spite miss­ing Arse­nal’s games against Le­ices­ter and Wat­ford ear­lier in the sea­son due to a hip in­jury.

As well as com­par­ing Iwobi to his un­cle Okocha and Davids, Ozil also in­sists that the Nige­rian 20-year-old is strong in all de­part­ments of his game. He re­minds me of his un­cle, Jay-Jay Okocha,” Ozil told Arse- nal Player. “He was a player I loved watch­ing. Alex re­minds me of a mix­ture of him and Edgar Davids.

“He’s re­ally strong on the ball, also de­fen­sively, but he’s good in front of goal too. He knows ex­actly what he can do. He isn’t scared and doesn’t hide on the pitch. He just wants to have fun play­ing football and that re­ally shows on the pitch, and also in train­ing.

“He’s de­vel­op­ing re­ally well and if he con­tin­ues the way he’s been play­ing the whole sea­son, he will re­ally en­hance his game.

“The man­ager knows ex­actly how good he is and I wish him all the best. He is re­ally young and is on a re­ally good path.” Iwobi’s in­ter­na­tional ca­reer has also taken off as he net­ted his first com­pet­i­tive goal for Nige­ria in a 2-1 vic­tory over Zam­bia on Sunday.

Iwobi and Ozil will both be look­ing to help Arse­nal se­cure a sixth suc­ces­sive vic­tory in all com­pe­ti­tions.

/REUTERS

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