ALEX IWOBI

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT -

The 21-year-old Ar­se­nal schemer may not get a lot of goals, but he’s the cre­ative pres­ence that frees up op­por­tu­ni­ties for team­mates to plun­der the op­po­si­tion net. Like the Art­ful Dodger in the Charles Dick­ens novel Oliver Twist, Iwobi has the skill and dex­ter­ity to pick­pocket the best of de­fences. The nephew of for­mer Nige­rian great Jay-Jay Okocha, Iwobi played youth foot­ball for Eng­land, but even­tu­ally de­cided to rep­re­sent Nige­ria at in­ter­na­tional level. Af­ter mak­ing a sen­sa­tional im­pact dur­ing his ini­tial break-through at Ar­se­nal, things went a bit quiet for the mid­fielder this sea­son, espe­cially dur­ing the Gun­ners’ dif­fi­cult patch a few months ago. But there’s no doubt­ing his ex­cep­tional ta­lent – and he will be a ma­jor headache for Bafana on Satur­day.

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