Alex Iwobi is the personification of the Arsenal DNA, according to Andries Jonker, the head of the Gunners’ academy.
The 20-year-old burst onto the scene at the end of last season with two goals and two assists in 13 Premier League appearances.
He is now firmly a part of the first team, taking part in the club’s pre- season tour of the USA and Jonker, who has seen him develop over the past two years, thinks he embodies Arsenal’s ethos perfectly.
He told the club website: “There are a couple of values at the club that we are using on all kind of levels: be together, act with class and move forward. This guy is mentally strong and is socially strong as part of the team.
“Act with class: to be complimented for everything. Move forward: he did, also in the moments that he didn’t look like moving forward. He’s a personification of a player with Arsenal DNA.
“I don’t want to give him too many compliments because he’s played maybe 10 games. We should speak about him like this after 100 games.
“But the player he is, the man he is, that’s what we want to be. That’s what we want to achieve with all those young players. He’s the example for all of them.”
Iwobi scored in consecutive games at the end of March and April in wins over Everton and Watford to excite the Gunners fans.
In fact, of the games Iwobi was involved in last season, Arsenal lost just one, winning seven and drawing five of the league games.
Now with experience under his belt he will be looking to push on this season as Arsenal try to win their first Premier League title since 2004.
Arsenal play Viking FK and Manchester City in friendlies before opening their domestic campaign at home to Liverpool on August 14.