Alex Iwobi has revealed that he is amazed by the level of support Arsenal have in Nigeria, saying that supporters shouted his team’s name rather than his in an international match according to a UK Standard report monitored by papilonews.com.
Arsenal have long had a strong following in Africa’s most populous country, with the success enjoyed by Nigerian great Nwankwo Kanu in north London between 1999 and 2004 at least partially explaining the Gunners’ popularity.
Twitter data in 2015 placed Arsenal just ahead of local rivals Chelsea (who have had Olympic bronze medallist Mikel John Obi in their squad for over a decade) as Nigeria’s most popular side and Iwobi’s experience on his competitive debut for his national side only serves to emphasise the devotion of supporters to Arsene Wenger’s side.
“When I got to come on against Egypt, I saw the love they have for the game,” Iwobi told ESPN Brasil. They just shouted ‘Arsenal’.
“Even though they knew my name, they just shouted Arsenal when I was coming on to the pitch, it was actually funny.
“It’s amazing the support they have for the club. They’re all very passionate for football and their favourite league is definitely the Premier League.”