Arsenal experience will help in World Cup – Iwobi

Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi believes playing alongside some of the world’s best stars would help him at the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Nigeria was drawn in the same group as Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.

Iwobi, however, believes his experience working with stars such as Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan can help the Super Eagles fly at the Mundial.

“The fact I’ve been training with world-class players every day has given me a bit of experience, so I’ll know what to expect in Russia, ” the 22-year-old told FourFourTwo.

“The intensity I train at with Arsenal is very high, so I’m preparing in a good way. I feel like I can do well.”

Iwobi proved the hero for Nigeria last October when his goal against Zambia secured a 1-0 win for the Super Eagles and booked their berth for a third consecutive final.

The 21-year-old, who has earned 15 caps, admits he couldn’t hold back the tears when he spotted his parents celebrating.

“It’s difficult to describe, as the feeling was crazy,” he said.

“I remember looking at the crowd and seeing my parents jumping – I almost cried, it was emotional. It was always my dream as a kid so I can’t wait to be involved. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and wearing the colours of Nigeria.

“I would never have guessed I’d do something like that so early in my career. I had dreams about it, but the fact that my dreams came true – I can’t put into words how I felt. After the game, I went to the hotel and my mum and dad were both there. Just seeing them, I almost burst into tears again.”