Everton star Alex Iwobi will use the advise he got from Thierry Henry and get on the scoresheet against Arsenal. The Toffees take on the Gunners today at the Emirates (4.30pm) and Iwobi will look to make an impact when he returns to north London to take on his former club.
Thierry told me that attackers are remembered for goals and assists, and I needed to get that in my head. Something clicked
Everton star Alex Iwobi
The forward was unlucky in the first game at Goodison Park last year when he tried to justify the £34million the Merseysiders splashed to land him in the summer.
However, the Nigeria international limped off after only 12 minutes with a damaged hamstring while new manager Carlo Ancelotti watched from the stands.
The 23-year-old was heartbroken by that injury, which sidelined him for six weeks, but is now fully fit and determined to shine bright against Arsenal.
Back in his developmental years the Nigerian was advised by former Arsenal Under-18s coach Henry to stop showboating and concentrate on scoring goals and providing assists as that is what the fans always remember.
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Gunners manager Mikel Arteta also gave him some important pointers as well back in his playing years when he trained with the reserves to regain fitness after suffering an injury.
The academy graduate is now determined to put all that advise to good use and help Everton defeat his former club.
Iwobi told the Daily Mirror: “I had never been injured before, so I’m asking why is this happening against Arsenal and why with the new manager watching?
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“Growing up I’d go for nutmegs, try to embarrass my friends.
“Thierry told me that attackers are remembered for goals and assists, and I needed to get that in my head. Something clicked.
“Mikel was another big influence. He was injured at the time and would play and train with the Under-21s.
“He would talk to me, telling me to get on the half-turn, stay alert and sharp, ready to make an impact.”
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Iwobi has received some very important advise throughout his career by many famous players, including his uncle and former Bolton star Jay-Jay Okocha.
Okocha told him to enjoy the game and not allow himself to be daunted by any mistake he makes on the pitch.
Iwobi added: “Uncle Jay-Jay encouraged me to enjoy it. If you make a mistake, try again. I have stuck by that and will never hide.
“Now it’s up to me to make a name for myself at Everton.”
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