Even I can remember the days back at Highbury watching Arsenal players like Johnny Radford and Peter Storey from the boys enclosure (just a long trench alongside the pitch! 10 bob entrance fee!)) and wishing upon wish that one day it would be me playing on the pitch in the famous red and white. I was at the same school as Steve Gatting and played alongside him in a few games and could see there was a possibility of really going all the way in the future. Such was my dream..
I never made it, but Gatting finally did and is now back at the club as youth team coach, but for most of us it stays a dream. On Saturday that dream came true for another lad who joined the Arsenal academy while at primary school. Alex Iwobi got his first start for the team against Sunderland, and played very well, despite his excitement. “It is amazing,” Iwobi said on Arsenal.com. “It is the best feeling ever. It is a dream come true. Since I was a young boy I have always wanted to put on my shirt with Iwobi on my back with the Emirates [crowd] screaming my name.
“As a young kid I always wondered if I would get there and to have this opportunity today, I’m just thankful. It was a young boy’s dream come true. Playing at home with everyone screaming your name and giving you the confidence to express yourself – it felt like a proper debut.
“Training and playing with them [the first team] every day is such a learning curve. Hopefully I can train with them more and play more so I can develop every day.”
He certainly looked like a star in the making and it shows how far you can go with ten years of hard work from an early age. He is an excellent example to all the new kids watching at the Emirates. Iwobi made his dream come true, so why can’t they?