Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has claimed that he is always giving his all on the pitch, knowing that there is a number of players ready to play in his place.
The 20 year-old broke through into the first team in early 2016, and has become a regular starter for Arsene Wenger, keeping Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas Perez, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott all out of the team in different periods.
Iwobi has now revealed his surprise at his rise into Wenger’s plans, and stated that he will continue to give his all in order to keep that spot.
He said: “Honestly I didn’t expect to be where I am today. I thought a long time ago that I’d be on loan and probably get experience there before having experience in the first team, but the fact that the boss trusted me to jump into the first team as quick as I did, I’m just grateful for it.
“The same way I was able to break into it is the same way that I take the chance now.
“I play like it’s almost like my last game, I treat it like it’s my last moment here, so I do my best and I always put 100 per cent into whatever I do.”
“If you don’t do as well as you think you could’ve done, there’s other players, other international, great players, that can just step in. So you just have to take the chance all the time and do your best when the time comes.
“The big thing is you need to stay fit and always need to give it your all. I mean, you’ve got to have the right attitude, you’ve got to be mentally prepared for whatever happens.
“Not everything is going to be smooth sailing for you so you’ve got to be prepared for all conditions.”
Is his attitude a big reason why Wenger believes in him so much? Does he deserve to be ahead of his rivals in the first-team?