Alex Iwobi has admitted that his spot in the Arsenal first team was not a reward he was expecting from Arsene Wenger.
The 20-year-old has become a regular in the Gunners’ attack over the past year after breaking into the first team during the second-half of last season.
According to Iwobi, a loan move away from the club is what seemed more likely at this time last year when he was playing with reserves.
“Honestly I didn’t expect to be where I am today,” Iwobi told Arsenal Player. “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,” he said. “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.”