Arsenal youngun tells FourFourTwo about his powerful mindset and how it's key to get to the top.
Any pointers to give to a young player who wants to become a professional?
The advice I've always been given is to just express myself and play the game with a smile on my face. You also have to listen to your coaches - they have years and years of experience, and their knowledge will improve you as a player. It's important to believe in your ability as well - having that inner self-belief is something you need when you're going through a bad run of form.
Lots of players sign professional contracts, but don't fulfill their potential - why do you think you made it and others didn't?
When you're in the 16-18 age bracket it's more of a man's game rather than just playing for fun. You have to mature quickly and have the right mental attitude in terms of actively improving yourself every day, which is something I think I've done. There is always someone else waiting to take your place, so you have to make sure you want it more than anyone else.
Do you need to have a certain type of personality to become a top player?
I think confidence is massive. It's so important for every player. I don't think you can do well in football without confidence. When you have a lot of self-belief you start to take risks and do things that you know you're capable of. You trust your ability more and you take more ownership of the game. Mental strength is also very important - every player makes mistakes but you have to back yourself to get on the ball and make something happen the next time you get it.
Alex Iwobi sports Nike's Mercurial Superfly 5.