Getting called up for the first team can be daunting, Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi knows this all too well. Find out how he handled it as he chats to FourFourTwo.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
It's always hard talking about your own game, but I'd say I'm creative and I can score goals. My weakness is definitely heading, I can't head the ball at all, which I always get stick for in training. I also have a few tricks in my locker, and I like making chances and setting up goals for my team-mates. I've played a lot of football this season and I want to start scoring a few more goals now I've got some experience under my belt.
We've always found debuts a nerve-wracking experience - how was yours?
Honestly, I wasn't nervous at all. There were a few other youngsters who were also making their debuts and wanted to impress, which probably took the pressure off me a little bit. The game was on Sky, so I was just excited to get out there and show the world what I could do. I told myself to do the simple things well and I knew if I did that then the rest of my game would come together. It was a dream come true for me.
What advice did Arsene Wenger give you before the game?
The manager just kept it really simple and didn't over complicate his message. He told everyone to enjoy themselves because that's the reason why we'd started playing football in the first place. I think that helped to put myself and the rest of the boys at ease. Unfortunately we didn't get the result we wanted on the night but it was a great learning curve.
Are you a player who uses the gym to work on different areas of fitness?
I probably train in the gym twice a week. When our matches come thick and fast we don't do anything too intense in the gym. When we go in, it's largely to maintain the strength in our legs, simply because that's the part of the body we use mainly in football. I work on my hamstrings and quads. My hamstrings are very stiff so I do Romanian deadlifts to work on them. I hate that exercise! I hate Bulgarian squats as well, but I just have to grit my teeth and get on with them. A couple of days later you feel really strong, so it's worth it.
Alex Iwobi sports Nike's Mercurial Superfly 5.