Arsenal as he burst onto the scene and forced a number of more senior
players down the pecking order.
The 20-year-old scored
two goals and assisted two more in 13 Premier League appearances for the
Gunners as well as earning his first six caps for Nigeria.
But it all could have been so different for the winger as he revealed that he was nearly cut loose as a teenager.
was a stage when I wasn’t playing up above my age group, but all the
better players were. I questioned myself a lot at that age about whether
I was good enough, but I eventually got through it.
did keep me on and I guess since then that’s when I really kicked on. I
played in the Nike Cup (youth tournament) shortly after that, and then
England called me up and things started moving.”