Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi recently visited the English Premier League (EPL) club’s academy at the Hale End in the city of London.
The 21-year-old Nigeria international, who is a product of the academy, could not believe his eyes when he saw Hale End’s redevelopment for the first time.
The academy now features a number of full-size pitches, including an exhibition pitch with the same Desso surface and dimensions as Emirates Stadium and it was unveiled last month.
« I haven’t seen it this year but I saw it last year when they were building, and even then it looked amazing,” Iwobi told the Arsenal Weekly podcast.
“It looks so futuristic compared to when I was there. I’ve seen new buildings, new pitches, and it just looks amazing.
“Someone sent me a picture of my photo hanging up at Hale End. I thought, ‘That’s crazy because back in the day I was looking at Jack Wilshere and all the big players that have come through’, » he continued.
“I wouldn’t want to say that I’m one of them because I’ve still got a long way to go in my career and things to prove, but I’m one who has graduated through this academy and it’s a crazy feeling.
“I didn’t have what they have now. I believe that I’m at the best I can be because every day I’m trying to work on my technique, my physical attributes, » he added.
« But the facilities they have now will definitely benefit them in the future. It’s not just about the football, but also the educational side as well.”