Okocha: Arsenal a perfect fit for Iwobi

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Former Super Eagles captain Jay-Jay Okocha says Alex Iwobi should fight for his place in the Arsenal first team rather than seek a loan move.

After battling for game-time in Arsene Wenger's team, Iwobi was demoted to the Gunners U23 side for a match against Reading two weeks ago.

But former Bolton Wanderers and Nigerian international midfielder Okocha, who is Iwobi's uncle and advisor, says that the 20-year-old Super Eagles midfielder has done well in his first season in the Premier League and that the north London club is the best place for him to be. 

"We can't forget that this is his first full season in the first team and Arsenal has all their players back now. There's a lot of competition, so it's not easy," he told Sky Sports.

"He has had a good season. It's not easy to make it through from the academy into the first team at such a big club. He has achieved this and has been phenomenal; I am delighted with what he has achieved so far.

"I think it's better for him to stay at Arsenal, because the style of play suits him perfectly. It might not be easy for him to go on loan and adapt somewhere else. He needs to stay and fight for his shirt."

Iwobi was in the Arsenal squad as an unused substitute in their 2-1 FA Cup win over Manchester City on Sunday.