ALEX IWOBI revealed he was twice on the brink of leaving Arsenal as an academy player, but decided to remain a Gunner.
Iwobi has had a breakthrough season at the Emirates this campaign playing 43 games in all competitions under Unai Emery
It comes after the 22-year-old endured three seasons as a fringe first-team player before gaining the trust of Arsenal’s new manager this term.
And the winger told Soccer AM how he almost left Arsenal’s academy at age 14 and 16 after concerns about his physical development and not receiving a first-team contract
Iwobi said: “At the age of 14 I was almost let go because I wasn’t physically developed, I was kind of small, I was slow, and they always used to say I need to work on my physicality.
“At the age of 16, a lot of people were given pro deals but I was only offered a scholar and they gave me the option to leave as well.
“I was the only one that played for England at the time and didn’t get offered a pro deal, everyone thought I was too good and I should leave, but I thought maybe there was a reason why they’re saying that, so I thought I’d stay and it was a good decision.”
The Nigerian international revealed he now works with a footballing analyst, who will present him with clips on where and how he can improve.
He added: “This season I feel much better and I feel like I’m in control, especially going forward in an attacking sense
I have an analyst now who is always trying to help me, which I didn’t have in seasons before, so he’s sending me clips and saying what I can do better.
“That’s helped me and I’d like to say I’ve been involved in a few goals this season, even it’s not the assist or the goal, I’ve been getting a few pre-assists which go unnoticed.
“But at the end of the day as long as the team does well, that’s my main concern.”