– Alex Iwobi recounts how he got scared after a fan chased him for over 15 minutes shortly after his team’s 2-0 win over Basel in the UCL
– The Arsenal youngster describes the fan’s action as “a bit mad”
– Although he says his relationship with fans will help him become an even better player this season


Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has revealed how he got scared after a fan pursued him for over 15 minutes, shortly after his team’s 2-0 win over Basel in the Champions League at the Emirates Stadium last month.

Iwobi has become a fan favourite at Emirates Stadium, scoring twice in 28 appearances.

Iwobi in action against PSG

According to him, his relationship with his fans will help him become an even better player this season.

He said: “It gives you an extra boost, an extra bit of confidence. You feel you are up for more things and more motivated to do well. When you have the fans [behind you], it’s such a good feeling.”

However, speaking on Arsenal’s weekly podcast, Iwobi recounted a particularly frightening incident in which a supporter almost got a bit too close.

After the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Basel in the Champions League at the Emirates Stadium last month, Iwobi got in his car and left the stadium but was being pursued by someone.

He said: “After the games I’m trying to go home but I see the fans almost breaking my car to grab a picture which is crazy. The connection I have with the fans is great. I’m young and most of the fans are young, so the connection’s there.

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“There have been a lot of crazy things I’ve seen fans do. The last home game we played last season, I was driving for 15 minutes. There was lots of traffic and for 15 minutes there was one fan following me.

“I was getting a bit scared because I was close to my destination. I thought, ‘I’m going to have to take a detour before he finds out where I’m going. That was a bit mad.”

He continued: “In all seriousness, though, I didn’t expect to be where I am today. I thought that I was going to be on loan a while ago, and probably getting experience there before getting first-team experience here.

“But the fact that the boss trusted me to make the jump up as soon as I have makes me really grateful.”

Meanwhile, Alex Iwobi was on target as Nigeria won a competitive away game for the first time in 23 months after a 2-1 win over Zambia in a World Cup qualifier.

Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho scored before Collins Mbesuma pulled one back at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

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