Nwankwo Kanu has rated Alex Iwobi as a star in the Arsenal team and has called on him to believe in his skills and attributes.
The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Arsenal, linking up with the club as a schoolboy and graduating from the academy.
However, he has struggled to be consistent with his form for the Gunners, something that comes easy for him with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Former Arsenal striker Kanu told Standard Sport: “In Arsenal you have big, big names. I don’t think he sees himself in that way.
“When I talk with him I want him to feel that way. Just because you’re younger than the other players doesn’t mean you’re not a star. He’s a star in his own right.
“When he comes to Nigeria he feels the pressure: he’s Iwobi, he needs to deliver. With Arsenal he thinks ‘ok, there’s other names here, no problem’. He needs to change that.”
He added: “For me he’s a special kid.
“Arsenal know the quality he has got and they know he can deliver on that eventually.
“He didn’t just become a bad player overnight. If the team isn’t doing well it affects everybody. He’s a talented player who’ll do more and do better for Arsenal.”
“You have to believe in your quality first of all. You have to know your strengths and tell yourself you’re the best,” said Kanu, who made 197 appearances for Arsenal between 1999 and 2004.
“At times I didn’t play but I was still the best – that’s how I saw it. If I get 15, 20 minutes I will do what I have to do and make an impact.
“Iwobi needs to be convinced he can be in the team and if the coach thinks otherwise he has to fight to convince him he should be.”