Arsenal superstar youngster Alexander Iwobi who score the final goal against Stoke City in Arsenal vs Stoke City weekend encounter has revealed that it shocks him the way Nigerian fans behave and that they would rather ask for his boots or money than get a useless autograph. He however states that he loves this so much and they make him feel great.
He said in an interview with Guardian newspaper that, â€œEveryone appreciates you [in Nigeria], youâ€™re almost like a king!â€. When I arrived at the airport I thought, Iâ€™ll just have my earphones in, but everyone was like â€˜Iwobi! Iwobi!â€™ Oh gosh. Hi guys!”
â€œI didnâ€™t know what to expect. It was just mad. I always go with Kelechi Iheanacho. When we go we get escorted. Because Iâ€™m not used to the Nigerian culture as much as they are, they do help me with it. They help me with the fans.”
“The fans are very different there. They donâ€™t ask me for autographs, they ask for boots, money. At my debut we played in a stadium that holds 30,000 and there was 60,000 â€“ I donâ€™t understand how.”
“People were standing on the floodlights, on the scoreboard,â€ he added. â€œI was thinking, â€˜What? This isnâ€™t even safe! But people there will do anything to watch the match.”
“Sometimes in a Premier League game the fans are a bit quiet but in Nigeria you just hear trumpets, everything. The atmosphere is so different compared to England.â€