Arsenal teenager Alex Iwobi has revealed that the midfield duo of Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin are inspirations for the young Gunners to break into the first team.
The England international has been a regular inclusion in Arsene Wenger's starting lineup over the last few years. Coquelin has been instrumental in the north London club's midfield in the second half of last season.
Iwobi impressed during Arsenal's 6-0 Emirates Cup win over Lyon in July. The 19-year-old also got his name on the scoresheet after scoring a goal in their pre-season friendly victory.
Both Wilshere and Coquelin made it to the Gunners' first team after coming up through the ranks of the club's youth setup. Iwobi is hoping to emulate the Arsenal duo and impress Wenger in order to make it to the first team.
"It's clear for them to see that it's possible. It shows that if you keep on working hard from a young age it's possible to make it into the first team," Iwobi told Arsenal's official website.
"[Arsenal's academy is so successful because of] the training, the coaching, the staff, the facilities. I never say everything's perfect but Arsenal's training ground really is perfect."
Apart from Iwobi, Chuba Akpom has also impressed during the pre-season as he moves to Hull City on loan to get more playing time. The striker has already scored two goals in two matches for the Tigers. Iwobi admitted that Akpom's development inspired him to improve his own game.
"We grew up together so we've been going through the same things, but also he's been progressing more so I use him as an inspiration," the forward explained.
"He lets me know what he's going through so that I can prepare for it. Watching him grow and become what he is right now is so good to see."
"I was happy for him [to join Hull City on loan]. I was speaking with his family and I could see that he was really happy to go on loan because he just wants to get some minutes and prove a point. Hopefully Hull will be the team for him."