Former Chelsea defender Celestine Babayaro says Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi is a better player when he plays for Nigeria than when he is on the pitch for English Premier League side Arsenal .
Iwobi bagged a brace yesterday as Nigeria recovered from a two goal deficit to beat Argentina 4-2 in a high profile friendly game played in Russia as part of preparations for both teams ahead of the World Cup in Russia next year.
Speaking to Owngoalnigeria.com Babayaro who spent seven and half seasons at Chelsea said Iwobi plays better for Nigeria because he knows he is well loved by the fans unlike Arsenal fans, who are divided over his spot in the team.
” It’s clear to see why Iwobi plays so well when he plays for Nigeria and not that exceptional when he plays for Arsenal. He knows he is well loved by the Nigerian public, his mistakes will be forgiven hence he plays with freedom “, Babayaro told Owngoalniger.
” You can’t say the same when he plays for Arsenal, he is the target of the boo boys. They speak long and hard about his mistakes than his strong points. Naturally that puts him under pressure and also limits his efficiency on the pitch.
” When he plays for Nigeria, the fans chant his name. They sing in his name, he feels the connection to them. He feels at home and inspired to do wonders due to the love “.