Alex Iwobi has left Arsenal Football Club after departing on Deadline Day. The Gunners were able to get a pretty nice fee for the Nigerian international, who wound up joining fellow Premier League side Everton in an exceptionally random last minute deal. Interestingly enough this deal seems to have split the Gunners fanbase down the middle, with some agreeing with it and others feeling as if it was a poor decision from the club.
As reported by Evening Standard, the man himself had the following comments to make as he begins this brand new chapter of his career with the Toffees on Merseyside.
“The offer was too attractive for me to turn down,” said Iwobi.
“It is exciting times”
“The manager was telling me: ‘There is a spot for you, we will take care of you’. Basically, all the things you want to hear as a player.
“He has given me the confidence I will do well. I am ready for a new challenge and chapter in my life. I always had that youngster tag at Arsenal, so hopefully with this move I am able to make a name for myself in the Premier League and create history with Everton.
“Hopefully I will be able to take on a bit more responsibility and add something to the team as well.”
“The manager has worked with Richarlison for a long while and made a name for him,”
“Hopefully he can do the same for, not just me, but Moise Kean and a few others that came as well.
“It is exciting times for Everton. I was able to look at the transfers and players they have brought in, there’s some great talent.”
There’s a lot to unpack there, but above all else, it seems like Iwobi is happy about this change in direction for his career – and we say good for him. At the age of 23 the next big move he made was always going to be monumental for the trajectory of his time in the world of football, and now, it’s time for him to back up the fee that Everton paid for him.
That isn’t going to happen overnight and we’re positive that he’s going to have plenty of critics, but this is the kind of stuff you need to be dealing with if you want to be a consistent, high-level Premier League talent. The raw potential is there for all to see, and now it’s about taking that next step forward.
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