Revealed – Why Alex Iwobi left Arsenal for Everton FC
Alex Iwobi says he left Arsenal to join Everton on transfer deadline day as he wanted to take on greater responsibility as a player.
The 23-year-old was one of the late movers on transfer deadline day , joining Everton for a £34m fee and signing a five-year contract with the club.
Iwobi had been at Arsenal since he was a young boy and made his first-team breakthrough in 2016 before going on to play 149 times for the club, scoring 15 goals.
And the Nigeria international admitted he wanted to get rid of the ‘youngster tag’ he had at Arsenal and take on a new challenge under Marco Silva at Goodison Park report the Metro .
Explaining his decision to leave the Emirates, Iwobi said: “The offer was too attractive for me to turn down.
“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.
“Hopefully, I will be able to take on a bit more responsibility and add something to the team as well.”
Iwobi featured prominently during Unai Emery’s debut season at Arsenal, playing as many matches in the Premier League (35) as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
However, the arrival of Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a club-record £72m deal threatened to cut his first-team minutes this season, while youngster Reiss Nelson also impressed during pre-season.
Everton, like Arsenal, had made Crystal Palace ’s Wilfried Zaha their top target this summer but after seeing a £70m bid plus two players rejected, they moved for Iwobi instead.