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Name Alex Iwobi
Gender Male
Ethnic Nigerian
Job Nigerian Footballer
Desc Showed early improvements under Emery but it’s still hard to say Iwobi has proved he has the quality to stand against the Premier League’s top wingers, with a lacking final ball and paltry goal tally. There’s no need to actively look to move Iwobi onwards, but if the right offer came in Arsenal should consider their options


Org Nigeria National Team
Club as Player Everton FC
  Arsenal FC


Uncle Jay-Jay Okocha

2016 04 16 Retrieve

[Alex Iwobi on his decision to represent Nigeria instead of England at the international level] The love Nigeria showed me, when I played for them in a friendly, the fans were just crazy. The fans almost eat you up because they love you so much. I’m enjoying playing for them

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[Alex Iwobi reacts to team-mate Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick goal in the Gunners 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League] A lot of people were coming in at half-time with their mouths open like this [does a jaw-dropping impression]. They couldn’t believe it; they were all congratulating him, but it was only half-time. At the end of the game we could all say, ‘Well done, Ollie’. It’s so rare. We have some special players and you do see the odd crazy thing, but nothing like that has ever happened in training. We’ve had two now with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Don’t know who will be next. Those two goals were up there with the best I have ever seen

2019 08 07 Retrieve

[Alex Iwobi admitted that he would have to consider leaving his boyhood club if he believed he might struggle to get regular playing time] I am not one to chicken out. I have had it all over the years, being told I’m not good enough. So whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting. Obviously my joy is to play football and not just sit out. If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play – that is what I’ve done all my life

: 2019 08 08 Everton have confirmed the arrival of Alex Iwobi from Arsenal for a fee of £40 million

2019 09 14 Retrieve

[Everton winger Alex Iwobi has said that he left Arsenal this summer in part because he had become too comfortable at the club] I got a few phone calls [about the deal] and spoke to my agent. It took about a day of talking to the manager and talking to (Everton director of football) Marcel Brands. It wasn’t really hard and I got convinced. I was very comfortable [at Arsenal] and I was on holiday so I didn’t think about any move. I got the call and thought about if this would be a better chance for me to improve myself as a player. I thought that this was a big opportunity and I shouldn’t turn it down. I’ve got no regrets about the decision

[Iwobi has taken well to life at Goodison Park, having scored two goals in three appearances thus far with Everton] It’s so far, so good, I feel like I’ve got a new home and I’m really comfortable here. I haven’t noticed much of a difference [between Liverpool and London] but the thing I struggle with is the accent here. When Duncan Ferguson was speaking to me at first, I had to listen and engage and I wasn’t sure what he had said so I just agreed. It’s adapting to that but apart from that, it’s almost the same as being in London. So far, I’ve been treated really well. It’s a family club and everyone treats you like family. Even though it’s different to Arsenal, I’m enjoying it

2020 02 05 Retrieve

[Alex Iwobi says he can see clear similarities between Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger] They are almost the same, thinking about it. They are both very patient, they are not men of many words but when they do say something there is a lot of wisdom. They are almost the same. They both like to play football; it is almost like I am working with the same man. It’s not like I’m back at Arsenal with Arsene Wenger but it’s almost the same philosophy and I can buy into it easily and adapt to his plans straight away

I’ve never been injured before and I’m thinking ‘why against Arsenal?’ and ‘why when there is a new manager watching?’. ‘What have I done to deserve this luck?’. But I took it on the chin and luckily I have good team-mates, we have good staff, good family around me. So I was able to forget about it quick and focus on getting back as soon as possible. It was a minor setback. Because I’d never had an injury before, I didn’t know what to do.

Even when I injured myself in the game, I tried to continue, but that is the worst thing I could’ve done. Everyone has had an injury in their time, so when I got back in they were all telling me what I should do, how I should cope with it, don’t stress on trying to come back too quickly. It did help me and luckily, I was able to recover quicker than usual. I was told six weeks but I came back after four. Touch wood, it doesn’t happen again. I felt a pop in my hamstring and I thought I could play on but I couldn’t so it was weird but hopefully it won’t happen again

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Alex Iwobi has said that Arsenal fans’ perception of Mesut Ozil is all wrong] He was crazy. Obviously, because of his body language, people think he’s not working hard. But he actually works hard, people judge it wrong

2020 04 22 Retrieve

[Nigerian football superstars join NFF ‘stay home’ campaign] I hope everyone is staying safe and staying healthy, but please stay at home