Nigerian International and former Arsenal player, Alex Iwobi has revealed why he left his longtime club, Arsenal for Everton .The Nigerian international completed a deadline day move to the Merseysiders .
Alex signed a five-year deal worth £28m which could rise to 34m with perks. Alex Iwobi says he left Arsenal for Everton because he is looking to change the status-quo and make a name for himself in the hall of fame, Everton
The Super Eagles midfielder signed a five-year deal with the Toffees after both clubs agreed an initial £28million deal, which could rise to £34m with add-ons.
The 23-year-old had a 15-year spell with the Gunners from his academy days and went on to make 149 senior appearances for the club, scoring 15 times.
Iwobi was a regular in Unai Emery’s squad last season, making 35 Premier League appearances, but said he could not turn down the offer to join Everton after talking to manager Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands.
“I spoke to the manager and Marcel and they almost lured me in,” Iwobi told evertontv . “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. “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.” Iwobi became Silva’s seventh and last signing including Andre Gomes, Moise Kean and Fabian Delph.
And the Nigerian international is hoping that the Toffees manager would help in his career growth in a similar way to Richarlison, who enjoyed an excellent first season on Merseyside.
The Nigerian international recalled some of the highlights from his 15-year association with the Gunners, including his first senior goal at the Emirates against Watford and his last strike against Chelsea in last season’s Europa League final.