Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has revealed why he chose to leave the Gunners and sign for Everton this summer.
Iwobi rose through the ranks at the north London side, making his debut as a 19-year-old. He went on to make over 100 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, but could never quite cement his spot in the first time.
Moreover, with the arrivals of Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe this summer, the writing appeared to be on the wall for Iwobi.
Alex Iwobi reveals why he chose Everton
As a result, the Nigerian opted for a £35m move to Everton this summer. Now, Iwobi has revealed why exactly he chose to leave his boyhood club.
“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.
According to Iwobi, he was always considered a ‘youngster’ at Arsenal and therefore unable to truly make his mark in the league.
“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.”
The Nigerian is hoping that at Everton, he can take up more responsibility and guide the team to new heights.
“Hopefully I will be able to take on a bit more responsibility and add something to the team as well.”
Beginning of a new era at Everton?
Iwobi was one of seven new arrivals at Everton, joining the likes of Moise Kean and Jean Philippe Gbamin at Merseyside.
The 23-year-old did not feature in the Toffees’ opening league game against Crystal Palace but is expected to play a major role in Everton’s season as they seek to finish in the European spots.