Alex Iwobi has been at Everton for the past two seasons, enjoying his time under Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti. The Nigerian striker says he is improving in his game.
He was practically a substitute type Arsenal. Alex Iwobi occasionally appeared as a regular in the Gunners' eleven. However, Iwobi had only known the London club.
After 128 games, 13 goals, all competitions combined, the Super Eagle striker then decided to leave his parent club. Iwobi needed more playing time to establish himself as a premier league household name and Everton presented an opportunity to the player who was an almost surplus to requirement at the London Club.
"I got a call from Everton who was interested. And the last three days before the end of the mercato were long for me. I was in Dubai. Everton even went through Arsenal for my medical check-up. But, I admit, part of me was thinking, This might not (go well.),'" the player recalls. In the end, it all came together.
Under Ancelotti's spell
Iwobi signs a 5-year contract for 30 million euros (19 billion FCFA) with Everton and since that union, the transformation of Iwobi begins. "It wasn't really difficult for me to adapt. With manager Carlo Ancelotti, I improved a little more on the last third and the finish," Iwobi reveals. "I don't regret the decision (to sign at Everton). I'm happy to be here," he says.
The Nigerian still has a great progress margin as he enjoys life at Everton. At Arsenal, Iwobi scored 15 Premier League goals and 27 assists in 146 games, 8,841 minutes. Some might ask why leave the Gunners after such stats. Here is his answer. "Having grown up in the Arsenal system, I played in many positions," Okocha's nephew replies.
His decision to leave the Emirates Stadium is understandable.