- Alex Iwobi has revealed why he left his boyhood club Arsenal to join Everton
- The Nigerian international completed a deadline day move to the Merseysiders
- Iwobi signed a five-year deal worth £28m which could rise to 34m with add-ons
Alex Iwobi says he left Arsenal for Everton because he is looking to shake off the youngster tag and make a name for himself at Goodison Park.
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.
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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.
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And the Nigerian international is hoping that the Toffees manager will be able to help him grow in a similar way to Richarlison, who enjoyed an excellent first season on Merseyside.
“It is exciting times for Everton,” added Iwobi, who did not feature in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on the opening weekend of the season.
“I was able to look at the transfers and players they have brought in – some great talent. It is not just me.
“There were quality players here before [the summer] and they are still here.
“The manager has worked with Richarlison for a long while and made a name for him.
“Hopefully he can do the same for not just me but Moise Kean and a few others who came in, too.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Alex Iwobi has taken to social media to publish an emotional farewell message to everybody associated with Arsenal after deadline day move to Everton.
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.
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