- Alex Iwobi has been impressive this season for Premier League side Everton
- Super Eagles legend Okocha stated that Iwobi had to leave Arsenal because of no choice
- The Nigerian footballer won the FA Cup with the Gunners before his departure
Former Super Eagles captain Austin Okocha has explained that his nephew Alex Iwobi had no other choice than for him to leave Arsenal for Everton last two years in stunning move.
Alex Iwobi was one of the most promising youngsters at Arsenal during the reign of former coach Arsene Wenger who gave the Nigerian the chance at the Emirates stadium.
The Super Eagles forward was at Arsenal for 15 years before he made the move to Everton due to lack of active playing time.
According to the report on GOAL, Okocha who was one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League explained that it was tough for Alex Iwobi to accept to leave Arsenal.
“I must confess that the move from Arsenal to Everton wasn’t an easy one from him. He wasn’t expecting it, it just happened.
“He got a call that there’s a deal for him and that he must oblige that deal, which wasn’t easy for a young player who has played all his life at Arsenal.
“I think that must have taken him 12 months to get over, so he didn’t have the best season last year with Everton.”
In total, Alex Iwobi played 100 games for Arsenal netting 11 goals and won the FA Cup and Community Shield at the Emirates stadium.
The Nigerian international chose former Cameroonian international Lauren Etame-Mayer who featured for the Gunners between 2000 and 2007 scoring 7 goals in 159 appearances.
Nwankwo Kanu had a remarkable career with Arsenal having played at Highbury Stadium between 1999 and 2004, scoring 30 goals in 114 Premier League appearances.
In his Ultimate African XI as cited on YouTube channel Project 17, Iwobi chose Nigerian legend Vincent Enyeama to be in the goalkeeping position.
In the left-back position is former Chelsea defender Celestine Babayaro, while Iwobi named Joseph Yobo and Kalidou Koulibaly to partner in the centre-back.
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