Iwobi swaps Arsenal for Everton

Iwobi swaps Arsenal for Everton
Alexander Iwobi of Nigeria warm up during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, Semifinals match between Algeria and Nigeria at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 14 July 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Aug 09, 2019. 17:00

Everton have signed Nigeria international Alex Iwobi.

The 23-year-old joined the Toffees for a reported fee of £28 million on transfer deadline day, from English Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Iwobi has penned a five-year deal at Goodison Park after 15 goals in 149 appearances for the Gunners. The Super Eagles winger, who came through the ranks at the North London club, made his first-team debut for Arsenal in 2015.

“Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team,” Everton head coach Marco Silva told the club’s official website.

“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.

“It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.

“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club,” he concluded.

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