Iwobi reveals his Arsenal initiation fail

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Alex Iwobi has revealed his Arsenal first team initiation ceremony went so badly that he was left singing ‘Happy Birthday’ after forgetting the words to his chosen songs.

It’s long been a Gunners tradition that players called up to the first team squad are expected to perform a song in front of their baying teammates. You may remember a video of Granit Xhaka’s excruciating effort in pre-season being leaked by Emiliano Martinez…

Asked about his own initiation, Iwobi reflected on the horror of failing the task at hand when called up for a match at the Hawthorns last season.

“Oh my word. I had to do it twice because the first one was very, very bad,” he recalled. “It was against West Brom away. And I froze, absolutely froze.

“I tried three songs and I forgot them completely. So I ended up singing Happy Birthday to Arsenal on that day, which was so embarrassing.”

Iwobi also touched on the extreme measures he’s had to take to shake off Arsenal’s more avid autograph hunting supporters.

On the crazy attention from fans, he remarked: “Especially after a game, I’m trying to go home and I see fans almost breaking my car just to grab a picture. It’s just crazy.

“There’s been a lot of crazy things. The last home game we played, I was driving for 15 minutes and there was one fan following me and I was getting a bit scared because I was close to my destination.

“I was thinking: ‘Ah, I’m going to have to make a detour just to get to the destination before he finds out where I’m going.’ That was a bit mad.”

…we imagined it looked a bit like this.

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MrBrain + Ozil's vision
MrBrain + Ozil's vision
3 years ago

Oh Alex! The Big17… Next time when ‘a bit scared’, Just call my number! I’ve got your back always. Always I say!

Nw gooner
Nw gooner
3 years ago

“Oh my word”

Hustle6
Hustle6
3 years ago

I don’t know how most players know a song I don’t know any. The best was nasri rapping with sagna beatboxing

Goonerrific
Goonerrific
3 years ago
Reply to  Hustle6

You don’t know any songs at all???

David C
David C
3 years ago

is that a gun or a bow and arrow celebration he’s doing? Bow and arrow is much nicer and would get more style points.

Unrelated, but who has/had the best goal celebration for Arsenal? I always liked Henry’s double knee slides. Ozil’s thumb sucking is pretty weird, but at least he doesn’t do that stupid heart like Di Maria/Bale. I know he played for the enemy, but Cantona’s celebrations were always pretty funny…when he wasn’t kicking supporters that is.

Titsan Arse
Titsan Arse
3 years ago
Reply to  David C

I always liked Paul Merson’s ‘Downing two pints’ celebration. Or Bergkamp showing Sp*rs the back of his shirt.

BringBackSeaman
BringBackSeaman
3 years ago
Reply to  David C

If that’s a bow and Arrow, then its a Nerf Bow and Arrow….

I bet its more like a Tommy Gun…

Arsenal's Vardy
Arsenal's Vardy
3 years ago

He’s gonna be a ‘Mad Ting’ in the future.

Benriz
Benriz
3 years ago

HD!

SuchAnArse
SuchAnArse
3 years ago

If you were an Arsenal player(and that’s a big impossible if) and you were asked to sing a initiation song, which song would you sing?

ArsenalRising
ArsenalRising
3 years ago
Reply to  SuchAnArse

Ghost Busters Theme Song!!!

Blitz Bailey
Blitz Bailey
3 years ago
Reply to  SuchAnArse

Perfect Sense by Roger Waters probably, Or maybe something either Cohen or Dylan.

Hi-brid
Hi-brid
3 years ago
Reply to  SuchAnArse

Joe Dolce’s “Shaddap yo’ face”.

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman
3 years ago
Reply to  Hi-brid

As a tribute to Mourinho, Hi-brid?

Mega
Mega
3 years ago
Reply to  Arsenalfanman

Filipio Inzaghi!

Hi-brid
Hi-brid
3 years ago
Reply to  Arsenalfanman

Well, he has certainly “gotta no respect” (ahem).

Wengerballz
Wengerballz
3 years ago
Reply to  SuchAnArse

I shot the Sheriff (but I didn’t kill the referee)

Lord Bendtner
Lord Bendtner
3 years ago
Reply to  SuchAnArse

Mom’s spaghetti

Burger
Burger
3 years ago
Reply to  SuchAnArse

Probably some Phil Collins

StaceySlater
StaceySlater
3 years ago
Reply to  SuchAnArse

blind boys of alabama – way down in hole

“When you walk in the gardennn, you better watch your back…”

Nader
3 years ago
Reply to  StaceySlater

It always has to be ‘Gold’ by Spandau Ballet… ALWAYS

King Kolo
King Kolo
3 years ago
Reply to  StaceySlater

The Wire!! The King of Television!

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

Hmmmmmmmm….when is our next game please!

ryan.4.afc
ryan.4.afc
3 years ago

At home to Chelsea his car was mobbed outside the Tollington pub by fans. At those traffic lights there are so many players getting over ran by fans. What strikes me however is how many players have people driving for them, strange really.

rex
rex
3 years ago

I love big butts and I can’t deny

That’s why I’m an ARSE ANAL fan

#singing

david9
david9
3 years ago

Brothers in Arms

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner
3 years ago

Oh Iwobi you should’ve sing one of the indigenous songs, anyways I’ll get my cap…..

Topgunner
3 years ago

Ketekete by Ebenezer obey

LAR
LAR
3 years ago
Reply to  Topgunner

Hahaha washerey… Top gunner nice! They would have looked at him like he was on drugs but nice anyway.. Obey would have been proud

Psycho Gooner
Psycho Gooner
3 years ago

It was not me Iwobi. I swear.
I’m from Kolkata. Come to Kolkata pliss.

1goldenleague
1goldenleague
3 years ago

Everything about the girl – and miss you like the deserts miss the rain ( ruling the premier league again ) it’s coming I can feel it ?

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini
3 years ago
Reply to  1goldenleague

Everything but the Girl?

OneBeatOff
OneBeatOff
3 years ago

The meatball song.

BODMAS
BODMAS
3 years ago

SONG FOR MAMA BY BOYZ 2 MEN

Scooter
Scooter
3 years ago

sing da ting