Alex Iwobi says he’s hoping to make his mark on Everton’s history after securing a big-money move to Goodison Park.
With 15 minutes left of transfer deadline day, news broke that the Toffees were willing to part with up to £40 million for the Nigeria international and Arsenal, eager to balance the budget after a summer of recruiting, decided to do a deal.
It came as a bit of a surprise but it looks as though all parties are happy with the way things have turned out.
Iwobi is eager to become an established star, Everton are splashing the cash and have a new stadium on the way and the Gunners have potentially pocketed a club-record fee for a departing player.
Now that the dust has settled on his move, the 23-year-old explained why he decided to take on the Everton challenge.
The offer was too attractive for me to turn down,” said Iwobi.
“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.
“He has given me the confidence I will do well. I am ready for a new challenge and chapter in my life.
“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.
“Hopefully I will be able to take on a bit more responsibility and add something to the team as well.”
Having been a Gunners since he was at primary school, it’s sad to see Alex leave. We wish him the best in his new surroundings.