£28 million star Iwobi announces why ‘he needed’ to get shock Arsenal deal signed and sealed
Everton winger Alex Iwobi has admitted that he needed to leave Arsenal to take a greater responsibility as a player.
There was a lot of speculation about whom Arsenal were signing on deadline day that most forgot that a few players were linked with a move away, especially since all the talk about the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
But one man that has departed the Emirates this summer is that of Iwobi, who was a firm fans favourite after establishing himself in the Arsenal side over the past few seasons, but was no longer needed at the Emirates.
The Gunners went and broke their club record transfer record by acquiring Nicolas Pepe for £72 million, meaning that Iwovi was well down the pecking order, and the Gunners have agreed to let the winger sign for Everton in a deal worth £35 million.
Everton’s late move for Iwobi came as they failed in their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, and explaining his decision to leave Arsenal, Iwobi said on the Sky Sports website: ‘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. 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.’
Iwobi is Everton’s seventh and final signing of the summer transfer window, following the additions of goalkeeper Jonas Lössl, right-back Djibril Sidibe, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean
Iwobi may not have been the most exciting of wingers for Arsenal, but he was a solid performer and many Gunners fans will thank him for his service to the club. But Arsenal have pulled one out the bag here and got a decent amount for the player, as he is not worth £35 million, a price that Everton will not have been happy to pay.
But the move will be good for him and his career.