£35 million winger sends Arsenal message after shock transfer move

Everton winger Alex Iwobi has sent a heartfelt message to Arsenal fans after completing his move away from the Emirates.

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.

A day after the transfer to Everton was completed Iwobi posted a farewell message to Arsenal and its fans on Twitter, he said: “I grew up dreaming of playing for Arsenal, following in the footsteps of some of my hero’s. I’m proud to say that @ 23 I’ve achieved one of my dreams.

“From playing for Arsenal kids to 149 senior appearances. It was an honour to play for the club I supported as a boy. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

“So many people to thank, far too many individual names to mention but I thank you all!

“So many great moments, from scoring my first goal at the Emirates to scoring my last goal in Baku.

“You’ve all played a big part in my 17 fantastic years.

“Special thanks to the fans, my team mates, the support staff, my coaches Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery who put faith in me and gave me the opportunity to grow as a player and a man.

“BIG love to a special club. Arsenal will be forever in my heart. #Gunners #BIG17″.

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.

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