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Alex Iwobi sends emotional message to Arsenal after leaving for Everton on deadline day

Alex Iwobi has sent a heartfelt message to former club Arsenal after joining Everton on transfer deadline day.

The Nigeria international made the move to Goodison Park on Thursday for an initial fee of £28m, which could rise to as much as £34m based on add-ons.

The 23-year-old has only ever played for the Gunners, making his debut in the League Cup in 2015 as a 19-year-old and has gone on to make 149 first team appearances for the north London side.

The midfielder has looked back on his time at the Emirates, which saw him lift the FA Cup and reach the Europa League final, and has thanked the club for turning him into a Premier League player.

‘I grew up dreaming of playing for Arsenal, following in the footsteps of some of my heroes. I’m proud to say that @ 23 I’ve achieved one of my dreams,’ Iwobi wrote on Twitter.

‘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.

Arsenal provide Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette fitness updates before Newcastle game Arsenal provide fitness updates on new signings David Luiz and Kieran Tierney Ole Gunnar Solskjaer launched ‘brutal’ attack on Romelu Lukaku before Inter Milan transfer ‘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 #BIG172.’ Iwobi was one of seven new signings by EVerton over the summer as he joined Moise Kean, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Djibril Sidibe and Jonas Lossl in moving to the blue half of Merseyside.

Meanwhile, Everton added another key piece to its Top Six hunt with the addition of Nigerian winger Alex Iwobi from Arsenal.

The deal is for a rumored $46 million, which is nice for Arsenal, and the Toffees will love the addition of another electric dribbler with pace to burn.

Iwobi had six goals and nine assists for the Gunners last season, and played in each of Nigeria’s seven matches at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Eagles veteran has 36 caps and six goals.

 “It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with RicharlisonBernard 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.”

This is a nice move for the Toffees, who have the attacking depth to make the Europa League via the league or cup route.

Speaking on the new arrival, Everton boss, Marco Silva, said, “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton.

Nigerian midfielder, Alex Iwobi, has completed his move to English Premiership side, Everton.

The pacy player joined the Toffees on deadline day from Arsenal of London in a deal worth around £40m.

Confirming the arrival of the player on Thursday in a statement on their website, Everton said they were delighted to have the talented Nigerian in their ranks ahead of the new season.

The statement said, “Alex Iwobi has signed for Everton from Arsenal after agreeing a five-year deal until the end of June 2024.”

Speaking on the new arrival, Everton boss, Marco Silva, said, “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.

“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.”

Iwobi, who rose through the youth ranks at Arsenal, played 149 times for the club, scoring 15 goals and contributing 27 assists during his time with the London outfit.

The 23-year-old has 36 caps for Nigeria and has scored six times for the country, according to a report by 90min.com.

 

 

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