Everton have confirmed the signing of Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi on a five-year deal, after the Nigeria international agreed personal terms with the club.
Iwobi, who rose through the youth ranks at the Emirates and joined the first team squad in 2015, played 149 times for the Gunners, scoring 15 goals and contributing 27 assists largely from the flank.
And, in a statement on their official website, the Merseyside club confirmed: "
Meanwhile, Everton boss Marco Silva explained:
💬 "Alex has made a big contribution at Arsenal. He worked hard in the academy, where he was an example to many young players and has been an important part of our squad. We wish Alex every success in the future." - Unai Emery— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 8, 2019
All the best at @Everton, @alexiwobi ❤️
“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.
“It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard 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.”
At 23 years old, Iwobi has 36 caps for Nigeria, scoring six times, and was integral to the Super Eagles' impressive showing at this summer's Africa Cup of Nations, scoring the all-important winner in a thrilling last 16 clash against previous holders Cameroon.
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