Alex Iwobi

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Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi-Nigeria.jpg
Iwobi with Nigeria in 2017
Personal information
Full name Alexander Chuka Iwobi[1]
Date of birth (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 17
Youth career
2004–2015 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2019 Arsenal 100 (11)
2019– Everton 3 (1)
National team
2011–2012 England U16 7 (1)
2013 England U17 3 (0)
2013 England U18 1 (0)
2015– Nigeria 36 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:12, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:28, 25 July 2019 (UTC)

Alexander Chuka Iwobi (/ɪˈwbi/ ih-WOH-bee;[3] born 3 May 1996) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Everton and the Nigeria national team.

Early and personal life[edit]

Iwobi was born in Lagos before moving to England at the age of four, following a brief stay in Turkey,[4][5][6] and grew up in Newham, London.[7] His mother is the sister of former professional footballer Jay-Jay Okocha.[5][8]

He is 'best mates' with former Arsenal teammate Tyrell Robinson.[9]

Club career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Iwobi (right) playing for Arsenal U21s in 2015
Iwobi with Arsenal, 2016

Iwobi joined Arsenal while still at primary school,[10][11] in 2004,[12] and was nearly released by the club at the age of 14 and again at the age of 16.[7]

He was first involved in a first-team match as an unused substitute in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 25 September 2013.[13] He signed a long-term contract with Arsenal in October 2015.[10][14]

On 27 October 2015, Iwobi made his first-team debut for the club, starting in a 3–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup.[15][16] He made his Premier League debut four days later in a 3–0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, as a stoppage time substitute for Mesut Özil.[17] Iwobi made his Champions League debut as an 85th-minute substitute in a 5–1 defeat against Bayern Munich.[18] Iwobi started in the first team for the 2015–16 FA Cup 3rd and 4th round home wins against Sunderland and Burnley respectively.[19][20]

After getting a first Champions League start in a 3–1 away defeat to Barcelona,[21] Iwobi went on to score two goals in his first two Premier League starts in wins against Everton,[22] and Watford, respectively.[23]

In the following season, Iwobi changed his squad number from 45 to 17. This was due to Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez taking up the newly vacated number 7 from the departing Tomáš Rosický.[24]

Iwobi went on to feature throughout Arsenal's victorious FA Cup campaign of 2016–17. As so he earned a winners medal as being part of the squad that beat Chelsea by 2 goals to 1 in the final of such.[25] He achieved further success with Arsenal in the 2017 Community Shield, in which Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties.[26]

In May 2018, after Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger announced he would be leaving the club, Iwobi described him as an "inspiration" and stated it was sad but exciting.[27]

In August 2018, he signed a new long-term contract with the club, reportedly until 2023.[28]

In July 2019, after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, he said he was looking forward to returning to club football with Arsenal.[29]

Everton[edit]

On 8 August 2019, Iwobi signed a five-year contract with Everton.[30] According to BBC, Arsenal received a fee of an initial £28 million, rising to £34 million with potential add-ons.[31]

International career[edit]

Iwobi started as a youth international for England, with whom he won the 2011 Victory Shield.[32][33][34] Iwobi went on though to play for Nigeria. He made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on 8 October 2015, replacing Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute of a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé, Belgium.[35]

He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[36] He was not a part of the 18-man final squad.[37]

In August 2017 Iwobi pulled out of Nigeria's squad for that month's World Cup qualifiers due to injury.[38] On 7 October 2017, Iwobi scored for Nigeria in a 1–0 win over Zambia to secure the Super Eagles a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[39]

He was named in Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[40] He said that the team needed to learn from its performance after going out in the group stages.[41]

In April 2019, he said he wanted to emulate his uncle Jay-Jay Okocha by winning the Africa Cup of Nations.[8] He was included in Nigeria's squad for the 2019 tournament.[42][43] At the tournament he said he would ignore the labelling of Nigeria as favourites.[44] After the tournament he said he was looking forward to returning to club football with Arsenal.[29]

Controversy[edit]

In January 2018, a video was released that allegedly showed Iwobi at a late-night party 36 hours before a match.[45]

In January 2019, Iwobi was the subject of alleged racism from Indian actress Esha Gupta, an Arsenal ambassador.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 15 September 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2015–16[47] Premier League 13 2 5 0 1 0 2[a] 0 0 0 21 2
2016–17[48] Premier League 26 3 3 0 2 0 7[a] 1 38 4
2017–18[49] Premier League 26 3 1 0 5 0 6[b] 0 1[c] 0 39 3
2018–19[50] Premier League 35 3 2 1 3 0 11[b] 2 0 0 51 6
Total 100 11 11 1 11 0 26 3 1 0 149 15
Everton 2019–20[51] Premier League 3 1 0 0 1 1 4 2
Career total 103 12 11 1 12 1 26 3 1 0 153 17
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 17 July 2019[52]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Nigeria 2015 2 0
2016 6 1
2017 5 3
2018 12 1
2019 11 1
Total 36 6

International goals[edit]

As of match played 17 July 2019. Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[52]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 2016 Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola, Zambia  Zambia 1–0
2–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 7 October 2017 Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria 1–0 1–0
3 14 November 2017 Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia  Argentina 2–2
4–2
Friendly
4 4–2
5 2 June 2018 Wembley Stadium, London, England  England 1–2
1–2
6 6 July 2019 Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Cameroon 3–2
3–2
2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Arsenal

International[edit]

England U16

Nigeria

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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