Reason why Alex Iwobi left Arsenal of transfer deadline day

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Alex Iwobi has opened up on his “big opportunity” at Everton after joining from Arsenal.

Iwobi has opened up on what convinced him to leave Arsenal for Everton, and revealed it only took him a day to make up his mind.

Everton signed the Nigeria international from Arsenal on deadline day, and he is enjoying the chance to shine on Merseyside.

The forward has scored 2 goals in his first three matches for the Toffees, and he is enjoying the chance to be the star.

He told Soccer Saturday: “It’s so far, so good, I feel like I’ve got a new home and I’m really comfortable here.

“I got a few phone calls [about the deal] and spoke to my agent – it took about a day of talking to the manager and talking to Marcel Brands.

“It wasn’t really hard and I got convinced.

“I was very comfortable [at Arsenal] and I was on holiday so I didn’t think about any move.

“I got the call and thought about if this would be a better chance for me to improve myself as a player.

“I thought that this was a big opportunity and I shouldn’t turn it down.”

Iwobi, 23, has been asked whether he regrets the late move to leave the club that he first joined in 2004, but he is feeling good.

He added: “I’ve got no regrets about the decision.

“The ambition that Marco Silva has also persuaded me to come – the drive, what he wants to achieve and the way he saw me in his plans.

“I feel like I’m able to help him do that. Even in training, he’s always demanding, always trying to get the best out of us and it’s good for the team.”

He went on to say: “It’s adapting to that but apart from that, it’s almost the same as being in London.

“So far, I’ve been treated really well.

“It’s a family club and everyone treats you like family. Even though it’s different to Arsenal, I’m enjoying it.”


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