Alex Iwobi expresses his views about Arsenal and Mikel Arteta following Everton’s victory.
Alex Iwobi produced a great performance on the left wing on Saturday as Everton upset Premier League leaders Arsenal, the club he joined as a child and spent 15 years with.
Alex Iwobi sent a lovely message to his previous club after Everton defeated Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, demonstrating that he is still a Gunner at heart.
In Sean Dyche’s debut game in charge of Everton, the club stunned the Premier League leaders by defeating them. James Tarkowski’s goal at the hour mark after a Dwight McNeil corner sent Goodison Park into a frenzy, boosted Everton’s chances of escaping relegation, and dealt Arsenal a blow in their chase of the crown.
Iwobi, 26, performed admirably on the left wing, causing Ben White lots of problems as Mikel Arteta’s team was defeated for the first time in several weeks. The Nigerian international was signed by Arsenal in 2004 while he was still in elementary school.
The winger scored 15 goals in 149 appearances for his hometown club, helping them win the FA Cup in 2017. Two years later, he moved to Merseyside in a £34 million trade. After Everton’s morale-boosting victory, Iwobi posted on social media: “Nice To See Some Old Faces, Even Better To Win!”
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He also posted an Instagram story with photographs of himself in Arsenal training and hugging Arteta after Saturday’s game, with the comment “Big respect!” Although Iwobi left Arsenal just a few months before Arteta succeeded Unai Emery at Emirates Stadium, he made his debut for the Gunners during the 2015/16 season, thus he briefly played with the Spaniard.
His heartfelt speech demonstrates that he still has a great deal of affection for the club where he rose through the academy ranks before becoming a Premier League and international fixture. Iwobi’s goal against Arsenal was his first of the season, but he already has six assists and is expected to play a significant role in Everton’s attempt to survive.
While the performance of the Toffees thrilled Dyche, the Englishman acknowledged that the hard work has just begun. During his post-game press conference, he stated, “There is a reality to my work. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, because I do. I’ll be going home thinking, “This is a fantastic beginning for us,” but I’m not naive; I’ve been in this industry for a long time.
“That win doesn’t solve everything. We’ve got to put layers and layers and layers on top of that. It’s a great start point, of course. Arsenal are flying but the next win isn’t guaranteed because of it and I’ve told the players that already. I’ve told them to come in ready to start again on Monday, to keep working and to keep improving.”
The following Monday, Everton will travel to face local rivals Liverpool, while Arsenal will face Brentford on Saturday.