|Alexander Chuka Iwobi
|Date of Birth
|May 3, 1996
📜 History of Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1996, and some of his close family members are renowned footballers. At the age of two, his family moved to Turkey to join his uncle – Austin Jay-Jay Okocha (a former Nigeria player), who was playing at Fenerbahce. However, Iwobi’s family relocated to London in 2002, where his uncle had moved to play with Bolton Wanderers.
By age 8, Iwobi was signed to Arsenal, and during this time, Arsenal was everyone’s dream club seeing that they were at the peak of English football. However, his youth career had a rough start as there were several occasions when the club came close to releasing him. Balancing between school and playing football was affecting his performance, added to the fact that he was not as big, fast, or strong as other teen players.
With countless practice and coaching from his uncle Okocha, he turned things around and became one of the promising youth-team players. He is currently one of the sought-after players with a record of over 220 appearances and scoring more than 20 goals at only 25 years of age. He has played for some of the best coaches in the industry such as Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti, won an FA Cup, and represented Nigeria at a World cup.
Alex Iwobi Career In Nigeria
Alex Chuka Iwobi made his international debut for Nigeria Super Eagles in October 2015 during a friendly match against DR Congo.
In 2016, he was part of the Nigerian 35 players team that was to participate in the Summer Olympics 2016, but he did not proceed to the final squad due to an injury.
In 2017, he scored for Nigeria in a match between Zambia, which led to a 1-0 win, and this helped them secure a slot in the Russian 2018 FIFA World Cup. He was featured in all three games before the Super Eagles were eliminated in the group stage.
He also participated in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. In total, he has made 48 appearances and 9 goals for Nigeria.
🌐 Alex Iwobi International Career
Iwobi had his first-team debut on October 27, 2015, during the League Cup for Arsenal in the Round of 16 which ended in a 3-0 win against Sheffield. His next game was his Premier League debut which was a win against Swansea City. His first Champions League match was against Bayern Munich where he played as a substitute.
Since his debut from 2015 to 2017, Alex Chuka Iwobi was an active player of the Arsenal team and during this time, they won the FA Cup and the Community Shield. In 2019, he joined Everton for a five-year contract.
Here is an overview of Alex Iwobi International performance.
2015- 2016 Campaign
In October 2015, Alex Iwobi made his debut as a team player in the match Arsenal against Sheffield in the Round of 16 of the League Cup. Arsenal went ahead to win the match 3-0. His Premier League debut happened the same month during the match between Arsenal and Swansea City where he played as a stoppage-time substitute.
This is the same season when he made his first Champions League appearance, playing as a substitute against Bayern Munich. He also appeared as a regular starter for Arsenal in their FA Cup-winning matches against Sunderland and Burnley in the third and fourth rounds respectively.
His first Champions League start in March 2016 ended in a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona but later on, went on to score two goals in his first two Premier League starts against Everton and Watford respectively.
In 2016, he won several recognisable awards. He received the CAF Young Player of the Year Award. He was also part of the 2016 CAF Team of the Year.
In the 2015-2016 season, Alex Iwobi made a total of 21 appearances for Arsenal and scored 2 goals.
In this season, he changed his squad number from 45 to 17 and was part of the team that saw Arsenal win the FA Cup with a win of 2-1 against Chelsea during the 2016-2017 campaign.
Another memorable success was when they won the 2017 Community Shield where Arsenal defeated Chelsea on penalties.
In 2016-2017, Alex Awobi made a total of 38 appearances and scored 4 goals.
2017- 2018 Season
Alex remained active in this campaign, seeing him score a total of 3 goals for Arsenal against Brighton, Crystal Palace, and Burnley and one for Nigeria in an International Friendly against England.
In total, he made 44 appearances and scored 4 goals.
In August 2018, he signed a long-term contract with Arsenal which was supposed to run till 2023.
In this season he made 64 appearances and scored 7 goals. Before his move to Everton, Iwobi had a record of 149 appearances and 15 goals for Arsenal.
On August 8, 2019, Alex Chuka Iwobi signed a five-year contract with Everton. 15 days after his signing, he made his debut as a substitute in a match against Aston Villa. He scored his first Everton goal during the EFL Cup where his team won 4-2 against Lincoln City. His first Premier League goal was against Wolverhampton Wanderers in September which ended in a 3/2 win.
In this season, he made a total of 29 appearances and scored 2 goals.
In September 2020, he scored one goal in the EFL Cup for Everton against Fleetwood. He later scored another goal in a Premier League match held in January 2021 for Everton against Wolves.
In total, he made 40 appearances and scored 2 goals.
So far he has scored one goal in the EFL Cup held in August 2021 for Everton against Huddersfield. In November 2021, he scored in the Premier League in a match between Wolves and Everton.
At the time of writing this article, Alex Iwobi has made 11 appearances and scored 2 goals.
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Frequently asked questions about Alex Iwobi
Iwobi is a Nigerian professional football player who plays as a winger for Premier League club Everton and Nigeria’s national team – Super Eagles.
He was born in Lagos city, Nigeria, in Anambra State.
He is Nigerian by birth and is also a British citizen.
Alex Chuka Iwo currently plays for Everton F.C.
Iwobi is a right-footer.
Alex Iwobi is under Emeka Obasi’s management.
During his time in Arsenal, Iwobi won one FA Cup and two Community Shields.
In 2016, he won the CAF Young Player of the Year Award. He was also part of the team that received the 2016 CAF Team of the Year Award.