Arsenal did not want to lose Alex Iwobi this summer, but felt that receiving up to £40m for the winger was too good of an offer to turn down, according to football.london.
The Nigeria international showed signs of real improvement last season under Unai Emery – scoring six goals and providing nine assists for the north Londoners in all competitions – but was sold to Everton in August after the Toffees submitted a huge bid of up to £40m for his services.
The Gunners felt that that was too good to turn down and waved goodbye to the 23-year-old, who scored his first Premier League goal for his new side on Sunday with a headed effort against Wolves at Goodison Park.
It was the Nigerian’s second goal in all competitions this season, after he had initially opened his account four days previously during the Blues’ thrilling 4-2 win over Lincoln City in the EFL Cup.
For all the hype that surrounded the arrival of Moise Kean from Juventus this summer, Iwobi has arguably been the Toffees’ most promising signing so far. Kean’s sole contribution for his new employers is an assist against Wolves last weekend; he is yet to find the net in 217 minutes of football for Everton.
For Iwobi, he will hope to continue justifying his large price tag to anybody who may have been sceptical about it when they heard the news of him joining Everton. He has already averaged 2 dribbles and 2 tackles per game (via WhoScored), highlighting his directness and willingness to track back for the team.
It is still extremely early days for the young wide man at Goodison Park, though early indications show that he could actually prove to be a huge coup for the Merseysiders.
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