Super Eagles and Premier League legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has come out to reveal that Arsenal made it compulsory for Alex Iwobi to accept Everton’s transfer offer.
Alex Iwobi’s transfer to the Toffees was a ride shock as no one saw it coming and as a matter of fact it was wrapped up in days.
The Nigerian International was on vacation after winning bronze with Nigeria at the 2019 AFCON held in Egypt when he got the call that Everton wanted him to make a switch.
The 24 year old completed a move to Goodison Park in the summer window of 2019.
He had a poor start to life in Merseyside last season with him scoring just once and assisting none in 25 outings but has done well this season when called upon by Carlo Ancelotti.
Okocha who’s an uncle to Iwobi said to Goal, sympathised with his nephew in his words as he revealed that the move away from the Emirates sprung out of nowhere.
“I must confess that the move from Arsenal to Everton wasn’t an easy one from him. He wasn’t expecting it, it just happened,” Okocha said.
“He got a call that there’s a deal for him and that he must oblige that deal, which wasn’t easy for a young player who has played all his life at Arsenal. I think that must have taken him 12 months to get over, so he didn’t have the best season last year with Everton.”
With Carlo Ancelotti in charge this term, Iwobi has had game time and has performed on various occasions though in multiple roles.
“You can see that now he’s a bit more comfortable,” Okocha continued. “He has finally realised that Liverpool is his home now.
“I think that without any doubt we will see an improved and better Alex Iwobi now.”
The 2017 FA Cup winner spent 11 years in the Hale End academy before making his debut for the North London giants in a League Cup defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in 2015.
He made 100 premier league appearance in four seasons at the Emirates.
“I’m glad with his progress so far,” Okocha noted, “because I always believed that there’s room for improvement and luckily for all of us, he’s a good lad, he listens.
“[However], some of the advice I gave to him has to stay in the family!”
Iwobi has 25 league appearances for Everton so far this term and are gunning for a Champions League spot.
After 28 matches, they sit seventh, five points behind Chelsea who currently occupy fourth.
The Toffees are involved in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend and they face runaway league leaders Manchester City.