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Alex Iwobi was « obliged » to leave Arsenal in 2019 to sign for Everton, according to his uncle and Super Eagles Jay-Jay Okocha, suggesting the Gunners left the midfielder with no choice but to join his youth club in 2019 Heartbreaking to leave.

Speaking to Goal, former Nigerian playmaker canceled Iwobi’s shock move from Emirates Stadium to Goodison Park ahead of last season, believing the transfer surprise was responsible for his slow start to life in Liverpool .

Iwobi had been with Arsenal for 15 years before leaving £ 34m, which the 24-year-old couldn’t refuse, according to Okocha.

« I have to admit, the move from Arsenal to Everton was for him wasn’t easy, « Okocha told Goal. « He didn’t expect it, it just happened.

 » He got the call that there was a deal for him and that he had to keep that deal, what for a young player who has played at Arsenal all his life wasn’t easy.

« I think it must have taken him 12 months to get over it, so he didn’t have the best season with Everton last year. »

Iwobi tried hard in his first season Make a positive impression on Merseyside. He scored one goal and failed to register a single assist in 25 appearances for the Toffees.

Under Carlo Ancelotti, things have improved this season, although Iwobi has struggled to maintain a consistent first-team spot, though he hasn’t really realized the potential of his youth.

« You can see he’s feeling a little more comfortable now, » Okocha continued. « He finally realized that Liverpool is his home now.

 » I think we will no doubt see an improved and better Alex Iwobi now. « 

Lagos-born Iwobi spent 11 years in the Arsenal Academy before making his debut for the heavyweights in north London in a loss to Sheffield on Wednesday 2015.

He has been with the Gunners first team for four seasons and has played 100 Premier League games before he was forced to go to the School of Science.

« I’m happy with his progress so far, » noted Okocha, « because I’ve always believed there was room for improvement, and luckily for us he’s all a good boy, he listens.

Iwobi has played 25 league games for Everton so far this season as they pushed for an unlikely Champions League qualification.

After 28 games, they’re down in seventh place, five points behind he Chelsea, who currently ranks fourth. The Toffees face Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend.

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