Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu has sent a message to Super Eagles’ star Alex Iwobi after the 23-year-old winger completed a move from boyhood club Arsenal to fellow Premier League side Everton.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Bronze medalist agreed a five-year contract with Marco Silva’s men in a deal worth £40 million ($49m) that was disclosed on Thursday, the transfer deadline day of English football.
✍️ Signed, sealed, delivered!
— Everton (@Everton) August 8, 2019
Alex Iwobi had been at the North-London club since he was six years old when he joined the academy almost 15 years ago. Under the management of the legendary Arsene Wenger, Alex Iwobi came through the ranks and made his senior team debut for the Gunners in October 2015.
The Nigerian international made a hundred appearances for the club in the Premier League, with an extra 48 in other competitions, scoring 15 goals winning one FA Cup and two FA Community Shields in the process.
Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner. We are proud of you @alexanderiwobi and will continue to support you. Good luck with your new club.
.#big17 #naijaprince #arsenal #everton #transferwindow #premierleauge #football #newseason pic.twitter.com/4kPOQhJtfG
— Kanu Nwankwo (@papilokanu) August 8, 2019
Kanu, a club legend was among those to use social media to bid farewell to the departing forward, and claimed he would be supporting him. “Once a Gunner, always a Gunner. We are proud of you Alex Iwobi and will continue to support you. Good luck with your new club,” he tweeted.
The Everton boss, Marco Silva revealed his joy at capturing the former Arsenal star. He said: “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.”
“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club,” the Everton boss concluded.
Iwobi joins Moise Kean in a new-look front line for the Toffees and he is likely to make his debut when Everton face the Eagles of Crystal Palace in their Premier League season opener this weekend.