Alex Iwobi scored his first goal for Everton against Lincoln City in the League Cup on Wednesday, and there are plenty of reasons to be glad about that fact.

LINCOLN, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Alex Iwobi of Everton scores his team's third goal during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Lincoln City and Everton at Sincil Bank Stadium on August 28, 2019, in Lincoln, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: Alex Iwobi of Everton scores his team’s third goal during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Lincoln City and Everton at Sincil Bank Stadium on August 28, 2019, in Lincoln, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

After making his debut from the bench against Aston Villa last Friday, Iwobi started his first game for Everton in the League Cup this week. He scored the third goal in his side’s 4-2 win over Lincoln City.

The scores were level at 2-2 at the time, with the clock running down. It was an important goal and one the Everton fans very much enjoyed.

Arsenal fans should be just as happy to see Iwobi scoring though. This is a player who loves Arsenal, who left on good terms when the club decided to sell him and always tried his hardest on the pitch in North London. There’s no reason to feel bitter towards him.

As Iwobi (hopefully) continues to prove himself at a good club like Everton, Hale End academy products look more and more valuable by association. The next time a club tries to buy a youth winger from Arsenal, the Gunners can rightly point to Iwobi’s success as a reason why they can charge a premium for their young talents.

What’s more, the reports around the fee for Iwobi’s sale suggest Everton owe Arsenal up to £6m in add-ons. The better the Nigeria international does, the more likely he is to hit those add-on targets.

So even if you can’t find it in your heart to be glad that an Arsenal supporter raised by the club is now forging a path to make a good career for himself as a player, there are still many reasons to be happy whenever Iwobi scores a goal.