Alex Iwobi has sent a farewell message to Arsenal and the fans, after completing his deadline-day transfer to Everton.
After spending almost his entire life playing for the Arsenal academy and the first team, Iwobi moved on to Everton on deadline day. The deal was worth either up to £34m or £40m, depending on which source you believe.
The 23-year-old signed a five-year deal with his new club just in time before the deadline. Once the hype had died down a day later, he posted a farewell to Arsenal on his Twitter account.
“I grew up dreaming of playing for Arsenal, following in the footsteps of some of my [heroes],” Iwobi wrote. “I’m proud to say that at 23 I’ve achieved one of my dreams. From playing for Arsenal kids to 149 senior appearances.
“It was an honour to play for the club I supported as a boy. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. So many people to thank, far too many individual names to mention but I thank you all!
“So many great moments, from scoring my first goal at the Emirates to scoring my last goal in Baku. You’ve all played a big part in my 17 fantastic years.
“Special thanks to the fans, my teammates, the support staff, my coaches Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery who put faith in me and gave me the opportunity to grow as a player and a man. Big love to a special club. Arsenal will be forever in my heart.”
The problem for Iwobi at Arsenal was that he faced a lot of competition for places from younger and older age groups.
With Nicolas Pepe joining, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will likely spend more time on the left, along with Reiss Nelson, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli.
From an Arsenal point of view, that’s too many options to turn down £34-40m for just one of them.
Iwobi will be hoping to earn a more consistent spot in the Everton team, and we wish him luck for the season and beyond.