Alex Iwobi has revealed the frantic last-minute nature of his transfer to Everton this summer, as he was away in Dubai as it all went down.
Iwobi completed a deadline-day move to Everton this summer, in a much busier 24-hour period than expected for Arsenal. As well as selling the winger, they also signed David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic, despite prior suggestions they’d try to do all of their business early on.
In the end, Iwobi’s move was such a last-minute thing that he was away on a family holiday at the time, and couldn’t even undergo a proper medical before the transfer.
“Everything was last minute but I don’t regret the decision. I am happy to be here,” Iwobi said. “Honestly, do you know where I was? I was in Dubai on a family holiday and I’d been there for four or five days before deadline day.
“I got the call saying Everton were interested. It was literally mad for the last two or three days. I wasn’t able to (hold a medical). They were able to get the medicals off Arsenal and Arsenal were able to hand them in. It was literally a crazy holiday.
“I was on a boat and had to rush back to the sign everything on time, it was crazy. There was one part of me thinking: ‘This might not go through’.”
Iwobi has made a mixed impact at Everton so far, starting very strongly before suffering a bit of a goal and assist drought recently. The former Gunner has featured in all of his new club’s last eight Premier League games but hasn’t contributed to a goal.
The 23-year-old has two goals and one assist in 13 games overall so far, but one goal was against Lincoln City and the assist was against Sheffield Wednesday, both in the League Cup.
There have still been some positive performances among those 13 appearances though. It’s perhaps just taking a little bit of time for the Nigeria international to settle in with a new club often playing a new position.