Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has revealed that his decision to depart from the Emirates Stadium and join Everton on transfer deadline day was to take on greater responsibility as a player.
The Nigeria international forward surprisingly made a move late on in the transfer window, joining the Merseyside Blues for a £34m transfer fee as he signs a new five-year deal.
Iwobi had been at the North London club since the age of seven and made his first-team breakthrough back in 2016 before going on to make 149 appearences for the club, founding back of the net 15 times.
And the Nigeria international has revealed that he is keen to shake off his career for a new challenge under Marco Silva at Goodison Park.
Explaining his decision to depart from the Gunners, Iwobi said: ‘The offer was too attractive for me to turn down.
‘The manager was telling me: ‘There is a spot for you, we will take care of you’. Basically, all the things you want to hear as a player.
‘He has given me the confidence I will do well. I am ready for a new challenge and chapter in my life.
‘I always had that youngster tag at Arsenal, so hopefully, with this move I am able to make a name for myself in the Premier League and create history with Everton.
‘Hopefully, I will be able to take on a bit more responsibility and add something to the team as well.’
Iwobi has played prominently during Unai Emery’s debut campaign at the North London club, playing as many games in the English top-tier as Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, the arrival of Nicolas Pepe in a £72m deal from Lille threatened to cut his first-team minutes this campaign, while youngster Reiss Nelson also in the line to play up front for Unai Emery.
Everton, like the Gunners, had made Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha their top target in the summer, however, after seeing a £70m bid plus two players turned down, they moved for Nigerian forward.
The Merseyside Blues were active over the summer spending around £100m to secure services of Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean, Jean-Phillipe Gbamin, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Djibril Sidibe.