Alex Iwobi eager to add more trophies to his CV while at Everton having tasted success with Arsenal

Alex Iwobi desperate to add ‘more trophies’ to his CV while at Everton having tasted success with Arsenal… while he also outlines his ambition to keep racking up the caps for Nigeria

  • Alex Iwobi joined Everton in 2019 after bursting onto the scene with Arsenal
  • During his time at Arsenal, he won an FA Cup and two Community Shield’s
  • However, he has yet to win silverware at Everton but is desperate for glory
  • He is also eager rack up more games for Nigeria – having played 45 times so far

Alex Iwobi has outlined his desire to win more trophies and continue racking up the international caps.

Iwobi joined Everton in 2019 after starting his career at Arsenal, making his Gunners debut aged 19.

Since then the versatile 25 year-old, who has played for managerial greats Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti, has made over 150 Premier League appearances – more than 200 at club level in all competitions – and featured 45 times for Nigeria after making his debut for his country in 2015.

Alex Iwobi is desperate to add more silverware to his CV during his time at Everton

The Everton forward has outlined his lofty ambitions both at club and country level

The Everton forward has outlined his lofty ambitions both at club and country level

Iwobi is hungry for success with Everton having tasted silverware with Arsenal

Iwobi has plenty of experience already in the Premier League, but knows trophies must follow

He has gained plenty of experience at both Arsenal and Everton, but wants trophies to follow

From his time at Arsenal, Iwobi added an FA Cup and two Community Shield successes to his CV.

Ancelotti’s Everton are still in the mix for European football this season, potentially the Champions League, but the Toffees’ wait for a first piece of silverware since 1995 will go on into next season.

Iwobi said: ‘It’s crazy when everyone tells me all these stats like the appearances and caps I’ve got. I’ve had a decent career so far considering my age,’ though he was keen to stress his achievements so far have only left him determined ‘to achieve more in the game, to win more trophies and play more for Nigeria.’

Iwobi was handed his professional debut by Wenger and told GAFFER Magazine that he was ‘someone who had that sense of excitement to jump on the pitch.

Iwobi has featured 45 times for Nigeria but is eager to keep racking up the caps for his country

Iwobi has featured 45 times for Nigeria but is eager to keep racking up the caps for his country

‘I don’t think that’s changed at all, I look back at that first game where I came on, just thinking “yeah this is my moment”…’

Though they no longer work together Iwobi admits he will always remember a piece of advice given to him by Wenger.

Iwobi said: ‘He [Wenger] always told me to get the basics right and do them well, and then my natural ability will shine through. As long as I’m doing that and following that advice, I feel like I always play well.’

To read the full, wide-ranging interview with Alex Iwobi visit http://gaffer.online/ya-digg-alex-iwobi

Iwobi burst onto the scene at Arsenal under the tutelage of legendary boss Arsene Wenger

Iwobi burst onto the scene at Arsenal under the tutelage of legendary boss Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger slams ’emotional and stupid’ PSG after defeat to Manchester City in Champions League

PSG ‘mentally COLLAPSED’ after conceding equaliser against Manchester City, blasts Arsene Wenger in scathing assessment of Mauricio Pochettino’s side: ‘They became emotional and aggressive in a STUPID way’

  • Marquinhos put home side ahead but De Bruyne levelled in the second-half
  • Mahrez’s free kick then went through the wall to give Manchester City a 2-1 lead 
  • PSG midfielder Gueye was then sent off for an ugly challenge on Gundogan

Arsene Wenger slammed ’emotional and stupid’ Paris Saint-Germain after their defeat by Manchester City in the Champions League.

Marquinhos put the home side ahead with a first-half header but Manchester City improved after the break and levelled through Kevin De Bruyne’s cross, which drifted beyond goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Riyad Mahrez’s free kick went through the wall to give Manchester City a 2-1 lead heading into the second leg of their semi-final tie next week. 

Arsene Wenger was left deeply unimpressed by PSG’s second half against Manchester City

PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye was shown a straight red card for a foul on Ilkay Gundogan

PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye was shown a straight red card for a foul on Ilkay Gundogan

PSG’s hopes suffered a further blow when Idrissa Gueye was shown a straight red card for an ugly late challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.

And Wenger believes PSG’s second-half collapse was due to their poor discipline. 

Speaking about Mahrez’s free-kick, Wenger told beIN SPORT: ‘From the defenders turning their back, it’s between Paredes and Kimpembe. Why do you lie a guy on the ground if the guys in the wall open the wall?’  

‘I personally believe that the second goal is not acceptable for that level. It’s not the first time we see players turning their back and City took advantage of that.

‘But I must say in the second half PSG were protective and not progressive any more. Is it because they were not physically capable? 

‘After the 1-1, they collapsed completely. They become emotional and aggressive in a stupid way.’ 

Wenger believes a tumultuous domestic campaign, where PSG are currently second in the standings and a point behind Lille, has impacted the confidence of Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Riyad Mahrez's free kick went through the wall to give Manchester City a 2-1 lead

Riyad Mahrez’s free kick went through the wall to give Manchester City a 2-1 lead

PSG lost their discipline as Manchester City took control of the Champions League semi-final

PSG lost their discipline as Manchester City took control of the Champions League semi-final

‘What was very interesting tonight is that you could see that when it was 1-1, PSG mentally collapsed,’ Wenger added.

‘This is as well the consequence of this team losing eight games in the league. This has an impact in this kind of situation. 

‘When it’s 1-1 the team knows they have lost many games, they carry that. It’s not like the season before when they were unbeatable in the league. 

‘You could see the confidence dropped considerably and the mental impact when Man City equalised, for the semi-final of a Champions League, was too big.’

PSG resume their fight to recapture the Ligue 1 title at the weekend when they come up against Lens at the Parc des Prince on Saturday, before heading to Manchester for the return leg against City. 

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Arsene Wenger open to offering former stars advice in £1.8bn takeover bid of Arsenal with Daniel Ek

‘If I can help Arsenal I will do it’: Arsene Wenger open to offering former stars Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira advice in £1.8bn takeover bid of club with Daniel Ek… but insists ‘best deals are made when nobody knows about them’

  • Spotify founder Daniel Ek revealed his desire to buy Arsenal off Stan Kroenke 
  • Ek has hired Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira to help his bid 
  • Arsene Wenger, who managed the trio, admitted he will help Arsenal if he can 
  • The Frenchman admitted he likes the idea of ex-players running the club
  • Kroenke reaffirmed his desire to keep hold of Arsenal despite Ek’s interest 

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he would ‘help’ Arsenal in any way possible and suggested he is in favour of his former stars being involved in a potential takeover bid.

Invincibles Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira are backing a £1.8billion bid from Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek, who is poised to table the offer to current owner Stan Kroenke.

The loathed American owner issued a statement earlier on Tuesday insisting he will not be entertaining any offer to sell the club amid interest from Ek, who is the co-owner of the music streaming service Spotify.

Arsene Wenger claimed he will help Arsenal if he can when discussing Daniel Ek’s takeover bid

Spotify owner Ek, worth around £3.4billion, publicly revealed his desire to buy the Gunners

Spotify owner Ek, worth around £3.4billion, publicly revealed his desire to buy the Gunners

But speaking to beIN Sports, 71-year-old Frenchman Wenger –  currently FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development after leaving the Gunners in 2018 following 22 years at the helm – said he would help however he could but believed deals such as these are best done away from the public eye.

‘I like the fact that former people of the club run the club,’ Wenger said. ‘You have two examples in the football world, former players who run a club like at Bayern or big investors who buy a club like Man City.

‘I personally, as a football man, like the fact that former Arsenal players take over and have an advice. For the project, the best deals are made when nobody knows about it and you come out and it is done.

Current Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has reaffirmed his stance on not selling the football club

Current Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has reaffirmed his stance on not selling the football club

Ek has hired Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira (left to right) to help his bid

Ek has hired Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira (left to right) to help his bid

‘Once you announce things, you have a mountain to climb. Nobody wants to give in. It is better you do your deal and when it is done, you come out and then take people you want.

‘I will always support Arsenal, and if I can help Arsenal I will do it as well in any way. After that, I am happy with my life as it is today.’ 

Wenger’s first eight seasons in charge of the Gunners saw him win two league and cup doubles – but a nine-year trophy drought between 2005 and 2014 plus the Gunners’ slump out of the top-four meant fans called for him to quit in the final years of his north London reign.

Arsenal fans protested against Kroenke's running of the club after the Super League saga

Arsenal fans protested against Kroenke’s running of the club after the Super League saga

Wenger (above) retired as Arsenal manager in 2018 after 22 years in charge of the Gunners

Wenger (above) retired as Arsenal manager in 2018 after 22 years in charge of the Gunners

The Frenchman oversaw the move from Arsenal’s Highbury ground to the Emirates Stadium and qualified for the top-four for 20 consecutive seasons despite the Gunners’ financial woes – and Wenger has defended his managing of the club in his latter years. 

He added: ‘I always put Arsenal first. I sacrificed the best years of my life in my career to help this club, to get out of building a new stadium and paying it back without any money from anybody.

‘We didn’t go out and say “we need money”, we did it with the quality of our work and we maintained the club at the top. I was also criticised, which you have to accept when you are in a public job.

‘But nobody would question the fact that I did it genuinely and with a desire to what is good for the club. After, of course I made mistakes, I don’t deny that.’

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