|Alex Iwobi Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||May 3, 1996|
Alex Iwobi joined the senior squad in 2015 and was considered as another gem promoted by Arsene Wenger from Arsenal‘s youth setup. By the end of his first season, he had proved that he was there to stay as he scored goals in consecutive Premier League matches against Everton and Watford. His goal against Everton certainly caused a bit of a stir as it was his Premier League start.
Alexander Chuka Iwobi
Alex Iwobi started his soccer journey at the youth setup of Arsenal. He was studying in primary school when he joined the English club.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Chuba Iwobi (Amateur Soccer Player) (Later became a lawyer to support his family)
- Siblings – Marie Iwobi (Sister)
- Others – Jay-Jay Okocha (Uncle) (Former Professional Soccer Player)
Alex Iwobi is represented by Emeka Obasi, the founder of Base Soccer Agency.
He has also inked a representation contract with a creative agency called Color Me Digital.
17, 45, 60 – Arsenal FC
18 – Nigeria National Team
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
75 kg or 165 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Alex Iwobi has dated –
- Clarisse Juliette (2016-2017) – Alex Iwobi’s relationship with the British model, Clarisse Juliette, came to light towards the end of 2016. Some sources claimed that they had been dating for quite some time by then. The pair made their first public appearance as a couple in January 2017 as they attended Rae Sremmurd gig at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. However, she dumped him in May 2017, after discovering that he was cheating on her.
Race / Ethnicity
Alex Iwobi has inked a sponsorship deal with Nike. As per the deal, he is required to wear Nike footwear for his professional as well as international matches.
Best Known For
- Being an important member of the Arsenal senior team squad. After having impressed as one of Arsenal‘s reserve team members, he got an opportunity to join the senior team for the 2015-16 season after he was promoted by the club manager Arsene Wenger.
- Being an integral member of the Nigerian national team. He is one of the first names on the teamsheet of the national side.
First Soccer Match
In October 2015, he made his professional debut with the Arsenal senior team in the Round of 16 of the League Cup against Sheffield Wednesday. His side crashed out to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat.
In October 2015, Iwobi made his first international appearance for Nigerian national team in a friendly match against DR Congo. He was sent in as Ahmed Musa‘s replacement in the 57th minute. The interesting thing about his international debut is that it came about 3 weeks before his professional debut.
First TV Show
In 2015, Alex Iwobi made his first TV show appearance on the British TV series, Football on 5: The EFL Cup.
Alex Iwobi Facts
- He got his first senior call-up at Arsenal in September 2013 as he was added to the substitutes for a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion. However, he remained on the substitute bench for the entire match.
- Just 4 days after making his professional debut in League Cup, Iwobi made his first Premier League appearance in an away match against Swansea City. With his team already winning by 3-0, he was sent in for Mesut Özil in the stoppage time.
- In November 2015, Alex made his first UEFA Champions League appearance in his side’s 5-1 humiliation against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
- At the start of 2016-17 season, he changed his jersey number from 45 to 17 as it had just been left unoccupied because Alexis Sanchez had decided to change his number from 17 to 7, following Tomáš Rosický’s exit.
- In January 2018, he drew ire of many Arsenal supporters after it emerged that he was in attendance at a drug-fuelled house party just a day before Gunners‘ humiliating 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.
- After the arrival of new manager Unai Emery in the summer, Iwobi inked a contract extension in August 2018 to extend his stay at the club until 2023.
- In October 2017, he scored Nigeria’s only goal in the 1-0 win over Zambia as the Super Eagles sealed qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- In recognition of his great performances at the club and international level, he was recognized as CAF Young Player of the Year in 2016. He was also included in the CAF Team of the Year.
- Before he committed himself to Nigerian National Team, he had represented England in the youth tournaments. He was a member of the team that won the Victory Shield in 2011.
- At the end of 2016-17 season, he won FA Cup with Arsenal. A couple of months later, he also won FA Community Shield as his side overcame Chelsea on penalties.
- Visit his official website @ alex-iwobi.com.
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Featured Image by Alex Iwobi / Instagram