Alex Iwobi Completes Everton Transfer from Arsenal on Deadline Day

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2019

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 28: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal looks on during the training session of Arsenal prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 28, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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Everton added another talented forward to their squad on Thursday, signing Alex Iwobi from Arsenal.

The Toffees announced the news on Twitter:

Everton @Everton

✅ Creativity ✅ Flair ✅ Youth ✍️ Signed, sealed, delivered! Never in doubt, @alexiwobi! 😅 #EFC

The deal was officially announced after the Premier League's summer transfer deadline had already passed. Iwobi signed a five-year deal.

The 23-year-old Nigeria international is a product of the Arsenal academy, making his first-team debut in 2015. He made 22 Premier League starts last season, scoring three goals and adding six assists.

Sky Sports' Matt Cheetham is a fan:

Matt Cheetham @Matt_Cheetham

Very up for Iwobi - created more from open play and at a better rate than anyone at Everton last season, and most at Arsenal. Adds more off the ball, and just 23

While the winger can struggle with his finishing―he has never scored more than three goals in a Premier League season―he is an expert at setting up team-mates:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Alex Iwobi has created 18 Big Chances for Arsenal in the Premier League since the 2016-17 season, only Mesut Özil (25) has created more. Big 17 → Big 18 😉 https://t.co/THeXVZHP50

The Toffees already signed a young ace striker in Moise Kean earlier this season, so finding a solid creator to provide him with service was their next objective.

Iwobi's development slowed in the last few seasons, but he often struggled to get a consistent run in the team at the Emirates Stadium and should benefit from the more regular playing time he's likely to receive at Goodison Park.

Arsenal will miss his ability to create, but after signing Nicolas Pepe from Lille, they were always likely to cash in on one of their wingers. The Ivorian is a far more productive option out wide, scoring an impressive 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season.